Date Published: 31-Mar-2011
Mervue United travel to Ferrycarrig Park for an 8pm kick-off this evening (Friday), hoping to end a run that has never seen them win against Wexford Youths. Indeed, last season alone, Mervue lost 0-1 and 2-5 to this evening’s opposition at home, while they also suffered a 3-2 loss away.
Time will tell if United can buck the trend this evening, although manager Johnny Glynn does have injury concerns. Defender Martin Conneely is extremely doubtful due to a head injury, which required six stitches, while David O’Brien (ankle) and John Mountney (knee) are also doubtful. Dan Cunningham is still out for another week. Damien O’Rourke is unavailable due to work commitments.
While gutsy Mervue lost 2-1 to promotion chasers Shelbourne at home last weekend, they did secure a superb victory over Finn Harps, after extra-time, in their EA Sports Cup clash on Monday evening. Rory Gaffney scored the all-important goal in the 1-0 win.
Glynn says he was delighted with the performance. “Yeah, I was encouraged with the performance; it was just a pity it wasn’t a league match,” he quipped.
They will get their chance in the League in Ferrycarrig Park this evening, however, and although Mervue have not beaten Wexford Youths in the Airtricity League to date, they should be harbouring genuine ambitions of picking up points against the basement club.
See full preview in this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.