Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
MERVUE United have a number of injury concerns as they host an unbeaten Monaghan United side in their Airtricity First Division fixture at Fahy Field this evening, Friday (7:45pm).
Defenders Damien O’Rourke (Achilles), Nicky Curran (calf) and Noel Varley (shins) are all in a race to be fit, while striker Jason Molloy is struggling with a groin injury.
Johnny Glynn’s outfit enter this tie on the back of a disappointing 1-0 away loss to Athlone in the league last Friday and a 2-1 defeat against Derry City in the EA Sports Cup on Monday.
That said, of the two games, Glynn particularly bemoaned the dropped points at Athlone Town. “It was just one of the games. I was happy with the performance, just disappointed with the result,” said the Mervue manager.
“Athlone played a very slow type of game and then they got the goal and just sat back. We played all the football, but we couldn’t get the goal we needed. We will have to learn from that.”
Although Monaghan lie second in the First Division table – just a point behind leaders Cork City – Mervue will be buoyed by results last season when they drew their first home game against the visitors and subsequently defeated the Northern outfit 2-1 in their second last game of the season.
“I don’t know (if it is encouraging),” argued Glynn. “I mean, they have a new manager and a lot of new players. They are also unbeaten and are going very well but, I suppose, they have to lose sometime. I know we won’t fear them anyway.
“We still have to ensure we defend well and create chances going forward. We haven’t been getting any hidings, though, and we have done well against every team we have played this season, aside from Limerick.”
If there is a negative, however, it is that Mervue’s request to change a number of their home fixtures to avoid clashes with other games was rejected by the FAI this week. “It is disappointing to be clashing with the Galway United game, and that match is on the telly as well.
“I suppose, Connacht aren’t playing, so that might help (attendances), but it will also depend on the weather. We have been getting between 300 to 400, on average, at our home games, so we would hope to build on that.”
Meanwhile, Salthill Devon also have their injury woes ahead of Saturday evening’s clash against Longford Town at Flancare Park (7:30pm). Defenders Colm Horgan and Wes Charles (both groin) are out, while it will be another two to three weeks before midfielder Robbie Porter returns from a knee injury.
Player/manager Mike Quirke is still under suspension, although striker Victor Collins does return from his time on the sidelines following his suspension.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.