Date Published: 14-Apr-2011
GALWAY United manager Sean Connor will be looking for a positive reaction from his players to his heavy criticism of them last week when United host Derry City in Terryland Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
Connor laid into his side following last week’s draw with Drogheda United, branding the performance as “unacceptable” and one of the worst he has had from a side he has been in charge of.
Those comments did not go down well with a section of supporters, who question the sense in publicly berating players who are been paid less than €100 a week, but if Connor’s criticism has the desired effect tonight, his outburst will be soon forgotten.
United go into the game with poor form at home, having taken just one point – a draw with UCD – from their three games in Terryland Park this season, and they have yet to score on home turf in this campaign.
It is difficult to see how that latter statistic will be successfully addressed tonight as United will be without the services of Alan Murphy, who aggravated a groin strain against Drogheda United last Friday which he had picked up against Sligo Rovers the week before.
Murphy is one of the few United players to have shown any real creative flair in the early stages of the season, and the home side will miss his ability to unlock the opposition defence. With Gary Curran also sidelined due to a broken bone in his foot, Connor is short of experience for the middle of the park, but if he stays true to his post-match comments last week, then Eduardo Duci is likely to start alongside Sean Kelly tonight.
The Brazilian, who played with NUI Galway last year, showed plenty of eagerness when introduced for Murphy last Friday, looking for the ball and not being afraid of a tackle, and while there were some mistakes in his game, he looks the best of limited options due to the small pool of players Connor has at his disposal.
The United manager has signalled his intent to bring in new faces in the July transfer window, but that is contingent on the club generating additional cash to increase his playing budget. One of the main areas this can be achieved is through attendances, which have been relatively impressive this season, with 1,836 at the last home game, against Sligo Rovers.
However the gate is sure to take a hit tonight due to the frankly brainless situation of there being three games on in the city tonight, as Mervue United host Limerick FC in the First Division in Fahy’s Field, while Connacht play their last home game of the season against Cardiff in the Sportsground.
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.