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No major surprises in the opening round of senior football action

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Date Published: 19-May-2011

STEPHEN GLENNON

APART from Annaghdown’s mildly surprising defeat of Mountbellew Moylough, the formbook held true in the preliminary round of the Galway senior football championship last weekend.

Among the ten clubs now fighting for survival are city rivals St. James’ and St. Michael’s who have been drawn against one another in what should be a keenly contested derby fixture in the championship qualifiers, which take place on the weekend of May 28-29.

Both sides suffered defeat in their opening round SFC outings last weekend, with St. Michael’s falling to county champions Killererin on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-7, while 2010 intermediate champions St. James’ were unceremoniously brushed aside, 1-17 to 1-9, by Eoin O’Donnellan’s Claregalway in their first round game.

No doubt, the impending qualifier clash is a hugely important game for both clubs as defeat would consign the loser to a relegation battle later in the summer. Given the significant progress made by St. James’ and St. Michael’s in developing the game locally in recent years, a relegation dogfight would be a backward step for both clubs.

 

On the evidence of the opening round, though, St. Michael’s will enter that game as favourites. Despite the absence of key players such as Eddie Hoare and Greg Rogan, the Westside outfit came so close to a memorable win over the county champions.

Indeed, St. Michael’s had led 2-4 to 0-6 at the interval, but when Killererin introduced Nicky Joyce to proceedings at half-time, the tide slowly began to turn against the Galway City men. Joyce subsequently netted the winning goal, albeit under controversial circumstances – there was a suspicion of a square ball – with just three minute to go.

That said, there were enough signs to suggest St. Michael’s could be a force in the championship and a derby victory over St. James’ may just be the catalyst for a sustained run this summer.

As for St. James’, their debut outing in the senior championship ended in the ignominy of an eight-point defeat to Claregalway. It really was an eye-opener for the Renmore/Mervue side, who boasted 12 of the starting fifteen that claimed Connacht intermediate title honours last October.

However, as disappointing a defeat as this was for St. James’, with players of the quality of Johnny Duane, Paul Conroy and Eoin Concannon in the side, they could still make an impact in the senior competition.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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