Date Published: 25-May-2011
THERE was no period of extra-time in the ten preliminary round matches of the Galway senior football championship a fortnight ago but this weekend, as the losers from the first day out square off, supporters should bring a flask of tea and sandwiches – and possibly a sleeping bag – as all five of these clashes have the potential to end in stalemate and go over the hour.
There’s a lot at stake: win and you qualify for the last 16, lose and there’s no safety net and you enter the relegation scrap. The five pairings are fairly evenly matched – you could toss a coin to pick the winner of St James’ V St Micheal’s, for example – and the threat of relegation and the ‘carrot’ of being safe in senior should you win, will add to the tension and drama.
The five winners join NUIG and last week’s ten winners in an open draw; the five losers enter an open draw for the relegation play-offs. Those matches have been pencilled in for the weekend of July 3, the week after the Connacht semi-final.
Saturday, May 28
St James’ v St Michael’s (Pearse Stadium, 6pm)
East takes on west in the city derby that is the pick of the matches over the weekend. Both clubs enter the clash in differing mental states following the preliminary round defeats – St Michael’s will feel hard done by with some of the officials’ decision in Tuam where they lost by a point (1-11, 2-7) to Killererin and must use that sense of grievance to drive them on here; St James’ just didn’t give a good account of themselves when losing by eight points (1-17, 1-9) to Claregalway in their first ever senior championship match, and will be anxious now to show they are capable of mixing it with the ‘big boys’.
St Michael’s, already fielding without Eddie Hoare, Greg Rogan, John O’Dowd, and Eoin Tummon – who were on the side that lost to this opposition in the league earlier this year – have also lost wing-back Niall Grogan, who is in the US. Galway minor Shane Maughan (flu) should be fit. If they can ‘up it’ a notch from the Killererin game, St Micheal’s will take the spoils.
Since the first day out, St James’ have lost corner forward Ronan O’Connell and corner back Jamie Burke who are in New York for the summer, in addition to Shane Coughlan, Barry Dooney and Seán Boyle who remain unavailable. The Mervue/Renmore/Ballybane outfit’s county players looked tired and didn’t perform in the opener and St James’ will have to sort out their kick-out strategy and overall tactics if they are to prevail. The ‘Jimmies’ manager Seamus Burke summed up this contest best: “It’s like a Galway Mayo match, 50/50”.
Verdict: St James’
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.