Date Published: 14-Apr-2011
A plethora of Galway’s first choice players could make their return from injury for the Tribesmen’s pivotal National Hurling League clash against Waterford at Walsh Park in on Sunday (2:30pm).
After their 4-23 to 1-14 demolition at the hands of All-Ireland champions Tipperary last day out, John McIntyre’s outfit travel to Waterford knowing only a victory will keep their hopes of retaining the National League title alive.
A signal of Galway’s intent is the likely return of Kinvara’s Shane Kavanagh, Sarsfields’ Kevin Hynes and Portumna duo Joe Canning and Damien Hayes to the fold for this one. Although the quartet has been struggling with long term injuries, they have all played with their clubs in recent weeks.
Consequently, all four are back in contention for starting places, while Aidan Harte – a used substitute against Tipp – is now up and running after his long lay-off. Furthermore, Liam Mellows duo David Collins (shin) and Aonghus Callanan – a late withdrawal before the Tipperary game due to tonsillitis – are also available for selection. They, too, will push for inclusion this weekend.
However, despite the return of these influential players, McIntyre must plan without midfielder Ger Farragher, Andy Smith – who broke his nose against Tipperary – and long term injury-victim Fergal Moore, who had scar tissue removed from his ankle last week.
In any event, Galway’s performance this Sunday must improve dramatically on their previous outing if the healing process of their 18-point defeat to Tipperary is to begin. “It was a shocking performance; we were just wiped out by Tipperary. No excuses,” concedes McIntyre.
“It was an eye opener for everyone, for the team management and the players. On the day, Tipp were definitely in a different league to us. Obviously, when you are beaten by 18 points – regardless of how good the opposition were on the day – everyone associated with the team is rattled.
“I suppose, thankfully, this has happened early enough for us in the season to address the problems that were there in Pearse Stadium. We need to heed the lessons from that Tipperary game. It was a wake-up call for everybody.”
With this in mind, changes in personnel – along with a change in attitude and application – are anticipated this Sunday. “We now face Waterford and that game is akin to a league semi-final,” continues McIntyre. “I am expecting that the Galway players will be very determined to restore some pride at Walsh Park.”
That said, Galway still have a great deal of work to do if they are to cement their place in the National League decider. Indeed, it’s very tight at the top of Division 1 with leaders Kilkenny expected to account for Offaly in Nowlan Park to go through to the decider, leaving Galway, Dublin and Tipperary vying for the remaining berth.
Waterford also have an outside chance of qualifying, but they will need to beat Galway and hope basement side Wexford can upset Tipperary in Thurles which, on the evidence of previous Wexford displays, is very unlikely.
In any event, Galway’s destiny is very much in their own hands and, given the hurt of their recent mauling to Tipp, you would expect that there has to be a kick in the Tribesmen when they line out against the Déise.
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.