Date Published: 11-May-2011
THE new format this year – which sees relegation added for the first time – should bring an edge to the 10 matches this weekend in the preliminary round of the Galway senior club football championship.
Defending champions Killererin get their campaign underway against rank outsiders for the Frank Fox Cup, St Michael’s, and could possibly be in the unusual position of not having a Joyce in the starting 15 – star forward Nicky Joyce hasn’t been involved so far this year, Tommie Joyce is now focusing entirely on managing the Galway minors, and Pádraic Joyce remains an injury doubt but is almost certain to feature at some stage in Tuam on Sunday.
Corofin have had a long winter to recuperate after last year’s final defeat, which came on the back of several years ‘on the go’ in county, Connacht and All-Ireland campaigns – they should be fresh, have the hunger back and have been installed as bookies’ favourites to win back the trophy.
The ‘relegation’ element means that safety is at stake this weekend – the ten winners will avoid relegation and progress to round one ‘proper’ while the ten losers get embroiled in a dogfight and are paired off in five relegation battles. The five winners progress with NUIG to the last 16; the five losers go into an open draw for play-offs.
The winners of these are safe, the two losing teams enter the final relegation play-off which is ‘last chance saloon’. It means that whoever is relegated to intermediate this year will certainly deserve it – they’ll almost be pleased to go down! – because they’ll have lost at least four, and possibly five, championship matches on the trot.
Saturday, May 14
Salthill/Knocknacarra V Cortoon Shamrocks
Cortoon seem to have put the ‘unrest’ in the camp behind them since exiting last year’s championship on the back of successive defeats to Corofin and Claregalway. With Tommy Joe Gilmore at the helm along with Mike Concannon and Ignatius Tierney, they won the Sweeney Oil league final in December and are on a bit of a run with three league wins under their belts so far over St James, Annaghdown and Caltra. Brion Gilmore (cruciate), who can play in either central defensive position, is ruled out.
The new Salthill/Knocknacarra management team of Gerry Hughes, Carl Donnellan and Tadhg Begley plan without long-term absentee Conor Healy. John Boylan (shoulder), Peter Fahy and Conor O’Halloran (both hamstring) reportedly undergo fitness tests this week. Seán Armstrong is back in full training with the Galway senior squad and should start. After beating Barna and Leitir Mór in the league, the city club were brought back down to earth with a five point loss at the hands of Corofin last weekend. The noises from the city club are positive though and they should prevail.
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.