Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
SALTHILL Devon manager Emyln Long is calling on his side to make Drom a more ‘unfriendly’ place for visiting teams ahead of the arrival of high-flying Cork City for today’s First Division clash which has the unusually early kick-off time of 3pm.
The game was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but with the Leesiders in EA Sports Cup action on Monday, Devon agreed with a request to bring the game forward to today, with the clubs agreeing to an afternoon kick-off.
The home side go into the game on the back of a couple of decent performances, but Long admits that the ‘bye’ weekend for his side last week came at the wrong time.
“We drew 2-2 with Derry City in 90 minutes in the EA Sports Cup, lost to two long-range efforts against Waterford, and then took a good point from the visit to Finn Harps, so we were in a good run of form but unfortunately it was our turn for a rest weekend last week.
“At the same time Cork went out and won 5-0, while our momentum was stalled, so they are coming into the game on a high, which means it will be a difficult game, but we are looking to get a result from it.
“We have been playing well, but we need to start picking up points. I want to make Drom a place where teams find it very difficult to get anything from – impressive performances are all well and good, but we have to start picking up points,” says Long.
Devon will be without the suspended duo of Victor Collins and Mike Quirke, while Colm Horgan (groin) joins long-term casualties Robbie Porter (knee) and Wes Charles (groin) on the injury list, while Cian McBrien (ankle) is rated doubtful.
Former Galway United winger Derek O’Brien is Cork City’s biggest injury worry, a thigh strain picked up in training leaving him with only a 50/50 chance of featuring today. Greg O’Halloran is fit despite going off injured against Finn Harps, but Alan Carey remains sidelined with an Achilles tendon problem.
Mervue United make the short trek across the M6 this evening to take on an Athlone Town side that is looking to make it three wins in a row for the first time in a decade (kick-off 7.30pm) that has pushed them to mid-table.
The Midlanders only won for the first time this season last Friday, beating Wexford Youths 1-0, but followed that with a win over Finn Harps by a similar scoreline on Tuesday night and they go into the game looking to make it four wins from seven in league meetings between themselves and Mervue.
That victory on Tuesday saw them leapfrog Mervue in the table, but Johnny’s Glynn’s side have won two of their three away games to-date and will go into the game with confidence, although the manager will have to ensure his side do not have one eye on Monday’s EA Sports Cup second round clash with Derry City in the Brandywell, a game which has a 3pm kick-off.
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.