Date Published: 06-May-2011
Former Galway United star Paul McGee has been named as the new head coach at Salthill Devon, after his predecessor Emlyn Long was released by the League of Ireland club on Wednesday night.
Currently lying bottom of the Airtricity League First Division, Salthill Devon have had no win in their opening eight games, and with only two points from two draws prop up the bottom of the table. Against such a backdrop, Devon took the decision to replace their head coach.
“All good things come to an end,” said Long, who was to the fore in not only guiding Salthill Devon into the First Division, but he was also
hugely influential in steering the club’s U-21s to a national title, the Tony O’Neill Cup, in 2006.
“I am obviously disappointed because I feel I have a bit of unfinished business. I suppose, though, when someone leaves a job, they ask themselves is the place in a better position than when they went in, and I think that Salthill Devon is.”
Indeed, it will be widely recognised that Long has made a sterling contribution to the club, particularly in developing underage talent. “We also got promoted to the League of Ireland with a home grown squad, maintained our position in the league with that squad last season – staying up – and I felt with a number of players coming back from injury that a corner was being turned this season.
“So, from the point of view, I am disappointed. However, I have to move on from that and I would like to wish the club all the best in the game in the future,” says Long.
The man charged with taking over the mantle of first team coach is former Limerick 37 manager Paul McGee, who is no stranger to Galwegians, having both played and managed Galway United – he is Galway United’s all-time top goalscorer in League of Ireland football, with 74 goals, seven ahead of Alan Murphy.
Mike Quirke has been retained in the backroom set-up and McGee believes this is essential in maintaining a degree of stability in the present transition.
“To be honest, I will be relying on Mike Quirke for the first few weeks; relying on him to pick a team. I will be looking at the boys playing, though, but what I would say is that I don’t have a magic wand,” says the Sligo native, who was also part of the managerial set-up when Devon won the U-21 title five years ago.
“I played a big part in putting the coaching structures in place at Devon previously; I was the first head coach there. So, I know a lot of these players as kids; I know their little personalities and all that. I am delighted to be back; I wanted to get back. I am living in Galway and I am looking forward to working with top class youngsters once again.”
That said, McGee – who previously managed Limerick 37 to a fourth place position in the First Division and later was assistant manager to Alan Matthews at Cork City FC – is under no illusions as to the measure of the task ahead.
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.