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Spirited United show that their season is not a lost cause – yet

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Date Published: 03-May-2011

SPIRIT on its own only goes so far for a team which lacks the ability to put the ball in the opposition’s net as a much improved Galway United side discovered when they allowed a below-par Shamrock Rovers to escape with all three Premier Division points on offer at Terryland Park on Friday night.

There were huge positives to be taken from this performance against the champions and league leaders, given the poverty of the previous displays against Derry City and Bray Wanderers, but the most telling statistic of all is that United have still managed just one goal in front of their own faithful in 450 minutes of football at Terryland this season.

In completing the first round of nine League matches, United find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle yet again, but at least team manager Sean Connor could take encouragement from the battling qualities shown by his side after the blow of conceding an early goal and the first half injuries which forced him to withdraw two key men.

It was hardly an ideal scenario on an evening in which Connor handed debuts to midfielder Gary Kelly and Shane Keogh, who played off lone front man Alan Murphy, while former Salthill player Mikey Grealish also made his first appearance as a second half substitute.

But scoring goals remains the biggest problem for Connor’s side. How they could do with a striker of the calibre of Karl Sheppard, who impressed so much in a Galway shirt last season but ended up the villain of the night by scoring the game’s only goal.

Sheppard refused to celebrate his sixth minute header, giving an indication of how much he enjoyed his spell at Terryland, and how Connor must have rued how he was forced to let the striker go in the mass clearout of players at the end of last season.

For a full match report see page 19 of this week’s Connacht Sentinel

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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