Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
FORMER Salthill Devon player Mikey Gilmore is expected to go straight into the Galway United squad for tonight’s game with table-toppers and defending league champions Shamrock Rovers in Terryland Park if his registration comes through form the FAI on time.
United had agreed terms with the youngster last week, but didn’t want to official announce the signing until the paperwork was completed, but if clearance comes from Abbotstown in time, he is likely to be named on the bench for tonight’s game, which has the earlier kick-off time of 7.35pm due to the fact the game is being televised on RTE2.
The addition of the striker to the squad is timely for United given the lack of options up front at Sean Connor’s disposal, with Joseph Yoffe out injured, Alan Murphy troubled by a groin strain, and Enda Curran apparently not convincing the manager of his abilities, having been hauled off before the hour mark against Bray last Friday in what was his first competitive start for the club.
Given the fact Gilmore struggled with injury last season, and is therefore short of match practice, he is likely to start on the bench. Connor has hinted after the last three matches that he would make changes to his under-performing side, but any that have been made have been as a result of injury or suspension, so Gilmore is likely to have to wait to make his competitive start.
Shaun Maher returns to tonight’s side, having missed the draw with Bray through suspension, and his return is timely for a defence that is facing the league’s top scorers tonight.
Shamrock Rovers come into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over UCD in the league last Friday – they did lose to St Patrick’s Athletic on penalties in the EA Sports Cup on Monday night with a much changed side from the UCD game – and have scored 14 goals in their eight games so far, as compared to five goals in the same number of matches for United.
The league’s joint-top scorer Gary Twigg is out injured, but Rovers still have plenty of menace up front with the likes of Ciaran Kilduff, Gary O’Neill and Karl Sheppard, who joined the Hoops from United in the close season.
United are on a miserable run of home form this season, having taken just one point from their four games in Terryland to-date, while they were also dumped out of the EA Sports Cup by non-league side Cockhill Celtic in front of their own fans, so will go into the game more in hope than expectation.
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.