Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
GALWAY United manager Sean Connor admitted the news from the club this week that it is being forced to place all of its professional players on the transfer list is an undoubted blow, but not one which would spell the end of the club.
Sounding surprisingly upbeat yesterday, the United boss said that while he is hugely disappointed that any departures from the club has been taken out of his own hands, he is still confident the club can turn around its fortunes both on and off the pitch.
“I am not surprised with the news this week, but what does disappoint me is the manner in which it has come about. I had intended to move players out of the club when the transfer window opens in July, but the decision on which players leave is no longer my own.
“I have spoken to a number of players and have lined up some to sign on amateur forms, and take a couple of players from England on loan, and I am still hopeful that can happen. The money needed to rectify the current situation is not huge, and hopefully we can bring that money.
“I managed to secure some sponsorship this morning, and the club has a number of fundraising initiatives lined up, so hopefully we can turn the corner. Right now, the club has a cashflow problem. If we can solve that problem, hopefully the FAI will look at proposed signings on an individual basis and let us go through with them,” Connor said yesterday.
The club released a statement on Wednesday saying that all players in paid employment by the club were free to leave in the transfer window due to an issue over unpaid wages.
“Following discussions with the Football Association of Ireland and the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland, Galway United confirm that all professional players at the club will be available when the summer transfer window opens.
“Galway United would like to thank our players, supporters, sponsors and the Galway FA for their support and patience over the past few weeks. The club has put a summer fundraising campaign in place which we expect will help us out of our current difficult financial situation.
“The fundraising campaign will commence this Saturday, June 25, with a Flag Day in Galway city centre. We ask for the support of the Galway public this Saturday, and at our next home match against UCD on Friday July 1,” the statement read.
Ronan Coleman, the secretary of the club’s Management Committee, said the move did not come as a surprise given the club’s dwindling attendances, the poor run of form it is on, and the economic situation as a whole.
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.