Date Published: 14-Apr-2011
MERVUE United will look to leapfrog mid-table rivals, Limerick in the Airtricity First Division table when they face the Shannonsiders at Fahy Field this evening, Friday (7:45pm).
Indeed, a victory for Johnny Glynn’s outfit could see them climb into the top five and that would be a remarkable achievement given their relationship with the bottom of the table over the past number of seasons.
That said, judging on their opening five games, Mervue United have certainly showed signs that they are a squad moving in the right direction. Away victories over derby rivals Salthill Devon and Wexford Youths, and a draw against Cork City Foras, have yielded seven league points – one less than Limerick, who have two wins and two draws from six outings.
Mervue were also unlucky against Longford Town – a game they deserved to get something out of – while their only other defeat came to league leaders Shelbourne, a 2-1 loss at home last month. Definitely, no shame in that.
Their duels with Limerick last year also give rise to optimism. They drew their opening game at home 1-1, before going down 2-0 away mid-season. Their final game was a narrow 1-0 defeat at home, but if Mervue have improved in 2011, then reversing such a scoreline this evening is well within their scope.
Manager Glynn does have injury concerns, with long-term injury victim Dan Cunningham and Dave Goldbey both out, while striker Jason Molloy serves a one-match suspension, following four yellows.
However, Mervue would appear to be in good shape other than that, although Glynn – true to his nature – urges caution ahead of this important First Division fixture. “Yes, it is an opportunity for us to pick up three points, but we also have to put it into perspective. One of their player’s weekly wage would almost be the equivalent of what it takes to fund our team for the week. That’s if you were to look at it in financial terms.
“Now, I am not one of those managers that gives out about budgets or what have you – like other managers do – but Limerick have big plans and they are looking to get promoted this year,” says the Mervue boss.
Still, following a satisfactory start to their campaign, there has to be room for optimism this evening. “Absolutely,” agrees Glynn, "but all we want to do is focus on our next match. I am not one to be looking at tables too much, although I’m sure that (the opportunity to leapfrog Limerick) is probably something the lads are looking at themselves.
“I just want us to focus on our own performance, and try to get us into a winning habit. Confidence is a big thing for us, having been at the bottom of the table the last two seasons. So, wins help build confidence in a big way – it’s a good habit to get into – and we will be trying to take all three points on Friday evening. Certainly, they would be a massive, massive – three points for us,” concludes Glynn.
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.