Date Published: 15-Jun-2011
THE Galway team management have rung the changes for their Leinster hurling semi-final showdown against National League champions Dublin in Tullamore on Saturday (7pm), with Joe Canning, Shane Kavanagh, Tony Óg Regan and Eanna Ryan all drafted into the starting line-up.
Following a disjointed display in their 4-17 to 2-14 victory over Westmeath in the opening round of the provincial championship, the management have carried out significant surgery to the team. Kavanagh and Regan have been drafted in for Johnny Coen and John Lee respectively in defence, while Ryan and Canning replace Kevin Hynes and Andy Smith further up the field.
As a consequence, Clarinbridge’s Barry Daly moves from attack to partner St. Thomas’ David Burke in midfield, while the half-forward line will now be made up of Joe Gantley – who switches from full-forward – Cyril Donnellan and Eanna Ryan. Inside, Damien Hayes, Canning and Aonghus Callanan will provide the scoring threat.
In all, it is a well-balanced side, although most ‘hurlers on the ditch’ may prefer to see Kavanagh at full-back to allow David Collins the opportunity to flourish – as he has done so many times in the past – in the half-back line.
John McIntyre and his mentors will also be hoping the gamble of moving Gantley to the half-forward line will pay dividends and if he carries his club championship form – he has been outstanding under the high ball for Beagh – into Saturday evening’s clash, it would go some way to addressing their current failings under the dropping ball.
Of course, given the number of scoring chances Dublin are creating these days – they defeated Offaly 2-21 to 1-20 in their Leinster championship opener – the Galway defence will be severely tested.
Captain Damien Joyce and Fergal Moore, though, are two tidy corner-backs while, in the half-back line, Tony Óg Regan – arguably Galway’s player of the year in 2010 – and Adrian Cullinane will need to put in a solid 70-minute plus shift.
Although Galway will be without their injured trio of Ger Farragher (knee), Iarla Tannian (hand) and Niall Donoghue (calf), one of the positives has to be their strength and depth on the bench. Kinvara’s Colm Callanan is just as capable between the posts as No. 1 James Skehill, while John Lee, Gerard O’Halloran, Donal Barry and Johnny Coen provide ample cover for the Tribesmen’s rearguard.
Around the middle, one suspects the management will waste little time in throwing Kevin Hynes and the recalled Alan Kerins into the fray while, in offence, Aidan Harte, Andy Smith, James Regan and Eoin Forde have the ability to add impetus to any attack.
“This was probably the most difficult team to pick in my long involvement in hurling,” said Galway boss McIntyre. “There were a number of very tight calls but, on the other hand, it just shows that there is huge competition for places. And that is generally a major plank behind most successful teams.
“However, I am expecting a real dog fight against Dublin in Tullamore. It will be a ferocious battle between two teams revved up to the last and who want to take the direct route to the concluding stages of the All-Ireland championship. There has been a low key build-up to the game in Galway and there doesn’t seem to be much talk about the match. That, though, will have no impact on the way Galway perform in Tullamore.”
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.