Date Published: 15-Jun-2011
Jamie Carragher is the City of Liverpool’s Philanthropist of the Year – which caught the Reds centre-half somewhat by surprise as he said he hadn’t collected stamps since he was a kid.
The Philanderer of the Year crown on the other hand rests uneasily on the head of Ryan Giggs, who was quick to expound the virtues of family, particularly of brothers and sisters – as in Big Brother contestants and sisters in law, without whom he’d still be just a dull footballer.
Wayne Rooney doesn’t want any award this year because he’s paid for a new crown for himself, transplanting the hair from his ears onto his bald spot with the double benefit of allowing him to head the ball in comfort and hear his team-mates telling him when it’s coming his direction.
The man called Shrek could still teach Giggsy a thing or two, given his own past misdemeanours with elderly grannies and young tarts – although he’s probably hoping that, by covering some of his mush with his newly transplanted bum fluff, he won’t have to pay for extra-curricular activities in future.
Carragher’s reputation remains snow-white despite the regular barbs that he wouldn’t be your first choice for a table quiz team. But at least his 23 Foundation charity is putting something back into one of the most deprived cities in the UK.
He donated his testimonial money – as did our own heroes, Niall Quinn and Gary Kelly, in the past – to charity, in this case the Foundation that bears his Liverpool number so that they could fund existing projects for deprived young people in the city.
While his fellow Scouser and team-mate, Steven Gerrard, finds it hard to shake off internet suggestions that he’s had his moments off the field of play, Carra remains inextricably a part of the fabric of his own community.
And apart from one or two dodgy incidents in his early days that could be excused on the basis of youth, he has been a shining example of what a footballer can be, epitomised by the fact that he received the freedom of his home borough of Sefton last year for his local charity work and "the exceptional example he sets to the youth of today."
The pity is that there aren’t a few more like him; Ryan Giggs seemed to be one until the tabloids got their teeth into him and he took out a superinjunction that was supposedly designed to spare him publicity, but in reality might as well have suggested he paint a big target on his back.
In fairness, if Giggsy hadn’t done anything wrong, there’d be no reason to seek a gagging order and if he hadn’t taken the notion of a close family to new heights, he’d have been in the clear after his Big Brother liaison.
He could argue that what he does off the pitch is nobody’s business except his own and his family’s, and he could have a point if he didn’t make millions off his Mr Clean reputation through endorsements and sponsorship.
They whole lot of them would have a better argument if they claimed that no self-respecting fan sees these stars as role models anyway – even the best of them is living in a world a million miles removed from reality.
They earn in a week what the rest of us make in a year; they have more cars than your average motor dealers’ forecourt and they spend their holidays on private islands where they shun the caviar for a diet of sausage and chips.
There was a story told by an employee of Bolton Wanderers – a sort of general fixer and smoother out of player problems – about one of their highly-paid foreign stars who was complaining to the club of an unexplainable damp patch on his king-sized bed.
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.