Salthill Devon to take Galway's Terryland slot
TERRYLAND PARK will host League of Ireland football next season, but without Galway United as the home team.
The FAI are set to confirm the line-up for the 2012 First Division season, which is expected not to include United, with Salthill Devon lined up to replace the temporarily-defunct Galway as tenants.
Salthill will rename themselves SD Galway FC and will play at Terryland as one of eight teams in Division One, alongside Athlone Town, Finn Harps, Limerick, Longford Town, Mervue United, Waterford United and Wexford Youths.
Talks on a temporary merger between fans group GUST (Galway United Supporters Trust) and local rivals Salthill and Mervue United, which would have seen United play at least some role in the league next season, failed, so United now drop out of the senior game after 35 years in the LOI.
"Salthill Devon have a fantastic facility out in Drom and I think it is important there will be a Galway team playing out of Terryland Park this season, simply to keep senior football alive in the venue," said FAI chief executive John Delaney.
"Terryland Park is a lovely stadium and we wanted a Galway team playing there -- that was important. Mervue United also have fine facilities and there is a great community spirit and ethos at the club, and that is always important to have at a football club."
Delaney added time had been against United's bid to continue in the league. "I think everybody who I met in Galway, the people from GUST, Mervue United, and the Galway and District League, had the good of Galway football at heart," he said.
"I believe they all have the right motives, but unfortunately the timescale was against getting a solution that would have been satisfactory to all.
"It was a pity that an agreement couldn't be reached."