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Hundreds of Galway fathers avail of paternity benefit

Hundreds of new fathers in Galway have already benefited from the extension of new paternity rights last year. New statistics reveal that a total of...

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Bundee Aki to miss European play-off

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Connacht centre Bundee Aki received a three game ban which rules him out of Connacht's European Cup qualifier

Bundee Aki to miss European play-off

Connacht centre Bundee Aki received a three match ban for misconduct this week which means he will miss Connacht's final two league games and...
FULL-back Tiernan O’Halloran believes a victory over Scarlets in Connacht’s final home Pro12 game of the season would be a fitting send-off for the province’s head coach Pat Lam and his assistant Conor McPhillips, both of whom depart at the end of this campaign. With Lam, who impressively guided the Westerners to the Pro12 title last May, and McPhillips set to head up the coaching staff at Bristol Rugby next season, Saturday game against Scarlets at the Sportsground (7:35pm) should prove to be an emotional occasion for all concerned, particularly given this could be the last time Connacht will field at home during the current campaign. It is possible, of course, that should Connacht finish eighth in the Pro12 table, and win their subsequent playoff game against English opposition, that they could then have a home play-off to get into next season’s Champions Cup. This would not happen, however, if they finished in seventh and, so, this could be the only time Connacht players and supporters can show their appreciation for Lam and McPhillips. It is not lost on O’Halloran. “There is a massive appreciation for the work the lads have done,” he says. “Obviously, Conor has been here for a long time, being a past player as well. Even though he wasn’t our official backs coach, he would have done a lot of our attack work with the backs and it was a reason we functioned so well. “So, there is a lot of appreciation for the work the lads have done and there is definitely that respect. As a collective, we would definitely like to show massive appreciation for the work the lads have done. We are kind of hoping though to have another game at home, but we will have to wait to see how results go.” For McPhillips part, he says he is not giving the occasion too much thought as he is fully focused on preparing the players for Scarlets. “To be honest, I haven’t thought about it like that. You don’t get time to think about it at the start of the week because you are game planning and stuff like that. “I am here a long time though and there are a lot of good people here. I am leaving a place which has changed so much since I first came at the start (of the professional era). So, it has been a pleasure to be here and it will be emotional,” confesses McPhillips, who played with the province between 2003 and 2008 before taking up a coaching role. No doubt, McPhillips would love to conclude his time at Connacht with a home win but he says that in order for that to happen, the Westerners must improve on recent performances, especially in executing their try-scoring opportunities. Indeed, he acknowledges it is frustrating. “We just didn’t take those opportunities. Obviously, we would be disappointed if we weren’t creating opportunities and we didn’t have all this but at the same time we need to execute them. That has been the big emphasis since Leinster. For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway’s pioneering enterpreneurs make final cut at Academy awards

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Two imaginative Galway start-ups were among the companies honoured for their efforts at the finals of the 2017 AIB Start-up Academy last week. Galway city native Ailbhe Keane of Izzy Wheels was named runner up along with former Connacht Rugby player Michael Swift of Frankman in a competition which was won by Kevin Kelleher, CEO and co-founder of Limerick-based company, Ostoform. Over 300 guests attended the event at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin, which was hosted by broadcaster Gráinne Seoige. The 14 finalists each delivered a five-minute elevator pitch about their business and then faced a further five-minute Q&A session with an expert judging panel. Now in its third year, the AIB Start-up Academy received almost 500 applications from businesses across the country. These entries were narrowed down to a shortlist of 22, from which ten were chosen. A further four start-ups were selected at the regional AIB Start-up Academy Summits in Galway, Cork, Dublin and Belfast. The final 14 start-ups then took part in a comprehensive eight-week strategic training and mentoring programme on topics such as networking, data analytics, design thinking, finance, marketing and social media. Izzy Wheels are a range of personalised spoke guards for wheelchairs. The idea for Izzy's Wheels was inspired by Ailbhe’s sister, Isabel, who was born with Spina Bifida and as a result is paralysed from her waist down. Izzy Wheels has seasonal collections or someone can create their own. Izzy Wheels have developed a campaign called the Wheel Design Workshop which offer the children of the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin the opportunity to decorate and design their own wheels. For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hundreds of Galway fathers avail of paternity benefit

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