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Unholy row over plan to dispense with Council prayer

The prayer that is recited at the beginning of each meeting of Galway City Council earned a reprieve – for now – but may yet be replaced with a minute’s silence. Councillors deferred making a...

Council to produce report on housing scheme abuse claims

The Chief Executive of Galway City Council is preparing a report on claims that some senior staff secured affordable homes, despite not meeting criteria to qualify to purchase them. Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh said yesterday...
Connacht full back Tiernan O'Halloran on his way to scoring his team's first try against the Newport Gwent Dragons in the Guinness Pro12 tie at the Sportsground on Saturday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht’s early fire fails to quench spirit of the Dragons

Connacht  14 Dragons  9 AFTER a needlessly complicated performance on Saturday night, Connacht really do look like a team that is overly consumed with the bigger picture and struggling with the brass tacks. Playing catch up in...

City chief to take tough stance over Traveller hardstands

Brendan McGrath reiterated this week that he will use emergency powers to build new group housing and halting sites for city Travellers if elected members fail to discharge their statutory duty. The Chief Executive of...
Galway United's Ronan Murray and Sean Brennan of Drogheda United at the launch of the SSE Airtricity Leagues at the Aviva Stadium. The clubs meet in the opening round of the Premier Division on Friday night. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile.

New-look Galway United kick off campaign with home tie against Drogheda

A new season, a new manager, and a new-look squad that is chomping at the bit to get the campaign underway – Galway United’s players don’t have long more to wait, as they host...
THIS weekend could be a watershed moment for Galway GAA as it not only seeks to have Ardrahan native Frank Burke elected as the 39th President of the GAA, but also endeavours to secure equal rights for all of its inter-county hurling teams by having them embraced into a single provincial structure. On Friday evening, all eyes will be on former Galway County Board chairman, Burke – one of five candidates contesting the GAA Presidential election – as he puts himself before the delegates at the annual GAA Congress at Croke Park. “Things have gone well and I have a chance,” Burke told Tribune Sport this week. “Obviously, the election is very keenly contested with five candidates but I have made a huge effort and I am looking forward to it. “It is difficult to predict an outcome but I have a strong level of support and if I can hang in long enough (in the election) there is a good chance that I could succeed. I will have to maximise my vote though on the first count and hopefully be in the top two. After that, I will be hoping to garner transfers.” In fairness to Burke, who has held all of the top positions at both county and provincial level, his time on the GAA’s National Management Committee along with serving as Chairman on both the National Hurling Development Committee and Coaching & Games Development Committee, which he still chairs, marks him out as an extremely meritorious candidate. Indeed, his 11-point election manifesto, touching on a myriad of topics, painted a very concise vision for the GAA and he says the feedback from other counties to this has, by and large, been positive. “Club fixtures is a big issue. It is the cloud on the horizon, really. I have got a lot of support on that. The plight of rural clubs is another. Right around the country, the clubs in rural communities are in difficulty. So, there is a need to revitalise the rural communities and that needs to happen or there will be another generation lost. They would be the two big issues.” For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

Galway’s double Congress quest: GAA Presidency and all hurling teams in Leinster

THIS weekend could be a watershed moment for Galway GAA as it not only seeks to have Ardrahan native Frank Burke elected as the 39th President of the GAA, but also endeavours to secure...

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