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A new-found love of chess one way Connacht star is keeping busy

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Ultan Dillane in action in the Sportsground against Leinster in 2018.

By Oisin Langan

Connacht and Ireland Rugby Player, Ultan Dillane, spoke this week on behalf of Rugby Players Ireland, urging people to stay safe and look after each another during this period of uncertainty. Dillane offered some insight into how he is staying active and what he is doing to bond with his housemates following the outbreak of the global pandemic, Covid-19.

Rugby Players Ireland has a number of resources in place for rugby players and the general public to support mental wellbeing including the Tackle Your Feelings App, supported by Zurich and funded by the Z Zurich Foundation and is free to download through the Apple and Google Play App stores.

OL: How are you finding the last couple of weeks?

UD: Yeah, it’s been different for sure, but yeah, the provinces have done the best they can to keep all the players with gym equipment, you know, and then try and facilitate us to train as normal.

Everyone is experiencing a big change in their lives, and we’ve been no different.

We’ve been given the gym, divided up between all the players and luckily enough we’ve enough equipment in the house to get some good training under our belts.

It’s been definitely different for sure, it has taken some getting used to but, at times, it’s been quite enjoyable.

OL: Is it a different challenge? And maybe even in some ways, a bigger challenge? Because you’re trying to change how you exercise and what you do and maybe your body isn’t used to that so that in itself is the challenge, that in itself is, although you didn’t choose it, is in itself, kind of, good for you?

UD: Definitely, because you can’t get the whole gym delivered to your house, you kind of have to make do with what you have, so, there’s a lot of exercise we’re being told to do that is really, really, hard and the body definitely doesn’t like it.

But it’s a nice challenge to try and better yourself and that’s something you otherwise wouldn’t be doing much of and yeah, I think we’ve all, the three of us here, we’ve all tried to target some goals and maybe try to achieve some personal bests by the time we get back to normality you know?

 

OL: There is three of you in the house – you’re living with Dominic Robertson McCoy and your brother. How important is that to have other competitive people around you because that will maybe help keep you sharp, keep that edge, that competitive people and professional athletes like to have?

UD: My brother has played rugby before and he would be quite competitive. It is good to have that, kind of, everyone trying to bring each other up to get some training done, because it’s very easy to fall into a hole of laziness at times.

You’ve so many hours in the day to do stuff in but yet, it’s so easy to do little and it’s nice to kind of have everyone trying to push each other on to maybe do some conditioning or an extra weight session because it’s not as if we are going playing any games so there’s plenty of time to recover from everything.

We also find that we are giving each other nutritional tips because it’s so easy to fall into that lull of just eating whatever you want because you’ve no one to kind look over you or to check you on anything.

It’s been good, we’ve been quite positive.

OL: It sounds like this is quite a good test of your professionalism because there is no one watching you and it would be very easy to slip into bad habits?

UD: Yeah, so there is a good buzz to try and get some good clean cooking going and we’ve all taken to it quite well to be fair.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Whopping repayments for City Hall’s move

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Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath: Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Council suggested that senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year before the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices there. If they did meet, no minutes exist.

The total cost to repay the loan required to execute Galway City Council’s planned purchase of new offices to accommodate a move from City Hall will be €63.1 million, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

It means the City Council will have to find €2m every year for 30 years in its own revenue budget to repay the mortgage, which could impact on the level of service it delivers to the public or may require an increase in charges or commercial rates.

Separately, a Council reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request suggests senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year prior to the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices – and if they did meet, no minutes exist.

In its loan sanction application form, submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the City Council applied for permission to borrow €45.4 million.

This is to cover the bulk of the cost of the €56.5m total capital outlay associated with moving from City Hall and relocating all Galway City Council employees from College Road to the new Crown Square offices in Mervue.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Hunt on for new courthouse to tackle explosion in cases

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Galway Courthouse: Limited facilities there make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

The Courts Service is scouring the city for rental property to accommodate Galway Courthouse.

Commercial real estate advisors, Avison Young have been hired to source suitable property in the city centre.

The company published an advert in Galway City Tribune last week outlining the Courts Service’s property requirement of suitable commercial or office space of 1,800-2,000 metres squared.

Avison Young said the space should be in the city centre and be available to lease.

On-site parking is required, and it needs to be available for “immediate occupation”.

The move comes after the Galway City Tribune revealed earlier this month that victims of serious crime are waiting up to three years for justice because Galway’s limited court facilities make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

Due to an explosion in the number of cases sent for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, the wait for a trial date is between 24 and 36 months.

The Courts Service confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was looking for a new courthouse and office space facilities.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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