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Almost impossible to see Corofin being stopped after latest saunter

John McIntyre

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St James’ Jack Forde comes under pressure from Mark Lydon of Moycullen during Sunday's senior football championship quarter-final at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

THE Galway senior football championship trundles along to its inevitable conclusion. Sure, there have been quality matches, high drama and a number of upsets over the past few weeks, but Corofin’s shadow still hangs over the title race. Just two matches away from a record-breaking eighth consecutive county senior crown, Kevin O’Brien’s charges continue to set an awesome standard and it is a tribute to Corofin that despite all that they have won, the squad’s hunger and ambition levels haven’t been diluted one iota.

Granted, they were taken to replays by both Mountbellew/Moylough and Tuam Stars in their last two championship campaigns, but Corofin always find a way to survive and when in full flow, there has been no finer sight in club football anywhere in the country. Three All-Ireland titles on the trot confirm that.

Due to the impact on sport caused by Covid-19, Corofin unfortunately will be denied the opportunity of capturing a fourth consecutive Tommy Moore Cup next January, but don’t expect that scenario to disarm them as they attempt to go where no other Galway club team has gone before in the 136-year history of the GAA.

At the start of this season’s much-delayed championship, Sathill/Knocknacarra would have been touted as one of the mean’s threats to Corofin’s title monopoly. With plenty of rising young talent in their ranks, the city outfit looked like a squad with potential, but Salthill only staggered out of their group after suffering a shock loss to Bearna.

Missing a couple of key players was no help to their cause either as they squared up to Corofin in last Saturday’s quarter-final at Pearse Stadium. Admittedly, Salthill/Knocknacarra only trailed by a point at half time but, in reality, their cause was already lost having had the backing of a strong wind.

And that’s how the second-half evolved. Corofin went to a different level in powering away to a 1-18 to 0-9 victory, with dual player Daithí Burke firing home their goal late in the game. The champions are now preparing for a 13th consecutive county semi-final in a row – how’s that for consistency?

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands

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Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email: info@galwayrealestate.ie

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry

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Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

Denise McNamara

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The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

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