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Areas to work on for Galway United ahead of away league clash with UCD

Keith Kelly

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Galway United's Stephen Walsh tussling with Martin Walsh of Athlone Town in the club's opening First Division game of the season. United are away to UCD on Friday.

GALWAY United manager Shane Keegan says the decision to call a blanket ban on all league and cup fixtures last weekend was the correct one – but jokes that it now means his players are “sick of the sight of each other”.

All Premier and First Division league fixtures last weekend were called off by the FAI because of the weather, as were Monday’s EA Sports Cup ties, including United’s away league game with Cobh Ramblers, and home EA Sports Cup tie with Cockhill Celtic.

“We didn’t get much extra training in because of the weather – with people being advised to stay indoors, some of the lads are probably sick of the sight of each other at this stage,” Keegan jokes when asked if the postponed games meant his new-look side could further gel on the training pitch.

“We have four lads living together in a house in Gort, and another group of lads living in a house in Athenry – they just want to get back playing at this stage. Obviously, with the weather, we didn’t get much pitch work done, it was mainly gym programmes we got through.

“It was the right decision to issue the blanket ban, but the biggest annoyance from my side is that I was due to watch UCD take on Wexford last Friday. I have managed to get a video of their game against Shelbourne, but it would have been better to see them live,” Keegan told Tribune Sport this week ahead of his side’s trip to the Belfield Bowl this Friday to take on UCD (7.45pm).

United opened their campaign with a 4-1 win at home to a hopeless Athlone Town side, and Keegan admits that while the result was pleasing, the game still threw up a number of areas where improvement is needed.

“I think, from an attacking point of view, we were okay, but nothing more. Some of our build-up play was very sloppy, some of our passes didn’t stick, but the lads kept working. Every ball that was played up to Eoin McCormack seemed to just bounce off him, it was one of those nights for him, but he never stopped working – the GPS figures for the players showed he covered more ground than anyone else.

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

 

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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