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Barrett set to win biggest fight of his life in London

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Coleman Barrett (left) on his way to winning the Irish senior heavyweight title against Colin Kenna back in 2010.

A champion boxer from Galway is among those in an Intensive Care Unit fighting for his life.

Former Irish heavyweight champion, Coleman Barrett, was said to be “improving” in a London hospital on Tuesday as he continues to fight Covid-19.

The 38-years-old from Ballybrit had been in a critical condition but has improved this week, according to his former coach at Olympic Boxing Club in Westside, John Mongan.

“Look it, he’s improving. I was talking to him this morning on WhatsApp from London. He’s improving. I’d say another week or so maybe. He was bad [last week], he was in intensive care, and needed oxygen and was on a lot of medication.

“He’s still on some medication but it’s reduced a lot and he’s in great form now thank God. He’s off the bigger ventilator and is on a smaller one. He’s improving thank God and looking great.

“He was a heavyweight, a big man and a strong man. We’re all in touch with him every second day, on WhatsApp and sending him voice notes. Thank God he’s improving a bit,” said Mongan.

Barrett won the Irish junior heavyweight title in 2000; and followed that up with a European bronze medal. Those achievements saw him named as the boxing award winner in the 2000 Galway sports Star Awards.

Then, 10 years later, he became just the third Galway man to win the national heavyweight title, and the first in 66 years. The previous Galway winners were Pat Maher from Kilbannon in 1890; and Martin Thornton from Spiddal in 1944.

He landed the title in a points victory over Colin Kenna from Dublin, running-out a 97-92 winner, having gone into the fight as a well-backed favourite. Kenna is a brother of former Galway United manager and Irish international, Jeff Kenna.

That senior Irish title came a year after he made it all the way to the final of the Prizefighter series in London, a professional tournament organised by promoter, Barry Hearn, and aired on Sky Sports.

Barrett was a 25-1 outsider for the tournament in October 2009, but won both his quarter-final and semi-final bouts on unanimous decision, before losing the final to Audley Harrison due to a second-round knockout in the three-round bout.

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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