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Big honour for Craughwell AC as club’s top girls bound for Europe

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CRAUGHWELL AC underlined its status as one of the top juvenile athletics clubs in the country after it was confirmed last week that the club’s U20 female team has been selected to represent Ireland at the 2019 European Champion Clubs Cup.
The club was selected on the back of a plethora of superb performances by its athletes at the recent National Junior Championships in Tullamore and its selection is, no doubt, a major achievement for the competitors, their coaches and, indeed, for the club, which was founded in 1968.
“If we won a Connacht medal 10, 12 or 15 years ago, we would have been very happy. Now though, we are winning maybe 20 medals in the national outdoors and another 20 medals in the national indoors. So, it is good,” says Craughwell AC coach Michael Tobin.
“As it stands, we are consistently in the top 10 in the country in terms of medal success and it is pretty good coming from a rural area. A lot of the other clubs would be big city clubs with lots of kids to pick from. So, we are definitely punching above our weight in those competitions.”
Tobin is joined by athletes Laura Cunningham (18), Ciana Reidy (18), Lorraine Delaney (18) and his daughter Shauna (17) and they all hope to be on the airplane in September of next year to the European Championships which, in recent times, have been held in Leiria in Portugal.
Although the club has 26 athletes eligible to compete in the U17 to U20 age bracket, only a squad of 20, along with six officials, can travel in the official party. Unfortunately, the age restriction does mean some of this year’s athletes, most notably Aisling Keady and Caron Ryan, cannot compete.
“We had originally thought we were qualified for this September and then discovered later that it was a year in advance. They (Keady and Ryan) were just unlucky. They are unfortunately overage (for 2019) but they will come along as managers,” he outlines.
In all, there are 19 events at the championships, namely the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 2000m steeplechase, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot putt, discus, hammer and javelin.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

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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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

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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Councillors divided over vote on Salthill Prom cycleway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to install a temporary two-way cycle lane along Salthill Promenade hangs in the balance, with city councillors split ahead of a vote next week.

On Monday night, the 18 city councillors will discuss Mayor Colette Connolly’s motion that the lane be installed on the coastal side of the road from Blackrock to a point opposite Galway Business School.

A poll of the councillors carried out by the Galway City Tribune yesterday found nine in favour of the proposal, with one indicating they will abstain. A simple majority is required and if there is a 9-9 split, the Mayor holds a ‘casting’ vote, effectively a second vote.

There has been a flurry of lobbying by cycling campaigners urging councillors to vote in favour, as well as some complaints from residents worried it will again impinge on their parking as visitors to Salthill seek somewhere to park up while they swim or walk along the most utilised resource the city has.

During lockdown, Gardaí removed parking on the Prom to deter people from gathering in a public space. This resulted in motorists blocking driveways and entering private estates, leading one estate off Threadneedle Road to hire a private clamping company.

Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) believes there are a maximum of 250 spaces that would be lost to the project on one side of the road as currently proposed, including seven disabled spaces, which could be reassigned close by.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read extensive coverage of the issue and to see how each councillor intends to vote, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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