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Boss Clery raises bar for his side as league set to start

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Galway WFC manager, Billy Clery, and assistant manager, Dave Bell, at the side's preseason friendly against Athlone Town in Maree last Saturday.

THERE is every possibility that Champions League football could be coming to Galway in the next couple of years, according to a man who knows a thing or two about football, having played in the League of Ireland across 15 seasons.

However, Billy Clery is not talking about Galway United, a club he represented 272 times, as well as a stint at Derry City – instead, he is talking about the Galway WFC side that he is heading into his fifth season in charge of, and a side he believes is on the brink of finally breaking through into the top three.

“We are really looking forward to the season, I am sick of us coming fourth or fifth, I want us to win, I want to get us to the top,” says the Claddagh native, who has added both to his squad, and his backroom team, in a signal of intent ahead of the new campaign, which kicks-off with a home game against Cork City WFC on Saturday, March 27.

“I want the Galway public to come out and support us when they can because I firmly believe this club can be playing in the Champions League in a couple of years. I don’t think too many people can say that about the men’s team, Galway United – there is a far better chance of the women’s team playing in the Champions League than the men, that is the reality of it,” says the former United captain, who also stepped in as caretaker manager of United for four games in 2008 following the sacking of Tony Cousins.

“We also want the business community to get behind us because the club needs that to survive and sustain, we need that to grow the club both on and off the park,” says Clery.

Galway WFC are heading into their ninth season in the national league, and Clery is determined to finally break into that top three – up to now, the best finish the club has managed is 4th, in the 2015/16, the 2018, and the 2019 seasons.

He put the first blocks in place towards achieving that with the addition of Dave Bell as assistant manager, joining himself and Maz Sweeney (coach) on his backroom team. Bell’s appointment is a real statement of intent, considering he was in charge of the Shelbourne side that finished second in the truncated 2020 league campaign.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

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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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

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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