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CITY TRIBUNE

Champions Corofin aim to complete remarkable six-in-a-row

Stephen Glennon

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Corofin players celebrate following their All-Ireland Club triumph over Nemo Rangers at Croke Park last March. The Galway champions will be bidding to win a sixth county title on the trot in 2018.

REIGNING All-Ireland, Connacht and Galway club champions Corofin begin the defence of the Frank Fox Cup with a first round fixture against 2017 intermediate holders Claregalway as the new look championship format gets underway this weekend.

Having adopted a Champions League style format, every team will now have at least four SFC fixtures in the championship and in terms of developing players and marketing Gaelic football in the county, that can only be good.

The new structure will also allow clubs to build their senior team over a series of championship games – for at the end of the day it is all about championship – and this should benefit those contenders looking to break the stranglehold of six-in-a-row chasing Corofin.

On the undercard of Corofin’s clash with Claregalway at Tuam Stadium on Sunday are two teams – Tuam Stars and Annaghdown – who will have aspirations of dethroning Kevin O’Brien’s men.

Annaghdown came agonisingly close to turning the world on its axis when almost ending Corofin’s five-in-a-row dream at the semi-final stage last year. With a plethora of inter-county players in their ranks, they will be eager to prove that performance was no flash in the pan.

By the same token, Ja Fallon will be looking to ensure Tuam Stars – who lead the Galway SFC role of honour with 25 championships, followed by St. Grellan’s and Corofin on 20 and 19 titles respectively – are in the shake-up when it comes to the business end of the competition and, perhaps, qualify for their first county decider since 2012.

Last year’s finalists Mountbellew/Moylough commence their campaign with a fixture against Kilconly, who were in the relegation final in 2017, at Kenny Park, Athenry on Saturday. If that runs to form, Michael Donnellan’s charges should put their first points on the board.

Of course, with five in each group, it does mean a number of clubs all have byes this weekend. They are St. James’ (Group 1), Barna (Group 2), Naomh Anna Leitir Móir (Group 3) and Moycullen (Group 4).

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

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Footfall down by 80% in Galway city centre

Stephen Corrigan

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Shop Street on Ladies Day of the Galway Races

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Footfall in the city centre was down by about 80% during what would normally be a bumper three weeks in the city, with this year’s Arts Festival and Summer Racing Festival both falling foul of Covid-19 restrictions.

Data compiled by the Galway City Business Association (GCBA) – which is a measure of mobile phone users at various points in the city centre – shows that there were over half a million fewer movements recorded during Race Week this year, representing around a 77% decline on the same week in 2019.

While the figures are by no means a conclusive count of individuals in the city, they do provide a good guide as to how many people are traversing the main thoroughfares over an extended period.

During the second week of the Arts Festival in 2019, just short of 900,000 movements were recorded in what was the city’s single busiest seven days of the year.

However, with the absence of the Big Top and various other Arts Festival venues this year, just over 150,000 movements were recorded in the same week this year.

Well-known city businessman and GCBA member Anthony Ryan said that the situation was gradually improving, but it was obviously a very different Race Week this year.
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Galway City Council orders removal of new footbridge

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The installation of a footbridge over the Middle River at Newtownsmyth has led Galway City Council to warn the adjacent property owner to remove the structure, or face legal proceedings.

Property developer John Curley, who owns the commercial unit involved at Abhainn na mBradán, has received instruction from City Hall to have the bridge removed by today (Friday) in what the Galway City Tribune understands is being treated as a ‘extremely serious breach’ of planning regulations.

Mr Curley told this newspaper that the €25,000 bridge could not be removed this week as his architect was on holidays, and he was still considering what to do about the Council’s order.

Mr Curley said businessman Eric Furey had opened a new café in the building two weeks ago – the building also houses Born Clothing and Papa Rich restaurant.

The bridge had been installed to coincide with the opening of Roots Café and both Mr Curley and Mr Furey argued that it was crucial to the business’ survival that there was access from the busy canal walkway.

“We are going to fight this,” said Mr Curley, adding that it had been their intention to seek retention for the bridge, but that had been ruled out by city planners who refused to give permission to utilise public land on the far side of the canal.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said: “Immediately on becoming aware of the installation of this structure across the canal, Galway City Council Planning Department requested the immediate removal of the structure.
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Anger over illegal parking of camper vans in Salthill

Enda Cunningham

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Camper vans illegally parked on Rockbarton Road this week.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council has admitted that it is difficult to enforce bylaws banning the parking of caravans and camper vans on roads in Salthill.

It follows complaints from elected representatives and local residents again this Summer in relation to illegal dumping and ‘unsightly’ parking on the Promenade and alongside Leisureland.

Under the Council’s own Parking Control Bylaws 2009, parking of ‘temporary dwellings’ (which includes caravans, mobile homes, tents and any structure whether on wheels or not) is prohibited on the Prom; Quincentennial Drive (behind Toft Carpark); Rockbarton Road (adjacent to Leisureland) and on the Western Distributor Road. Council carparks are also off limits.

Local area councillor Donal Lyons said the problem seemed to be worse this year, which he believed is due to holidaying staycationers.

Councillor Peter Keane said that it is a ‘small few’ people that are giving caravaners a bad name.

“We welcome holidaymakers, but let them go into the caravan parks where proper services are provided, such as electricity and water.”

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said that the local authority’s experience was that it has proved difficult to enforce the parking ban over the years.
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