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Champions Galway lay provincial junior title on the line

Stephen Glennon



Galway's Jonathan Ryan, in action against Sligo's Stephen Barrett, will be a key figure in their bid to retain the Connacht Junior football title on Sunday.

DESPITE an impressive win over Sligo in the Connacht junior football championship semi-final, Galway manager Matt Duggan has upped the ante in his squad by making two changes for the Tribesmen’s provincial decider against Mayo at Pearse Stadium on Sunday (1pm).

Midfielders Colm Brennan (Aran Islands) and Enda Tierney (Oughterard) both come into the starting fifteen, with Alan Molloy (Corofin) — who showed good form against Sligo — and corner forward Tyler Ó Flatharta (Aran Islands) losing out.

Brennan was out injured for the Sligo game while Tierney was introduced in the first half for Brady, who now moves into an attack which already includes the prolific quartet of Michael Day (Headford), Sean Denvir (Micheal Breathnach), Thomas Gleeson (Dunmore MacHales) and Jonathan Ryan (Kilkerrin/Clonberne).

Although 2018 centre half-back Sean Ó Currin (Carna/Caiseal), who missed the Sligo game with a shoulder injury, is available once more, the management have resisted the temptation to tinker with their defensive unit. It is no surprise, as Galway were very impressive in this regard in their last game.

No more so than their half-back line of Damien Moran (Clonbur), Adrian Ward (Kilkerrin/Clonberne) and Padraic O’Donnell (Aran Islands). The three covered a lot of ground defensively and offensively, particularly O’Donnell who helped himself to 1-1 raiding down the left flank. Moran also kicked a point.

Duggan does have a couple of injury concerns. Headford’s Michael Day, with a return of 1-3 against Sligo, missed two weeks of training with a hamstring tear. “I am hoping he will be fit for Sunday. He is selected to play,” confirms Duggan.

Introduced against Sligo, Enda Tierney has been suffering from a calf injury of late. However, he came through a league match with his club recently and has been deemed fit to line out against Mayo.

While Tierney’s inclusion in the starting line-up is to be expected, it had not been envisaged that Alan Molloy would lose out in a further reshuffle. Duggan says it was a hard call. “Alan is hard done by but Colm Brennan is coming into that position at midfield. Again, it was a tight call. The panel is very strong. It was a flip of a coin for a few positions.

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

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Good luck England ! – as the poster and I screamed ….




Mark Gardiner

Mark Gardiner, our man in Japan for the Rugby World Cup

Excitement has been building all week and even though Hiroshima isn’t a host city we are still getting a fair share of rugby fans passing through.  Since last Saturday I’ve noticed some Irish fans coming into the pub, people who have arrived to take in some of the sights of Japan and then head off to take in the some of the pool matches.

There’s been some from Wexford, Mayo, Roscommon, Kerry, Laois, Dublin and Donegal but none from Cork yet!  All of those fans will now be making their way to Yokohama which is situated right next to Tokyo and around 4 hours on the bullet train from Hiroshima.  I’m giving the first two games a miss and will wait for Ireland to move closer to my adopted home city.

The Russia game will be held in Kobe, just one hour away, so I’ll be going to that with my son Tom on the eve of his 10th birthday.  More accustomed to going to baseball games together hopefully he’ll see a try fest and enjoy a very different sporting atmosphere.

Earlier in the week, my Guinness rep walked in looking proud as punch to present me with five big Guinness posters for the rugby. As I unrolled one I couldn’t believe my eyes!  [See poster below.]   He couldn’t understand so I told him it was like having a Kirin beer poster with “good luck Korea” on it. He got the message pretty lively!

For some reason, the big story here is how much beer rugby fans drink.  They’re very wary about bars, restaurants and stadiums running out so there have been numerous articles in papers telling landlords to order twice the norm.  I had the local newspaper calling me yesterday almost begging me to tell them that I’d ordered way more beer than I normally would.

Tonight we have the opening game at 19:45 local time so hoping to get a good crowd into the pub for that.  I will try and post some photos in the next few days. A big win for Japan is probably vital in order to catapult the tournament into the mainstream consciousness so hopefully, they won’t disappoint.

If anyone reading this plans to come out, there is a great forum on Facebook “Irish Rugby World Cup Japan Forum” or you can contact me on the Molly Malone’s Hiroshima Facebook page. Fingers crossed for Sunday.

Follow Mark Gardiners World Cup Diary here and on the Galway App.

Mark Gardiner is a former Galway resident now resident in Hiroshima, Japan where he owns and operates Molly Malones Bar.

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More than 70 kids under 12 in Direct Provision in Salthill

Enda Cunningham



The Eglinton Direct Provision Centre in Salthill

Galway City Tribune – More than 70 children under the age of 12 are living in a Direct Provision Centre in Salthill, figures from the Department of Justice show.

The Eglinton can house up to 210 people who are either seeking asylum or have been granted refugee status but have been unable to secure alternative accommodation.

The statistics show that the Salthill centre – which is for families and single females – has 77 residents under the age of 18.

Of these, 35 are aged four or under; 37 are aged between 5 and 12; and five are between 13 and 17 years of age.

Direct Provision is big business for service providers – figures show the companies behind Galway City’s two centres earned more than €77m since 2000. Last year alone, the Eglinton made a profit of €520,000.

The Great Western House centre off Eyre Square is for single males only, and there are currently no people under the age of 17 resident there. That centre has a maximum occupancy of 162 people.

Between both centres in Galway, there were a total of 359 occupants at the end of July.
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Drop in water quality ‘not related to cruise ships’

Dara Bradley



Galway City Council – Local authorities have rejected a suggestion that visiting cruise ships are dumping sewage into Galway Bay causing a deterioration in water quality.

At a City Council meeting, concerns were raised about the frequency with which warnings were issued this Summer, advising people not to swim in Salthill and Ballyloughane beaches.

Councillor John Connolly highlighted the issue, and was particularly concerned about the number of no swim notices and advisory notices warning about water quality, which were issued this year in the city.

Cllr Donal Lyons suggested that there was a view out there that one particular advisory notice regarding water quality in Salthill was issued soon after a cruise ship had left the bay.

He alluded to the link between cruise ships in the bay, and a subsequent deterioration in water quality, which has been the subject of social media commentary.

The Council’s Senior Executive Engineer in the Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity Department, Carmel Kilcoyne, acknowledged that that was the “rumour” out there but “it’s not true”, she said.
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