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City sides advance to next round of Michael Byrne Cup

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Adam Healy (centre) celebrates after scoring a goal for Mervue United in their win over West Coast United in the Michael Byrne Cup at the weekend. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

The Michael Byrne Cup took centre stage in the weekend action and for all the big city clubs there were some comfortable successes as the holders Mervue United, Salthill Devon and West United all advanced with ease; while Maree/Oranmore and Mervue United B also found a place in the next round.

In the FAI Junior Cup, Athenry advanced to the last eight with a come-from-behind win over Dublin visitors Crumlin United, but they will have to wait until February 18 for the quarter-final draw to see who they will be facing in the quarter-finals.

Michael Byrne Cup

Following defeats against Manulla and West United in successive weeks and the loss of leading scorer Enda Curran to Galway United, these are challenging times for Mervue United, but in Fahy’s Field on Saturday they got back to winning ways with a 5-1 win over Division 1 side, Knocknacarra.

No doubt the prolific scoring rate of Curran will be missed, but his departure presented an opportunity for returning striker Stephen Cunningham to make a mark and he duly obliged by scoring the first and providing the assist for Barry Moran to notch the second.

Defender Tommy Walsh would not be renowned as a scorer, but on this occasion he found the net twice, before one of the younger brigade, Aaron Molloy also found the range in a comfortable win for the holders.

Ross Medley got a lone consolation goal for the visitors, who were out of their depth in this game, but are contending for promotion from Division 1.

Salthill Devon had to work hard for a 5-1 away success over St Bernard’s. It was the home side who took the lead when Colin Tracey found the net, but a three-goal blast before the break got Devon back on track. Following a Mikey Fox corner, Gary Kinneen scrambled home the equaliser, before Aaron Conway set up Shane Concannon to give them the lead. Concannon then turned provider as Tony Smith got the better of Denis Farragher in a one-on-one situation to give them a 3-1 interval advantage.

The resumption saw the visitors continue to enjoy the upper hand and they added to their tally with two second-half penalties, as Fox converted first after he was fouled in the box, before Cian Murray – son of former player, Donal – was also fouled in the area and Smith duly converted from the spot for his second of the day.

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

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Galway City businesses determined to weather lockdown storm

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Despite devastation for city businesses this week amid a return to lockdown, many remain determined to weather the storm – and with the Council’s approval this week of additional measures to entice people to the city centre when restrictions ease, there is a hope that a good Christmas could save them.

Level 5 restrictions which came into force on yesterday (Thursday) have forced ‘unessential’ retailers to close their doors once again in an attempt by Government to get a handle on spiralling numbers of Covid-19.

And while those affected, mainly in the retail and hospitality sectors, are facing huge challenges to keep their heads above water, they had to remain positive that all was not lost if coronavirus could be got under control over the next six weeks.

Anthony Ryan, of the Galway City Business Association, said that while closing their clothes shops had been hugely disappointing, he had to remain optimistic.

“We just have to stay going and remain positive. Our clothes division is non-essential so that is temporarily closed, in line with the Government guidelines. Items necessary for households are essential so that means our home store remains open.

“Business had recovered quite well by September, but once Level 3 was introduced, there was a big fall off for everybody,” he told the Galway City Tribune.

Many businesses, including his own, had made huge strives to improve their online offering in recent months and it was his hope that people would continue to support local when they shopped online, even if they couldn’t get in to the physical stores.

“Online sales continue to be very strong. We hope to have our fashion website up in a couple of weeks, so there has been a lot of work going into that in the background,” said Mr Ryan.

Meanwhile, councillors this week backed a plan that will result in an overhaul of traffic flow in the city core – transforming Middle Street into a shared-surface and eliminating all cars not owned by residents on the street – ruling out full pedestrianisation due to residents’ requirements.
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Plan for new cross-city public transport corridor go on display

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council is hopeful that a proposed new public transport corridor – linking the western and eastern suburbs through the city centre – could be ready to go for planning permission next year.

This week, a six-week public consultation process began on the ‘Cross-City Link’.

The Council is hopeful that a planning application could be submitted to An Bord Pleanála next year, and if approved, it would take 12-18 months to construct.

The Cross-City Link begins at the junction of University Road and Newcastle Road and continues across the Salmon Weir Bridge, through St Vincent’s Avenue, St Francis Street, Eglinton Street, Eyre Square, Forster Street, College Road and on to the Dublin Road.

“Through traffic, with no specific destination in the city centre, will be diverted,” the City Council said.

Uinsinn Finn, Senior Engineer with the Council said: “This corridor will connect homes with places of work, study, retail and recreation, with improved public transport journey times and reliability.

“High-quality public spaces, new and upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities and public transport priority will be provided, making it easier to move through the city, and to access destinations by sustainable means.

“This will create a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and the mobility-impaired, and public transport services will move more freely. Deliveries and access to carparks will be facilitated, as will access to homes or businesses.

“The Council invites the public, landowners and other stakeholders to review the proposals, and to share their feedback,” said Mr Finn.

He said that schemes such as the new corridor are key projects and are “essential” to keeping the city moving.

“They are key to supporting sustainable travel modes and to support the ambitious targets for Galway as set out in the National Development Plan,” Mr Finn added.

He said it is anticipated the proposal can be submitted for planning consent next year, and subject to permission being granted, it would take 12-18 months to complete.
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Pilot initiative will restrict car traffic around Galway City school

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have backed a proposal to restrict car traffic around Scoil Iognáid on Raleigh Row as part of a ‘School Streets’ pilot project.

The initiative, which involves a time-specific curtailment on cars at school drop-off and pick-up times, will result in the pedestrianisation of Raleigh Row, Palmyra Park and Palmyra Avenue – closed to traffic from 8.15am to 9.15am; and 1.15pm to 2.45pm.

Due to start on November 2, residents in the area will still be allowed access, but have been asked to “avoid using their car during the periods of pedestrianisation”, while those with blue badges will also be permitted to drive in the area.

Signage indicating the restrictions will be erected, while Gardaí and community wardens will enforce the pedestrianisation and parking respectively.

‘Park and Stride’ will be encouraged for getting children to school when no alternative is available, whereby parents park a short distance from the school and finish the remainder of the journey by foot – with registration enabling city school-goers’ parents to park for free in over 20 car parks.

Arlene Finn of the City Council’s Transport Department told councillors that 145 parents at Scoil Iognáid had already registered for this initiative, and by introducing the School Streets programme, the area would become infinitively safer and more appealing to parents and children wishing to walk or cycle to school.
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