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Clubs vote to declare the 2019/20 local soccer season void

Keith Kelly

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Salthill Devon players huddle under blankets for some warmth during the U-12 Girls' Division 1 cup final against Colemanstown at Eamonn Deacy Park in March, just weeks before sport - and the country - went into lockdown due to Covid-19. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The plug has been officially pulled on the local soccer season after clubs affiliated to the Galway FA voted overwhelmingly to declare the 2019/20 season as void during an online EGM on Wednesday night.

The outcome was widely expected, and the final vote of 130 to 29 in favour of the motion ‘The Galway FA will void the 2019/2020 season’ did not surprise any of those who City Sport spoke to yesterday.

According to the Galway FA, the vote means that “all football divisions and competitions in Galway are now voided so there will be no winners, promotions or relegations” – the ruling applies to both the adult and juvenile seasons.

“The Galway FA will now notify the Connacht FA, SFAI, WFAI and FAI of the decision and a formal request will be made for permission to start the new season at the end of August/start of September.

“The FAI’s comprehensive Roadmap for a Safer Return to Football currently states that Winter Leagues, like Galway, must wait until mid-October.

“The Galway FA are confident that this request will be granted as the Road map allows for Summer leagues to start again in late August,” read a statement from the Galway FA that was issued following the vote.

There are 38 clubs affiliated to the Galway FA, with 36 of them taking part in Wednesday night’s vote, and the remaining two were unable to attend. The voting strength of each club varied depending on its set-up, with clubs having either two, four, or six votes.

Clubs were entitled to two votes if it had a juvenile section, two votes if it had a men’s section, and two votes if it had a women’s section. In addition, Galway FA committee members also had a vote.

“The Galway FA would like to thank their clubs and members for their participation and engagement in this process. It was an extremely difficult but courageous decision to make and clubs can now begin preparations for a return to football in line with impending guidelines from the Governing Body,” the Galway FA said.

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

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Hero’s welcome following rescue of two women on Galway Bay

Stephen Corrigan

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Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn off Inis Oirr island, on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The miraculous rescue on Galway Bay yesterday of two young women from Knocknacarra brought 15 long hours of searching to a euphoric conclusion, as cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) were brought safely to shore.

A major search and rescue operation was launched after the pair went missing from Furbo Beach on Wednesday night, when they were swept away by a sudden wind while paddle boarding.

Claddagh fisherman and former Lifeboat shore crew member Patrick Oliver and his 18-year-old son Morgan joined the search early on Thursday morning and were the heroes of the hour after they discovered the two women on their boards, clinging to a lobster pot about two miles south-west of Inis Oírr, where despite their ordeal, they were described as “ok, but shaken”.

In the face of torrential rain and high winds overnight, both women had drifted almost 20 miles out to sea, but amazingly neither required serious medical attention.

Sara’s mother, Helen Feeney, raised the alarm shortly after 9pm on Wednesday evening when she noticed the pair missing as she walked their dog along the shore.

Sara, a daughter of Helen and Bernard Tonge, and Ellen, daughter Deirdre and well-known former captain of Galway United Johnny Glynn, were both said to be in good spirits at the hospital yesterday afternoon.

One relative told the Galway City Tribune that the family was “utterly humbled by the generosity of people” who had took part in the search and said, “unbelievable doesn’t even begin to describe it”.

“Thank you from all the family to everyone who helped, words will never express our gratitude.”
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

Photo: Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn off Inis Oirr island, on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

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Galway farm operators fall fowl of locals

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Neighbours of Mad Yolk Farm have asked Galway City Council to determine whether planning permission is required for a portable chicken coop earmarked for the land in Roscam.

This week, Mad Yolk Farm has indicated that it will be adding chickens to the site, which has already been the subject of planning enforcement by the local authority.

In a Facebook post, the operators said they are planning to rear organic chickens on site, with neighbours fearing as many as 450 birds in the chicken ‘caravan’.

“Our chicken caravan is now built and our beaked ladies will arrive in eight days. We’ll be moving the hens onto fresh grass each day and they’ll be free to forage for insects and take mud baths. They’ll be free to behave like a chicken should,” the business said on social media.

It has prompted a neighbour of the property to write the Council to formally ask for a declaration “whether the work/development described in the form is or is not development or is or is not exempted development under Section 5 of the Planning and Development Act”.
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Cold water poured on Spanish Arch ‘bushing’ sprinkler plan

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council has poured cold water on a suggestion that it should install water sprinklers to deter ‘bushing’ at city centre hotspots for outdoor drinking, such as Spanish Arch.

Councillor Eddie Hoare (FG) this week said the local authority should examine providing sprinklers, to deter bushing, after Spanish Arch and Middle Arch were packed with hundreds of revellers during the sunshine last weekend, and the areas were littered with alcohol bottles and cans.

Cllr Hoare said large crowds were prohibited from gathering outside due to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, and if the partying continued “Galway will be the next county to be locked down”.

He said CCTV cameras should be installed at Spanish Arch and Middle Arch and added: “Galway City Council should consider installing sprinklers as a long-term solution.”

However, the City Council said it was not its intention to install sprinklers.

“It’s so hot at the moment, if you put out a sprinkler anywhere in Galway, people would just dance under it. We’re so unused to this muggy heat, that if you did that (installed sprinklers), on top of your 12-pack of Bacardi Breezers, or whatever it is young people drink these days, you’d have the biggest wet t-shirt competition this side of Ibiza – people would just dance under them. No, we have no plans for sprinklers,” remarked a City Council spokesperson.

He said the Council was unaware of a separate suggestion – announced by Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard on social media – that certain city areas be exempted from the street drinking bylaws, to allow them to be monitored and controlled.
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