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Connacht get a spanking at stunned Sportsground

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Connacht's Dominic Robertson McCoy is tackled by Leinster's Andrew Porter during Friday's PRO14 tie at the Sportsground. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht 11

Leinster 42

By the time Jack Carty decided to place a restart deep into the Leinster 22 rather than go short to contest, the game was done. the margin was 35-6 and Connacht were heading towards unwanted records. Five tries had been leaked at that stage, a storm had enveloped the men in green and their inability to scramble and think on their feet under pressure had been brutally exposed.

Leinster’s power and precision rose to the fore off the back of complete and total dominance in the tight five, from their electric front row forwards, to their world class second row, they were in total control and,perhaps, as a result their young back row edged out Connacht’s stellar line up from the get go and never relented. The backline were good too, but that’s hardly surprising considering they found themselves going forward off every set piece.

Phrases like ‘wake up call’ and ‘reality check[ would have been uttered around the Sportsground as the Friday night non-contest played out and while that’s understandable, this really shouldn’t be viewed as an alarming result for the short term, it should instead be looked upon as a line in the sand moment for the long term direction Connacht take.

This was an evening where the gulf in class between the two sides was at its widest in decades. It’s at this stage because of the young talent that Leinster are bringing through in conjunction with some big signings that anchor everything in place. Joe Tomane might not be an elite international but at PRO14 level he is an invaluable foil for the young emerging stars such as Hugo Keenan, Jimmy O’Brien and Conor Frawley.

In the pack, a player like Scott Fardy is leading and inspiring in the way Rocky Elsom did ten years ago and his play here alongside the ever dedicated and determined Deven Toner made it easy for the young back row of Josh Murphy, Will Connors and Max Deegan to outshine, overrun and out muscle Jared Butler, Eoghan Masterson and Paul Boyle from almost the first minute.

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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
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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