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Corofin unlikely to be caught napping by final newcomers

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Corofin’s Michael Farragher, in action against Tuam Stars' Conor Rhatigan, will be vital to the Galway champions' hopes of completing the provincial title four-in-a-row against Padraig Pearses of Roscommon on Sunday.

ALL-Ireland champions Corofin make their bid for a 10th Connacht title — and a seventh in 12 years — when they host Padraig Pearses of Roscommon in the provincial decider at Tuam Stadium on Sunday (2pm).

The dominant force inside and outside the county in recent years, Corofin enter Sunday’s clash as 1/6 on favourites, with the Roscommon men priced at 9/2. In other words, Kevin O’Brien’s charges have been nailed on to take the victory.

Certainly, their track record reinforces this view. Their last defeat in the Connacht series was way back in 2015, when they lost to Castlebar Mitchels, after which Corofin bounced back to claim the next three Connacht crowns.

In contrast, Padraig Pearses only won their first county championship — at their eighth attempt —l ast month while the county’s last success in this competition was when St. Brigid’s of Roscommon accounted for Mayo’s Ballaghaderreen, 2-12 to 0-6, in 2012 to complete the three-in-a-row.

Indeed, St. Brigid’s are the only Roscommon team to have appeared in the provincial final since, losing to Castlebar Mitchels in 2013 and to Corofin in 2016. In this time, Corofin’s record has been good against Roscommon teams, no more so than last year when they trounced Clann na nGael 4-22 to 0-7 in the semi-final.

Corofin’s supremacy in this competition has shown no sign of abating in 2019, underlined by their semi-final win over Mayo champions Ballintubber, who they defeated in last year’s decider, with Liam Silke scoring the only goal in their 1-10 to 0-11 victory a fortnight ago.

Interestingly, the Corofin side that lined out against Ballintubber boasted the same 15 that started in their 2-16 to 0-10 defeat of Dr. Crokes of Kerry in the All-Ireland club final back in March, which is a credit to the conditioning done and injury prevention measures taken by the backroom staff.

There was a number of positional switches, with Daithí Burke and Kieran Molloy swapping roles between the half-back line and midfield, and Michael Farragher moving to centre-forward and Jason Leonard reverting to a wing-forward berth.

A measure of the strength of Corofin is their bench, off which Galway U20 players Darragh Silke and Gavin Burke were introduced the last day, along with Colin Brady, Conor Cunningham and Ciaran McGrath. There was no game-time, however, for Galway U20 defender Ross Mahon, as he has been struggling to shake off an injury picked up in the county final.

That said, it just goes to show the strength in depth of the Corofin squad. “The panel is very important to us in these games, particularly this time of the year,” says Corofin boss O’Brien. “Everyone who has come in has contributed, and there are a lot of lads outside who are pushing as well. So, the competition for places is high. It is great.”

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

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GAA supporters advised to use Quincentenary Bridge

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Salthill Gardaí have asked GAA supporters travelling to the double-header Galway football championship games in Pearse Stadium today (Saturday) to use the Quincentenary Bridge route to and from the fixtures.

The matches are coinciding with the Streets of Galway 8k road race which starts at 7pm from Grattan Road near South Park via the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, NUI Galway, Salthill past Pearse Stadium and then back along the Prom before a Claddagh finish roughly between 7.30pm and 8.15pm.

A Salthill Garda spokesperson said that GAA supporters going to Salthill – possibly 1,000 plus – should stay away from the city centre route on Saturday to avoid traffic congestion and delays.

The two games in Pearse Stadium on Saturday are Corofin v. Oughterard at 5.45pm, followed by Salthill-Knocknacarra v. Barna at 7.30pm

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Galway City Council abuzz with rumours of workers’ €5.5m Lottery win

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From the Galway City Tribune – City Hall was abuzz from early Thursday morning after rumours circulated that a Galway City Council syndicate had won €5.5 million in the midweek National Lottery draw.

Lotto chiefs arrive in Galway later today (Friday) for a publicity event at Newspoint in Galway Shopping Centre (pictured) which sold Wednesday’s jackpot winning ticket.

A National Lottery spokesperson said the city player or syndicate has not yet come forward to claim their prize of €5,541,001.

Hours prior to Lotto confirming the winning player was based in Galway, speculation was rife locally that a syndicate of workers at Galway City Council had hit the jackpot.

The suggestion was that the prize was scooped by a group of ten Council outdoor staff in the syndicate, including five retired staff.

Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, joked that he probably had not won it because he was not a regular player.

“A really lovely story and I very much hope it’s true. If it is true it’s well deserved. These guys give wonderful public service and their good fortune, if true, will be well deserved.

“There’s nothing but a feelgood factor about the rumour and everyone hoping it’s true and sending good wishes to those who may have had success.”

Asked about the rumours, the National Lottery spokesperson told Galway City Tribune: “The winner has not made contact yet.”

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of this story, see the August 5 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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JD Wetherspoon unveils plan for ‘superpub’ in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – British pub chain JD Wetherspoon has drawn up plans for a €2.5 million overhaul of the former Carbon nightclub on Eglinton Street in Galway – creating up to 70 jobs,

Plans for the ‘The Three Red Sails’ – a bar and restaurant over two floors – were submitted to City Hall last week – and the company said NUI Galway will provide a market for it.

“It is a short 500 metres from NUIG. It’s significant to note that there are 18,605 students in the college as well, which provides a market for the proposed development,” the planning application reads.

Wetherspoon has moved to reassure local residents that its ‘no music’ policy will be in force and “large groups in fancy dress” will not be permitted if it is given the go ahead by Galway City Council.

The company operates more than 860 pubs – including eight in Dublin, Cork and Carlow – and said it will seek “to create long-term relationships with local suppliers” for its all-day food menu.

The plans for the former nightclub premises – which Wetherspoon purchased in 2019 – involve demolition and refurbishment works on the ground floor and an extension at first floor level to provide a roof terrace and beer garden. A ground floor terrace already exists and will be slightly extended.

Drawings indicate seating for around 220 people on the ground floor and 100 people on the first floor (including 50 in the roof garden).

The proposed trading hours are 8am-11.30pm Monday to Thursday; 8am-12.30am Friday and Saturday and 8am to 11pm Sunday and the company said these reduced hours would be a “far less intense use” than the previous nightclub.

(Image: how the new pub would look)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of this story, see the August 5 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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