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Corrib Water Polo Club continues to make a splash

Stephen Glennon

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Corrib Water Polo Club and Ireland U-17 Head Coach Joe Smyth pictured with club-mates Liam Smyth, Jack Mulholland, Cillian Blacoe and Cronan Ward at the EU Nations Cup last month.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

After winning the Irish U-17 National Cup for the seventh year running, and with their senior team retaining its Division 1 status following promotion last year to the top flight, Corrib Water Polo Club is certainly enjoying an upturn in fortunes.

Founded as a senior men’s club in 1980, the Galway City-based outfit struggled to gain any traction in the National League in the early years and it was not until 1995 that the club finally claimed its first Division 2 crown. Since then, they have added three more such accolades, including a title in 2016.

“We have gone up and down and up and down (to Division 1) over the years,” begins the club’s Head Coach Joe Smyth, “but from 1998 to 2002 we stayed in Division 1 and we made the semi-final of the Irish Senior Cup three times.”

It was around this time that the underage set-up was established by Sandie Ashton, wife of former player Tommy Ashton. This largely consisted of a one-hour training session, incorporating children from eight years up, in Leisureland on a Saturday evening

“That has been the lifeblood of the club since,” continues Smyth. “We really got that going. So, that was in early 2000s. Out of that, we got a string of good players between U-15s, U-16s, U-17s and U-19s and those guys began to flow through to the seniors.”

As with any sport, though, there is a significant drop-off in numbers when a lot of these young players begin their Leaving Cert year, or head off for their first year in college.

“Where at the beginning of those two years, you might have had 20, you then end up with four or five. It is hard. And it is a pity.”

For Corrib Water Polo Club, it must be particularly frustrating given they have been the national champions at U-17 level for the last seven years – a feat no other club has come close to in the history of the sport in Ireland – but sadly, apart from that first year in 2011, they have not followed this up with similar success at the U-19 grade.

Smyth notes that not all has been lost and he feels this is more likely to translate into success at senior level. “On the senior side, we had a really good team coming through before the recession hit and half the team emigrated to Australia. As a result, we ended up back in Division 2.

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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