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Creaven the hero as Loughrea send Mayo champions packing

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Westport United's Joe Collins tussling for possession with Ciaran Stenson of Calry Bohs during Sunday's Connacht Junior Cup tie at South Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Loughrea FC 1

Westport United 0

FOR the second game in succession, Loughrea saw off highy rated opposition as they qualified for the last sixteen of the Connacht Junior Cup with a merited success over the Mayo Super League champions Westport United on Sunday. Striker Darren Creaven notched his tenth goal of the season from the penalty spot for an opening half match-winner and, in reality, the home side should have enjoyed a greater advantage at the finish, instead of enduring a nervous finale.

In heavy conditions, this wasn’t a game for the purists, but it was an occasion where defences dominated and where attempts to play a short passing game was pointless. Certainly, there was more of a directness about Loughrea and in Creaven they have a striker with huge ability and a huge appitite for work.

The biggest problem for the home side was their inability to get support up to the frontman and while Creaven did his duty with style and creativity, a lot of his best work was unrewarded. Creaven could have made matters somewhat more comfortable for the home side, but fired a good opportunity wide of Cunningham’s goal on just six minutes.

Goal chances were certainly at a premium in the opening half, but Loughrea did make a breakthrough on 19 minutes when a Creaven pass picked out the impressive Adam Riordan in the box. However, the midfielder was fouled by the advancing Cunningham and from the resulting penalty, Craven made it 1-0 with a right footed effort tucked into the bottom corner.

While the visitors had the advantage of the elements in the opening half, they struggled to get a clear sight of Kris O’Shea’s goal and never created an opportuniry of note. Just a Jamie Daniels header threatened a breakthrough at the other end, as the home side held on to their advantage to the break.

The second half saw Loughrea enjoy a real early cutting edge with Riordan and Daniel Tully flashing efforts just over in the opening minutes, but they were not able to maintain that pressure as the workload in attack increased on Creaven. He threatened to add to their tally on a number of occasions, but lacked support when outnumber

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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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

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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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