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Cup wins for Salthill Devon and Bearna Na Forbacha




Kevin O’Neill, Galway Football Association, presenting the Girls' U-12 Division 1 cup to Dariana Todosi and Ava Costello. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.


After a lean spell in which they exited the FAI Junior Cup, Connacht Junior Cup and lost in the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division at home against West United, Mervue United made short work of seeing off bottom side Maree/Oranmore 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors had to come from behind in order to achieve their success as a Malachy Black goal gave the home side an early lead, before Stephen Larkin applied a far post finish to a Barry Moran cross to leave matters level at 1-1 at the break.

A short corner routine set their second goal in motion as Jason Molloy whipped home a cracking effort from the edge of the box to make it 2-1.

Thereafter the contest became the Andrew Connolly show as the striker displayed all the finishing skills of his Brighton and Irish International brother, Aaron, to notch a hat-trick with three similiar goals as he got on the end of through balls that exposed the home defence and were gleefully accepted by the man who looks like he will be filling the scoring boots of departed striker Enda Curran.

The win moves Gareth Gorman’s side four points clear of second placed Salthill Devon, who have two games in hand on the table toppers. Behind them lie Athenry and West United, and all four will be looking to maintain a title challenge in the closing months of the season.

With Maree/Oranmore not picking up any reward, Hibernians moved off the bottom of the table as they picked up a crucial point in a scoreless draw with Corrib Rangers in Bohermore.

The big winners in the lower half of the table were St Bernard’s as they were making it three league wins from their last four games with a 4-1 home success over Corrib Celtic.

Goals by Cillain Lardner and Matt Cosgrove had them two up at the break, before Shane King and Cosgrove with his second eased them to a comfortable success and moved them out of the bottom two in the table. David Coen got a late consolation goal for the visitors who lie sixth in the table, but will be continiously looking over their shoulder at the teams below them, as they are just five points clear of the basement.

The remaining game schedule between Loughrea and West United was postponed on Sunday moring due to an unplayable pitch.

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

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Council to consider new pedestrian ‘plaza’ for Galway City

Stephen Corrigan



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors will be asked next month to consider a sweeping overhaul of traffic flow in the city centre as the local authority seeks to create a more pedestrian-friendly core in the wake of Covid-19.

Currently under proposal in City Hall are major alterations to traffic flow which will allow for restricted car access to Middle Street – creating additional outdoor seating space for businesses in the area struggling to cope amid social distancing requirements.

Senior Engineer at City Hall, Uinsinn Finn, said they are currently considering three different proposals to alter traffic flow on Merchants Road, Augustine Street and Flood Street to reduce the need for car access to Middle Street, while still maintaining access for residents.

“We already pedestrianised Cross Street and we will be maintaining that, and there will be a proposal for Middle Street and Augustine Street.

“Businesses in the area are very much in favour of pedestrianisation – one business has objections but the others are supportive. Another consideration is that there are residents there with parking spaces and we are trying to encourage people to live in the city centre,” said Mr Finn.

The Latin Quarter business group submitted proposals for the temporary pedestrianisation of Middle Street and Abbeygate Street Lower but Mr Finn said the proposals the Council were considering were more in the line of creating adequate space for pedestrians while still allowing residents vehicular access.

This would involve creating a circuit for car traffic moving through Merchants Road around onto Augustine Street and exiting at Flood Street.
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Residents want laneway closed following pipe bomb scare

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Residents in part of Knocknacarra are calling for the closure of a laneway and for more Community Gardaí to be put on the beat following the discovery of a ‘viable’ pipe-bomb type device in the area last weekend.

Up to 13 homes in the Cimín Mór and Manor Court estates had to be evacuated on Friday evening last when the incendiary device was discovered by Gardaí concealed in an unlit laneway, leading to the emergency services being notified.

An Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit was called to the scene and removed the device – according to local residents and councillors, the Gardaí have confirmed that the device was viable.

Gardaí have declined to comment on the detail of the case but have confirmed that the matter is being ‘actively and vigorously investigated’.

Chairman of the Cimín Mór Residents’ Association, Pat McCarthy, told the Galway City Tribune that the discovery of the viable device on the narrow laneway that links their estate to Manor Court was extremely frightening for all concerned.

“For the best part of the past 20 years, we have been seeking action to be taken on this laneway which has been used for dumping and unsociable behaviour on a repeated basis.

“But what happened last Friday evening was really the last straw for us. This could have resulted in serious injury to innocent people and what is also of concern to us is how close this was to the two schools in the area,” said Mr McCarthy.

He said that over the coming days, the residents’ association would be petitioning all residents in the three estates concerned – the other two being Manor Court and Garraí Dhónaill – for action to be taken on the laneway.
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Galway designer’s necklace is fit for a princess!

Denise McNamara



Kate Middleton wearing the necklace designed by Aisling O'Brien

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A Galway jewellery designer is the latest to experience the ‘Kate effect’ after fans tracked down the woman who created a necklace for the Duchess of Cambridge which she has worn several times since it was gifted to her during her trip to the city last March.

Aisling O’Brien’s website crashed on Wednesday night when orders poured in for the piece from around the world. The necklace costs €109 with initials, while the earrings retail for €49.

“I’d never sold more than two things outside of Ireland before. I only had three of Kate’s necklaces in stock – and now I have orders for at least 50. I’ll have to start recruiting some elves,” laughs Aisling, who only set up her website during lockdown.

The 14-carat gold necklace and earrings set was designed by Aisling specially for Kate after examining her style – “understated, elegant, simplicity” is how the Tuam native describes it.

She was contacted about the commission by physiotherapist Thérèse Tully, who wanted to give the future queen a gift as she was using her room to change at Árus Bóthar na Trá beside Pearse Stadium when the royal couple were meeting with GAA teams.

(Photo: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wearing the necklace)
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