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Dangan hosts the rising stars of Galway athletics

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The GCH relay team of Tara Keane, Caitlin Podmore, Thea Power, and Eireann Greene.

The second day of the 2019 Galway Track and Field Juvenile Championships was held Sunday last in beautiful sunshine in Dangan, with the U-13 to U-19 age groups taking part in a packed programme of events.

Among the highlights of an entertaining days action were multiple medal wins for many of Galway’s top up and coming athletes.

Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC won triple gold at U-13 level with some great sprinting and hurdling. David Mannion of South Galway AC continues to impress, as he claimed triple gold at U-15 level; as did multi eventer Conor Hoade of Galway City Harriers, who took home triple gold at U-16/17 level.

Liam Shaw of Athenry AC impressed setting some new Galway records in the field, and claiming three wins at U-15 Boys’ level; and Caoimhe Farrell of Loughrea was another triple gold medallist in the U-15 Girls’ section. Eoghan Jennings was most impressive in the Field events with three golds for GCH; while Eilis Keogh of Corrib AC was another stand-out, taking a triple at U-18/19 level.

The track action started with the hurdles programme, where the U-13 titles were won by Ella Farrelly of Craughwell and Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC; while Evan Moran of Galway City Harriers and Chloe Hallinan of GCH took the U-14 titles.

At U-15 level, David Mannion of South Galway won the U-15 Boys’ sprint hurdles crown; and Caoimhe Farrell of Loughrea AC was a double winner in the sprint and 250m Girls’ hurdles; while Liam Shaw took the Boys’ 250m hurdles title.

At U-16/17 level, Maebh Walsh of Corrib AC took the Girls’ sprint hurdles; and Saoirse Pierce of Craughwell AC and clubmate Ellie Cronin won the U-16 and U-17 girls’ long hurdles respectively.

Conor Hoade of GCH impressed as he won the sprint and long hurdles double; Chloe Casey of GCH won the U-18/19 Girls’ 100m hurdles; with Samuel Ukaga of Loughrea winning the Boys’ 110m Hurdles. Eilis Keogh of Corrib AC impressed in winning the 400m hurdles event.

In the sprints, Danielle Moynihan of Tuam AC won the U-13 Girls’ 80m; while Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC took the U-13 Boys’ title.

At U-14 level, Caoimhe Kilkenny of Ballinasloe & District AC won the Girls’ title; while Cian McNelis of Athenry AC won the Boys’ event. At U-15 level Sophie Farrell of South Galway AC and Mathieu Madden of GCH won gold; while in the U-16/17 ages, Andrew Egan of GCH and Aisling Geaney of South Galway AC produced super-fast runs to win county titles. At U-18/19 level Aoibhe Deeley of GCH, took gold.

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Homemade Wimbledon is a different bale game!

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James Craughwell about to serve over the tape – and the sheep gates – to brother Christopher with mum, Anne, in the background. The family dog Prince is showing a keen interest in taking up the role of ‘ball boy’. The brollies on the deck chairs were actually purchased at the Wimbledon tournament that the Craughwells attended in 2017.

WIMBLEDON mightn’t be happening for the tennis professionals this year due to COVID-19 – but one North Galway family are planning their own version of the tournament.

The younger members of the Craughwell family in Menlough village have had a tradition over the years of lining out their own court on the silage slab that’s available for recreation purposes during the early weeks of the Summer.

The three sons of Jarlath and Anne Craughwell – Christopher, Shane and James – rarely missed the opportunity through the years to ‘get the silage slab ready’ for their own Wimbledon tournament.

“The dimensions of the silage slab are almost exactly the same as a tennis court [78 feet X 36 feet} so back the years we always organised our own games. When the silage was made, then that was always it for another year,” Christopher Craughwell told the Connacht Tribune.

As the lads grew older the summer tennis court hadn’t been used for a few years but in 2020 with the introduction of the coronavirus restrictions, it seemed like a perfect time to bring it back.

“This year we took it a stage further. We used the sheep gates for the net with a line of white electric fence tape along the top so this is probably the best job we’ve ever made of it.

“The silage won’t be made for at least another month so were planning to stage our own family tournament over the coming weeks. With the weather so good, it’s been a great way to pass the time,” said Christopher.

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City Council houses Travellers in county

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Cllr Donagh Killilea.

Galway City Council will spend close to half a million euro to house a Traveller family – in a property well outside its own local authority boundary.

Instead the family of four, who previously lived on the Carrabrowne halting site, will be accommodated in the house at Kiltulla near Carnmore, which is deep in Galway County Council’s local government area.

The City Council is understood to have paid €388,000 for the property which will require another €50,000 to refurbish – leaving little change out of half a million euro.

Angry residents, who were unaware of the plan, have now organised a petition to City Council CEO Brendan McGrath to voice their objection to the move.

But Cllr Donagh Killilea believes that there is a bigger issue at stake – with Galway City Council acquiring property wherever they like.

And Senator Ollie Crowe said that he believed the City Council – of which he was a member up to his Seanad election – should be acquiring property within their own area and that this acquisition was ‘unprecedented’.

He said that it was his view that there would be nothing bought outside the city boundary and that the money spent on this property would refurbish a lot of the City Council’s housing stock that had fallen into a state of dilapidation.

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Long drives still out of bounds for golfers

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Teeing off from the 12th tee at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore this week on the re-opening of golf courses around the country. There is nothing to suggest that any golfers travelled more than 5km to play in Oranmore. Photo: Keith Kelly.

This week’s relaxation of travel restrictions saw an exodus to the garden centres and the golf courses – but Gardaí have this week reiterated their warning to those planning to excede their five kilometre limit that they may find themselves in the heavy rough.

The first phase of a return to ‘normality’ went to plan, despite the early rush to newly reopened facilities. Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of furloughed golfers, who were on the first tee from daylight.

Time sheets for golf clubs across the county were choc-a-bloc as they opened their doors to members for the first time since the end of March – but many clubs privately admitted that more than half of those who played had travelled way beyond the 5k restriction.

That led Gardaí to warn that they will be mounting checkpoints and turning people back home – adding that the golf clubs themselves have a responsibility to advise members on the travel rules.

Tuam Sergeant Pat Hastings confirmed that Gardaí had the power under the Health Preservation and Protection Act 2020 to turn back individuals travelling more than 5k from their homes.

He warned that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with anyone who continually breached the regulations.

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