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Death of Galway goalkeeping legend Sean Duggan



One of the finest Galway hurlers never to have won an All-Ireland medal passed away yesterday when former inter-county goalkeeper Seanie Duggan (90) died peacefully at Merlin Park Hospital in the city.

Duggan represented the county with distinction during a ten year senior inter-county career which saw him win a Railway Cup medal with Connacht in 1947 and a National Hurling League title four years later.

The former Liam Mellows goalkeeper played for Galway from 1943 to 1953, at a time when the Tribesmen had no provincial campaign and used to go straight into the All-Ireland semi-finals.

He was also a really well-known figure in the city and was a daily year-round swimmer at Blackrock in Salthill for over 40 years until he took ill earlier this year.

Playing in a team which included his younger brother Jimmy, he won a National Hurling League medal when Galway defeated Wexford and New York to take the title in 1951.

Two years later, the Tribesmen shocked Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final, before losing a controversial final to a Christy Ring inspired Cork on a scoreline of 3-3 to 0-8. Jimmy played at right half forward in that final and another brother, Paddy, came on as a sub. Their sister, Monica, was also a famous camogie player.

Considered among the top goalkeepers of the 1940s and early 1950s, Duggan also won five county senior titles with the Liam Mellows club during a 14-year club hurling career between 1939 and 1953.

He was selected on the Galway Team of the Millennium by a panel of local sports journalists in 2000 and was inducted in the GAA Hall of Fame in 2002.

Seanie was a very popular recipient of an honorary degree, along with younger brother Jimmy, from NUI Galway in October 2008.

Seanie turned 90 last November. He never missed a daily swim at Blackrock in 40 years, until he took ill a few months ago.

The Mayor of Galway, Padraig Conneely, said he was very saddened to hear of Seanie’s death yesterday. Mayor Conneely was delighted to name the city’s new coach station in Seanie’s honour during his previous term as Mayor in 2009.

“I had the privilege of knowing him for most of my life,” said Mayor Conneely yesterday. “His passing will be mourned, not just in Galway but all across the country. He was an outstanding sportsman and goalkeeper, yet he had no airs and graces about him and was a very humble man.”

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

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

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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

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


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