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Dervan doing all she can to stay upbeat in difficult times

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All-Ireland winning captain Sarah Dervan, who has been honoured as a six-time camogie All-Star.

SIX-time Galway camogie All-Star Sarah Dervan vividly paints a postcard portrait of life at Mullagh’s GAA grounds on a sunny summer’s evening. Of friends gathering, sliotars being hit, and laughter filling the air.

It is the absence of this that she misses most at present although she adds quickly that the current restrictions on gatherings and movement “is hard on everyone”, not just club and county players. All anyone can do at the moment, she says, is stay safe, keep sane and cling to optimism. Hope is the comfort blanket she has wrapped herself in.

“From a sporting point of view, the little bit of hope that there will be (camogie) this year is the only thing that keeps me going,” says Galway’s All-Ireland winning captain. “In fairness to Robbie Lane, our strength and conditioning coach, he has been absolutely phenomenal and is looking after us.”

Each day, Dervan, who is working from home for Medtronic during this period, logs in with the Galway set-up and receives a programme of activities to do, be it strength and conditioning work or runs. “Only for it! It is something to focus on and it gives me structure in what I am doing and that I am not running around like a lunatic.

“Times are hard and it is the unknown that is the worst of it. I’d rather have a bit of hope that something will be happening this year. It gets me up in the morning to do the programme, which I know every single one of the (Galway) girls are doing as well. So, we are all in it together. You take comfort in that.”

Yet, the lack of sporting action is leaving “a huge void” in her life and her thoughts wander to the pitch in Mullagh and what it can be like on a warm summer’s evening. “The whole parish would nearly be down there, tipping a ball around and having the craic. If there is a challenge match, then, you sit on the wall and chat everybody.

“If it’s training you are going to, you are meeting your friends and enjoying pushing yourself, enjoying every minute of it. So, I am struggling without it, but I know we are doing it for the right reason and I know it is important that we do our social distancing and that we do stick to the 2km (restriction).”

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

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Whopping repayments for City Hall’s move

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Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath: Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Council suggested that senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year before the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices there. If they did meet, no minutes exist.

The total cost to repay the loan required to execute Galway City Council’s planned purchase of new offices to accommodate a move from City Hall will be €63.1 million, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

It means the City Council will have to find €2m every year for 30 years in its own revenue budget to repay the mortgage, which could impact on the level of service it delivers to the public or may require an increase in charges or commercial rates.

Separately, a Council reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request suggests senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year prior to the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices – and if they did meet, no minutes exist.

In its loan sanction application form, submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the City Council applied for permission to borrow €45.4 million.

This is to cover the bulk of the cost of the €56.5m total capital outlay associated with moving from City Hall and relocating all Galway City Council employees from College Road to the new Crown Square offices in Mervue.

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

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Hunt on for new courthouse to tackle explosion in cases

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Galway Courthouse: Limited facilities there make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

The Courts Service is scouring the city for rental property to accommodate Galway Courthouse.

Commercial real estate advisors, Avison Young have been hired to source suitable property in the city centre.

The company published an advert in Galway City Tribune last week outlining the Courts Service’s property requirement of suitable commercial or office space of 1,800-2,000 metres squared.

Avison Young said the space should be in the city centre and be available to lease.

On-site parking is required, and it needs to be available for “immediate occupation”.

The move comes after the Galway City Tribune revealed earlier this month that victims of serious crime are waiting up to three years for justice because Galway’s limited court facilities make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

Due to an explosion in the number of cases sent for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, the wait for a trial date is between 24 and 36 months.

The Courts Service confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was looking for a new courthouse and office space facilities.

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

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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