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Devon host Mervue Utd as new season kicks-off

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The Salthill Devon starting XI pictured ahead of the Connacht Junior Cup final in Milebush last Sunday. Back row, from left: Michael Gallagher, Shane O’Rourke (captain), Darren Creavin, Aaron Conway, Shane Concannon, and Arek Mamala. Front: Brian Conlon, Michael Lee, Gary Kinneen, Conor Murray, and Gearóid Ó Laighin. Photos: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

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The chase for title honours in the new Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division season kicks off this evening (Friday), when Salthill Devon host Mervue United in Drom at 8pm, with more action to follow in all four divisions over the weekend.

There were no champions crowned last season as all league campaigns were declared null and void last June. Once sport was allowed to resume in July, some of the clubs were involved in FAI Junior Cup and Connacht Junior Cup action and no doubt the select number of clubs that were involved in those competitions have a huge advantage, as they were training all the time.

For others, the beginning of August is the normal time to shake the cobwebs off and kick-off preseason training, but Salthill Devon and Athenry were two sides who continued training due to cup commitments, and will no doubt be in good shape for the start of the new season.

Without a doubt the place to start is with the new Connacht Junior Cup champions Salthill Devon. The management duo of Victor Collins and Keith Shaughnessy have probably the strongest squad in the league, and were the only unbeaten side when last season’s Premier League was abandoned. No doubt that cancellation was a huge disappointment for them, as they, along with Mervue United, Athenry and West United were all live title contenders.

They have strengthened the squad with the addition of Jackson de Silva and Lucas from Athenry; while two former Galway United U-19 players – Calym Crowe and Killian Doyle – are also part of a new extended panel.

For work as much as football reasons, Shane Concannon has left the side and will return to Corrib Celtic. There is no question they will be the team to beat this season, as some of their closest challengers appear to have lost some of their players, instead of being able to strengthen.

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

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Council to consider new pedestrian ‘plaza’ for Galway City

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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

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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

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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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