UCC Demons 71
A poor second half performance saw Moycullen fall to UCC Demons last at the NUIG Kingfisher. The game was an extremely close affair from start to finish, and the home side had more than their fair share of chances to put the game away in the final period, but they were simply outworked by a gritty Demons side.
They did begin the game positively – an early UCC lead was quickly extinguished through some excellent defensive work. Isaiah Harris-Winn and Paddy Lyons pushed the ball on the fastbreak early and often, and their contributions game Moycullen the narrowest of leads by the end of the first quarter.
Harris-Winn continued to carry the scoring load for Moycullen in the second, and a deep three-pointer, and an acrobatic lay-up from him edged the home side ahead by 6 with a couple of minutes played.
In the closing minutes of the second, Cian Nihill hit a jumpshot, and a Paddy Lyons steal led to a sweet layup from Moycullen youngster Paul Kelly on the other end as Moycullen took a 38-34 lead into half-time.
UCC looked a different side in the second half, and they opened the third quarter with 7 unanswered points. Their star man, Irish international guard Kyle Hosford, only arrived at the game at half-time due to GAA commitments in Cork, and his introduction pushed UCC’s offense into a higher gear.
Conversely, Moycullen were now having to work very hard for scores, but Dylan Cunningham and Joseph Tummon each chipped in a pair of baskets toward the end of the third, which cut Demons’ lead back to two; and two free-throws from Tummon tied the game.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.
The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.
Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.
Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.
The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.
“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.
“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”
Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.
“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.
Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.
The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools
Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.
“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.
“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.
A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
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.