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Doubles joy for Galway athletes at Connacht track & field

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Lucas Schukat of Presentation College, Athenry competing in the Minor High Jump event during the Irish Life Health Connacht Schools Track and Field event at Athlone IT. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

THE Connacht Schools Track and Field championships were held on Thursday last in Athlone IT, with some impressive performances from Galway athletes.

One of the highlights came via Emma Moore of Presentation Athenry in winning the Junior 800m in a new record of 2.13.9, breaking Claire Rockall’s record from 2005. Other Galway victories in the Junior events came from Conor Hoade, also Pres Athenry, over the sprint hurdles, and St Enda’s Uyi Agbonayinma, who won a superb double, claiming both the 200m and 800m titles.

In the Junior field events, Lauren McNally of St Brigid’s, Loughrea won the javelin title, Aibidh Ni Mhaile of SC Carraroe took gold in the discus, Ava Finn won the high jump, and Aoibhinn Farrell of Mercy Woodford jumped to triple jump gold.

In the Junior boys events, Luke Dahler of St Endas took the long jump title, Adrian Marnali of St Mary’s College won the triple jump, while Conor McKenna of St Mary’s College threw well to win the hammer gold

At Minor level, Ava McKeon of AM Ballinasloe won the Minor 75m hurdles and the 200m, while in the boys events, Darragh Jennings of Carraroe took the 800m, Callum Healy from Presentation Athenry won the hurdles, and St Mary’s Joshua Osifo claimed the 100m sprint title.

In the field events, Jade Moorehead and Lukas Schukat, both of Presentation College, Athenry, took gold in the high jump, and Schukat also claimed victory in the long jump.

At Intermediate level, Chloe Casey of St Raphael’s, Loughrea was in superb form, winning double gold in the discus and shot Putt, while Leanagh Gilligan, St Brigid’s, Loughrea, won the triple jump.

On the track, Seren O’Toole of Ballinrobe and GCH stormed to hurdles gold, Eimear Rowe of Mercy Tuam won the 800m title and Emma Boyle of Pres Athenry claimed the 3000m gold.

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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
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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