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Doyle fires Galway WFC into semi-finals of the Cup

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Mervue United's Enda Curran turns away from the challenge of Corrib Rangers' Kevin Fitzpatrick. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Soccer Wrap by Mike Rafferty

Sometimes teams just do what they have to do in order to succeed and that appeared to be the case in Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday evening as an opening-half goal gave Galway WFC an advantage they seldom looked like losing in this FAI Cup Women’s quarter-final.

It was California native McKenna Doyle who struck for the only goal of the game and, in the process, send them through to the last four for the first-time ever. Here the competition gets a lot more difficult as the top four teams in the league are all still standing, with one of Peamount United, Shelbourne or Wexford Ladies their opponents when the semi-final draw is made.

Billy Clery’s charges were comfortable 3-0 winners when these two sides met earlier in the league and based on overall performance, a home win was expected. To say they laboured somewhat is putting it mildly. Galway WFC dominated the majority of possession, but rarely turned it into a test for visiting goalkeeper, Sophie Lennon.

With the back four in the comfort zone and untested all evening, the onus was on the home side to create and finish and while they did a certain amount, they still struggled in front of goal. Chloe Singleton had an early effort saved at the near post by Lennon, before Sadhbh Doyle released McKenna Doyle behind the cover, but she lashed over from close range.

Doyle atoned for that miss with a splendid goal on 28 minutes. Meadbh De Burca provided the assist down the left and from her cross, the American student ran in to power a header past Lennon for a 1-0 advantage.

While Lynsey McKey dragged an effort wide, most of the chances were falling the way of McKenna Doyle, but her shooting boots required adjusting as the finishing was poor. The resumption saw the home side continue to threaten as Sinead Donovan, Aoife Thompson, Sadhbh Doyle and De Burca enjoyed midfield supremacy, but chances continued to be hard to come by.

Against a better team, they could have been punished and Galway WFC did have a late let off when ‘keeper Abbie Ronayne had to make a smart save at her near post to bat away a Catherine Cronin effort.

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

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Hundreds of snapper Pat’s Galway photos set to be showcased

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Well-known face: amateur photographer Pat Cantwell

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Pictures of everyday Galway faces and places – captured by an amateur photographer as part of a hobby – are to be featured on new hoarding to be erected around the Bonham Quay building site.

Pat Cantwell’s photos of Galway people, scenery and buildings have garnered over 8,000 followers on his Facebook page, ‘Galway Faces & Places’.

He has now been approached by the developers of Bonham Quay to use 500 images as part of a hoarding around the massive €105 million development creating office space, retail and restaurant units.

Pat has advised members of the public whose photos he has taken to let him know if they are unwilling to be featured in the ‘people wall’.

“I have literally taken thousands of pictures of Galway people – it could be as many as 14,000 people – and I tell them it’s for my website and get their permission,” he explains.

“But it would be madness to try and get 500 signatures for this. Since I told people about it on the website, I’ve had 400 positive affirmations and only one man declined to be involved and that’s fair enough. It will be a random selection of people – as many well-known people as I can get.”

Pat, a native of Raleigh Row who now lives in Mervue, was a salesman in O’Connors TV & Video outlet for 25 years before moving to O’Shaughnessy’s Audiovision and Peter Murphy Electrical prior to his retirement.

It was following an unfortunate accident while on holiday in Australia to visit his son who lived in Perth that his passion for photography really took hold.
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At least 240 Galway City Airbnbs flouting planning rules

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – At least 240 short-stay apartments and houses in Galway City are operating without planning permission, according to local authority estimates.

However, former mayor Niall McNelis has said he believes the real figure is “far higher”, while Green Party councillor Pauline O’Reilly said Airbnb is “destroying our city”.

Under legislation introduced last July, the owners of some Airbnb-type rental properties must apply for planning permission – where they fall within certain criteria – because the city is classed as a Rent Pressure Zone.

For any property which is a second or subsequent home (not the owner’s home) which is used for short-term letting, a ‘change of use’ planning application is required “for the purpose of residential short-term letting/B&B”.

Since the law was passed, Galway City Council has received just three change of use planning applications for short-term lets.

The Council’s own estimate is that there are 1,200 properties in the city that come under the short-term letting umbrella. It estimates that only 720 of these are ‘active’, and of those some 480 are exempt from the new legislation.

That means, according to the Council’s own estimate, that 240 properties in the city are operating without planning permission in breach of the legislation.
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Four-fold increase in homeless children

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Emergency 'Cold Weather Response' accommodation for being provided by COPE Galway and the City Council at Seamus Quirke Road.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City councillors gave their backing to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy this week, despite being told that the numbers of families and children homeless in the region had sky-rocketed by more than 300% in three years.

At a meeting of the local authority on Monday evening, the Draft Region Homelessness Action Plan 2020-2022 was presented to councillors, in which it was revealed that in terms of homelessness, the West is worst – since 2016, the region had the highest increase in the country.

Three years ago, some 130 adults were accessing homeless services through emergency accommodation. In August of this year, that figure had risen to 351.

The number of homeless families stood at 17 in 2016; this year, that figure was at 83 by the end of September.

Some 200 children were homeless at the end of August 2019, a 344% increase on the 47 who were without a home in 2016.

The report notes that 30 people were sleeping rough in Galway City in October, while there were 251 homeless adults in the city by the end of the third quarter – 146 males; 76 families; and 185 dependents.

A series of actions are set out by the plan, with homelessness prevention at the top of the list. This comprises of ensuring early intervention for high-risk categories, including: prison discharges; young people exiting care; hospital discharges; people exiting direct provision; and victims of domestic violence.

The Mayor and Cllr Ollie Crowe (FF) both described the new Housing Task Force established in Galway – which does not include any elected representatives – as a farce, with the Mayor hitting out at the arrogance of the Minister for Housing in saying that things were improving.

“You’ve a situation where you’ve kids going to school and their news of the day is that they’ve moved to a new B&B – and they’re being laughed at in class,” blasted the Mayor.
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