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Enthusiastic Annand aims to spike interest in Galway Volleyball Club

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Galway Volleyball Club’s men’s team which was formed this year. Back row: Woner Souza, Breno Castro, Anil Yadav, Marcin Tarnopolski, Antoine Tonsuso and Vincent Tiong. Front row: Lee Annand, Jan Hazincak, Sid Raizada and Josef Lumelay. Missing from the picture: Daniel Brzyszcz, Luke Uniacke, Padraig Flanagan, Mark Holohan and Mart Centino.

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GALWAY Volleyball Club is growing. That is the message from Club Secretary and South African native Lee Annand, who is looking to further promote the sport and, hopefully, acquisition facilities where by they can set down permanent roots in the city and county.

At present, Galway VC is a transient affair, flitting between a plethora of venues including Our Lady’s College on Presentation Road in the city and Calasanctius College in Oranmore, where their women’s and men’s adult teams play their home games in the Premier League and Division 1 respectively. The men’s team is a new addition this season.

It reflects though the growing demand locally for the sport, which particularly resonates with the Continental Europeans who have made Galway their home, be it temporarily as a student at NUI Galway or GMIT or be it through permanent residence.

“Definitely, there is a big demand for it,” says Annand in his dulcet Southern Hemisphere accent over a cup of green tea in Food for Thought in Galway City. “The thing is, there are so many international people in Galway now and all these people have played volleyball at some stage of their lives.

“A lot of these would have played in Europe but, unfortunately, when they come to Galway, if they are not in the university, they won’t play the sport again. So, there are people in their mid-20s, mid-30s and mid-40s who have played the game who want to get back into it.”

To this end, Annand, who coaches the men’s and women’s teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays, decided to set up a social volleyball club in Our Lady’s College on a Wednesday evening. “My aim was to develop and organise a social club which is currently happening in Our Lady’s College on a Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm and the cost is €5.

“The training is basic. It is all skill-based with a little bit of fitness but the main aim is to enjoy the game. So, to bring back all the people who used to play this game and to have fun! Depending on the development of the players in the social volleyball club on the Wednesday, they could eventually move up to the Premier team with the women or the senior men’s team in Division 1.”

Galway Volleyball Club has also a junior team based in Loughrea, under the tuition of Conor Flood, and Annand remarks, between the three teams, the club has almost 40 members playing at a competitive level. “So, it is good,” he enthuses.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms

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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.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

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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.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

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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.

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