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Expect Mayo to have a right cut in one almighty struggle

Francis Farragher

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The versatile Kevin McLoughlin, one of the key players on the Mayo team chasing long-awaited All-Ireland final glory against Dublin at Croke Park on Sunday.

APART from those residing in the ‘Inner Pale’, there’s a yearning across the land for Mayo to at last call time on their 66-year wait for a fourth All-Ireland football title, while within the county itself that longing is close to mass hysteria.

The red-and-green army are on the march again this weekend launching another vigorous assault on the capital in an attempt to wrest the Sam Maguire from the iron grip of a Dublin side now bidding for a three-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles.

By the time Cavan referee, Joe McQuillan, throws in the ball next Sunday at 3.30pm in Croke Park, it will be Mayo’s ninth time to contest an All-Ireland senior final since 1989, surely a tribute to the resilience and spirit of a county that never seems to lose heart.

During the previous eight final appearances, they practically had their fingers on the cup against Meath in 1996 while in their two most recent final defeats at the hands of the Dubs, they only fell short by a single point.

This year’s slow-burning championship run by Mayo has proven, that without any of a shadow of a doubt, they are the second-best team in the country, but to go one better on Sunday, they must topple a Dublin team that’s already been spoken about in the same breath as the great Kerry teams of the late-1970s and mid-1980s.

It is, by any barometer, a huge challenge but Mayo have never been over-awed by the Dubs and drew with them in last year’s final after conceding two killer own-goals.

Their dropping of All-Star goalkeeper David Clarke for the replay turned out to be hat-trick of own goals for Mayo, but all that’s history now, as Stephen Rochford’s charges brace themselves for another monumental battle.

Mayo will not fear the Dubs. They will match them in physicality, pace and positivity and probably will hold a slight edge in terms of hunger and motivation. No effort will be spared in trying to drink the waters of success from what could be one last trip to the well for this side.

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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