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Farragher fires over winning scores in hard fought battle

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Castlegar's Kevin Keane who scored one of their three goals in Saturday's senior A hurling championship relegation play-off win over Leitrim/Kilnadeema in Loughrea.

CASTLEGAR 3-13

KILNADEEMA-LEITRIM 2-13

Mark Walsh in Loughrea

BEFORE Joe Canning, came Ger Farragher in the guise of Galway’s designated dead ball-taker. Farragher was one of the sharpest in the country, and late on in Saturday’s opening Senior A relegation play-off in Loughrea, he showed his eye is still very much in.

Oisin Connolly has been Castlegar’s chosen man for the placed balls in 2019, and has been doing a good job with them, but it was Farragher trusted with the responsibility of knocking over the two scoreable frees Cashel’ were awarded in injury time. Coupled with a point from the livewire Jack Coyne in time added on, those scores were just enough to see off Kilnadeema-Leitrim.

Coyne’s 44th minute goal had seen Castlegar into a 3-9 to 1-10 advantage. For all intents and purposes, they had been the better, more compact side up until the goal, but 10 minutes later, Kilnadeema-Leitrim were on terms after scoring 1-3, Jack Kenny’s goal which whistled past the right hand of Johnny Murphy between the Cashel posts the score to draw the game.

That Castlegar recovered their composure afterwards is a positive sign for the squad going into 2020. Consequently, Kilnadeema-Leitrim’s inability to push on after Kenny’s goal when momentum seemed to have flipped a switch in their favour, will be a major bone of annoyance for them over the winter months.

Kilnadeema end their 2019 SHC campaign having failed to register a win; the draw with Sarsfields in Group 2 being their sole aberration. Brian Molloy (0-9) again did the bulk of their scoring, although Mikey Lynch shot 1-1 in the first half, and Luke Kelly landed 0-2 from corner-forward.

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands

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Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email: info@galwayrealestate.ie

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry

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Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

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The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

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