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Galway athletes strike gold at Irish Track & Field finals

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Cillin Greene (348) GCH, on his way to winning a National U23 200m silver medal in Tullamore last Saturday.

SATURDAY last saw the start of the 2018 Track and Field Championships as the National Juniors and U23 finals were held in Tullamore, with many Galway athletes securing Irish silverware, with three individual golds being the highlight.

Galway City Harriers athlete Nicole King showcased her great talent, claiming national gold in the U23 400m event with a fast 56.42, while Brendan Lynch of Loughrea AC also won an Irish title, with victory in the Junior 400m hurdles. Veronica Burke of Ballinasloe and District AC continues to impress, as she won the U23 3000m walk.

Craughwell AC also secured top overall Junior women’s club team at the event, which means they are now eligible to compete at the European Clubs Track and Field Cup in Portugal in September.

Cillin Greene of GCH sprinted to silver in the U23 200m, while his clubmate Jack Dempsey was in top form over 100m, and won bronze in the Junior final, clocking 10.79. Dempsey has been selected on the Irish 4x100m relay team for the World Youth Championships to be held in Finland this month.

Aisling Joyce of GCH secured bronze after a hard-fought 1500m at U23 level, while Thomas McSaty and Jack Maher both ran well for fifth and seventh in the 1500m Junior event.  Aoife Sheehy just missed out on a medal, with strong runs for fourth in the 400m and fifth in the 400 Hurdles

Craughwell AC’s U20 and U23 athletes were in flying form, taking home five individual medals, and two sets of relay medals. In the U23 events, Sinead Treacy raced to double silver, in the 200m final in a time of 25.60, and again in the 400m final in 59. 31. Conor Duggan showed he is right back to form after a long injury lay off, when securing the bronze medal in the final of the U23 100m.

Caron Ryan took gold in Junior 5000m in a time of 19:01.54 – making light of the intense Tullamore heat in the process. Chloe Casey stepped up age groups from U17 to U20 and secured a fine bronze in the shot putt with a throw of 10.64 and was also placed fourth in the discus.

Craughwell AC secured bronze in both women’s relays, as their 4x100m team raced to third place in a time of 52.45, with Freya Bohan, Chloe Casey, Aisling Keady and Laura Cunningham on the squad, while the 4x400m team did likewise in a time of 4:24.06 with Arlene Earls, Lorraine Delaney, Shauna Tobin and Ciana Reidy scoring.

NUIG athletes also performed with distinction as Ciara Barry of Crusaders AC & NUIG won the U23 400 hurdles silver and 200m bronze, while sprint hurdler Sarah Quinn (St Coleman’s Mayo and NUIG) won a bronze medal over the 100 hurdles.

The GCH 4×400 metre relay team of Diego Brule, Thomas McStay, Darren Costello and Rob Meagher claimed a bronze medal in the last race of the day, to round off a great afternoon’s action

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

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Council rows back on ‘reduced delays’ projections for Kirwan junction

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Motorists have described it as ‘a disaster’ and a former mayor has said the project gave very poor value for money, but Galway City Council have this week asked the public to be patient with the revamped Kirwan junction, close to the Menlo Park Hotel.

Since the four-arm signalled junction opened early last week, motorists have complained of traffic queues stretching back to the Quincentenary Bridge and Corrib Park.

And now the Council has rowed back on its consultants’ claims that the junction would increase capacity by 15% and reduce waiting times by 25%.

Former mayor and local taxi driver, Cllr Frank Fahy, told the Galway City Tribune that given the negative impact of the junction on traffic, the €5 million spent on the project represented ‘very poor value’ as regards taxpayers’ money.

“I will admit that the junction is now safer for pedestrians in that they can hit a button to give them a safe crossing, but since it opened there have some very serious traffic tailbacks,” said Cllr Fahy.

However, City Council Acting Director of Services for Transport, Uinsinn Finn, told the Galway City Tribune that the new junction needed time to ‘bed in’ with a familiarisation process.

“The main objectives of this project were to make far safer for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate, as well as making it safer for motorists too, without impacting [negatively] on the traffic flow,” said Mr Finn.

He added that since it opened – and over the coming few weeks – data on all aspects of how the junction was functioning would be compiled which could involve changes to light sequencing, lanes and peak traffic flows.

One motorist who contacted this newspaper said that the daily “nightmare” journey from the Barna Road to the Headford Road during the morning peak traffic time had added up to 40 minutes to his journey time.

“The two lanes are regularly gridlocked from the junction, back the N6, over the Quincentenary Bridge and back to Corrib Park.

“In the mornings, it’s now easier to go down Taylor’s Hill and into town, past Eyre Square and up Bohermore to get down to the Headford Road.

Councillors were told by consultants in 2017 and again in 2018 – when they voted to proceed with the changeover to a junction – that average delays would be reduced by 25% and junction capacity would increase by 15%.
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Man hospitalised following Eyre Square assault

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Gardaí have appealed to the public for information into an assault in Eyre Square last weekend which led to a young man being hospitalised.

The victim of the assault – a man in his early 20s from the city area – suffered a cut to his knee and may have had a substance sprayed towards his eyes.

Following the incident – that occurred close to the Eyre Square taxi rank shortly after midnight on Saturday night last – the victim was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway.

It is understood that the victim was released later that morning and has made a full recovery. This week, Gardaí are poring over CCTV footage in an effort to try and identify the perpetrators of the assault.

The assailants are understood to have fled on foot after the incident towards St Patrick’s Avenue on the east side of Eyre Square.

A Garda spokesperson has appealed for anyone who was in the vicinity of the taxi rank on Eyre Square between 12 midnight and 12.30am on the Sunday morning (Saturday night) of July 25 last, and who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

(Photo: the assailants fled on foot towards St Patrick’s Avenue off Eyre Square)
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Council turns down controversial phone mast plan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Galway City Council has refused an application by Eircom to erect a 12-metre telecoms mast in a housing estate in Knocknacarra.

The local authority turned down the company’s application for planning permission to install the structure in the heart of Drom Óir over concerns that it would create a visual obstruction in a residential area – and would have a detrimental impact on property prices.

Eircom had also sought retention to keep a concrete foundation for the mast in situ after it was forced to abandon works earlier this year, amid protests from residents in Drom Óir and Leitir Burca. This was also rejected.

City planners issued the company with a warning letter in April to cease works after contractors on site drew the ire of nearby residents, who accused Eircom of seeking to install the mast ‘by stealth’.

A total of 26 letters of objection were submitted to the Council from residents of the two estate.
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