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Galway Camogie U16s stay unbeaten

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The Galway U14 camogie squad which won the Connacht title in Oran last Saturday. Back row, left to right: Muireann Faherty, Aoibheen Fox, Niamh Horan, Caoimhe Grealish, Aoife Lyons, Sinead Donovan, Caoilfinn Hennessey, Tara Stephens, Teegan Canning, Rachel Hughes, Lauren Butler, Kate Manning. Front row: Fiona Ryan, Caoimhe Cahill, Katie Hunt, Katelyn Quinn, Chloe O Reilly, Annie Nevin, Niamh Niland, Abbey Fox Carr, Niamh McPeak

Galway 1-14 Dublin 1-10

A late 1-4 last Saturday completed Galway’s group campaign of the All-Ireland under 16 Camogie Championship undefeated and sets up a semi-final with Wexford on Sunday in Edenderry (2.30pm).

After an opening draw with Clare followed by wins over Cork and Kilkenny, the Tribesgirls trailed Dublin by 1-10 to 0-10 entering the final ten minutes before overturning the deficit.

Eimear O’Donovan and Sinead Minihan reduced arrears before three substitutes combined to secure Lorraine Larkin’s charges top spot.

Leanne Freaney set up Ava Lynskey for Galway’s goal on 55 minutes before Freaney and Marie Farrell helped the maroon and white to their third victory.

Despite taking until the finish to oversee a Dublin outfit playing for pride, Galway will be strong favourites to account for Wexford.

Boasting dangerous players like Una Sinnott and Annie Dempsey, Wexford began their campaign poorly with a 7-16 to 0-6 defeat to Tipperary before drawing 2-10 to 4-4 against Limerick.

They were underdogs against Offaly before managing a 1-18 to 3-9 win and taking second spot behind the Premier County.

In contrast, Galway have been impressive despite some scares. It took a late Lynskey goal to rescue a 3-10 to 2-13 draw against Clare but they showed their potential when they dismissed Cork 5-11 to 0-8.

Expected to breeze through the final two games, they had to come from seven behind to beat Kilkenny 2-16 to 1-12 and an opening minute goal from Dublin’s Grace O’Shea ensured Galway would have to work to succeed again.

Dublin led 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time and were causing problems. Ellen McGovern, Claire Murray, Niamh Rock and O’Shea scored but Galway responded through O’Donovan, Taragh Moloney, Mairead Burke, Minihan and a Carrie Dolan penalty.

The third quarter was competitive but Galway couldn’t get within three points as even with Dolan, O’Donovan and Moloney troubling the umpires, McGovern and Alex Griffin ensured the sky slues stayed ahead.

But like the Clare and Kilkenny games, Galway produced a late showing to take the spoils. Galway’s attacking threat has stood out with 11 different scorers over the four games.

Moloney leads with 0-17 but is well supported by Dolan (2-10) and Siobhan McGrath (4-4). Lynskey has produced 3-1 while O’Donovan (1-9), Burke (1-2), Sarah Spellman (0-3) and Leanne Helebert (0-1) have registered minors. And on Saturday, Minihan, Farrell and Freaney contributed.

The attack minded outfit have conceded 4-53 but have been reasonably solid with St. Thomas’ keeper Sarah Healy, full Roisin Black at full back and the half-back line of Christina Hanley, Aisling Downey and Emma Gaffney influential perfromers.

And in midfielders Moloney and Minihan, Galway have a duo capable of dictating play. Galway must guard against complacency to advance to a third consecutive All-Ireland final.

While Wexford must be respected, their underage record hasn’t been as impressive as their senior stars and a solid maroon and white display should be enough to see Galway face Cork or Tipperary at the end of the month.

For more camogie reports see this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Supply chain challenges in retail

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SPONSORED CONTENT  – EZ LIVING FURNITURE

There has been a huge demand for consumer products in 2020 and 2021. Covid-19 has resulted in people spending more time at home than ever before. Lockdown especially saw all non-essential workers previously confined to their homes. Investing in goods such as clothing, electronics and furniture was one of the few ways that people could spend their discretionary income from the comfort of their own homes. However, this major spike in consumer purchasing is only one of many challenges that the retail industry is currently facing.

Every retailer and consumer across the globe is being affected by rising costs and frustrating delivery delays and this, unfortunately, includes  EZ Living Furniture. As Ireland’s most loved and well-known furniture retailer, we wanted to help our customers understand the issues the entire retail industry is currently facing and will continue to face for some time by outlining the order fulfilment process to you.

Supply Chain explained

March 2020:

Many suppliers (including EZ Living Furniture) source their products from overseas. When Covid-19 first struck in the Far East in March 2020, illness and a lessened workforce lead to a dramatic decrease in production. When those countries entered lockdown, supply stopped coming from the Far East entirely.

April 2020:

When these countries began to recover and started to exit lockdown, Europe, unfortunately, went into lockdown. Because we were unable to sell stock to the same capacity, we stopped ordering from these countries.

June 2020:

Customers began ordering products again, but only online as all of the physical stores in Europe were closed. It took us, and many other European businesses a number of weeks to come to terms with the new working from home arrangements and the redirection of resources towards the increase in online sales that occurred subsequently.

November 2020:

Product manufacturers and raw material manufacturers in Europe were still closed due to the pandemic. This meant materials and products were not being produced in Europe at all.

This caused major issues with supply and production. For instance, foam is one of many materials used to make mattresses, dining chairs, and sofas. When this is in short supply, so too is the furniture that uses foam.

Hospitals around the globe began ordering thousands of containers of PPE. With no warehouses to store these essential healthcare items, they remained in the containers at ports. This lead to congestions at ports and a shortage of shipping containers worldwide.

Shipping ports closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in ports.

March 2021:

The Suez Canal was blocked by a container vessel for six days. This put further strain on supply chains that were already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.

October 2021:

We are still continuing to suffer from the lack of containers. This is causing a rise in transportation and raw material costs. Deliveries to customers are also now taking longer than usual.

What are we doing to resolve this?

Stores like us are working even harder to ensure that customers receive the same products in the same time frame and at the same price-point that was in place before the pandemic. Any solution to this supply chain problem is not perfect. Prioritising faster delivery will inevitably lead to higher costs while focusing on lowering product prices will inevitably delay delivery times.

Alternatives and long-term solutions are being explored such as supply chains in eastern Europe. However, this is a time-consuming process primarily due to quality control and logistics.

What you need to know

Already this year, we have had to increase our stock levels to try to compensate for any future delivery delays. Until now, we have been absorbing the increases in transportation costs and raw materials in order to continue to offer our customers such a wide range of furnishings.

Unfortunately, due to the prolonged nature of the pandemic, stock is going to be limited, especially during certain holiday periods. Prices may also have to be increased again in the future with smaller companies likely to be affected to an even greater degree. We want to be completely transparent with our customers and make you all aware that our promotions listed below may be the last chance for you all to purchase EZ Living Furniture items at such low prices.

So, don’t wait to buy that EZ Living Furniture Item you have been eyeing and prioritise our in-stock items. The products available in all retail stores now could sell out and take a long time to return to stock. Shipping delay issues could also mean you are waiting months to receive your items.

Although we are uncertain as to how long these global supply-chain issues will last, we aim to keep you updated at all times. We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times.

For any queries regarding your order, please contact our Customer Service team by phone, email or live chat:

Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm

Phone: 0818 222 272

Customer Service Email: customerservice@ezliving.ie

Website Enquiries Email: websales@ezlivingfurniture.ie

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Free House provides a launch pad for Galway’s musical talent

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Turnstiles...providing a launching pad for themselves and others.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Back in the summer of 2019, a series of ticket-free, DIY gigs took place in a packed-out Club Áras na nGael on Dominick Street. Dubbed Free House, the nights breathed life into Galway’s local music scene and raised the profile of the featured acts – as well as that of the venue itself.

It began as a vehicle for punk four-piece Turnstiles who – largely through bass player Jake Tiernan – curated and performed in the events and, as they went from the strength to strength, so too did the project.

Now, as venues prepare to welcome fully-fledged gigs back, Free House is returning, with Jake and Turnstiles’ drummer Luke Mulliez facilitating the project.

Beginning this Friday with two surprise bands back in Áras na nGael, the plan is to stage an event every two weeks.

When they first occurred, the gigs were defined by their inclusivity as much as the quality of the acts that performed. It was all manner of artist in a venue that could host any type of gig-goer. The challenge now is to cultivate the same atmosphere in an ever-changing environment.

“I’ve had this fear that, even for the next year, everything is going to have to be super regulated and what was good about those gigs was that everything was unregulated,” Jake admits.

“The furthest I can see restrictions going is a capacity limit so if they say ‘a hundred people max’ then that’s fine. We could have a hundred free tickets and I think we could get the same atmosphere.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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One half of Hollywood’s golden couple sings Galway’s praises after trip

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Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello and his chihuahua Bubbles, with Fergus Lally of Galway’s Celtic Chauffeurs at the Cliffs of Moher.

He may be married to the highest paid actress in the world, but that did not stop Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello savouring the best that Galway had to offer – hailing the people, the cheese, chocolate and salmon during his trip west.

The American actor, who played stripper Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh’s box office hit Magic Mike, was not joined by Modern Family’s Sofía Vergara until a week later on his trip around Cork.

But he did ring his wife of six years in the US while exploring the countryside of south Galway and Clare with guide, Fergus Lally, who had picked him and his chihuahua Bubbles up from the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Bushypark on the city’s edge.

“I had a great time with him. I brought him to the Cliffs of Moher and along the way we stopped off at the Hazel Mountain Chocolate factory, the cheese shop at the Aillwee Caves and he had a tasting at the Burren Smoke House in Lisdoonvarna,” reveals Fergus.

“He had an amazing time tasting all the foods. The back of the car was full – everybody did well out of him. He was blown away with the places I brought him. He loved the history of the Corcomroe Abbey and Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara. He was a great guy. I was delighted to drive him. The two of us just clicked.”

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie  

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