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Galway champions bid to reach All-Ireland final at the fourth time of asking

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Kilkerrin-Clonberne’s Claire Dunleavey, in action against Claregalway's Charlette Cooney, will be hoping that the Galway champions can come through Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Foxrock-Cabinteely.

By Pádraic Ó Ciardha

HAVING dominated the championship in Galway and shown their class at provincial level, the next step for the Kilkerrin-Clonberne ladies football team is to do it on the national stage and they have a big opportunity to do so this weekend. Dublin powerhouse Foxrock-Cabinteely come to Clonberne Sportsfield this Sunday (2pm) as they and the home side go head-to-head for a spot in the All-Ireland final.

This is the fourth time Kilkerrin-Clonberne have reached the semi-final stage in recent years, but they are still waiting to make the breakthrough and reach the All-Ireland final. They suffered narrow defeats to Termon of Donegal and Mourneabbey of Cork in 2014 and ‘15 respectively before Mourneabbey again got the better of the Galway champions last year on their way to the All-Ireland title.

Kilkerrin-Clonberne will be determined to take their chance this time, however, and they are certainly in good form heading into this weekend. Kevin Reidy’s side continued their dominance locally, winning a seventh successive county title in September before cruising to another Connacht crown when they made light work of Roscommon champions Kilbride two weeks ago.

The north Galway side’s main test so far came when they took on Cora Staunton’s Carnacon in the provincial semi-final but Kilkerrin-Clonberne were again too strong for their opponents, running out 4-9 to 2-5 winners. It’s saying something that one of their toughest games still resulted in a ten point victory, but the Kilkerrin-Clonberne manager insists that there have been lessons to take from all their games in this campaign.

“Every game we’ve played this year, we’ve learned something from it,” says Reidy. “The last day playing Kilbride, they were putting 15 behind the ball at times and asking questions of us. We still managed to score 3-21 so we’d be happy with that. At times against Carnacon, we were under pressure but we did well in defence and were decent enough in attack as well.”

That so few teams can put it up to this Kilkerrin-Clonberne side only speaks to their quality. They boast no fewer than four 2019 All Star nominees with goalkeeper Lisa Murphy, defender Nicola Ward, Louise Ward at midfield and Olivia Divilly in attack all receiving recognition for their roles in Galway reaching this year’s All-Ireland senior final.

There is an abundance of talent coming through at underage as well. Lynsey Noone captained the Galway minors to All-Ireland glory last year while Siobhan Fahy, Chloe Miskell, Hannah Noone and Ailish Morrissey picked up Connacht minor medals earlier this year. Many of those youngsters have already become integral parts of this Kilkerrin-Clonberne side but their manager says that they are still improving.

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Council staff under pressure from worsening flooding

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A lack of local authority outdoor staff available to deal with the huge rainfall level over the past week has led to the closure of roads around County Galway, it was claimed this week.

At a meeting of Galway County Council on Monday, a senior local authority official admitted that staff have been ‘stretched’.

Rising water tables and heavy rainfall has resulted in road closures around the county, but according to the Council, there are no houses under threat at the moment.

Iarnród Éireann has also introduced bus transfers on the Galway-Limerick line because of rising water levels at Kiltartan.

The volume of rainfall resulted in road closures, while flooding on the N83 (the old N17) between Tuam and Galway resulted in three-mile tailbacks at Two Mile Ditch – journey times were more than two hours in some cases.

Cllr Joe Byrne told the Council meeting this week that there are not enough outdoor staff on the ground to keep the water tables at a level that would not require roads to be closed.

He was supported by Cllr Jim Cuddy, who said that workers with spades and shovels were required to keep the water tables under control and there was a need to increase outdoor staff at this time of year.

The Independent councillor said that he had heard of some people being stuck in traffic for three hours as they approached the city from the Headford Road and Tuam Road directions.

However, Council Director of Services for Infrastructure, Jim Cullen, said that all of the outdoor staff vacancies had been filled.

Mr Cullen explained that the number of outdoor staff employed by the Council was dependent on the roads budget made available to the local authority on an annual basis.

Council Senior Executive Engineer Damien Mitchell explained that their staff had been stretched over recent days in what where very difficult conditions.

“Nobody has been found wanting. It is not easy,” Mr Mitchell admitted.

(Picture shows a generator being brought to a house at Cloonacauneen this week to help pump flood waters. PHOTO: JOE O’SHAUGHNESSY)
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Council pays €3m for land for social housing in Claregalway

Declan Tierney

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Galway County Council has forked out almost €3 million – more than €400,000 per acre – for development land in Claregalway which it has earmarked for social and affordable housing.

At a local authority meeting this week, some councillors expressed disbelief at the amount paid by the Council for the 7.2 acres.

Local elected representatives expressed frustration and annoyance that they had not been made aware of the purchase until after the deal was done.

Director of Services for Housing, Michael Owens, told a meeting of the County Council on Monday that the lands had been acquired on the open market in the townland Droim na Gaoithe and this will be development for social and affordable housing. He said that a valuer had been engaged for this purpose.

An irate Cllr Jim Cuddy said that as the most local elected representative, he was not aware of the land acquisition. He said that he was not aware of when it was purchased or how much had been paid for it.

The Independent councillor said that the population increase experienced in Claregalway in recent years required the provision of a playground, while he added that there was an urgent need for additional cemetery space as there were just two plots remaining in the existing graveyard.

“It is crazy that more than €406,000 an acre was spent on land for a housing scheme [affordable housing] that doesn’t exist. The County Council would have serious questions to ask if this matter came before a Dáil Public Accounts Committee,” Cllr Cuddy said.
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Councillor hits out at Travellers over stranded horses

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The horses stranded off the Headford Road last weekend.

A county councillor has accused members of the Traveller community of abandoning their horses to flood waters along the Headford Road – which led to a rescue operation being staged over the weekend.

It was proposed that the N84 become a ‘horse exclusion zone’ in the interest of safety and animal welfare and that there are strict land ownership requirements before horses are allowed graze there.

According to Cllr James Charity, a major voluntary effort was put in place to rescue animals that were stranded in flood waters along the main Headford Road.

“It is sickening to see the number of horses that have been abandoned and the fault lies with the Traveller community who do not want to take responsibility for this awful situation.”

The Independent councillor, along with Galway Fire and Rescue Service, Council wardens and local volunteers were involved in a major rescue operation last weekend on the Curraghline when the River Clare burst its banks in several locations.

He told fellow councillors that a meeting was organised to discuss animal welfare along the Headford Road and while the Galway Traveller Movement were invited, they failed to attend.
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