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Galway City to send formal invitation to Pope Francis

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Galway City Council is to extend a formal invitation to Pope Francis to visit the city during his papal tour of Ireland next year.

A motion was passed at a local authority meeting that the invite be sent to the Pope, who will be in Ireland in August 2018.

Cllr Pearce Flannery proposed that the Council executive “write to Dr Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and request that he formally invite His Holiness Pope Francis to visit Galway during his proposed visit to Ireland in 2018”.

On the advice of Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, he agreed to omit “and celebrate Mass in a similar fashion to his predecessor John Paul II in 1979”, as he said the invite was more likely to be acceptable without conditions attached.

Cllr Flannery said he is not a religious person, but believed it would be a positive thing for the city.

The motion was passed.

Pope Francis will travel to Ireland to attend the World Meeting of Families, which takes place every three years.

The last papal visit to Ireland was in September 1979, when a quarter of a million people attended mass with John Paul II at Ballybrit racecourse.

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Galway left with lessons to learn after league final loss

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Galway defender Siobhan Gardiner is about to challenge Kilkenny’s Miriam Walsh duruing the National Camogie League final at Croke Park on Sunday Photo: INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

By Eanna O’Reilly

WHEN Galway look back on Sunday’s league final defeat to Kilkenny, they will undoubtedly focus on the third quarter of the game as the period when things went badly wrong. After dominating the opening half, with a three-point lead at the interval, Galway appeared to be in a strong position. By the 39th minute, however, the Tribeswomen found themselves five points behind after an extraordinary turnaround from Brian Dowling’s Kilkenny side.

During that period, the Cats scored 1-5 without reply (all from play) to put themselves firmly in the driving seat. This eight-point turnaround forced Cathal Murray’s side to chase the game for the remainder, which they did admirably, drawing level by the 60th minute. However, the surrender of a strong half time position was something they will be very disappointed with.

Galway began brightly, with some excellent attacking play early in the game. Catherine Finnerty showed her running threat in the opening half, drawing three fouls from the Kilkenny backs. Carrie Dolan had a tremendous first half, taking two good points from play along with five pointed frees. Dolan hit two from the sideline on the Cusack Stand side, from very difficult angles, which were superb.

Sarah Spellman worked hard in the half forward line and had some effective moments, while the inside trio looked dangerous. Ailish O’Reilly, Siobhán McGrath and Aoife Donohue carried a major threat when supplied with possession. McGrath almost put Finnerty through on goal and O’Reilly linked up well with Dolan for two points, while she was fouled for another pointed free.

Donohue drew two fouls, which were pointed, while she also scored herself after a great move involving Niamh Kilkenny and Finnerty. Galway created a major goal chance when Spellman’s attempted shot broke to Dolan, but her effort was saved by Aoife Norris. Unfortunately for the Galway free taker, she missed her easiest placed ball of the day just before half-time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Murray’s side are left to rue poor start to the second half

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Galway players Aoife Donoghue, Roisin Black and Emma Helebert surround Kilkenny's Michaela Kenneally during Sunday's National Camogie League final at Croke Park. Photos: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kilkenny 1-18

Galway 1-15

STEPHEN GLENNON AT CROKE PARK

ONE that got away? Galway will believe so. Having levelled up this exciting National League senior camogie final in injury-time, the Tribeswomen subsequently conceded three points to All-Ireland champions Kilkenny to narrowly lose out on the prize at Croke Park on Sunday evening.

With a small crowd permitted to attend this sporting fixture in this era of Covid, there was great delight for the Kilkenny players as they lifted silverware in front of their die-hard supporters – something they had missed out when defeating Galway to win the O’Duffy Cup last December.

Indeed, for Galway, this was yet another disappointing visit to Gaelic Games headquarters and, no doubt, there will be some soul-searching done in the wake of a loss in which they did a great deal right and, yet, still fell short.

The decisive spell in this contest was just after half-time. A wind-assisted Galway had led 0-9 to 0-6 at the break – Carrie Dolan having landed seven points, including two from play – but, upon the restart, Kilkenny hit them for 1-5 without reply in a devastating eight-minute epoch.

The Kilkenny goal was one of real quality with the impressive Aoife Doyle rampaging through the Galway rearguard before unleashing an unstoppable effort beyond Sarah Healy on 32 minutes.

With Mary O’Connell (2), Doyle, Denise Gaule and Michaela Kenneally all adding points in this period, Kilkenny raced into a 1-11 to 0-9 lead and Galway appeared in all kinds of trouble, both in defence and attack.

Yet, what Doyle could do down one end, Niamh Kilkenny could do at the other and on 40 minutes the Pearses midfielder showed quick turn of foot coming in off the right wing and she, too, struck a fine shot to goal to breathe new life into the Galway challenge.

In the ensuing minutes, Gaule and Dolan exchanged frees and, by the second half water break, Cathal Murray’s charges were incredibly just two points behind, 1-12 to 1-10, despite being outplayed for most of the third quarter.

Galway continued to show resilience in the face of adversity in the final run-in as Siobhan McGrath, Dolan (two frees), Kilkenny and Donohoe all pointed to tie up the game at 1-15 apiece with time up and a victory was certainly there for them.

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Survey to look at parking and transport in Salthill

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Residents, businesses and visitors to Salthill have been encouraged to take part in a survey being carried out by the City Council as part of a parking management study.

The study – funded by the National Transport Authority – will explore active travel (walking, cycling) measures along the Prom and will make recommendations on the regulation of parking in the Salthill area.

The Village Salthill group – which represents businesses in that area – have asked everyone to participate in the survey to ensure that the interests of all sectors are considered.

Pete Kelly, spokesperson for Village Salthill, told the Galway City Tribune that they wanted to approach the issue in a reasoned way – starting with participation in the survey.

“We will be engaging with the City Council, and the councillors, in a constructive manner on the whole parking issue but the vital thing for people to do now is to take part in the survey.

“Last year’s summer tourist season was largely rescued by the numbers of family groups who visited the resort and they are people who in the main use their cars to get here.

“We are also looking a population base of around 20,000 people in the Knocknacarra area who would be interested in looking at a better way of life in terms of movement and greater use of public transport,” said Mr Kelly.

Local councillor, Donal Lyons, told the Galway City Tribune that there were many different views to be taken into account as regards parking and traffic management in the Salthill area.

“I am appealing to residents of the Salthill and overall area to respond to this survey and to make their views known. Sometimes, surveys like this, can be dominated by lobby groups. Make sure as locals to have your say,” said Cllr Lyons.

Jimmy Callan, Acting Senior Engineer with the Council said that while the character of Salthill had changed over time, the area still retained its distinctive character and amenity value.

“The purpose of this parking study is to establish a relationship between how people are using Salthill, and where they choose to park.

“Previous public consultation in relation to Covid measures in summer 2020 showed that there is a strong demand to look at how travel and parking is managed in Salthill in the longer term,” said Mr Callan.

Submissions can be made at activetravelgalway.ie and the deadline is Saturday, July 10.

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