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Galway dog chases English Derby glory

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SUCCESSFUL Glenamaddy owner and breeder PJ Fahy will look to land the top prize in one of the richest greyhound races in the world when his charge Tyrur Shay competes in the English Derby at Towcester on Saturday night.

Live on Sky Sports – the traps in the Derby final shoot open at 8:56pm – the prestigious race boasts an impressive purse of £350,000, with £175,000 going to the winner. 5/4 favourite is Clare’s Rocket but Tyrur Shay is also regarded as a major contender with the bookmakers at 7/4.

Having previously won the Irish Derby on two occasions with Tyrur Rhino (2007) and Tyrur McGuigan (2013), along with the Scottish Derby with Tyrur Kieran (2008), Fahy would dearly love to add the English title to the trophy cabinet.

More so, as he came close to achieving this feat when Tyrur Kieran finished second in the 2008 English Derby. Indeed, it was double disappointment for Fahy that night in Wimbledon as another of his connections, Pat Mullarkey’s Tyrur Laurel, finished fourth in a race where five of the six dogs encountered trouble on the bends.

“This is our 12th derby final between Ireland, England and Scotland,” begins an excited Fahy. “We were there in 2008 with Kieran and Laurel – Pat Mullarkey had Laurel – and both were very unlucky because they were taken out of it on the bend.”

With the move from Wimbledon to Towcester this year, many view the track as a fairer examination of a dog’s racing credentials. Fahy agrees: “It is definitely a different kind of track. I have to say, though, is the way the whole thing is run, it has given me my buzz back in greyhound racing. They couldn’t be nicer and they couldn’t do enough for you. It is just a massively enjoyable experience over there.”

Adding to this, no doubt, is the fact that Tyrur Shay has made the final but, then again, it is no surprise to anyone who has been in Fahy’s company in the past six months or so as the Galway owner, breeder and trainer has been extolling the virtues of the Derby finalist.

“He is a brilliant greyhound. I have had a lot of great greyhounds over the years and this one is right up there with them. The very best of them. As I have said, Kellogg’s have ‘Special K’ but we have ‘Special Shay’. He is a great greyhound.”

Although Tyrur Shay finished just behind favourite Clare’s Rocket in the semi-final, there was little between them. Indeed, before the Derby competition commenced, the two raced off in a trial stake.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Development hailed as major boost in tackling local housing demand

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Artist’s impression...the proposed Claregalway housing development.

The green light has been given to a sizeable residential development in Claregalway, which was the subject both of strenuous opposition and support in the area.

An Bord Pleanála have granted planning permission for 111 houses and apartments in Claregalway following a strategic housing development application by K King Construction for the development at Lakeview, Claregalway.

Local councillor David Collins (FG) welcomed the decision saying that there was an urgent need for new housing in Claregalway given the demand.

And he also paid tribute to developer Walter King for offering land for the development of community facilities to the local area.

“We need the houses and we need the land so this decision satisfies Claregalway on both fronts,” Cllr Collins added.

The Athenry Oranmore area councillor also said that requirement that a certain number of houses be reserved for Irish speakers was also a boost to developing the language in the area – Claregalway is part of the Gaeltacht.

The higher planning authority ruled that the proposed development would constitute an acceptable residential density at this location and was also acceptable in terms of traffic and pedestrian safety.

They also said that the site could be drained satisfactorily and that surface water would not be an issue.

The site for the development measures over twelve acres in size and is located at the junction of the Lydican Road about three quarters of a mile from the village off the main Oranmore road.

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Carna’s Community Café raises a cuppa – and funds – for new Ukrainian arrivals

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Carna Community Café volunteers presenting a cheque to Irish Red Cross Conamara Area Director Niall O'Meachair (third from right); pictured are (from left) Máirín Ní Churraion, Kate Mulkerrins, Siobhán Kennedy, Tom Lane and Máire Ní Domhnaill.

Carna’s new Community Cafe has donated €1,000 to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal – thanks to the village’s love of tea, cake, and a good old chat.

The brainchild of a group of sea-swimming enthusiasts living in the area, the weekly café started just before Easter as a way to help people begin socialising again after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Looking to simply cover costs – with the café’s bakers and servers all volunteering and charging just a euro for a cup of tea or a piece of cake – the team decided any excess income would be donated to charity.

Little did they know that just five weeks later they would be passing on €1,000 to the Red Cross.

“The aim initially wasn’t to raise money at all, we just wanted to provide a friendly, welcoming and affordable place where people could come and have a chat and see each other again,” said Máirín Ní Churraoin, who runs the local Post Office.

“But it’s been proving more popular than we could have imagined, so we decided that any income generated has to go to a good cause – for this first donation we all felt the Red Cross Ukraine appeal was an obvious choice.”

The Ukraine appeal is even more fitting given the location of the Café: the dining room of the Carna Bay Hotel, which is currently providing accommodation to people who have fled the conflict.

“We’re delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative, it’s just brilliant to see people coming out and socialising over a bit of cake again,” said Karl Rogers from the Carna Bay Hotel.

“And with the tea, musicians and chat, it’s a great way for our guests from Ukraine to meet local people and experience Irish culture first-hand.”

At the most recent event on Saturday May 7th, Irish Red Cross Conamara Area Director, Niall O’Meachair was on hand to collect a cheque for €1,000.

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive this money from the Community Café in Carna, and through the work of the Red Cross we’ll make sure it goes to helping people affected by this awful, awful conflict.”

The Community Café is held every Saturday in the Carna Bay Hotel, 10am to 12:30pm.

 

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Old stone-carved bank sign to be retained after community lobby

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Deputy Sean Canney outside the old Bank of Ireland building at Shop Street in Tuam.

An old stone carved sign on the front of a former bank building in the heart of Tuam is to be retained, following intense representations from the local business community.

The building is currently being renovated by the Department of Social Protection which is moving into the property over the coming months

Galway East TD Sean Canney received confirmation from the Department that the red brick building on Shop Street will retain the old Bank of Ireland name.

The Bank of Ireland was originally located at Shop Street in Tuam before moving to its current location at Dublin Road several decades ago.

The building on Shop Street was then occupied by the town library, which has since moved to the local Council offices, and now it is being renovated so that it can be occupied by the Department of Social Protection.

During the renovations of the old library building on Shop Street to make way for the new Intreo Centre, which brings together various social welfare services, the old stone carved sign was revealed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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