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Galway fail to do themselves justice in disappointing quarter–final loss to Kerry

Dara Bradley

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Galway defender Gareth Bradshaw is tackled by Johnny Buckley of Kerry during Sunday's All-Ireland football quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy, Sportsfile

GALWAY’S dreadful record against the Kingdom continued last weekend as Kerry easily brushed aside the challenge of the Westerners to earn a semi-final spot in the All-Ireland senior football championship.

The Tribesmen hadn’t beaten the Munster kingpins in Summer in the previous six times of asking since 1965 and they never really threatened to end that bad run during their seventh attempt at Croke Park on Sunday.

Once Kieran Donaghy struck for the game’s only goal after 13 minutes, there was an air of inevitability about the result. That left it 1-4 to 0-2 in Kerry’s favour, and though they only shifted between second and third gear for the duration of the remaining 60-plus minutes or so, Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s men had stretched that advantage to eight points at the finish.

Unlike the drama that came afterwards, in the drawn quarter-final between Mayo and Roscommon, which was a real contest that could have gone either way and went right down to the wire, all four sets of supporters and neutrals in the crowd of 65,000 wanted this curtain-raiser to end long before the final whistle.

Though they only played in patches, the Munster champions had enough quality in key positions to cover the six-points bookies’ spread, and finish on the right side of the 1-18 to 0-13 score line.

Galway couldn’t be accused of giving up, in fairness, but the goal by Tralee’s ‘Star’ completely sucked the belief out of them. And it’s not like they possessed a whole load of belief going into it.

On the face of it, the demolition of Donegal the previous week in the qualifiers should have given them an injection of confidence but it just wasn’t carried forward to GAA headquarters.

Instead of bursting out of the traps and trying to rattle Kerry early on, Galway was tentative and cautious and appeared to be a team trying to contain the opposition, rather than trying to take the game to them. Reacting rather than setting the agenda.

More’s the pity because the Division One league champions appeared vulnerable, and a shadow of the side that toppled the Dubs earlier this year, or put Cork to the sword in Killarney in July.

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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