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Galway hit the goal trail in recording precious victory

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Padraic Cunningham celebrates after scoring Galway United's second goal in Friday night's Premier Division tie gainst Limerick FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 3

Limerick FC 1

THROUGHOUT the season there has always been one key element missing from Galway United’s game, an element which has seen their turbulent season plagued with so many missed opportunities as they failed to turn good performances into points.

In a nutshell, that element was having a clinical edge in front of goal, a flurry of missed opportunities in key encounters such as the recent games against Bray Wanderers and St Patrick’s Athletic seeing Shane Keegan’s men play the role of the gallant losers, while their opposition enjoyed crucial yet fortuitous points they sometimes didn’t deserve.

However on Friday night, the Laois man’s charges finally began showing that clinical edge, as in a game where they didn’t create as much chances as their accustomed to, or had the bulk of the possession, they managed to make every chance count and run out easy winners.

Two goals in the space of three minutes from Ronan Murray and Padraic Cunningham in the first half gave United a rare early lead, while Eoin McCormack slotted home his first goal in the senior ranks to make sure of the victory despite a late consolation from Garbhan Coughlan.

It was a game which started shaky for both sides, the opening 10 minutes seeing a lot of decent passing around the middle that didn’t really result in any chances of note.

United was getting very little possession in the early stages of the match and in all reality were relying on some poor shooting from the visitors to keep the game alive.

The best of their chances came on 12 minutes when debutant Joe Crowe whipped in a cross from the right wing past the Galway rearguard towards an unmarked Rodrigo Tosi, however Limerick’s top goalscorer this season would sky his close range effort well over.

United continued to struggle to deal with Tosi as the game continued, as once again he managed to lose his marker minutes later, but this time Lee Grace was there to block another close range shot – however, it was becoming alarming how easily Neil McDonald’s charges were breaking into the United box.

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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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!

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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

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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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