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Galway make title statement in putting Mayo to the sword

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Galway's Tomo Culhane who was in fine scoring form in their Connacht minor football championship win over Mayo at MacHale Park last Friday evening.

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Rob Murphy at MacHale Park

THE full time whistle at MacHale Park on Friday evening brought about a great roar from the travelling Galway fans. The light summer rain didn’t deter them on their mission to enter the field and congratulate the boys in maroon who had delivered a stellar second half display in securing their second consecutive victory in the minor championship.

A performance full of superb fielding with James McLaughlin to the fore, a strong defence, with the full back line, including captain Johnny McGrath in the corner, Rory King and Liam Tevnan all key, and some outstanding attack play underlined by the brilliance of Tomo Culhane, drove Galway to victory as Mayo struggled to come to terms with their pace and kick passing during a high octane second half.

As the supporters waited to greet their heroes, Galway manager Donal Ó Fátharta spoke to his players. When he was finished, he approached the media looking jaded but delighted. Next on his agenda was under 10s training with his son the following morning and he was keen to point out that win, lose or draw, he would have been looking forward to that. It all adds to a calm atmosphere around this group.

“They worked very hard, Mayo are a very strong outfit, full of talented players. We worked a lot during the week on shape and trying to nullify them as much as we can and obviously worked on ourselves as much as we can. Look, it gives us a chance ahead of the Leitrim game next week, we need to win that to keep us going,” noted Fátharta

His Galway side had figured out a tricky challenge. Mayo had edged the first half in terms of scoring chances but a game low on quality had produced just eight scores between them to that point. Mayo kicking four from 13 scoring attempts, Galway creating less but notching four points from seven opportunities.

It took Mayo three shots at the posts to find their range and Irwin was their catalyst in that regard as he kicked a couple of neat points under minimal pressure into the Albany end. The scores quickly dried up, however, as the attacks continued, with Mayo missing their next three shots. They went 19 minutes without registering a further score.

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

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Covid could leave Galway City Council with €25m budget hole

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Shop STreet this week.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council is facing into a “potential crisis scenario” with a forecasted €25 million black hole in its budget, unless the Government comes good on a promise to plug the gap left by Covid-19.

That’s according to City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath who told councillors this week that the commercial rates waiver introduced by Government and a drop in income from goods and services provided by the local authority could slash their forecast annual revenue by 25%.

Mr McGrath said the last Government, when it introduced the rates waiver for cash-strapped businesses in March, had committed to €260 million to be put aside to bolster local authority finances, but no detail of how that will be rolled out had been provided.

“We are hoping as part of the July stimulus package, the new Government will give us the detail we so desperately need,” he said.

“Our rates standing orders have been wiped out to the tune of 90%.”

Tourism was crucial to the economic success of Galway, he continued, with approximately 80% of city businesses reliant on tourists to stay afloat.

“We have the highest percentage dependency of any local authority on rates from the tourism and hospitality sector,” said Mr McGrath.

It was for that reason that the Executive was seeking councillors’ approval to free up €485,000 of the so-called ‘Marketing Sinking Fund’ to finance a raft of tourism initiatives aimed at boosting the local economy by attracting domestic tourists as Covid-related restrictions are eased, in what Mr McGrath referred to as “temporary internal borrowing”.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, and more on the tourism promotion plans, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Seafront prom and new train station planned for Murrough

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A vision of a new urban district on GMIT lands at Murrough – including a seafront promenade and new train station – has been submitted to Government for funding approval.

Galway City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath has outlined a plan to ‘leverage’ land and resources of the third level institute to create a new East City Urban District.

Mr McGrath has included the plans in an application for funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

The total value of the project would be €61 million, he said, which values the land at Murrough at about €14 million.

“We are seeking URDF investment to activate these sites as catalysts to boost population and economic output for the city and region,” Mr McGrath told city councillors.

He said that by leveraging the lands at GMIT, the Council was delivering on a target in the National Planning Framework 2040, which states there should be “special focus on capitalising on the potential of underutilised and publicly owned and centrally located sites”.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

Enda Cunningham

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A computer-generated image of how the new Cúirt na Coiribe would look.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920.

Exeter Property Group, one of the biggest property investment groups in the world, has applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission to demolish a two-storey building to the front of the development and to remove the existing fifth floor attic level from the next block.

The proposal involves extending upwards and outwards to create a total of 920 bed spaces in 868 bedrooms in a single building with nine linked blocks ranging from two to six storeys.

The project includes a gym/fitness studio in the basement, a games room, library/study spaces, café/restaurant and lounge spaces.

There will be 59 carparking spaces and 656 cycle spaces included. A total of 398 of the 405 existing bed spaces will be retained.

It is proposed that the existing bed spaces will retain their original planning permission which allows for short-stay lets throughout the year, and the additional 515 spaces would only be permitted to be used as short-stay lets during the summer months.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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