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Galway out in force in final tribute to hurling legend

Ciaran Tierney

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One of the greatest hurlers Galway ever produced – and one of the greatest hurlers from any county never to win an All-Ireland medal – was laid to rest on Monday when former inter-county goalkeeper Seanie Duggan (90) was buried at Forthill Cemetery in the city.

Former team-mates and rival players from all over the country attended the Requiem Mass for the Liam Mellows clubman, who grew up at College Road in the city and played between the posts for the Tribesmen for a decade between 1943 and 1953.

Duggan, who died peacefully last Thursday, was not named on the GAA Team of the Century in 1984. But the man who was named in goals, Tony Reddin, moved from Mullagh to Tipperary because he could not dislodge the Mellows man from the Galway team.

Reddin went on to win three All-Irelands in a row for Tipp, while Duggan was named on the consolation Team of the Century, featuring players who had never won an All-Ireland medal.

There were emotional scenes outside St Patrick’s Church in the city after the Funeral Mass when Reddin, who became a life-long friend despite their sporting rivalry, stepped forward to embrace Seanie’s brother Jimmy – another Galway hurling great, who played with distinction for the men in maroon for 18 years and played in three All-Ireland finals.

Mourners recalled that Seanie won a Railway Cup medal with Connacht in 1947 and a National Hurling League title, in New York, four years later. Sean used to recall with fondness the rousing reception the Galway team received in Eyre Square when they returned with the League trophy in 1951.

They were barren years for Galway hurling, before the county entered the Munster championship, but he was a key member of the side who shocked Kilkenny in the 1953 All-Ireland semi-final – before losing to Cork in the final.

Sean was selected on the Galway Team of the Millennium by a panel of local sports journalists in 2000 and was inducted in the GAA Hall of Fame in 2002. He used to recall epic battles against such acclaimed hurlers as Christy Ring (Cork), Nicky Rackard (Wexford), Mick Mackey (Limerick), and Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary).

Sean turned 90 last year and was delighted to see the Galway team win last year’s Leinster final. He swam every day at Blackrock in Salthill for over 40 years until the end of last year, and many of Galway’s regular group of year-round swimmers attended the Requiem Mass on Monday.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones

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These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.

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All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to news@ctribune.ie or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at salesadmin@ctribune.ie

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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