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Galway strong man is lifting interest for the sport locally

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Inverin native and owner of Galway Strength and Performance gym, Matty Costello, who is hoping to grow the number of Strongman and Strongwoman competitors in Galway and the West of Ireland.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

REMEMBER those days in your youth, and in particular those Sunday nights when you would be hit by that sinking feeling of the weekend being over and what awaited you next morning was an early start for school? We all dreaded it, right?

Indeed, there are plenty of workers out there today who more than likely experience a similar feeling on a Sunday night and one of those was Ireland Strongman competitor and former engineer Matty Costello before he chugged in his ‘9 to 5’ job.

“I was only in the job eight months or so but, at the same time, on a Sunday night you were kind of dreading Monday morning going to work. And then you couldn’t wait until Friday. I said, ‘I am not living my life like this’.”

So, the 25-year-old Inverin native packed it in and took the brave decision to open up his own gym, Galway Strength & Performance in Ballybane. “I like training people. And I like training. It came down to my passion in the end. I am happy getting out of the bed in the morning now and going to work.

Although the gym is not that long up and running, Costello himself has been coaching in powerlifting and in Strongman and Strongwoman for some time. “Five or six years ago, I lifted in my first competition,” he explains. “I had a very big interest in it so I did a lot of research and I learned a lot of training methods that I put into practice.”

As he made improvements, getting stronger and faster, others began to approach Costello, who was still in college at this stage, to seek advice on how best they could improve their own work outs.

“So, I started putting programmes together for them. It kind of just built from there. I was soon helping so many people out where it got to the point where I had to start charging. I kept doing it through college – coaching people – and then I got out of college and began working in the engineering area. I was still coaching people though and I was getting busier and busier with it.”

Added to this, he was also competing himself. As part of his preparation for the Strongman competitions, he would travel to Ballina every Sunday to train as the specific equipment he required was not available in Galway.

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

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Whopping repayments for City Hall’s move

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Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath: Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Council suggested that senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year before the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices there. If they did meet, no minutes exist.

The total cost to repay the loan required to execute Galway City Council’s planned purchase of new offices to accommodate a move from City Hall will be €63.1 million, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

It means the City Council will have to find €2m every year for 30 years in its own revenue budget to repay the mortgage, which could impact on the level of service it delivers to the public or may require an increase in charges or commercial rates.

Separately, a Council reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request suggests senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year prior to the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices – and if they did meet, no minutes exist.

In its loan sanction application form, submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the City Council applied for permission to borrow €45.4 million.

This is to cover the bulk of the cost of the €56.5m total capital outlay associated with moving from City Hall and relocating all Galway City Council employees from College Road to the new Crown Square offices in Mervue.

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

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Hunt on for new courthouse to tackle explosion in cases

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Galway Courthouse: Limited facilities there make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

The Courts Service is scouring the city for rental property to accommodate Galway Courthouse.

Commercial real estate advisors, Avison Young have been hired to source suitable property in the city centre.

The company published an advert in Galway City Tribune last week outlining the Courts Service’s property requirement of suitable commercial or office space of 1,800-2,000 metres squared.

Avison Young said the space should be in the city centre and be available to lease.

On-site parking is required, and it needs to be available for “immediate occupation”.

The move comes after the Galway City Tribune revealed earlier this month that victims of serious crime are waiting up to three years for justice because Galway’s limited court facilities make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

Due to an explosion in the number of cases sent for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, the wait for a trial date is between 24 and 36 months.

The Courts Service confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was looking for a new courthouse and office space facilities.

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

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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