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Galway United set their stall on defying the doom merchants

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Galway United's new captain Colm Horgan who would love an extended run in the FAI Cup.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

AS Galway United embark on a new season, where they will look to avoid being one of the three clubs to be relegated from the top-flight in a reshuffle to the League of Ireland by the FAI, their new captain Colm Horgan insists he is more than optimistic about the campaign ahead.

Indeed, Horgan, who at 22 years of age must be one of the youngest captains in League of Ireland football, believes this is the best squad the club has assembled in recent years and he says don’t be surprised if they exceed many people’s modest expectations.

Certainly, an impressive pre-season, in which they won five of their six friendlies, should imbue the team and supporters with a measure of confidence heading into this Friday evening’s Premier Division opener against Drogheda United at Eamonn Deacy Park.

“You have to be optimistic,” reiterates Horgan. “It’s a new season and if you are not optimistic, you might as well not get involved. I think in every dressing-room there will be that optimism that they can finish higher than what people might expect, ourselves included. From looking at the lads we have brought in, along with the lads we have kept, I think we are stronger now than ever before.

“So, I really do think we could be a dark horse. I am not going to talk us up or build us up too much. I have heard a lot of people saying Galway United could be one of the three to go down but I know now that if we play to our own ability and we go out and work as hard as we can, and put the hard yards in during the game, we can live with anyone on our day.”

That there is fighting talk but Horgan acknowledges with three instead of one going down this season, the margins are tighter than ever. “Yeah, every single game matters. Every single minute matters,” he states.

“So, it could be a bit of a nightmare for some teams but hopefully not for us. Hopefully we can start well this year. I know we fell away towards the end of last year and it did become a bit shambolic, being honest about it. However, if we can start well and carry that through we have a great chance to move up the table, far away from that relegation battle.”

Of course, reigning champions Dundalk, who captured the imaginations of many last season with their plucky run in both the Champions League play-offs and, subsequently, the Europa League, should again be the team to beat. Horgan agrees.

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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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