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Only Galway’s best will do in order to floor Cork

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FOR the 12th consecutive year, Galway prepare for an All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final this Saturday (Gaelic Grounds, 5pm) when they face Cork in a contest that will define their season.

Dublin produced a shock eliminating Wexford while Clare, Limerick and Tipperary had their moments, but there always seemed an inevitably that the Tribeswomen would find themselves in the final four and face the test that would dictate how their year would be viewed.

Galway’s pass/fail status is based on simply qualifying for Croke Park. Beat the Rebelettes and they’ll toast another All-Ireland final appearance. Suffer defeat and questions will be asked whether they’ve slipped from the elite.

The counties met in the 2015 All-Ireland final when Cork emerged triumphant 1-13 to 0-9.  Galway prevailed in their previous two meetings, including the league final but they haven’t met since that September showdown.

“We didn’t play them (Cork) at all last year so you are going back to that 2015 All-Ireland,” stated Galway captain Heather Cooney when asked if that final will help motivation.  “I mean there are certain things you think about but at the end of the day, it’s an All-Ireland semi-final.

“We’ll just come in and give it our best shot and hopefully whatever it takes to get girls going on the day – be it just being in an All-Ireland semi-final, be it thinking back to that 2015 All-Ireland. Whatever it is, I’ve no doubt we will go in on the day with the right attitude and the right mindset.”

There’s a feeling the county is drifting from the leading pack, but Galway have only been marginally the wrong side of recent results.

“We didn’t concentrate on Cork until now because we couldn’t,” said manager Mark Dunne. “But our aim is to be the best team in the country and to do that, we have to beat the best. All-Irelands don’t come easy or getting to All-Irelands don’t come easy.”

“That is being billed as the All-Ireland I suppose since they were last year’s finalists – Cork and Kilkenny.  They were this year’s league finalists. Everyone has them ahead of the pack. I don’t think it has any effect on our camp. I doubt very much it does in Cork’s camp. Cork and Galway games have never much in it.”

Cork lost last year’s All-Ireland final and have looked a side with intent this year, booking their spot this weekend by topping Group B comfortably.

Captain Rena Buckley is focusing on camogie while Gemma O’Connor, Ashling Thompson, Aoife Murray, Katriona and Pamela Mackey remain key. And even though Briege Corkery hasn’t surfaced, Libby Coppinger, Amy O’Connor, Orla Cotter and Hannah Looney are dangerous attackers.

Full preview in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hospitality group raises €90k

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Lorraine Gallagher (left) and Charlene Hurley of Galway Hospice presented with a cheque for €27,537 by Brian Lynch and Eveanna Ryan of Connacht Hospitality.

The Connacht Hospitality Group this week announced that they raised more than €90,000 for a range of good Irish causes throughout 2022.

The group, which owns well-known Galway establishments including The Connacht Hotel, An Púcán, HYDE Hotel, Residence Hotel and 1520 Bar, as well as the Galway Bay Golf Resort, held a range of events at various stages of 2022 to fundraise for Claddagh Watch Patrol, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), Galway Hospice and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The announcement of over €90,000 worth of funds raised by the Connacht Hospitality Group for national and local charities comes off the back of the past 12 months which saw the group aim to make Corporate Social Responsibility a core part of their identity. This focus allowed them to become more aware of the causes that need assistance while also raising the profile of many of the charities.

The group arranged a diverse array of events to raise funds, and had lots of imaginative ways of grabbing the public’s attention. One event saw people attend HYDE Bar to savour a menu made by a mystery celebrity. In the end, it was revealed that TV personality Gráinne Seoige was the Executive Chef on a night that generated over €8,000 for the NBCRI.

Another event saw staff take part in a ‘Sunrise Swim’ in Salthill – and the public donated in their droves. All money raised went towards Claddagh Watch Patrol, an organisation that works to make Galway’s waterways safer by preventing accidental death and suicide.

One of the most successful fundraisers was the Galway Bay Golf Resort’s Golf Classic, which raised over €22,000 for Galway Hospice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Residents in fear of gangs travelling to rural Galway to burgle homes

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Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins.

Residents in rural County Galway are living in fear of being burgled after one small area suffered at least 10 raids in the month of January.

Councillor Mary Hoade told a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) this week that those figures were for around Headford alone, as she called for additional resources to target travelling crime gangs visiting the county.

“Some of these burglaries are taking place in the morning when people go to work; some are in the evening; and others at night. It’s very frightening.  We recognise that these criminals are coming into the county, but we need more support to fight crime,” said Cllr Hoade.

“Rural garda stations have less resources . . . we’re relying on the resources in the nearest town,” she continued.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said gardaí couldn’t be everywhere at once, but communities needed to act as their eyes and ears and report suspicious activity when they see it. Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins (pictured) told the JPC that Galway was being targeted from time to time by travelling gangs.

“Three different gangs visited the county on one day recently,” said Det Supt Cummins.

Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) said she believed increased CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras – to capture known gangs on tour – should be rolled out.
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IDA Ireland’s €10m land purchase backs Oranmore for industry base

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Former Mayor of County Galway, Liam Carroll.

IDA Ireland has trebled its footprint on the outskirts of Oranmore by purchasing more than 100 acres of land to support industry.

It’s understood the semi-state body purchased some 42.9 hectares on the outskirts of Oranmore, for a price in excess of €10 million.

The strategic purchase of land adjacent to some 21 hectares zoned ‘business and technology’ and already owned by the IDA, was a “major vote of confidence” in Oranmore and Galway, according Cathaoirleach of the Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District, County Councillor Liam Carroll (FG).

It brings the total amount of land owned by the IDA in the area to over 150 acres.

This latest parcel, purchased at the end of 2022, is located off the N67 Claregalway Road, to the north and east of the Galway to Dublin Rail line.

“It would be ideally suited and attractive to a major multinational company or companies for the establishment of a high tech, pharmaceutical or medical device type facility,” Cllr Carroll said.

The entire site of 150-plus acres is close to the M6 motorway, and an hour away from international links, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport in Knock.  It is also close to a number of potential Park & Ride sites, identified by the National Transport Authority as being suitable for commuters.

It’s understood the land is zoned agricultural and would require a material alteration to the County Development Plan to be voted on by county councillors, in order for it to be rezoned before 2028.

(Photo: Cllr Liam Carroll, who believes the land could be developed for a tech or pharmaceutical hub).
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