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Galway’s defence of minor title gets off to flying start

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Galway attacker Dean Reilly breaking away from Limerick's Ben Herlihy during Sunday's All-Ireland minor hurling round-robin quarter-final clash at Semple Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway 1-20

Limerick 0-12

IT’S an all-new minor championship and an all new minor team but this year’s crop of Galway underage stars picked up where last year’s talented squad left off with a comprehensive 11-point victory over Limerick in the first of two quarter-final round-robin games.

As ever, it was a case of stepping in to the unknown somewhat for players, management and supporters alike this past weekend and as is so often the case, Galway made little of this being their first competitive game of the season against a Limerick side who won three of their four Munster championship qualifying games, topping the table, before coming unstuck against Tipperary in the decider.

Unlike other years, there really was very little to go on when assessing this Galway side prior to throw-in, as due to the change in grade from U-18 to U-17, there were no survivors of last year’s All-Ireland winning side to build this team around.

Instead, manager Jeffrey Lynskey, in his fourth season in charge and this year backed by the new management team of Kenneth Burke, Niall Murray and Aidan Ryan, called upon a number of the Pres Athenry team which reached this year’s All-Ireland PPS final, namely goalkeeper Paddy Rabbitte, Ian McGlynn, Shane Quirke and Adam Brett.

South and North Galway were also well represented with North Galway clubs Ballygar, Sylane, Annaghdown and Ballinasloe all having one of their own impress in the Galway starting 15.

After a low-scoring opening quarter where both sides took time to feel each other out, Donal O’Shea, son of former Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea, struck for an excellent goal on the stroke of half-time after Oisin Flannery (Padraig Pearses) knocked down an Evan Duggan line ball in to the path of the on-rushing O’Shea, to help Galway to a healthy 1-11 to 0-6 interval lead.

Cormac Ryan opened the scoring for Limerick after 90 seconds but that was to be the only time in the game Galway trailed with Adam Brett quick to reply before the lively Dean Reilly handed Galway the lead for the first time.

Limerick were giving as good as they got in the early exchanges and Bob Purcell, who posed problems in that period, levelled the tie before Jason O’Donoghue, a sweet score off his left, and Cathal O’Neill traded points once more.

The young Tribesmen then had their first period of sustained pressure in the game landing four points on the spin, two each by O’Shea (both frees) and Sylane man Keelan Creaven and though Limerick stayed in touch courtesy of points by Micheal Martin and O’Neill (two), O’Shea’s goal along with points by Oisin Flannery (Padraig Pearses), Creaven, Reilly and O’Shea again, had Galway in command at the break.

Limerick came out for the second period fired-up and despite noticeably taking their foot off the pedal, Galway limited the Shannonsiders to two solitary frees in the opening ten minutes of the half with Shane Jennings, Sean Neary and Shane Quirke superb.

In defence, Galway remained astute and commanding throughout, but it was in the other half of the field where the problems lay in the second period, something noted by Lynskey in his post-match interview, as Galway fell off the pace.

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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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