GALWAY athletes turned on the style in claiming four gold medals at the National Juvenile Track & Field finals in Tullamore over the weekend. Making the winners’ podium at national level were Emma Moore and Thomas McStay of GCH, Sarah Gilhooley of Athenry AC and Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC.
Moore was crowned Irish U15 champion for the 800m with a superb record-breaking run of 2.11. This race was the most competitive of Saturday’s programme with the first three girls home breaking the previous record as runner-up Sarah Hosey and third placed Fiona Dillon also dipped under the old mark.
But it was the talented Moore who won out, with her second national record this year, and also adding to her National Indoor and Schools titles already captured. Next up, she will represent Ireland at the upcoming Schools International Track and Field event which takes place in Scotland this weekend.
McStay had a terrific run to claim gold in the U19 boys 3000m race on Sunday evening. He ran a terific time of 8.43, and executed his race to perfection, surging away on the last lap to take gold. He also finished fourth in the 800m final the day before.
GCH also secured other individual medals, with the consistently strong Aoife Sheehy of GCH winning two medals, firstly a silver in the U19 100m hurdles a time of 16.26 seconds, before takinmg bronze in the U19 400m. Ava McKeon also won a silver medal over hurdles for GCH in the U14 75m event in a time of 11.77 seconds. Conor Hoade claimed bronze for the city club in the U15 80m hurdles.
On Sunday, Robert McDonnell won a silver medal in the U17 400m for GCH, clocking 51.19 in the final, and will also represent Ireland in the Schools International in Scotland. Aaron Brennan, also GCH, won a well-deserved bronze medal in the U18 3000m in a fine time of 8.55.
Sarah Gilhooley of Athenry AC ran a superb race over the barriers to take gold in the U18 2000m steeplechase. Liam Shaw, also of Athenry, claimed a national silver medal in the U14 shot putt, throwing 14.15m.
Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC showed top class sprint speed winning the U12 60m event in a swift 8.26 to take Galway’s fourth gold medal of the weekend.
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Motorcyclist killed in Galway crash
A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Renmore this morning.
Shortly after 10am, the motorcyclist – aged in his 40s – was seriously injured when his motorbike collided with a car on the R338 Old Dublin Road at Renmore Park. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
The crash site was fully examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and the road has now reopened to traffic.
The deceased was removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Galway and the Coroner has been notified.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing witnesses to come forward and have asked anyone who was travelling in the area at the time and has dashcam footage to contact them.
Wrecking ball for once-great social hub, the Corrib Great Southern Hotel
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It was the summer of ’69, and the landmark Great Southern Hotel in Eyre Square was booming.
Every evening, 180 guests – mostly American tourists – thronged its dining room for dinner. Similar numbers were served breakfast, with about 150 for lunch.
It was so busy, the semi-state company planned another 160-bedroom sister hotel, the Corrib Great Southern, on the Dublin Road.
Then the Troubles in Northern Ireland started, and “business fell off a cliff”, recalled Richard Lyons, who worked in both hotels, including 35 years as maître d in the newer one.
“They were building the Corrib when the Troubles started and they decided they had to cut back the rooms by 40. That’s how they finished with 120 bedrooms,” he said.
The hotel was opened on May 27, 1971, by Brian Lenihan Snr, the then Minister for Transport and Power, and Bishop of Galway, Michael Browne.
But the legacy of the Troubles lingered for years after, according to Renmore resident Richard – debt from State borrowing to build a new hotel up North, which was twice bombed by the IRA, threatened the very existence of the semi-state hotel group owned by CIÉ.
In the early 1980s, hotel group debt grew to nearly £8 million, and the Fine Gael and Labour Coalition Government headed by Garret Fitzgerald decided to liquidate it.
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Galway City Council extends outdoor dining into October
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The summer of alfresco dining looks set to be extended into the late autumn, with Galway City Council confirming this week their plans to extend the outdoor arrangements to October 22.
Local councillors, hospitality representatives and the City Council have said this week that the extension of outdoor dining at five city locations from September 30 to October 22 next, reflects public satisfaction with the current set-up.
This week the City Council published statutory public notices to clear the way for a continuation of the existing road closures required to facilitate outdoor dining on William Street West, Raven Terrace, Dominick Street Upper, Woodquay and the Small Crane.
Johnny Duggan, Chairman of the city branch of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland and proprietor of Taylor’s Bar on Dominick Street, told the Galway City Tribune that the outdoor dining initiative during the summer had been a ‘huge success’ both from a viability and operational viewpoint.
“It has brought a life and vibrancy back into these areas in a very safe and controlled environment – the move makes sense in terms of the October 22 deadline set for the return of normal business,” he said.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story and for a proposal to bring an ice rink back to Leisureland, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.