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Horgan boys help United to home draw against Athlone

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Galway United's Dara Costelloe on the ball against Athlone Town's Eoghan Morgan during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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GALWAY United ended a run of three consecutive defeats when sharing the spoils with Athlone Town at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.

A goal somewhat against the run of play handed United a 1-0 lead at half-time, and while the home side were a bit better in the second-half, the visitors grabbed a deserved equaliser 20 minutes into the second-half, although the goal came from a marshmallow-soft penalty awarded by Fermanagh referee, Garvin Taggart.

United can thank the Horgan brothers for the draw, with Kevin pulling off a number of fine saves; while younger brother, Christopher, twice cleared off the line to keep the home side in the game.

Alan Murphy named a youthful starting XI, with Donal Higgins coming into the side in midfield, having missed the last couple of months due to Leaving Cert commitments. He was joined in the heart of midfield by Mark Hannon, who only lasted half the game before being replaced at half-time after a nervy 45-minute performance, although he was improving as the half went on.

Stephen Walsh was suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards, meaning Marc Ludden dropped back into the left-back position, with Cian Murphy joined in the centre of defence by Jack Lynch, who was making his first start after joining from Limerick juvenile side, Regional United.

They pair did have a couple of anxious moments – and Murphy was at fault for the penalty – but they have the look of a strong pairing.

United tanked the Midlands’ side 4-0 back in April, but it was the visitors who dominated much of the opening 45 minutes, and United were somewhat fortunate to be leading at half-time.

The goal came in the 30th minute through Wilson Waweru, his shot from 20 yards finishing off a nice right-to left move. Hannon miscontrolled a Faherty pass just inside the United half, but managed to slide in and nudge the ball towards Marc Ludden as Dean Williams closed in.

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

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Council officials branded ‘ignorant’ after reneging on circus agreement

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A circus branded City Hall in Galway ‘ignorant and arrogant’ after a spat over access to public space.

Circus Gerbola criticised Galway City Council for limiting the days its big top was permitted in Claude Toft carpark in Salthill and for reneging on an agreement.

The touring troupe said that last January, it provisionally booked the carpark from August 4-21. In early July, the Council emailed the circus and said it would be limited to seven days only.

Event Producer Jane Murray said she then secured a verbal compromise to rent the carpark for 10 days, including two weekends. But then the Council contacted the circus again and insisted that the site could be used for seven days only.

“I wouldn’t call them clowns because I think it would be an insult to clowns and generations of clowning. They were just extremely ignorant and arrogant. They were so unempathetic,” fumed Ms Murray.

They then scrambled to find alternative accommodation, in Kinvara, for performances today, Saturday and Sunday.

The third planned week has been moved to Conamara. From next Monday, the big top moves to Fíbín theatre company grounds in An Tulach, Cois Fharraige, for a series of events.

A Council statement said the matter was discussed at length internally.

“The carpark in question is relied upon by locals and tourists alike for parking, particularly during the busy tourist season. The best compromise in this situation was to permit the circus to take over full use of the car park for seven days. We do envisage complaints/representations from locals at being prevented from using this car park for a full week,” it said.

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Residents call on Galway City Council to tackle burning of rubbish

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Local residents have called on the authorities to tackle the problem of an ongoing illegal dump in the Castlegar area with the rubbish being burnt off on a regular basis.

A particularly intense fire was set off in the Bruckey area on Tuesday afternoon last with black smoke billowing from the blaze – forcing local people to close their windows and doors.

According to one local resident, even the Fire Brigade couldn’t access the blaze which eventually burnt itself out over the following days.

“This has been going on for the past four years and we have made several overtures to the City Council on the issue as well as contacting the Gardaí, but nothing is being done about this.”

He said that the land being used as dump and fire site was rented and added that those burning waste were ‘a complete law onto themselves who did whatever they liked’.

(Photo: the fire burning on Tuesday)

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Councillors ignore Transport Authority recommendation on estate access

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A submission by the National Transport Authority (NTA) – seeking to restrict new access points along the Western Distributor Road to ‘cyclists and pedestrians’ only – has been defeated at a City Council meeting.

Councillors voted 12-4 to reject the NTA submission presented in the draft Galway City Development Plan (2023-29) which sought to prevent new access points being provided for vehicular traffic.

The NTA in their submission said that their proposal was aimed at ‘protecting investment in public transport’ and in ‘facilitating sustainable travel’.

In his response to the submission, City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, said that the Council did not want any further restrictions to be put in place.

Councillors Niall Murphy (Green Party) and Colette Connolly (Ind) had proposed the acceptance of the NTA submission in order to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.

Senior Planner with the Council, Caroline Phelan, said that there was a substantial bank of land in this area (off the Western Distributor Road) and the objective was to be able to access zoned land.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) said that if land in such areas was prevented from being developed by a lack of access, it would have major implications for industry, jobs, housing and schools. “We have to allow access,” he said.

(Photo: The ‘Kingston Cross’ lands on the Western Distributor Road which were earmarked for a commercial and residential development anchored by Tesco and Decathlon: An Bord Pleanála previously ruled access points would be a traffic hazard, particularly when it came to cycling infrastructure and a bus corridor on the road).

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