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Hurling dominates Galway Sports Stars awards

John McIntyre

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IN a year in which Galway hurlers swept the boards in spectacular fashion, it’s highly appropriate that one of the county’s greatest ever exponents of the game will be honoured with the Galway Sports Stars Hall of Fame award for 2017.

Athenry’s PJ Molloy was an integral figure in Galway’s long-awaited All-Ireland triumph in 1980, and also featured in the Tribesmen’s championship success in 1987. A gifted and skilful attacker whose scoring exploits for both club and county will stand the test of time, Molloy also won All-Ireland U21 and National League medals, together with inspiring his club to an emotional county title in 1987.

Indeed, the 53rd annual Galway Sports Stars banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel on Saturday night, January 27, will be dominated by the sport of hurling with the county’s glorious run to All-Ireland success celebrated with three different awards – Joe Canning, Player of the Year; Micheál Donoghue, Manager of the Year; and Galway receiving the Team of the Year honour.

Hurling also features in the Special Achievement category as Liam Mellows’ first county championship triumph in 47 years after defeating Gort in the final, together with their unstinting promotion of the sport in the city, is recognised.

In camogie, Galway defender and a key member of the Sarsfields team which retained their domestic supremacy, Tara Kenny, stood apart from her peers, while Olivia Divilly will be presented with the Ladies Football accolade after some big displays for Galway and helping her club, Kilkerrin-Clonberne, win yet another county title.

One of the most respected Gaelic footballers in the county, Kieran Fitzgerald, is being feted as well after picking up a record-breaking 12th county medal with Corofin last year and also helping the club maintain their supremacy at provincial level. The former All-Star remains a formidable competitor as the Galway champions turn their sights on a third All-Ireland success.

Fifteen years after his previous Horse Racing award, Craughwell’s Pat’s Kelly fittingly bridges that gap after pulling off a stunning win for the second season running by landing the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham National Hunt festival, this time with Presenting Percy.

In the long history of the Sports Stars awards, volleyball has only featured once before, but Loughrea’s Olivia Molloy has broken the mould in not alone continuing to captain the Irish senior team, but also leading Galway Volleyball Club to All-Ireland League and Cup glory.

It will also be a special night for Sinead Keon, who won gold and silver medals in table tennis and the javelin respectively at the World Dwarf Games in Canada, while Galway Water Polo Club’s remarkable success at various All-Ireland levels sees them take the Club of The Year award

The All-Ireland Senior Cup is the most sought-after prize in amateur team golf and Galway GC came up trumps in decisive fashion by overcoming Limerick 4-1 in the AIG sponsored final in Carton House last September, an achievement which sees them honoured with the golfing accolade.

Kieran Molloy (Boxing), Alanna Lally (Athletics) and Claire Rockall (Basketball) are previous award winners who are being feted again, while joining the honours list for the first time are Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Handball), Tiernan O’Halloran (Rugby), Dave Mannion (Rowing), Stephen Folan (Soccer), Jessica Burke (Showjumping) and Sarah Kelly (Swimming).

The Sports Stars awards are the definitive benchmark of sporting achievement in the county and special guest at the presentation banquet – the social highlight of the local sporting year – will be Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin, the most decorated hurler of all-time.

Galway’s biggest private employers and medical devices company, Medtronic, continue as sponsors of the Sports Stars awards and the panel of local journalists who adjudicate on the awards are indebted to the US multinational for its valued support.

The selection panel comprised of: John McIntyre, Connacht Tribune; Billy Coss, Tuam Herald; Mártan Ó Ciadhra, Raidio na Gaeltachta; Frank Farragher, Connacht Tribune; Stephen Glennon, Connacht Tribune; Mark Walsh, Tuam Herald; Michael Glynn, Connacht Tribune; Seán Bán Breathnach, Raidio na Gaeltachta; Keith Kelly, Connacht Tribune; and Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune

 

 

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

Francis Farragher

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

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