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All-Ireland winning captains set for Galway charity event



It will easily set a new world record – up to seventy senior All-Ireland winning hurling and Gaelic football captains, whose success spans eight decades, will descend on Galway this week for a unique walk for charity.

The All-Ireland winning captains are one of the highlights of what will be the greatest gathering of past and present GAA legends ever when hundreds of the all-time greats of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie take part in the 100,000 Steps for Cormac.

The three-day event, in memory of the late Cormac Connolly, is in aid of Pieta House and takes place next weekend from Thursday to Saturday, August 28-30.

Brian Smith, Meath’s All-Ireland football captain in 1949, and Jimmy Finn, who led the Tipperary hurlers to glory in 1951, are among the earliest captains to agree to take part.

Last year’s senior All-Ireland winning hurling captain, Clare’s Pat Donnellan, is also on board for the event which highlights the work of suicide prevention charity, Pieta House.

The captains’ gathering, on Saturday week is the third leg and culmination of the three-day monumental event that aims to raise awareness, as well as €100,000 for Pieta House.

The driving force behind the event, Cormac’s uncle, Galway All-Ireland winning captain in 1980, Joe Connolly, explains that exactly 100 All-Ireland winning captains are alive today.

Of these, seven from Kilkenny – including current manager Brain Cody and six of the panel – as well as three from the current Dublin football squad and Michael Murphy from Donegal, are unable to attend due to commitments on the field of play.

“As of now, we have between 60 and 70 All-Ireland captains who are coming. It is absolutely unbelievable. A gathering of all living All-Ireland winning captains has never been done in the history of the GAA. I got a letter from Tommy Wall, 1958 Tipperary winning captain who was on the millennium team and he said, ‘It should be great’. Everyone is really looking forward to it,” said Joe Connolly.

Saturday’s Walk with the Captains starts at 1pm in Athenry, through to Oranmore, on to Castlegar and finishing at Ballybrit Racecourse.

Fittingly, legendary RTÉ broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will be at Galway Racecourse to MC and interview on the night. Ollie Turner, of Galway Bay FM, and Jim Carney of the Tuam Herald, will be involved in interviews over the three nights.

The event begins next Thursday, August 28 at 1pm with the Walk with the Clubs starting in Portumna and heading to Killimor, Mullagh and finishing at Kiltormer pitch.

The special guests are representatives from all Galway GAA clubs that have won All-Ireland titles including seven hurling clubs, three football clubs, five camogie clubs and one ladies football.

The organisers hope that representatives from every GAA club in Galway will participate in this leg, and will wear their club colours to show support for the work being done by Pieta House, to help those struggling with suicidal thoughts and mental health difficulties, a problem that afflicts all parishes.

The final leg of the first day’s walk, from Mullagh to Kiltormer, will be particularly poignant. Cormac Connolly won medals at U16 and minor for Castlegar and he played against Kiltormer in the final; and so Castlegar and Kiltormer will join forces on the day and walk the last leg together.

Cormac died of an inoperable brain tumour at the age of 24 on July 25, 2011, but his family chose to support Pieta House in this event, to help prevent other families from going through the pain and suffering of losing a loved one.

The Walk with Champions is on Friday, August 29 at 1pm from St Thomas’ pitch in Peterswell to Loughrea, on to Sarsfields and from Bullaun to New Inn. Pupils at New Inn primary school are dancing 100,000 steps for Cormac to raise funds for the event.

The special guests on this ‘champions day’ are representatives of Galway’s All-Ireland winning  senior teams including six football, three hurling, two camogie and one ladies football from 1956 to 2013. The 94 Galway All-Stars from 1971 onwards in all GAA codes have been invited to walk on Friday, too.

Joe Connolly stresses that all clubs – not just GAA clubs – are welcome, and encouraged to participate, be they bridge clubs or rugby clubs or whatever.

“It is open to everyone. It is built around the captains but we want everyone to take part. The GAA isn’t in competition with other sports – the competition is drink and drugs and mental health,” he says.

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



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



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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Galway-Limerick rail service records busiest year since its launch in 2010



Ceannt Station

The Galway to Limerick intercity rail service enjoyed its busiest year in 2022 since it was re-opened in 2010 at a cost of €110 million.

Passenger numbers on the Western Rail Corridor grew by 14% last year, compared with the last pre-Covid year of 2019.

Supporters said the growth in usage has ‘defied the naysayers’, who argued against the service reopening over a decade ago – and it has reignited the campaign of those in favour of reopening the line from Athenry to Claremorris.

The National Transport Authority has confirmed to former Gaeltacht Minister, Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív, that usage of the Galway/Limerick line grew last year, compared to 2019, by 14.4%.

This was at a time when railway patronage as a whole dropped by an average of 25% on intercity routes. Usage was also down by 35% on commuter trains and fell by 26% on Dart.

The only other lines showing an increase in passenger numbers last year were the Dublin/Tralee service and the Cork/Middleton service which were up by 1.6% and 1.4% respectively.

In 2019, more than 500,000 passengers used the Galway to Limerick route, according to Irish Rail. Growth of 14% last year indicates that patronage has passed the 600,000 mark for the first time.
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