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It’s better late than never as Utd grab injury-time winner

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Galway United’s Ruairi Keating takes on Jack Connolly of Wexford FC during Friday's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 1

Wexford FC 0

Keith Kelly at Eamonn Deacy Park

DAVID Hurley was the Galway United hero on Friday night as he came off the bench to claim all three points with a goal in the fifth minute of injury-time that was worthy of winning any game.

That said, it was a goal that deserved a far better game than the one it did win, but that is of little relevance now as this could prove the kick-start that United needed for their season – successive away games in the coming week against Cork City and Shelbourne will show if that is the case.

United were absolute bankers to end a seven-game home run without a win, a run going back to last September when Friday night’s visitors were also the opposition, but as the game ticked past the signalled four minutes of injury-time, frustration and disappointment looked to be the order of the day once again.

The home side were awarded a free-kick on the half-way line, and with the visitors baying for the full-time whistle, Conor McCormack’s delivery into the penalty area was cleared back out towards him.

The man in the middle, Rob Dowling, allowed play to continue, and McCormack slipped the ball left to Hurley, who cut in off the wing before curling a peach of a shot inside the far post, sending the United substitutes sitting up in the stand surging towards the railings in celebration as the visiting players slumped to the ground.

It was harsh on the visitors, who had lost all seven league games heading into Friday night’s encounter, but there is no doubt that United deserved the win. They struggled to get it, but they kept going and kept going and eventually found a way through, and the hope is now that it will prove a springboard for a real title challenge.

As is almost customary at this stage, there were three changes to the side from the previous weekend, with Gary Boylan, Mikey Rowe, and Padraic Cunningham all promoted, with Hurley, Chris Horgan, and Mikey Place dropping to the bench.

Wexford went one further, making four changes from the side hammered 5-0 the previous week by Cork City, including the introduction of Jimmy Corcoran in goal — Corcoran came to national prominence back in 2018 for being sent off in a penalty shootout when playing for the Republic of Ireland in an U-17 European Championship quarter-final against the Netherlands.

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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.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of this story, see the August 12 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of this story, see the August 12 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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).

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of this story, see the August 12 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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