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

Keith Kelly

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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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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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