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It’s hard work but Aki’s brace helps Connacht fend off Scottish visitors

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Connacht centre Bundee Aki touches down for his first try despite the best efforts of Glasgow's Stafford McDowall during Saturday's PRO14 tie at the Sportsground.

Connacht 28

Glasgow 24

Rob Murphy at the Sportsground

OFF they go again. No sooner has one season ended than a new one begins. Connacht broke with some well established trends at the Sportsground on Saturday night to secure a rare opening day win over their old foes from Glasgow. A second half flurry of tries thanks to scintillating attacking rugby saw them scrape home in front of 200 lucky supporters who were allowed access.

Bundee Aki led the way. Connacht’s star man adds grit, leadership and explosive speed to everything they do. He had two tries and played a pivotal role in the evening. He wasn’t the only star man, Jared Butler was a powerhouse, Dave Heffernan underlined why he remains in contention for more Ireland caps, Finlay Bealham was in storming form and Kieran Marmion is back to his best too.

Yet all of those plaudits stem from what we saw after half time as this was a complicated tale. Andy Friend’s side were poor in the first half, so were Glasgow but they were misfiring while dominating possession and territory. Connacht on the other hand were getting overawed at the breakdown to the point of losing discipline and conceding penalties to a side that had beaten them six times in a row since the famous 2016 PRO12 semi final.

How the home side didn’t concede an avalanche of first half tries is baffling as they had the ball for a mere 30% of the contest and had to cope with Quinn Roux’s sin binning midway through the half. Part of the reason for Glasgow only scoring the one try late in the first half from Nick Grigg was the home defence. The best example of this came in how they dealt with the lineout and maul of the visitors.

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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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