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Join the band and run with Outlaws to land the Hurdle

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Aramon and Patrick Mullins, white cap, jump the final flight alongside Hunters Call, left, and Hearts Are Trumps on their way to winning the 2020 Guinness Galway Hurdle.

By George McDonagh

WHEN putting my thoughts together for this preview a year ago, I believed I had two sure things: the first was that Early Doors would win the Galway Plate; the second was that 2020 would be the only year we would have no racegoers in attendance at the big Ballybrit Festival.

The first I got 100% right, the second, well yes we will have 1000 people, but it will still feel empty at Galway Racecourse next week. On the positive side, in excess of 125,000 people will have received a Covid vaccination dose at the track this year.

This year both feature contests, the Tote Galway Plate and the Guinness Galway Hurdle, offer increased prize money of  €250,000 which is simply extraordinary in the current climate, but testament to the tremendous work of the Race Committee and management at the racecourse.

Looking at the Tote Galway Plate, the eventual outcome I believe will centre on whether the classy Samcro, on a mark of 158, takes his chance or not as if he does there are plenty of progressive sorts ready to take advantage off a low weight.

Samcro himself is all class despite not maybe reaching the heights many (myself included) thought he would. He is a dual Grade One Cheltenham winner, but carrying top weight in a helter-skelter Galway Plate will put his jumping to a test that I believe he may not pass.

The quality of the Plate fields have risen sharply in the last number of years and, in order to find the winner, one most look at runners that you think have a few pounds improvement “hidden” in their body.

Last year’s gambled on runner-up Royal Rendezvous is back again for the all powerful Willie Mullins team, although now rated seven pounds higher (153) than his slightly unlucky three-quarter length defeat 12 months ago when not having the clearest of runs in the straight.

He has had just two runs since, firstly at Punchestown when well beaten after being badly hampered at the start, and then at Ballinrobe when he dotted up in a conditions hurdle at long odds on – but I feel he may have too much weight .

The Shunter (152) has been a revelation since Emmet Mullins has found the key to him and sauntered home in the Mildmay Of Flete at Cheltenham having collected the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso en route. He then found Grade 1 company too tough at Aintree but on collateral form, The Shunter has a fair bit to find with A Wave To The See, one of a couple of Joseph O’Brien trained contenders that take the eye.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

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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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

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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Councillors divided over vote on Salthill Prom cycleway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to install a temporary two-way cycle lane along Salthill Promenade hangs in the balance, with city councillors split ahead of a vote next week.

On Monday night, the 18 city councillors will discuss Mayor Colette Connolly’s motion that the lane be installed on the coastal side of the road from Blackrock to a point opposite Galway Business School.

A poll of the councillors carried out by the Galway City Tribune yesterday found nine in favour of the proposal, with one indicating they will abstain. A simple majority is required and if there is a 9-9 split, the Mayor holds a ‘casting’ vote, effectively a second vote.

There has been a flurry of lobbying by cycling campaigners urging councillors to vote in favour, as well as some complaints from residents worried it will again impinge on their parking as visitors to Salthill seek somewhere to park up while they swim or walk along the most utilised resource the city has.

During lockdown, Gardaí removed parking on the Prom to deter people from gathering in a public space. This resulted in motorists blocking driveways and entering private estates, leading one estate off Threadneedle Road to hire a private clamping company.

Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) believes there are a maximum of 250 spaces that would be lost to the project on one side of the road as currently proposed, including seven disabled spaces, which could be reassigned close by.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read extensive coverage of the issue and to see how each councillor intends to vote, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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