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Keating ready to start firing after bagging his first goal of the season

Keith Kelly

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Ruairi Keating holds off the challenge of UCD's Sam Todd in last Friday's 2-2 draw between the sides in Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Ruairi Keating admits to a sense of relief at having opened his goal account for the season, but says it was far more important that Galway United kept battling last week to claim a draw in a game that, on balance, they probably should have won.

The Dublin native, who grew up in Westport and is back for a second spell at United, reacted quickest to his own header coming off the post to fire home from close range for the first of two United equalisers against UCD last Friday, a goal which summed-up the broader United attitude of not giving up.

“You have to keep going, get stuck in and work hard and everything else will come after that,” he said of what was his third goal in a United jersey.

“We need to keep going, we need to come away from a performance like that against UCD and build on it and push on and start putting teams to the sword and getting the wins and climbing up that table,” he said.

Keating first joined United at the start of 2016 from Sligo Rovers, and made his debut in the season-opener, a 3-1 win away to St Patrick’s Athletic, but was taken off just before half-time after appearing to faint on the pitch, with the team doctor later suggesting he was dehydrated.

That was not the first impression he was hoping for, but he showed no ill-effects and went on to score in his next two games, a 4-0 win over Bray Wanderers, and a 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers.

It looked to be a flying start for a man who also had a spell with Finn Harps, but the goals dried up and he failed to find the net in any of his next 15 games before leaving United for what was a third spell at Finn Harps.

He then moved to Torquay United, helping the side clinch promotion for the National League South in 2018/19; and then made the 400-mile trip north to join Gateshead in January of last year, making 10 appearances and scoring twice before he and Gateshead agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent in November.

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Outdoor dining plans unveiled for Galway City

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A new plan to temporarily pedestrianise city streets to create more space for outdoor dining this summer was published this week.

Galway City Council has said it is planning to close six streets for four months to boost the hospitality sector and attract more custom ‘back the West’ and to Woodquay.

It has also signalled smaller changes for Salthill and around Eyre Square.

“We’re looking to support businesses and people getting back to work. This is an opportunity for us to explore outdoor dining and we’re looking to trial these public realm initiatives,” Ruairí Lehmann, the City Council’s Tourism Officer told the Galway City Tribune.

“There is an appetite for this; the indications we have from Government is it is going to be an outdoor summer and these proposals will support that,” he added.

Chairperson of Galway Branch of VFI, Johnny Duggan of Taylor’s Bar on Dominick Street, said the changes would be very positive and boost hospitality businesses in all areas.

Already, he said as many as 30 businesses have applied for licences to trade outside in the area known as the Westend.

The local authority wants to close to traffic The Small Crane and Raven Terrace 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from June 7 until September 30. Car parking spaces will be removed from Small Crane and one lane of traffic would be kept open, one-way. A decision on which side is still under review.

The Council intends to make Dominick Street Lower (Galway Arms to Monroe’s) a single-lane one-way traffic street to facilitate additional on-street dining. It’s understood this has hasn’t yet got the backing of taxi drivers who have concerns about access to and from the Bridge Street rank but alternative taxi space may be offered at another location in the Westend to assuage those fears.

The Council has signalled its intention to close Dominick Street Upper and William Street West from Small Crane to Munster Avenue, at night only, between 6pm and 11pm, from Monday June 7 until Thursday September 30.
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Council chief backs Salthill tidal pools proposal

Stephen Corrigan

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Image Courtesy of Superfly Ireland

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The Council is to consider including a specific objective to restore the tidal pools in Salthill in the new City Development Plan – with around one-fifth of the submissions made in a public consultation backing this ‘no-brainer’ proposal.

In a report to councillors on submissions received, Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said consideration of the proposal would be based on technical feasibility, funding, staff resources, climate change considerations and environmental factors.

“A large number of submissions were received requesting the restoration of the tidal pools in Salthill as a year-round public amenity and recreation facility accessible to all. The restoration of this facility would be a huge asset to the city and complement the existing facilities that are available at Salthill,” Mr McGrath states in the document seen by the Galway City Tribune.

Support for the reviving of the Ladies’ Beach facility grew legs after an online petition attracted over 4,500 signatures.

Up to 100 of the 518 submissions made to the Council’s pre-draft consultation supported reopening the pools that have been out of action since the late 1970s.

(Photo: How the pools might look. Image Courtesy of Superfly Ireland)
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GMIT in €9m bid for Galwegians’ Glenina grounds

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – GMIT has put in an offer – rumoured to be in the region of €9million – for the purchase of Galwegians RFC’s grounds at Glenina, the Galway City Tribune understands.

The offer will be presented for a vote at a Special General Meeting of club members set to take place on May 27.

The land at Crowley Park, located just two minutes’ walk from GMIT, had been earmarked for housing by property developer Neil Armstrong, and is zoned residential. However, this deal fell through.

A GMIT spokesperson told the Galway City Tribune they were “not yet in a position to comment”, while a spokesperson for Galwegians declined to comment.

It is understood that staff at GMIT were informed by the institution’s Vice President of Finance at a meeting this week that the ‘deal was done’ and that they awaited the rugby club’s signing off at its members’ meeting later in the month.

The sale would clear the way for the club to proceed with plans to develop a 22-acre site at Boleynasruhaun, Oranswell, where it is expected to make a second planning application after the County Council raised concerns over the scale of the development proposed initially.
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