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Killimordaly’s attack proves trump card in lively struggle

John McIntyre

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Mullagh's Justin Gaynor is about to get his pass away against Killimordaly's Adam Brett during Saturday's senior hurling preliminary quarter-final at Kenny Park. Photo: Hany Marzouk.

Killimordaly 0-25

Mullagh 1-18

THE pre-match narrative was that Killimordaly would carry too much firepower for an injury-hit Mullagh outfit in this preliminary senior hurling quarter-final at Kenny Park, Athenry on Saturday and that’s how this lively and open encounter transpired.

But securing a passage to the last eight proved far from trouble-free for Killimordaly. They were only a point ahead with five minutes of normal time remaining and were regularly knocked off their stride by spirited Mullagh resistance in a match which was notable for a barrage of accurate shooting in the opening dozen minutes.

Killimordaly will also need to step up on this display if they are to repeat their 2017 shock win over champions St Thomas’ in the upcoming quarter-finals. They were caught sleepwalking for a number of Mullagh’s puck-outs, especially in the first half, and tended to hurl in fits and starts.

Without injured long-serving pair, Johnny Rafferty and Kevin Briscoe, Mullagh looked vulnerable heading into this fixture, particularly as their group form had been nothing to write home about. But they were admirably committed on a day centre back, Sean Hardiman, was an inspirational figure at the heart of their defence.

They competed on largely even terms for much of a wind-assisted opening half, only to be outscored by 0-5 to 0-1 heading to the break. That period was to prove costly for them and left Mullagh facing an uphill struggle on the resumption.

Most teams trailing by four points at half-time – in this case, 0-14 to 0-10 – and having to face a stiffish wind would have faded away, but Conor Dervan’s charges were in no mood to roll over and forced Killimordaly to dig deep before finally getting over the line.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands

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Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email: info@galwayrealestate.ie

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry

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Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in now – or download our digital edition at www.connachttribune.ie

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

Denise McNamara

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The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in now – or download our digital edition at www.connachttribune.ie

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