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Larkin’s strike proves critical as Ballinderreen get job done

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Meelick/Eyrecourt's James Downey tussling for possession with Ballinderreen's Kevin Lane during Saturday's Intermediate hurling final at Kenny Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Ballinderreen  1-14

Meelick/Eyrecourt  0-13

THEY may have had to delay their celebrations by 12 months but Ballinderreen were finally crowned county Intermediate champions last Saturday after a well-deserved victory over Meelick/Eyrecourt.

The demons from last year’s final defeat to Ahascragh/Fohenagh were well and truly exercised in Kenny Park after Ballinderreen recovered from a two point half-time deficit to get their hands on the Mick Sylver Cup and ensure Senior hurling for 2018.

Ballinderreen were fancied going into the game but, though they started well, Meelick/Eyrecourt proved more than a match for them and were in fact 0-9 to 0-7 ahead by the time the contest reached the halfway stage. After a disappointing performance in last year’s decider, Ballinderreen were keen not to let it happen again, however, and were much the better team in the second half with Shane Larkin’s goal five minutes after the restart proving crucial.

Meelick/Eyrecourt, for their part, will be unhappy that their second half performance was not of the same standard as in the first 30 minutes. They only managed four points after half-time but credit must go to Ballinderreen, who were ferocious in defence, particularly in the closing stages.

It was Meelick/Eyrecourt who opened the scoring in the second minute, Niall Lynch firing over his first free of the day from the left wing, but things looked ominous for Lynch’s side when Ballinderreen hit the next four points of the game. Shane Coen and Roy Lane got a point each in the third minute before the same pair added to their tallies to leave three points between the sides, 0-4 to 0-1 after seven minutes.

Meelick/Eyrecourt responded well, however, with Charlie Killeen getting a much needed score for them in the tenth minute. Niall Lynch and Ballinderreen’s Kevin Lane then traded points from frees before Meelick/Eyrecourt took charge of proceedings.

Declan McEvoy reduced the gap to one with a neat score in the 17th minute, after Killeen and John Hynes had pressured Ballinderreen into turning over the ball. Niall Lynch then drew his side level in the 21st minute after he was on the end of a good move involving Michael Larkin and John Hynes, with Hynes in particular doing well to get his pass away under pressure.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway County Council brings in new rules on roadside memorials

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Families and friends of road accident victims will have to apply in writing to erect a roadside memorial under a specific size following the adoption of a new policy by Galway County Councillors.

The new rules will not affect memorials already erected – but if they have to be replaced, they will have to satisfy the now agreed criteria.

The Council area engineer will have to approve the location of any proposed memorial and the written consent of the landowner must be sought where possible in advance.

If friends wish to erect a memorial, they must get the written agreement of the family of the deceased. The policy now prohibits any lighting as could distract motorists and flowers or vegetation around it is now not allowed as it could block sight lines.

If the memorial is a free-standing cross it must not be higher than 750mm and if it is a free-standing stone, it must now comply with a maximum dimension of 450mm high, 450mm wide by 150mm deep.

There can only be one memorial per accident, regardless of the number of victims under the new framework created in consultation with the Gardaí and Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s (TII) Regional Safety Engineer.

Up to now there has been no policy in place regarding roadside memorials, despite the fact that hundreds dot the countryside. But their erection can cause difficulties, such as interference with verge trimming, distraction to other road users, they can attract visitors to accident blackspots and have the potential to block sight lines.

The policy states that it may not be possible to locate the memorial at the exact location of the incident and any memorials erected without the approval of the Road Authority will be removed. No roadside memorials are permitted on dual carriageways with a speed limit of 100 km/h or motorways.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the full story, see the July 1 edition of the Connacht Tribune. You can purchase a digital edition HERE.

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Green hub could create up to 900 new jobs

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Údarás na Gaeltachta is going full steam ahead with plans for a green energy hub at Ros an Mhíl Harbour in Conamara.

The regional authority responsible for economic growth in the Galway Gaeltacht confirmed it has appointed an international engineering firm to develop a masterplan for an offshore wind energy hub on Údaras-owned lands in Ros a’ Mhíl.

Atkins is a British firm headquartered in London, England with offices in Ireland, including Parkmore in Galway City.

The hub, according to an Údarás-commissioned feasibility study published several months ago, could support up to 900 jobs in the Conamara Gaeltacht, serving multiple floating and fixed wind farms off the west coast.

“The development of Ros a’ Mhíl as an offshore wind energy hub is likely to have a profound impact, not just on the economy of the Gaeltacht regions of Conamara and the Aran Islands but also on Ireland’s ability to lessen its energy independence,” said Údarás CEO, Micheál Ó hÉanaigh.

Earlier this year, Government signalled its support for a €25million investment in a new harbour at Ros a’ Mhíl.

This new masterplan to be carried out by Atkins will involve planning the port development, carrying out an economic assessment, and detailing the engineering and logistical requirements.

It will also involve creating a ‘Green Port Development plan’ with a view of attaining Net-Zero operations, which means cutting the greenhouse gas emissions of the harbour to as close to zero as possible.

The development lies in the heart of the Conamara Gaeltacht and Údarás said Atkins employed local Irish-speaking engineers as core team members of the project.

Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív (FF) welcomed progress of the project. “Never has it been more vital that we use our vast offshore wind resource to create renewable energy and ensure the security of our own energy supply,” he said.

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Outdated parking meters set to be replaced

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All old pay and display parking meters throughout County Galway towns are in line to be replaced.

Galway County Council has confirmed that it was planning to replace the existing outdated machines with new ones.

It comes after the County Council’s audit committee said that the cost of maintaining the existing stock of pay and display machines was ‘extremely high’.

The audit committee also noted that there were ‘resounding issues with the outdated parking meters’ for users and for Council maintenance.

The Council said that the replacement of its parking machines inventory was ‘ongoing’.

Funding had been set aside in its capital account to replace outdated machines.

Councillor Karey McHugh (Ind) argued that technology should be introduced whereby motorists could use an app to pay for a parking space.

Director of Services, Derek Pender, said the new machines could use coins and card payments through a ‘tap and go’ system.

The software was also available for the machines to be compatible with the app Cllr McHugh had suggested, which was in operation in Limerick, Tipperary and other local authority areas.

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