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Laying the foundations for development of growing club

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Castlegar captain, Michael Connolly, lifts the cup after the 1-11 to 1-8 win over Ballycastle in the 1980 All-Ireland senior club hurling final.

Castlegar GAA chairman, Tom Coyne, has a nice line on the relationship that should exist between a local GAA club and its members, particularly players, underage and senior.

“You only have the players for a while, really, and they will always remember how they were treated by their club,” he says. “So, while they might move on, you’d hope they will never forget their coaches and the club.”

It’s a philosophy of respect and it’s one Castlegar GAA prides itself on, perhaps, more so than the 17 senior hurling titles they won between 1936 and 1984. Those victories see the club top Galway’s roll of honour ahead of Ardrahan (11) and their neighbours and great rivals, Liam Mellows (9).

No doubt, Liam Mellows lifting the Tom Callanan Cup in 2017 gave hurling in the city the boost it needed, and Castlegar GAA would also have felt the ripple effects.

“We were delighted for them,” says Coyne, “but we also realised it was time we threw shapes ourselves.

“So, it was a case of are we going to keep talking about them winning the cup or are we going to try to come up to par with them? So, we’re beginning to push on now and it is just about keeping ambition there. Anyway, why wouldn’t you want to improve things? We’re getting there.”

While it has been 36 years since their last senior title win, more often than not, Castlegar are competitive in the senior championship. They have also won their fair share of titles in the other grades, including U-16 ‘A’, minor ‘A’, and Junior in recent years.

“The ultimate is senior,” agrees Coyne. “When the camogie won the All-Ireland in 2013, it was plain to see what that did for the club. It gave it a big boost. So, you are aiming for it, but there are no guarantees.

“That said, if you look at the young lads, we have had the [2018 Galway All-Ireland winning] minor captain [Sean Neary], we have had a few lads on the Galway minors and U-21s, and we are producing players. I suppose, you are just hoping as you go along you will produce a team that does it.”

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

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Whopping repayments for City Hall’s move

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Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath: Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Council suggested that senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year before the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices there. If they did meet, no minutes exist.

The total cost to repay the loan required to execute Galway City Council’s planned purchase of new offices to accommodate a move from City Hall will be €63.1 million, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

It means the City Council will have to find €2m every year for 30 years in its own revenue budget to repay the mortgage, which could impact on the level of service it delivers to the public or may require an increase in charges or commercial rates.

Separately, a Council reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request suggests senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year prior to the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices – and if they did meet, no minutes exist.

In its loan sanction application form, submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the City Council applied for permission to borrow €45.4 million.

This is to cover the bulk of the cost of the €56.5m total capital outlay associated with moving from City Hall and relocating all Galway City Council employees from College Road to the new Crown Square offices in Mervue.

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

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Hunt on for new courthouse to tackle explosion in cases

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Galway Courthouse: Limited facilities there make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

The Courts Service is scouring the city for rental property to accommodate Galway Courthouse.

Commercial real estate advisors, Avison Young have been hired to source suitable property in the city centre.

The company published an advert in Galway City Tribune last week outlining the Courts Service’s property requirement of suitable commercial or office space of 1,800-2,000 metres squared.

Avison Young said the space should be in the city centre and be available to lease.

On-site parking is required, and it needs to be available for “immediate occupation”.

The move comes after the Galway City Tribune revealed earlier this month that victims of serious crime are waiting up to three years for justice because Galway’s limited court facilities make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

Due to an explosion in the number of cases sent for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, the wait for a trial date is between 24 and 36 months.

The Courts Service confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was looking for a new courthouse and office space facilities.

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

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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