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Lively Galway hit the ground running in defeating Rossies

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Galway's Cathal Sweeney tussling for possession with Roscommon's Enda Crawley during the Connacht minor football final at Hyde Park on Friday evening. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway 2-13

Roscommon 2-9

A strong start and a solid first-half, where clinical shooting was the hallmark, ensured Galway claimed the first ever Connacht U17 football title, and their fourth provincial crown on the trot at the minor grade.

They allowed standards to dip in the second half at Dr Hyde Park last Friday evening, and a late Roscommon goal put some respectability on the scoreboard for the home team, but Galway were full value for this four-points victory.

Both Connacht finalists had already qualified for an All-Ireland quarter-final to be played on the weekend of July 28/29 – the prize for winning is a clash with Clare and, more importantly, avoiding Munster kingpins and All-Ireland favourites Kerry in the last eight round of matches.

There are plenty of areas for improvement before Galway embarks on the All-Ireland series but captain Conor Raftery and company can take huge satisfaction from the manner in which they put the Rossies to the sword.

Man-of-the-match Matthew Cooley was unmarkable, kicking five points from play at corner-forward to maintain the Tribesmen’s 100% unbeaten record in this championship season. In a four-point win, the Corofin man’s contribution truly was the difference on a day when both defences were under pressure.

The opening quarter of the game summed it up. Galway was alert, hardworking and capitalised on the four chances they created with Cooley, Ryan Monaghan (two frees) and Daniel Cox all splitting the posts giving them a 0-4 to no score lead.

By the 15th minute, when Ruaidhrí Fallon opened Roscommon’s account, the Rossies had been enjoying their fair share of possession but were wasteful in front of the posts. During that period, Paul Staunton’s men hit the post twice and registered three wides.

Roscommon doubled their tally from the restart when Shane Cunnane’s aerial prowess was integral to setting up his midfield partner Enda Crawley for his side’s second score of the day but Galway soon re-established their dominance where it mattered most: on the scoreboard.

Decent build-up play by Cox and centre forward Aidan Halloran led to Galway’s first goal; the Salthill/Knocknacarra man went on an enterprising run deep into the Roscommon danger area before unselfishly squaring the ball across to his clubmate Eoghan Tinney who made no mistake in the 17th minute.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Unauthorised developments in County Galway go unchecked for months

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The Planning Enforcement Section of Galway County Council is so understaffed that complaints of unauthorised developments are not being investigated for months, the Connacht Tribune has learned.

In one case, a complaint alleging a house was under construction in a picturesque and environmentally sensitive part of Conamara without planning permission was not investigated by the Council for at least six months.

And it can be revealed that there is a ‘large’ backlog of complaints of unauthorised developments in the county, which the Planning Enforcement Section at County Hall has blamed on staff shortages, according to correspondence obtained by the Connacht Tribune under Freedom of Information (FOI).

In response to repeated requests by a concerned member of the public to intervene and investigate an allegation of unauthorised development in an environmentally protected area of Conamara, the Council’s Planning Department indicated it was too stretched.

“Unfortunately, the planning enforcement section is experiencing a period of prolonged staff shortages and consequently there are a large number of files awaiting investigation/review,” it said.
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Access Centre provides pathways to University of Galway for the disadvantaged

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Great leaps have been made in recent years to make access to tertiary level education a realistic prospect for once marginalised groups in society.

With the deadline for CAO applications approaching next week, the Access Centre at the University of Galway is aiming to reach as many underrepresented groups as possible ahead of next academic term.

Head of the Access Centre, Imelda Byrne (pictured), said research has shown that those who once felt third level ‘wasn’t for them’ are increasing their presence at UG, and bringing a richness to the sector that had for a long time been missing.

In the five years up to 2021, there was a 100% increase in the number of students registering for the Disability Support Service at the university, while those coming from Further Education and Training courses in institutes like GTI had surged by 211% over four years.

“The message that we really need to get out there is that the CAO is not the only route into third level. There are a number of pathways,” says Imelda.

“There are loads of places set aside for students coming from a place of disadvantage,” she continues, whether it’s national schemes such as the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) for socio-economic disadvantage; or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE); or the university’s own programme for mature students.

Those places are there to ensure those from all backgrounds get an opportunity to reach their education potential, tapping into hugely talented groups that once may have missed that opportunity.

“What we have seen is that when they get that opportunity, they do just as well if not better than other students,” continues Imelda.

For HEAR and DARE scheme applicants, and for those hoping to begin higher education as a mature student, next Wednesday’s CAO deadline is critically important.

But beyond the CAO applications, the Access Programme will open up in March to guide prospective students, whatever challenges they are facing, into third level.
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Galway County Council ‘missing out on millions’ in derelict sites levies

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Galway County Council is missing out on millions of euro in untapped revenue due to a failure to compile a complete Derelict Sites Register.

That’s according to Galway East Sinn Féin representative, Louis O’Hara, who this week blasted the news that just three properties across the whole county are currently listed on the register.

As a result, Mr O’Hara said the Derelict Sites Levy was not being utilised effectively as countless crumbling properties remained unregistered – the levy amounts to 7% of the market value of the derelict property annually.

The former general election candidate said Galway County Council was ill-equipped to compile a proper list of derelict sites and called on Government to provide the necessary resources to tackle the scourge of dereliction across.

“There are still only three properties listed on Galway County Council’s Derelict Sites Register . . . anyone in Galway knows that this does not reflect the reality on the ground and more must be done to identify properties, and penalise owners who fail to maintain them,” said Mr O’Hara.

The situation was compounded by the fact that the Council failed to collect any of the levies due to them in 2021.

“This is deeply concerning when we know that dereliction is a blight on our communities. Derelict sites attract rats, anti-social behaviour and dumping, and are an eyesore in many of our local towns and villages.”

“The Derelict Sites Levy should be used as a tool by local authorities to raise revenue that can then be utilised to tackle dereliction, but they are not adequately resourced to identify and pursue these property owners,” said Mr O’Hara.

(Photo: The former Cloonabinnia House Hotel is on the Derelict Sites Register).
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