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Loughrea are sent packing as Athenry Cup tie is abandoned

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The Galway League which overcame the Carlow League in the FAI Youth Interleague tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Front row, left to right: Ruairi McSweeney, Dara O'Connor, Calum Brown, David Dheridan and Cian Hernon. Back row: Ryan Gallagher, Hakeem Ryan, Alan Fahy, Ethan Fahy, Alan Greene, Ethan Flaherty and Leigh Nolan.

THOUGH Loughrea exited the FAI Junior Cup at the weekend and Mervue United advanced with ease, Athenry had a frustrating outing as their game with Tramore was abandoned at half time by the match official as he deemed the pitch was in an unsafe condition to continue.

While heavy rain fell overnight and indeed on Sunday morning, the condition of what is a soft pitch anyway, maybe deteriorated somewhat during the opening half, but to the surprise of all in attendance, referee Beachla Folen and his fellow officials had a quick chat at the break and obviously decided that with player welfare in mind, the ground was unplayable.

They firstly advised Athenry and then in a get together with the respective captains and managers a further debate ensued, before the referee confirmed his original decision to bring proceedings to a halt. The game has been rescheduled for Tramore on Sunday, December 16.

According to the FAI, the onus was on Athenry to have a suitable pitch ready for the game and, indeed, a back up if necessary and when the game was called off, they were deemed to be at fault and will now pay the price by having to travel next time.

FAI Junior Cup

The draw had pitted Loughrea against an Evergreen side that were beaten in the final two years ago and while matters started well, they eventually fell away in the second half as the home side prevailed by 6-2. Loughrea had made a terrific start as Bruno Henrique drilled a low effort into the bottom corner and they continued to create in a good opening half performanceas Darren Creaven and Mickey Lynch were denied by the woodwork.

However, the Kilkenny side struck twice before the break to lead by 2-1 at the interval, but just like they did in the opening half, Loughrea restarted well and Lynch set up Creaven to level matters and make a real contest of it. The visitors had more opportunities to take a firm grip on the game, but it was the home side who had more of a cutting edge about them as a quick four goal blast saw them pull away for a comfortable win.

Meanwhile, in Cork, Mervue United were always in command against Carragaline United as they registered a 7-1 win. Enda Curran (four), Jason Molloy (two) and Alex Smithz were all on the mark for the visitors in a one sided contest as they set up a place in the last 32.

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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.

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

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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’.

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