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Mannion is ready for fierce battle with Shanahan boys

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Ahascragh/Fohenagh captain Padraic Mannion and Stephen Kelly close in on Ballinderreen's Shane Larkin during last year's Galway intermediate hurling final.

AHASCRAGH/Fohenagh captain Padraic Mannion is chewing iron. There is a big game on the horizon and it just can’t come quick enough. Some would surmise his club has a mountain to climb on Sunday. If that is the case, the Galway defender must have been a mountaineer in another lifetime.

For Mannion is primed. “I am sick talking about it now; I just want go out and play it.” It is the statement of a man who loves to embrace these challenges head on – be it with club or county. It is the statement of a man willing to put it all on the line.

In many respects, that is what Ahascragh/Fohenagh as a whole will have do because, Mannion recognises, there can be no half measures when they face Waterford and Munster champions Lismore in their All-Ireland intermediate club hurling semi-final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Sunday (2.15pm).

Lismore will present a significant challenge – not least due to the fact they boast of the Shanahan brothers, Maurice and big Dan. It is not lost on the Ahascragh/Fohenagh captain. “Obviously, you are not going to go into the game and not talk about those players. They are big players,” he admits.

“Then you have Tony Browne (former Waterford star) who is over them so you would expect they will have their homework done. Any team who comes out of Munster, whatever grade it is, is never going to be a bad team but, look it, all you can do is make sure you have your own house in order and worry about ourselves.”

Since winning the county final – and securing senior status – Ahascragh/Fohenagh have been in dreamland. They subsequently went on to defeat Ballyhaunis of Mayo in the Connacht final, after a replay, and now the club enters unchartered waters once again with a date in the All-Ireland series.

“As a player, you just have to treat it as much as you can like another game even though you know it is bigger than that. You don’t want to let the occasion creep into it too much. There is excitement building around the place but, again, you don’t really want to get caught up in it too much.

“I suppose, at the start of the year, the county final was our main aim – you don’t think too much about Connacht finals or All-Ireland semi-finals – and you felt after the county final that everything after that would be a bonus.”

With their 2016 campaign running deep into November – and given they had begun training back in January – a decision was made to take a break. The fear, Mannion says, was that the players would just go stale and become tired mentally and physically. So, they have gambled.

“When you haven’t been in this position before an awful lot of it is a step into the unknown. You don’t know is this the right way to do things or not. So, you just pick something and go with it and see if it works. The lads needed a break and we didn’t want lads to be looking for a break when it came to January 1st. If that was the right way to go, you don’t know, but that was the route we took.

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

 

 

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City Council’s contempt for the public it serves

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A City Council picture showing an aerial view of work on the new pedestrian bridge. The local authority has not covered itself in glory when it comes to informing the public about road closures to facilitate the project.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Galway City Council appears to just do what it wants when it wants.

Last Friday, it officially closed a road at Newtownsmyth. It will be closed until October 28.

The closure, which was to commence last Friday, September 23, was to facilitate construction works on the new bridge at Salmon Weir for pedestrians and cycling.

It is essential work and the closure is necessary for health and safety purposes.

The City Council, as is only right and proper, advertised the closure in advance, online and in a free-sheet newspaper. So far, so good.

Except, as anyone who knows Newtownsmyth is aware, that road has been closed for weeks and even months prior to the September 23 official closure start date.

Trying to find the City Council’s closure order, and public notice, for closing the road at Newtownsmyth prior to September 23 has proved as difficult as sourcing the Third secret of Fatima.

Requests to City Hall’s communications department to confirm whether the Council had a legitimate closure order prior to September 23 have not shone any light on the subject.

And so, in the absence of an adequate response, is it reasonable to conclude that the Council did not have permission to close Newtownsmyth prior to September 23?

And if that’s the case, can the Council now just go around closing roads willy-nilly, without notice and without allowing input from residents and users of the road?

Maybe it was a mistake. If it was, why not say so? The Galway public is forgiving. Maybe they had gone through proper procedure, but why not just show us the notice if that’s the case?

For too long now, though, City Councillors have been treated with contempt by the unelected executive at City Hall and the suspicion is this closure without notice was just another manifestation of that contempt spreading to the public too.

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

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City sides will fancy chances of advancing as champions face Corofin

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Bearna's James Kennedy hits the deck in Ballinasloe on Tuesday as Annaghdown's Frankie Burke and Darragh Meehan try to chase down possession. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The battle for this year’s county Senior Gaelic football club title looks to be wide open after the quarter-final draw was made this week following the delayed conclusion of the group stages on Tuesday night.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who finished second in group 2, have been handed a last eight tie with a Tuam Stars side that finished third in group 1; while St Michael’s, who topped Group 3, will face an Annaghdown side that nabbed the final quarter-final spot in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.

They went into their game with Bearna knowing they needed to win by a minimum of 12points to pip Milltown to the final qualifying spot as the second best of the teams that finished third in the group stages.

They looked to be coming up just short until they were awarded a late free, which goalkeeper James Healy converted, to snatch that remaining quarter-final slot on socring difference form Milltown.

The 2020 champions, Moycullen, will take on Claregalway in the last eight; while the pick of the ties is undoubtedly the clash of defending champions, Mountbellew/Moylough, with a Corofin side that was denied the five-in-a-row by Moycullen two years ago.

At the other end of the equation, St James’ are in a relegation battle, and face a clash with An Spidéal in the preliminary play-offs. A win will secure their senior status for another year, but a defeat will see them join Oughterard, An Cheathru Rua, and the losers of the other preliminary play-off between Caherlistrane and Monivea/Abbey in a round robin league, with the bottom two sides in those play-offs dropping to the intermediate ranks next year.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Play-offs dress rehearsal facing Utd against Treaty

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Former Galway United player Enda Curran celebrates his recent hat-trick for Treaty United in their FAI Cup quarter-final win over UCD. The in-form Mervue native will be facing the Tribesmen in a First Division clash on Friday.

GALWAY United head to Limerick this Friday evening for what is looking like a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs as they take on Treaty United in the Markets Field (7.45pm).

This is United’s game-in-hand over league leaders, Cork City, and a win will see them close the gap on the Leesiders to four points with three games remaining, and while a win would give the slightest of hopes of a late challenge for league honours, it is more likely to serve as a further boost to confidence ahead of the protracted play-off series that kicks-off at the end of next month.

United need to win their final four games to have any hope of snatching the title, and given the goal difference between the sides, they also need to hope that City don’t pick up more than four points from their last three games, if they are to finish top of the pile.

United’s last three games after this weekend are at home to Athlone, away to Wexford, and home to Longford Town; while City are home to Wexford, away to Athlone, and home to Bray, the easier of the two run-ins, so for United it is all about building momentum ahead of the play-offs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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