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Maree come up trumps in top of table league clash

Keith Kelly

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Aine McDonagh hit the last three points of the game on Saturday to clinch a 72-70 win for Maree over DCU Mercy in the Women's Super League.

MAREE’S two Super League sides completed the double over DCU on Saturday, with the women taking pride of place as they overturned the unbeaten league leaders in Oranmore.

In a game in which the sides were level on 10 different occasions, Maree came from five points down with two minutes remaining to seal a 2-point win as scores from Michelle Fahy, Carly McLendon, and Aine McDonagh – who bagged the last three points of the game – sealed the win.

The men’s sides from the two clubs went head-to-head in Dublin on the same night, and in another close finish, a Paul Freeman bucket five seconds from the final buzzer sealed a 73-72 win for the visitors.

There was disappointment for Moycullen in the Men’s Super League, however, as they lost 79-61 to Eanna in Dublin in the first of four consecutive away games that John Cunningham’s side face before Christmas.

WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE

Maree 72

DCU Mercy 70

A thrilling game with a nerve-jangling finish as Maree came from behind to clinch a statement-making win as they ended the visitors’ unbeaten 7-game start to the season.

In front of a packed gym in Calasanctius College, the sides went almost score for score in the first quarter, at the end of which the visitors led 24-22. It was a similar story in the second quarter, the home side talking the lead for the first time midway through the quarter when McLendon went two for two from the free-throw line.

The visitors finished stronger, however, hitting the last six points of the quarter to open up a 42-38 lead at the break, but Maree came storming out of the blocks at the start of the third quarter as McDonagh (2), McLendon (2), and Fiona Scally (4) all hit unanswered scores to push Maree into a 46-42 lead.

DCU replied with a scoring burst of their own, Nicole Clancy draining two 3-pointers – the only ones in the game – in a 12-point run to give them a 54-46 lead.

Alison Blaney and Claire Rockall halved the deficit with a couple of clutch scores for Maree, but it was the visitors who still held the upper hand at the end of the quarter, taking a 60-55 lead into the final 10 minutes.

However, once again Maree made a big start to the quarter, Rockall hitting six unanswered points to edge them in front, and the sides traded scores again before DCU opened up a five-point gap with three consecutive lay-ups.

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

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Council to consider new pedestrian ‘plaza’ for Galway City

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors will be asked next month to consider a sweeping overhaul of traffic flow in the city centre as the local authority seeks to create a more pedestrian-friendly core in the wake of Covid-19.

Currently under proposal in City Hall are major alterations to traffic flow which will allow for restricted car access to Middle Street – creating additional outdoor seating space for businesses in the area struggling to cope amid social distancing requirements.

Senior Engineer at City Hall, Uinsinn Finn, said they are currently considering three different proposals to alter traffic flow on Merchants Road, Augustine Street and Flood Street to reduce the need for car access to Middle Street, while still maintaining access for residents.

“We already pedestrianised Cross Street and we will be maintaining that, and there will be a proposal for Middle Street and Augustine Street.

“Businesses in the area are very much in favour of pedestrianisation – one business has objections but the others are supportive. Another consideration is that there are residents there with parking spaces and we are trying to encourage people to live in the city centre,” said Mr Finn.

The Latin Quarter business group submitted proposals for the temporary pedestrianisation of Middle Street and Abbeygate Street Lower but Mr Finn said the proposals the Council were considering were more in the line of creating adequate space for pedestrians while still allowing residents vehicular access.

This would involve creating a circuit for car traffic moving through Merchants Road around onto Augustine Street and exiting at Flood Street.
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Residents want laneway closed following pipe bomb scare

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Residents in part of Knocknacarra are calling for the closure of a laneway and for more Community Gardaí to be put on the beat following the discovery of a ‘viable’ pipe-bomb type device in the area last weekend.

Up to 13 homes in the Cimín Mór and Manor Court estates had to be evacuated on Friday evening last when the incendiary device was discovered by Gardaí concealed in an unlit laneway, leading to the emergency services being notified.

An Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit was called to the scene and removed the device – according to local residents and councillors, the Gardaí have confirmed that the device was viable.

Gardaí have declined to comment on the detail of the case but have confirmed that the matter is being ‘actively and vigorously investigated’.

Chairman of the Cimín Mór Residents’ Association, Pat McCarthy, told the Galway City Tribune that the discovery of the viable device on the narrow laneway that links their estate to Manor Court was extremely frightening for all concerned.

“For the best part of the past 20 years, we have been seeking action to be taken on this laneway which has been used for dumping and unsociable behaviour on a repeated basis.

“But what happened last Friday evening was really the last straw for us. This could have resulted in serious injury to innocent people and what is also of concern to us is how close this was to the two schools in the area,” said Mr McCarthy.

He said that over the coming days, the residents’ association would be petitioning all residents in the three estates concerned – the other two being Manor Court and Garraí Dhónaill – for action to be taken on the laneway.
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Galway designer’s necklace is fit for a princess!

Denise McNamara

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Kate Middleton wearing the necklace designed by Aisling O'Brien

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A Galway jewellery designer is the latest to experience the ‘Kate effect’ after fans tracked down the woman who created a necklace for the Duchess of Cambridge which she has worn several times since it was gifted to her during her trip to the city last March.

Aisling O’Brien’s website crashed on Wednesday night when orders poured in for the piece from around the world. The necklace costs €109 with initials, while the earrings retail for €49.

“I’d never sold more than two things outside of Ireland before. I only had three of Kate’s necklaces in stock – and now I have orders for at least 50. I’ll have to start recruiting some elves,” laughs Aisling, who only set up her website during lockdown.

The 14-carat gold necklace and earrings set was designed by Aisling specially for Kate after examining her style – “understated, elegant, simplicity” is how the Tuam native describes it.

She was contacted about the commission by physiotherapist Thérèse Tully, who wanted to give the future queen a gift as she was using her room to change at Árus Bóthar na Trá beside Pearse Stadium when the royal couple were meeting with GAA teams.

(Photo: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wearing the necklace)
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