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Maree remain in contention after taking spoils in Cork

Keith Kelly

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Connor Curran put in a good shift for Moycullen against Tralee Warriors on Saturday.

GALWAY’S two women’s national league sides tasted victory at the weekend, with Maree claiming a 5-point win away to Fr Mathew’s of Cork in the Super League to keep them second in the table, and confirm their place in the post season play-offs; while NUIG Mystics ended a four-game losing run under when stunning Portlaoise Panthers on their home court in Division 1, although they then tasted defeat at home to Castleisland on Tuesday night.

It was not such a good weekend for Galway’s two national league men’s sides, however, with both Maree and Moycullen suffering heavy defeats to leave them at the wrong end of the table.

WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE

Fr Mathew’s 77

Maree 82

Maree’s co-captain, Carol McCarthy, nailed a clutch 3-pointer with less than two minutes left on the clock to wrestle back control of this tight game at the Fr Mathew’s Arena in Cork on Saturday evening.

Maree had led by nine points heading into the last quarter, but led by Irish international Grainne O’Dwyer, the home side ate into that lead to draw level with 1.50 left on the clock, and with Maree in foul trouble, the momentum appeared to be all with the home side.

Claire Rockall inbounded the ball to Dayna Finn deep in the Fr Mathew’s half of the court, and the Irish U-20 international drove towards the basket, sucking in the cover, before dishing the ball to McCarthy on the left, and she hit nothing but net to push Maree 3 ahead.

Finn was then sent to the free-throw line as the home side were forced to foul to win back possession, and she hit both to give Maree some breathing room and see them complete the double over the Cork side in the league.

Maree led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter, with McCarthy hitting seven of their points, including a ‘3’. She also opened the scoring for Maree in the second-quarter with another 3-pointer, and with Aine McDonagh also hitting two 3-pointers in the quarter, Maree had pushed out to a 48-39 lead at half-time.

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

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CITY TRIBUNE

Covid could leave Galway City Council with €25m budget hole

Stephen Corrigan

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Shop STreet this week.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council is facing into a “potential crisis scenario” with a forecasted €25 million black hole in its budget, unless the Government comes good on a promise to plug the gap left by Covid-19.

That’s according to City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath who told councillors this week that the commercial rates waiver introduced by Government and a drop in income from goods and services provided by the local authority could slash their forecast annual revenue by 25%.

Mr McGrath said the last Government, when it introduced the rates waiver for cash-strapped businesses in March, had committed to €260 million to be put aside to bolster local authority finances, but no detail of how that will be rolled out had been provided.

“We are hoping as part of the July stimulus package, the new Government will give us the detail we so desperately need,” he said.

“Our rates standing orders have been wiped out to the tune of 90%.”

Tourism was crucial to the economic success of Galway, he continued, with approximately 80% of city businesses reliant on tourists to stay afloat.

“We have the highest percentage dependency of any local authority on rates from the tourism and hospitality sector,” said Mr McGrath.

It was for that reason that the Executive was seeking councillors’ approval to free up €485,000 of the so-called ‘Marketing Sinking Fund’ to finance a raft of tourism initiatives aimed at boosting the local economy by attracting domestic tourists as Covid-related restrictions are eased, in what Mr McGrath referred to as “temporary internal borrowing”.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, and more on the tourism promotion plans, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Seafront prom and new train station planned for Murrough

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A vision of a new urban district on GMIT lands at Murrough – including a seafront promenade and new train station – has been submitted to Government for funding approval.

Galway City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath has outlined a plan to ‘leverage’ land and resources of the third level institute to create a new East City Urban District.

Mr McGrath has included the plans in an application for funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

The total value of the project would be €61 million, he said, which values the land at Murrough at about €14 million.

“We are seeking URDF investment to activate these sites as catalysts to boost population and economic output for the city and region,” Mr McGrath told city councillors.

He said that by leveraging the lands at GMIT, the Council was delivering on a target in the National Planning Framework 2040, which states there should be “special focus on capitalising on the potential of underutilised and publicly owned and centrally located sites”.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

Enda Cunningham

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A computer-generated image of how the new Cúirt na Coiribe would look.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920.

Exeter Property Group, one of the biggest property investment groups in the world, has applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission to demolish a two-storey building to the front of the development and to remove the existing fifth floor attic level from the next block.

The proposal involves extending upwards and outwards to create a total of 920 bed spaces in 868 bedrooms in a single building with nine linked blocks ranging from two to six storeys.

The project includes a gym/fitness studio in the basement, a games room, library/study spaces, café/restaurant and lounge spaces.

There will be 59 carparking spaces and 656 cycle spaces included. A total of 398 of the 405 existing bed spaces will be retained.

It is proposed that the existing bed spaces will retain their original planning permission which allows for short-stay lets throughout the year, and the additional 515 spaces would only be permitted to be used as short-stay lets during the summer months.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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