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McCarthy extends contract with Connacht

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Date Published: 24-Mar-2011

Dara Bradley

JOHN Muldoon makes a welcome return to Magners League action this Saturday (5.30pm) after a three-month injury layoff as Connacht face Aironi Rugby away in Italy, where they have been beaten twice already this season.

Muldoon, who broke/fractured his arm twice in the past nine months, played the full 80 minutes in Connacht A’s win over Leinster A last Saturday.

Although he is unlikely to appear in the starting team sheet, which will be announced later today (Friday), he is certain to make an appearance at some stage. Hooker Seán Cronin returns from Six Nations international duty, but out-half Miah Nikora was not considered for inclusion in the squad as he will be sidelined for two or three weeks with medial ligament damage.

Aironi are winless in this their inaugural Magners League season, but have earned four of their six losing bonus points at home the Stadio Zaffanella in Viadana, where they have proved difficult to breakdown.

The Italian minnows, despite suffering 17 straight defeats, have grown in confidence as the season progressed.

And given that one of their two away losing bonus points was achieved at College Road at the beginning of this month, Connacht are expected to field a strong team as they set their sights on overtaking Newport Gwent Dragons into 8th position in the table. Connacht will also look to avenge for the losses inflicted by Prato and Treviso on Italian soil earlier in the season.

Meanwhile, Elwood’s squad for the upcoming season was bolstered again this week when second row Mike McCarthy signed a contract extension that will see the Connacht centurion remain at the Sportsground until the end of the 2012/2013 season.

The London born former Newcastle, Wasps and England U21 player, who joined Connacht in 2003 for a year and returned again in 2007, earned his first cap in the Six Nations Championship for the Ireland Wolfhounds against the England Saxons in February.

On Wednesday, two Galway natives blindside flanker Andrew Browne and exciting young centre Eoin Griffin, who caught the eye when putting in a man-of-the-match display in Connacht’s 26- 22 victory over Samoa last November, have also both signed two-year contracts.

Connacht’s backrow options next season were strengthe

ned by the signing of Eoghan Grace from Exeter Chiefs. The Waterford native is a Munster Academy graduate and former Ireland U21 representative plays openside flanker but can cover any of the backrow positions.

Grace has signed a two-year deal and joins Connacht at the start of the new season. The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement of the resigning of prop Brett Wilkinson and the signing of back-row TJ Anderson from Ulster.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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