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McDonagh in top form as Maree back in the hunt

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Maree's Aine McDonagh who scored 18 points in their Super League away victory over Marble City Hawks on Saturday evening.

MAREE BC’s Women’s Super League side bounced back from defeat a week ago to claim a 19-point win away to Marble City Hawks in Kilkenny on Saturday, but there was disappointment for the other three Galway sides in the national league.

Both Maree and Moycullen suffered their fourth defeat in five games in the Men’s Super League; while NUIG Mystics lost for the first time this season in the Women’s Division 1 when losing on the road to last Ulster University Elks, the favourites for this year’s title, having been pipped to league and cup honours last season by Maree.

Women’s Super League

Marble City Hawks 54

Maree 73

An 18-point haul and starring display from Galway ladies Gaelic footballer, Aine McDonagh, saw Maree claim the three league points with a win over their Kilkenny hosts that was not as comfortable as the final scoreline suggests.

Maree suffered their first defeat in 26 games when going down 76-70 to last year’s double champions, Liffey Celtics, a week earlier in Oranmore, but they bounced back with a win to give them some momentum heading into their cup trip away to DCU Mercy this Saturday.

They flew out of the blocks in the first quarter, opening up a 19-5 lead midway through an opening 10 minutes which saw McDonagh hit two 3-pointers, with the visitors eventually leading 30-17 at the first buzzer.

There were solid scoring contributions from Carly McLendon and Fiona Scally in that opening quarter; and Hazel Finn got in on the scoring act in the second-quarter, landing a sublime 3-pointer on her way to a game tally of 11 points, but the hosts found their groove and had the deficit back to eight points at the break, with Maree leading 47-39.

Hawks had found a bit of momentum, and at one stage cut Maree’s lead to two points (54-52) when Cassidy Williams hit a 3 – she finished the game with 25 points – midway through the third quarter. However, Maree called a time-out just as Scally was sent to the free-throw line, and the break in play did the trick.

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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