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Mervue Utd are fast out of blocks in bid to retain league title

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Jackson Da Silva (left) celebrates his early goal for Athenry FC in their 3-2 Premier League win over Loughrea Rams with team-mates Stephen Cunningham and Stephen Relihan. EIREFOTO

By Mike Rafferty

AT the end of last season just one point separated Mervue United and runners up Athenry in the Premier League, but just a week into the new campaign it appears that the old order is changing. Three games in and the defending champions have a full quota of points, but for Athenry they already lie six points behind as they followed up an opening day loss against Salthill Devon, with a defeat against Mervue on Saturday.

Just like they did last season, Mervue appear to find goals easy to come by and with the dynamic duo of Barry Moran and Enda Curran restored to the front line for the weekend contest, they just add so much to a side that might be ordinary without them.

Andrew Connolly has also added goals to his repertiore to supplement their contribution, but in contrast Athenry are struggling in the last third of the park, as they have failed to hit the target in games against the top two. Meanwhile, they did pick up their first points of the campaign with a 3-2 mid-week win over Loughrea.

It looks a long way back for Davie Crimmon’s side, but a squad with much the same personel as last season should be competitive enough to maintain a challenge, but they need their strikers to start hitting the target in order to get them back into contention.

Elsewhere, Salthill Devon remain unbeaten after three games as they lie second in the table, while West United also have full points from their opening two games.

Premier League

 Mervue United 3

 Athenry 0

For almost an hour this Premier Division tie at Fahy’s Field was competitive, but after Enda Curran notched his second of the day to make it three, the game was over as a contest as Athenry heads dropped while the hosts made it 13 goals for their opening three games.

That is the type of finishing power so lacking in Athenry and in an opening half in which they were competitive, seldom did they look like they had the ability to break the deadlock. They enjoyed more than their fair share of possession, but only a Colm O’Donovan effort extended Peter Healy.

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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