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Mervue Utd put title on the line as new season kicks-off

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By Mike Rafferty

Last season Premier Division champions, Mervue United, and second-placed Athenry were separated by just a single point at the end of the season and no doubt they will be amongst the leading contenders as the new season get under way this weekend.

Throughout the 2018/19 season, the likes of West United and Salthill Devon also posed a challenge for a spell before eventually falling off the pace and in reality, they look the obvious quartet to threaten again.

The 10-team Premier Division is split into a neat City/County divide with five teams on each side of the fence, with Corrib Rangers and St Bernard’s the newly promoted teams up from the First Division.

The campaign kicks off with some cracking games over the weekend, with the meeting of Salthill Devon and Athenry a tasty opener in Drom tonight (7.45pm). The meeting of neighbours and old rivals West United and Corrib Rangers could produce fireworks in South Park at 11am on Sunday.

Mervue United face Maree/Oranmore at 11am in Fahy’s Field on Sunday. They have strengthened their squad with the addition of Keith Greaney from Corrib Celtic, as well as two players who played in the Limerick League last season – Jonathan Hannafin and Jamie McGrath.

They will also continue to look to the experience of Keith McHugh, Tommy Walsh, and Jason Molloy to continue to guide them on the correct path, while the goals of Enda Curran and Barry Moran will keep them in a challenging position.

Until they faded in the latter stages of the season, Salthill Devon looked strong title contenders, but they showed they can beat anyone with some big wins. They have strengthened their side with a few new recruits like Shane Concannon from Corrib Celtic and Loughrea duo of Adam O’Riordan and Darren Creaven.

West United are also regular contenders and manager Rodney Grant has held on to almost all of his squad from last season. The likes of Eoin Whelan and Ronan Caldwell will no doubt again be big players for the South Park outfit.

Connacht Junior Cup winners Corrib Rangers will fancy their chances back in the top flight, but their ability to win on a constant basis remains in doubt. Manager Brendan O’Connor will be working with all that cup-winning squad with Ronan Sweeney and Dave Cubbard as fresh faces.

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

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Ford S-MAX ticks the right boxes

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Ford S-MAX

Ford admirers will rejoice in the real-world capabilities and the driving response of the Ford S-MAX, a car that has an admirable maturity, drives like a Ford should and is unlike any other model on Irish roads.

For those who don’t want to be part of the SUV rat-race yet need lots of space, the versatility of seven seats and the positive driveability which Ford are famous for, then the S-MAX meets the mark in many ways.

In this week’s test car, the latest incarnation of the family-friendly S-MAX Titanium, you get the complete package and a hell of a lot of car for your money. It feels much less bulky than an SUV and much more versatile because of its adjustable seating layout, while still offering the high seating position craved by many drivers these days. It is also easy to get in to and out off with big doors and lots of head room.

I’ve been driving the 2.0-litre diesel Titanium model with 150ps and CO2 emissions of 160g/km. That equates to an annual road-tax bill of €570. This puts it well up the tax table but when you add a very reasonable retail price tag of €37,538 with some added extras bumping that up to €41,188.

That’s not to hefty a price to pay and from where I’m sitting and considering what Ford pack into this model, I would be happy that you are getting value for money here. Day to day running costs seem pretty fair too.

Ford’s catalogue says that the combined fuel consumption is 6.1L/100km. That’s not far away from the 6.7L/10km that I managed over a total of 900 kilometres on all sorts of roads. It also has a huge 70-litre fuel tank that, when full has a total range of over 1,000km.

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

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Footsbarn stalwarts stage new version of Conan Doyle classic

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Steve Johnston and Rod Goodall in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Rod Goodall and Steve Johnston, stalwarts and original members of Footsbarn Theatre Company, will present a stage version of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre on Saturday, October 12.

This two-man show, which promises to be a lively dramatization of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, is being  held in the city venue as part of the monthly Druid Sessions organised by Ollie Jennings.

Steve Johnston, who now lives in Kinvara, will play Sherlock Holmes while Rod Goodall will play all the other characters in the show, including Dr Watson. Steve and Rod have also written new music and songs for their freewheeling adaptation of the play, which is suitable for all ages.

Booking for the October 12 show can be done at the Druid Box Office, phone 091 568660, or online via at druid.ie.

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Beyond the Barricade returns to Black Box

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The UKs longest running musical theatre concert tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Beyond the Barricade, the UKʼs longest running musical theatre concert tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and returns to Galway’s Black Box Theatre on Friday, September 20, as part of a three-date Irish tour.

Beyond the Barricade features past principal performers from Les Misérables and delivers more than two hours of songs from the best musicals of the West End and Broadway, ending with a stunning finale from Les Misérables.

This new show for 2019 will include many of the songs that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the UK, with numbers from The Phantom of the Opera,

Miss Saigon, Hamilton, The Lion King, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, and many more.

The 20th anniversary concert features David Fawcett (Valjean in the West End and Manchester) Andy Reiss (Enjolras/Resident Director for the tour) Katie Leeming (Eponine in the West End) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette in the West End and national your), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestration. Every note in this show is still played and sung live – which is rare. Andy, David, Katie and Poppy also featured in the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert, staged at the O2 Arena, London.

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

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