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Minors are braced for ‘big kick’ from the Banner

Stephen Glennon

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Kilbeacanty's Enda Fahy, one of five survivors from last year's Galway minor hurling squad. The young Tribesmen face Clare in Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

GALWAY minor hurlers will commence their championship campaign with an All-Ireland quarter-final against Clare at the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork on Saturday (1pm) with Tribes boss Jeffrey Lynskey expecting “a big kick” from the Munster finalists following their heavy loss to Cork in the provincial decider.

While Clare were defeated 4-21 to 0-16 in the Munster final, it is not lost on Lynskey that Clare have three provincial games under their belt which gives them a measure of momentum heading into Saturday’s showdown against the young Tribesmen in what is the last ever All-Ireland series at U-18 grade.

“They would still have a bit of momentum,” concedes Lynskey. “We have seen them a few times and they have a good half-back line there in (Diarmuid) Ryan, (Cian) Minogue and (Aidan) McCarthy. They are all good ball winners and attacking half-backs.

“In the inside line then, they have young (Gary) Cooney, (Breffni) Horner and (Tiernan) Agnew. These are all free scoring forwards, even though it didn’t happen for them the last day against Cork but Cork are particularly strong at minor this year.

“So, I know there is going to be a kick in them after the heavy defeat to Cork in the Munster final. There is going to be a big kick in them because, at this stage, it is knockout. There are no second chances and you have to get it right. As simple as that. So, whoever turns up on Saturday with the most hunger and desire and the want and the will to win, it will be they who will be successful.”

With no competitive game played yet, it is difficult to assess the merits of Galway’s class of 2017. In addition, they have only a handful of players – Ronan Glennon (Mullagh), Conor Caulfield (Kilconieron), Enda Fahy (Kilbeacanty), Jack Canning (Portumna) and Donal Mannion (Cappataggle) – who were involved last year which meant this Galway team has practically been built from scratch.

“We have had a big transition in players,” acknowledges Lynskey, “but look, we had a good crop of 16-year-olds from the Academy that got to the All-Ireland final down in Tipperary last year. Unfortunately, they haven’t got minor next year . . . and these would be really good minors next year. It is what it is.”

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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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

Stephen Corrigan

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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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