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Moran grabs the winner as Mervue tops in local derby

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The Galway U18 team which are through to the last eight of the FAI Youth Cup. Back row, left to right: Niall Rooney, Nathan Ward, Troy Slattery, Dean Cullinane, Mathew Barrett, Oran Monaghan. Front row: Paul Boyle, Conor Devlin, James Cahalan ,Cian O'Toole (C), Jack Kissane.

Mervue United 2

Renmore 1

By Mike Rafferty

THOUGH they were great rivals in times past, recent meeting have been rare as Renmore found themselves meandering about the lower divisions, but Sunday’s TP Brennan Connacht Junior Cup meeting proved that all is alive and well and certainly competitive in the neighbouring parishes.

Mervue United position of strength challenging for Premier Division honours is almost an annual feature, but it is just this season that Renmore can claim to have returned to a competitive level as they have streaked well clear at the top of the First Division and look odds on to return to the top flight after a prolonged absence.

On Sunday in Fahy’s Field, Renmore looked to be the better outfit for much of the exchanges and offered a greater threat in the last third of the park. However, scoring goals is an art in itself and in Barry Moran, Mervue United have one of the the best goal scorers that ever played in the local leagues.

He got one chance in the game and with a subtle header, delivered the match winner. In contrast, the visitors just didn’t have a finisher of the same quality to give them a reward for a good performance.

It was Renmore who broke the deadlock in the opening half when Harry Connolly headed in a Colie Ridge free kick and only for a terrific save by Lorcan Doyle, they would have added a second, when the goalkeeper denied Eoin O’Boyle.

The home side levelled matters just before the break with a rather fortuitous equaliser as a Keith McHigh free kick from half way took a deflection off Paddy Gannon for an own goal to tie up matters at 1-1.

While Renmore did the majority of the pressing in the second half, they seldom directly threatened Doyle’s goal. Florian Jouffre, Cathal O’Regan and Colie Ridge all went close as the visitors probing provided no reward.

In contrast, the home side notched the winner on 72 minutes, with their only shot on target in the half. Ciaran Foley, new signing Kevin Fitzpatrick and Simon Walsh provided all the style down the right and following the latter’s cross, Moran‘s header crept beyond Cillian Murphy to make it 2-1.

Within a minute, the visitors had legitimate penalty claims waved away by referee Brian Lynch when John Finnegan was upended in the box by Foley and all they got was an unfair booking for skipper Gannon as he took issue with the match official. A double whammy for Renmore, who can certainly feel hard done by with the decision.

They continued to force all the late pace, but the home side hung on as efforts by O’Regan, Kevin Connolly and a Colie Ridge free kick went east and west of the posts.

For more, read 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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