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More matches and less focus on training is suiting Cooney

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Experienced Galway forward Conor Cooney who is expecting a big challenge from Dublin in Saturday's Leinster hurling semi-final at Croke Park.

By Patrick Earley

WITH a strong league campaign behind them, the wait for the Galway hurlers to swing into championship action is a very short one and that’s no bad thing for Shane O’Neill and his squad, who will look to carry the momentum garnered from the league forward to Saturday’s Leinster semi-final with Mattie Kenny’s Dublin.

Having gone so long without GAA, again, now that it’s back, there’s a feast of it on our television screens and around our county grounds every weekend.

For inter-county outfits. It’s a hectic time. None would have had the desired pre-season with only a few weeks to prepare for a league  campaign which was full on with five games in as many weeks.

That’s what you call a manager’s nightmare and a player’s dream. It’s clear as day to everyone that the matches to training ratio is way off the mark. If there is one thing which the Covid pandemic has perhaps proved beneficial in proving it’s that.

Galway and St Thomas’ forward Conor Cooney is the same as every other player across the country. He wants to pull on that maroon shirt and get out on the field of play. With the nature of the league this year, squad rotation was always going to come into effect with Galway also looking to uncover a few hidden gems ahead of championship.

Every player got their chance and it was up to them what they did with it when the opportunity was presented. Cooney was only too happy to play his part and embrace the hectic schedule:

“Very full on,” he says of the last few weeks. “The lads (management), the way they approached it there was lots of rotation in the team which was good so we really developed a good strength-in-depth in the panel. It gave lots of lads a chance to put their hands up for championship, so they’ll have a lot of selection headaches coming up. I think we’re in a good place.”

“I prefer that 100% (lots of matches), get the training out of the way and to not have a big window between matches. If you’re just training and training it’s hard to keep the motivation up, but if you have matches coming hot and heavy you’ll have yourself physically right well in advance. I think you’d be hard pushed to find a player that says less matches and more training,” he adds.

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Council officials branded ‘ignorant’ after reneging on circus agreement

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A circus branded City Hall in Galway ‘ignorant and arrogant’ after a spat over access to public space.

Circus Gerbola criticised Galway City Council for limiting the days its big top was permitted in Claude Toft carpark in Salthill and for reneging on an agreement.

The touring troupe said that last January, it provisionally booked the carpark from August 4-21. In early July, the Council emailed the circus and said it would be limited to seven days only.

Event Producer Jane Murray said she then secured a verbal compromise to rent the carpark for 10 days, including two weekends. But then the Council contacted the circus again and insisted that the site could be used for seven days only.

“I wouldn’t call them clowns because I think it would be an insult to clowns and generations of clowning. They were just extremely ignorant and arrogant. They were so unempathetic,” fumed Ms Murray.

They then scrambled to find alternative accommodation, in Kinvara, for performances today, Saturday and Sunday.

The third planned week has been moved to Conamara. From next Monday, the big top moves to Fíbín theatre company grounds in An Tulach, Cois Fharraige, for a series of events.

A Council statement said the matter was discussed at length internally.

“The carpark in question is relied upon by locals and tourists alike for parking, particularly during the busy tourist season. The best compromise in this situation was to permit the circus to take over full use of the car park for seven days. We do envisage complaints/representations from locals at being prevented from using this car park for a full week,” it said.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of this story, see the August 12 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Residents call on Galway City Council to tackle burning of rubbish

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Local residents have called on the authorities to tackle the problem of an ongoing illegal dump in the Castlegar area with the rubbish being burnt off on a regular basis.

A particularly intense fire was set off in the Bruckey area on Tuesday afternoon last with black smoke billowing from the blaze – forcing local people to close their windows and doors.

According to one local resident, even the Fire Brigade couldn’t access the blaze which eventually burnt itself out over the following days.

“This has been going on for the past four years and we have made several overtures to the City Council on the issue as well as contacting the Gardaí, but nothing is being done about this.”

He said that the land being used as dump and fire site was rented and added that those burning waste were ‘a complete law onto themselves who did whatever they liked’.

(Photo: the fire burning on Tuesday)

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Councillors ignore Transport Authority recommendation on estate access

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A submission by the National Transport Authority (NTA) – seeking to restrict new access points along the Western Distributor Road to ‘cyclists and pedestrians’ only – has been defeated at a City Council meeting.

Councillors voted 12-4 to reject the NTA submission presented in the draft Galway City Development Plan (2023-29) which sought to prevent new access points being provided for vehicular traffic.

The NTA in their submission said that their proposal was aimed at ‘protecting investment in public transport’ and in ‘facilitating sustainable travel’.

In his response to the submission, City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, said that the Council did not want any further restrictions to be put in place.

Councillors Niall Murphy (Green Party) and Colette Connolly (Ind) had proposed the acceptance of the NTA submission in order to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.

Senior Planner with the Council, Caroline Phelan, said that there was a substantial bank of land in this area (off the Western Distributor Road) and the objective was to be able to access zoned land.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) said that if land in such areas was prevented from being developed by a lack of access, it would have major implications for industry, jobs, housing and schools. “We have to allow access,” he said.

(Photo: The ‘Kingston Cross’ lands on the Western Distributor Road which were earmarked for a commercial and residential development anchored by Tesco and Decathlon: An Bord Pleanála previously ruled access points would be a traffic hazard, particularly when it came to cycling infrastructure and a bus corridor on the road).

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of this story, see the August 12 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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