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Moycullen do the business in shock win on home turf

Keith Kelly



Grant Olsson scored 17 points for Moycullen in their crucial Super League win over Templeogue.

ALL four of Galway’s national league sides were at home last weekend, and three of them made the own-court advantage count with crucial wins as the season nears the half-way stage.

Moycullen eased their relegation worries in the men’s Super League with a five-point win over Templeogue; but Maree look to be in a scrap to retain their top flight status following a second consecutive big defeat, this time at home to league leaders, Tralee Warriors.

Maree’s Women’s Super League side are back up to joint second in the table after a six-point win over Fr Mathew’s in a thriller in Oranmore; while in Women’s Division 1, NUIG Mystics moved back to the top of the Southern Conference as an emphatic final quarter saw them ease past Limerick Celtics.


Moycullen 75

Templeogue 70

Moycullen caused something of an upset in their final home game before Christmas last Saturday, securing an impressive win against Griffith College, Templeogue, writes Steven Heaney.

Strong first and fourth quarters helped John Cunningham’s side bounce back from the previous week’s defeat against Neptune to claim a win against a Dublin side that has still to win on the road this season.

Irish U-20 stars Paul Kelly and James Conaire played out of their skin for Moycullen early on, each netting seven points in the first quarter, pushing them out to a 5-point lead.

Templeogue, though missing their inside talisman Jason Killeen, couldn’t be denied for too long, however, and led by American player, Darren Townes, they managed to flip the scoreboard, opening up a 5-point lead of their own just before half-time.

The sides went score-for-score in the third quarter. Dylan Cunningham and Dan Vila provided some much-needed leadership for Moycullen as the home side just about managed to stay in touch with the visitors, who led 58-54.

The final quarter was a different story, however. Templeogue began to slow the tempo in an attempt to prevent Moycullen gathering the attacking edge, but their hosts found an emphatic answer to the tactic.

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

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Covid could leave Galway City Council with €25m budget hole

Stephen Corrigan



Shop STreet this week.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council is facing into a “potential crisis scenario” with a forecasted €25 million black hole in its budget, unless the Government comes good on a promise to plug the gap left by Covid-19.

That’s according to City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath who told councillors this week that the commercial rates waiver introduced by Government and a drop in income from goods and services provided by the local authority could slash their forecast annual revenue by 25%.

Mr McGrath said the last Government, when it introduced the rates waiver for cash-strapped businesses in March, had committed to €260 million to be put aside to bolster local authority finances, but no detail of how that will be rolled out had been provided.

“We are hoping as part of the July stimulus package, the new Government will give us the detail we so desperately need,” he said.

“Our rates standing orders have been wiped out to the tune of 90%.”

Tourism was crucial to the economic success of Galway, he continued, with approximately 80% of city businesses reliant on tourists to stay afloat.

“We have the highest percentage dependency of any local authority on rates from the tourism and hospitality sector,” said Mr McGrath.

It was for that reason that the Executive was seeking councillors’ approval to free up €485,000 of the so-called ‘Marketing Sinking Fund’ to finance a raft of tourism initiatives aimed at boosting the local economy by attracting domestic tourists as Covid-related restrictions are eased, in what Mr McGrath referred to as “temporary internal borrowing”.

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Seafront prom and new train station planned for Murrough

Dara Bradley



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A vision of a new urban district on GMIT lands at Murrough – including a seafront promenade and new train station – has been submitted to Government for funding approval.

Galway City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath has outlined a plan to ‘leverage’ land and resources of the third level institute to create a new East City Urban District.

Mr McGrath has included the plans in an application for funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

The total value of the project would be €61 million, he said, which values the land at Murrough at about €14 million.

“We are seeking URDF investment to activate these sites as catalysts to boost population and economic output for the city and region,” Mr McGrath told city councillors.

He said that by leveraging the lands at GMIT, the Council was delivering on a target in the National Planning Framework 2040, which states there should be “special focus on capitalising on the potential of underutilised and publicly owned and centrally located sites”.

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Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

Enda Cunningham



A computer-generated image of how the new Cúirt na Coiribe would look.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920.

Exeter Property Group, one of the biggest property investment groups in the world, has applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission to demolish a two-storey building to the front of the development and to remove the existing fifth floor attic level from the next block.

The proposal involves extending upwards and outwards to create a total of 920 bed spaces in 868 bedrooms in a single building with nine linked blocks ranging from two to six storeys.

The project includes a gym/fitness studio in the basement, a games room, library/study spaces, café/restaurant and lounge spaces.

There will be 59 carparking spaces and 656 cycle spaces included. A total of 398 of the 405 existing bed spaces will be retained.

It is proposed that the existing bed spaces will retain their original planning permission which allows for short-stay lets throughout the year, and the additional 515 spaces would only be permitted to be used as short-stay lets during the summer months.

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