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Moycullen play-off hopes suffer a blow on the road

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Moycullen's Patrick Lyons and Isaac Westbrooks of Swords. Photo: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Swords Thunder 81

Moycullen 61

Moycullen’s postseason playoff hopes suffered a heavy blow on Saturday evening, as a late game scoring drought led to a road loss against second-placed Swords Thunder in Dublin.

Having been trailing by only three points late in the third, Moycullen could only manage nine points in the closing 12 minutes of play en route to an 81 to 61 defeat.

“It’s a tough one to take, it means that we now have to win all three of our remaining games and hope for some favourable results elsewhere to get into the top six,” said Moycullen captain, James Loughnane.

“We played well on defence, holding a team like Swords to 81 isn’t bad, but we just couldn’t find any rhythm on offence, and that cost us,” he added.

One bright spot from the loss to Swords Thunder was the play of Kyle Cunningham, the younger brother of Dylan, who slotted ably into his injured brother’s normal starting role. He chipped in for 13 points for Moycullen, and had a fine game overall.

Early on in the contest Moycullen looked a likely bet to get the better of Swords for the second straight time this season, having won the side’s earlier encounter in Galway.

A four-point deficit at the half on this occasion would have please Moycullen coach John Cunningham, given that his team that had not looked particularly sharp offensively in the first two quarters.

The engine never quite kicked into gear however, and while Brandon McGuire showed his usual deft touch from behind the three point line, Moycullen failed to find him frequently enough to keep in touching distance of their Dublin rivals.

A major difficulty for Moycullen was the size of Swords Thunder, who had a height advantage at every position on the court. This frustrated Moycullen all game long, and stifled their offense – Moycullen only managed 25 points in the second half.

Next up for Moycullen is a home matchup against cup champions Templeogue this Sunday in the NUI Galway Kingfisher Gym (3pm).

Moycullen will need a greater scoring output on that occasion to topple their opponents from the capital, to to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Moycullen: B McGuire (23), K Cunningham (13), J Loughnane (11), P Freeman (6), J Tummon (5), C Curran (3), C Nihill, P Lyons.

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

 

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

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

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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

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

 

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Councillors divided over vote on Salthill Prom cycleway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to install a temporary two-way cycle lane along Salthill Promenade hangs in the balance, with city councillors split ahead of a vote next week.

On Monday night, the 18 city councillors will discuss Mayor Colette Connolly’s motion that the lane be installed on the coastal side of the road from Blackrock to a point opposite Galway Business School.

A poll of the councillors carried out by the Galway City Tribune yesterday found nine in favour of the proposal, with one indicating they will abstain. A simple majority is required and if there is a 9-9 split, the Mayor holds a ‘casting’ vote, effectively a second vote.

There has been a flurry of lobbying by cycling campaigners urging councillors to vote in favour, as well as some complaints from residents worried it will again impinge on their parking as visitors to Salthill seek somewhere to park up while they swim or walk along the most utilised resource the city has.

During lockdown, Gardaí removed parking on the Prom to deter people from gathering in a public space. This resulted in motorists blocking driveways and entering private estates, leading one estate off Threadneedle Road to hire a private clamping company.

Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) believes there are a maximum of 250 spaces that would be lost to the project on one side of the road as currently proposed, including seven disabled spaces, which could be reassigned close by.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read extensive coverage of the issue and to see how each councillor intends to vote, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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