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Much-improved Galway U-21 footballers take on the Dubs in fascinating final

Dara Bradley

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Galway full forward Eoin Finnerty who will be hoping to make a big impact in Saturday's All-Ireland U-21 football final against Dublin in Tullamore.

TWO counties that have produced five of the best U21 football teams this decade, Galway and Dublin, will clash in a mouth-watering All-Ireland final in Tullamore this Saturday (5pm).

In an era of defensive blankets and cautious set-ups, the U21 championship has always been a refreshing tonic, often producing free-flowing, high-scoring, drama-filled matches to restore your faith in Gaelic football.

And the 2017 decider, between two of the big traditional powerhouses, has the potential of turning into a shoot-out with fare that will sate the purists.

This Galway outfit certainly plays with a swashbuckling style, and though they have conceded a fair few scores in the four games to date, they have an abundance of talented players, who on their day will trouble any opponents.

Dublin are no slouches either and racked up big totals in claiming provincial honours; their attack also adapted seamlessly in the semi-final to Donegal’s attempts to smother them by dropping a dozen or more bodies back.

Since the turn of the decade, these sides have won five of the seven finals played. Dublin emerged top-dogs in 2010, 2012 and 2014 while Galway won in 2013 and 2011. And yet a fortnight ago, neither Galway nor Dublin were tipped to be the last two standing.

The Leinster champions had seven points to spare over a much-fancied and highly-regarded Donegal outfit, who admittedly had just five days to recover after their Ulster final success against Derry.

Meanwhile, in the other semi, Galway overcame all the odds to defy bookmakers and pundits by stunning Kerry, the pre-tournament favourites for the All-Ireland.

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell – who kept his powder dry this week, and did not respond to calls from Tribune Sport – is probably reeling from the very public debate over whether his charges chose club or county at the weekend.

Most U21s did not play for their clubs but three from Kilmacud Crokes – Cillian O’Shea, Tom Fox and Dan O’Brien – were unused subs and Callum Pearson did feature. Shane Clayton, a sub against Donegal, aggravated a hamstring injury playing for Ballyboden and is a doubt for the O’Connor Park clash.

 

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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