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Mullin set to skipper Irish FootGolf team at the upcoming World Cup

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Athenry FC player Gary Mullin who will captain the Ireland FootGolf team at the World Cup in Morocco next month.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

ATHENRY FC player and top-ranking Irish FootGolf player Gary Mullin is to compete in his second World Cup in Morocco next month and, this time round, he has been handed the honour of captaining Ireland’s 14-man team.

It has been three years since Talking Sport touched based with the former Salthill Devon and NUI Galway soccer player but Mullin, a native of Shrule, notes his interest in the sport has in no way diminished in the interim. “It has only grown if anything,” says Mullin.

Now, to get the opportunity to captain his country on the world stage, the 30-year-old, who would have been an automatic choice anyway given his solid display at the last World Cup, can barely contain his excitement.

“The way we did it was all the players who had played three or more events this year voted on who they would like to be the captain. I was chuffed when they voted me in to lead them to the World Cup. It is a huge honour. No matter what sport it is in, it is a huge honour to be able to say you are captaining your country.”

In 2015, Mullin tackled the emerging sport and by the end of the following year, as Ireland’s top-ranking player, he travelled to Buenos Aires in Argentina for his first World Cup. Out of the 250 players competing, Mullin notably finished in 14th place.

“So, that was a pretty good one. I actually went into the last round in 11th place but I lost a few places on the final day. Still, it was brilliant to be going out in the third last group of the day with some of the best in the world. So, it was a good one for me.”

This year, Mullin has not got to play as much as he would have liked, having taken up the role as tour director. The tour consists of eight events, along with an Open Day at the start of the season and the big one, the Irish Open itself, which he describes as their “flagship event”.

“So, out of those events on the tour, basically, your best six results determined your final placing in the overall rankings and that determined most of the players who would qualify for the World Cup.

“We also had a match-play competition in September and the winner of that qualified automatically and then we had a captain’s pick and a committee pick as well. The aim of those was to include players who weren’t necessarily based in Ireland and mightn’t have been able to play as many competitions over here.”

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

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Plan for ‘world-class’ campus with potential for 10,000 jobs at Galway Airport

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From this week’s Galway CIty Tribune – A proposal to transform the former Galway Airport into a ‘world-class’ business and technology campus has been drawn up by Galway County Council – with the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs.

The plan, which was compiled as part of the Draft County Development Plan, proposes a multi-million-euro investment in the 115-acre site owned jointly by the County and City Councils.

According to the vision document, the airport site at Carnmore could become a key economic driver that would “attract and secure long-term investment in Galway and the western region, and underpin the development of the Galway Metropolitan Area”.

Among the sectors identified as potential occupants are renewable energy, biodiversity, food science and logistics.

Some of the structures included for are a ‘landmark building’; commercial units; park amenity and recreation space; a renewable energy park; and a multi-purpose leisure facility.

A contemporary development with the potential to accommodate emerging industries is promised, with projected employment numbers ranging between 3,500 to 10,000 over time.

However, county councillors raised concerns at a meeting this week that the proposal they had seen in the Development Plan had been ‘sitting on a shelf’ since last March – and they still hadn’t seen what was dubbed ‘the masterplan’ for the airport site.

Cllr Liam Carroll (FG) told the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District meeting that the recent news that Oranmore was among the locations being looked at by multinational tech giant, Intel, put fresh focus on the future of the airport.

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Work expected to start on Galway City cycleways next summer

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The first six projects in the city’s major new cycle network are expected to begin construction by next June.

In an update on developments that are in train to improve the lot of cyclists, councillors at this week’s local authority meeting were told that the Martin Roundabout (near the Galway Clinic) would next be changed to a junction and the BusConnects, involving priority bus lanes from Moneenageisha to University Hospital Galway, were advancing.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has approved a raised cycle lane north of Railway Bridge on Doughiska Road South and for a shared street south of the bridge.

Eglinton Canal will turn into a shared cycle and pedestrian path. Four weeks of public consultation on both of these is set to begin in October, with the projects set to go to detailed design and tender following final NTA approval.

Ballybane, Castlepark and Bóthar Stiofáin Roads will also go to public consultation for “raised adjacent cycle schemes” a month after that.

The six projects are expected to begin construction by the end of June or early July next year.

Millars Lane is currently in preliminary design stage after clearing works were carried out last November.

Options are being examined and parking survey prepared for Threadneedle, Bishop O’Donnell, Dr Mannix, Devon Park, Salthill Road Upper and Lower Roads with input and designs from the Parkmore Strategic Framework awaited for the Monivea and Doughiska North Roads.

Active Travel Schemes had been approved in principle by the NTA for Ballyloughane and Clybaun South Roads, involving pedestrian crossings, traffic calming, signalisation of junctions and the integration of safe school routes.

Cllr John Connolly (FF) noted that the first quarter of 2021 was when some of these projects were to go to construction, according to a previous timetable.

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Racecourse Park and Ride a non-runner for Christmas in Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The lack of a park and ride service this Christmas will drive shoppers out of town at a time when businesses are struggling to recover from months in lockdown, the Mayor has warned.

This is after it was revealed that the City Council has failed to secure an alternative location for the service – with its usual base at Galway Racecourse out of action due to the ongoing vaccination programme.

The service, which had previously operated for the three-week period in the run up to Christmas, enabled motorists to park their cars in Ballybrit and take a return trip by bus to town at a cost of just €2 – taking hundreds of cars out of the city centre.

The Mayor, Cllr Colette Connolly, said it was ‘completely ludicrous’ that it would not be in operation this year, in a city that was already gridlocked with car traffic.

“I think that it is a retrograde step not to proceed with the Christmas Park and Ride because we know what will happen – we’ve seen before what happens at the Corrib Centre around Christmas where traffic backs up and people get stuck in the car park,” said the Mayor.

This would result in shoppers from outside the city avoiding coming in, while others would go to other towns and cities to avoid traffic misery.

“They will go to Limerick or to Dublin, which is only two-and-a-half hours away. They will go to Athlone, because they may as well go there, rather than spend two hours sitting in traffic on Lough Atalia,” added the Independent councillor.

In Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath’s report to councillors, it is stated that “it is looking unlikely that Galway City Council will be able to run the Christmas Park and Ride in 2021”.

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