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Murphy and O’Donnell point the way for Tuam Stars

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Tuam Stars 0-15

Killannin 0-12

FOUR second half points by Jamie Murphy provided the inspiration for Tuam Stars to keep their nerves in the closing minutes as Ja Fallon’s side eventually saw off Killannin in Sunday’s senior football championship encounter at Pearse Stadium.

Their ability to make productive use of the wind in the second half was a telling factor as Tuam’s ten point contribution in the final 30 minutes saw them double their opponents’ tally and leave them with a little to spare in the end.

Mind you, they needed two points in additional time to open up a three-point margin and in a really dramatic finale, it took a goal-line clearance by Rory O’Connor to keep out a David Walsh effort in a goalmouth scramble.

Killannin certainly made the better start, but their inability to turn a lot of possession in a wind assisted opening half into scores was to turn out to be their downfall. In fact, almost all their scores were taken in two productive spells and just one score in the closing ten minutes of the half left them with just a slender two point lead at the interval.

That advantage was quickly turned over by Tuam and while the sides traded point for point for a spell, a three score burst midway through the half was enough to give the Stars a lead that a committed Killannin could not peg back.

Aided by the elements it was the West Galway team who made the brighter start and after Johnny Heaney stroked over a 45, Niall Walsh drilled over a smashing effort with the outside of the boot from near the right sideline. Their early dominance continued as Cathal Sweeney soloed through the middle and made it three points to no score on 10 minutes.

Tuam Stars got off the mark a minute later and it was Gary O’Donnell who popped over the opener and the midfielder repeated the feat quickly afterwards to add a second, with Darren Kelly deeply involved in the build up to both. Kelly then had an opportunity to go for goal, but elected for the safer option when he fired over the equaliser on 13 minutes.

Referee Shane Hehir was the centre of attention for two contrasting decisions in quick succession, at opposite ends of the park. Firstly, he failed to award a free to Killannin’s Patrick Sweeney when he had the legs taken from under him by Darragh O’Rourke in front of goal, while at the other end he observed David Walsh holding Jamie Murphy off the ball as the full forward awaited a delivery from midfield. Gavan Connell knocked over the resulting free to put Tuam Stars 0-4 to 0-3 ahead on 15 minutes.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Eyrecourt tune makes it to Hollywood in Jig time

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A tune composed to celebrate the twinning of Eyrecourt in south-east Galway with Gouesnach in France is to feature in a new film.

Written by Niall Crehan, ‘The Eyrecourt Jig’ made quite a splash when it was released in 2013 and is still popular in music sessions up and down the country.

Niall had been commissioned to write the tune for the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the two villages, Eyrecourt and Gouesnach.

So, when he had a small part as a fiddler in a TV film called Royal Rendevouz, he started playing the jig.

The producers were so impressed, they added it to the movie soundtrack and it will appear in the credits.

Niall is a member of a celebrated traditional Irish musical dynasty hailing originally from County Clare.

He is the youngest son of whistle and concertina player Vincent Crehan and nephew of renowned fiddler Junior Crehan.

Niall and his brother Kieran ran the Dublin shop Crehan Musical instruments until his early retirement.

Now living in Kildare, Niall is a cousin of publican Mick Crehan, who runs the renowned folk pub in the west end of Galway, The Crane.

Niall and the large army of musicians in the extended family are regular guests.

His brother Dermot got music playing parts on films such as the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and he managed to get Niall onto the likes of Downton Abbey.

This latest TV project is the latest foray into the world of film, explains his son Brian.

The story centres on an American chef who is invited to an Irish manor to cook a feast in order to convince the matriarch not to sell the home.

It premieres on Sunday, February 26 at 9pm on the E! Network starring Isabella Gomez, Ruairi O’Connor and Ronan Raftery.

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‘No show’ TDs criticised at County Galway policing committee meeting

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A county councillor has launched a stinging criticism of Oireachtas members for their repeated failure to attend County Galway Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meetings.

At a meeting of the JPC on Monday, Cllr Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher (photographed) said he believed it was time the three TDs on the committee decided if they wanted to remain, or give their place up to someone who would make use of it.

“I am asking the Council to write out to our Oireachtas members and ask them do they want to be on this JPC or not, and if not, let someone else be on it,” blasted the Fine Gael councillor.

This followed repeated non-appearances from TDs representing the Oireachtas on the committee – the three representatives are Deputy Noel Grealish (Ind), Deputy Anne Rabbitte (FF) and Deputy Catherine Connolly (Ind).

Cllr Maher said the JPC, which sits around five times per year, was deliberately held on a Mondays to facilitate Oireachtas members who were in the Dáil later in the week. He said there were issues being raised regularly that required raising at a national level and it was incumbent on national representatives to bring those matters back to Dublin.

One such issue was the use of CCTV in the pursuit of illegal dumpers and travelling crime gangs, said Cllr Maher who is Cathaoirleach of the County Council.

“I would like our members of the Oireachtas to be taking the message back on CCTV,” he added, as representatives locally were getting no further as a result of data protection laws.

None of the three Oireachtas members were present for this week’s meeting. Chair of the JPC, Cllr Jim Cuddy, confirmed he had received an apology from Deputy Catherine Connolly.

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New Chief Executive for Galway County Council

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The new Chief Executive of Galway County Council is set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Liam Conneally, who is Director of Services for Economic Development at Clare County Council, is understood to be the preferred candidate following an interview process and has been offered the post.

His appointment will have to be ratified by councillors at an upcoming meeting of Galway County Council.

He will replace Jim Cullen, who was Acting CE for a number of years.

The last permanent CE of the local authority was also a Clare native, Martina Moloney who retired in 2014.

Since then, Kevin Kelly initially and then Jim Cullen have been acting in the roles.

According to his LinkedIn page, Liam Conneally was a senior planner at Limerick City and County Councils for almost three years before taking up the Director of Services role in Clare in 2016.

He was educated at University of Limerick and Queen’s University Belfast.

A native of Ennistymon, he is steeped in the GAA.

“He’s done a very good job in Clare; he’s very dynamic and forward-looking, he will be a good choice for Galway County Council,” said a source familiar with Mr Conneally, and the interview process.

Government completed a review in 2021 about whether it was going to appoint someone permanently into the CE role, which was filled on a temporary/acting basis for almost nine years.

It’s understood that officials in Dublin had delayed filling the role as they wanted to push for an amalgamation of both Councils.

The amalgamation, however, was rejected by local politicians, and has since been put on the back burner.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, is due to retire this year. It’s understood his deputy CE, Patricia Philbin will take the role in an acting capacity until an interview process is completed.

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