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Murray’s side are left to rue poor start to the second half



Galway players Aoife Donoghue, Roisin Black and Emma Helebert surround Kilkenny's Michaela Kenneally during Sunday's National Camogie League final at Croke Park. Photos: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kilkenny 1-18

Galway 1-15


ONE that got away? Galway will believe so. Having levelled up this exciting National League senior camogie final in injury-time, the Tribeswomen subsequently conceded three points to All-Ireland champions Kilkenny to narrowly lose out on the prize at Croke Park on Sunday evening.

With a small crowd permitted to attend this sporting fixture in this era of Covid, there was great delight for the Kilkenny players as they lifted silverware in front of their die-hard supporters – something they had missed out when defeating Galway to win the O’Duffy Cup last December.

Indeed, for Galway, this was yet another disappointing visit to Gaelic Games headquarters and, no doubt, there will be some soul-searching done in the wake of a loss in which they did a great deal right and, yet, still fell short.

The decisive spell in this contest was just after half-time. A wind-assisted Galway had led 0-9 to 0-6 at the break – Carrie Dolan having landed seven points, including two from play – but, upon the restart, Kilkenny hit them for 1-5 without reply in a devastating eight-minute epoch.

The Kilkenny goal was one of real quality with the impressive Aoife Doyle rampaging through the Galway rearguard before unleashing an unstoppable effort beyond Sarah Healy on 32 minutes.

With Mary O’Connell (2), Doyle, Denise Gaule and Michaela Kenneally all adding points in this period, Kilkenny raced into a 1-11 to 0-9 lead and Galway appeared in all kinds of trouble, both in defence and attack.

Yet, what Doyle could do down one end, Niamh Kilkenny could do at the other and on 40 minutes the Pearses midfielder showed quick turn of foot coming in off the right wing and she, too, struck a fine shot to goal to breathe new life into the Galway challenge.

In the ensuing minutes, Gaule and Dolan exchanged frees and, by the second half water break, Cathal Murray’s charges were incredibly just two points behind, 1-12 to 1-10, despite being outplayed for most of the third quarter.

Galway continued to show resilience in the face of adversity in the final run-in as Siobhan McGrath, Dolan (two frees), Kilkenny and Donohoe all pointed to tie up the game at 1-15 apiece with time up and a victory was certainly there for them.

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Drinks set to flow again in two landmark Galway premises



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Two popular Galway pubs that had been closed are to be given a new lease of life by an extended family.

The refurbishment of the former Central Bar in Woodquay has been almost completed and new owner Michael Gilmore will open the doors this weekend – just in time for the busy Christmas season.

The pub, in recent years known as The Lough Inn, had closed during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Mr Gilmore is a well-known publican in the city, running the Cellar Bar on Eglinton Street and Seven on Bridge Street. He also has a pub in the heart of Westport called An File.

Earlier this year his two nephews, Mark and Vinny Gilmore, bought Kelehan’s in Bushypark. They are overseeing a major overhaul on the large premises after many years behind closed doors.

Due to setbacks with building supplies, a planned opening by Christmas has now been pushed back until the spring.

This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the December 9 edition of the Galway City Tribune.  You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Warning to parents after Galway homes raided in child sexual abuse material investigation



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A senior Garda, who heads up Galway’s Protective Services unit, has advised parents to ‘tune into’ the daily dangers lurking on the internet in relation to child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

Detective Inspector Peter Conlon – who confirmed that four search warrants had been issued to search residences in the city over recent weeks for CSAM – urged all parents and guardians closely monitor their children’s access to the internet.

He told the Galway City Tribune it was critical that parents did not allow their children ‘unfettered access’ to the internet given the prevalence of sexual predators – often from other jurisdictions – who were trawling the net to make contact with children.

“Children may believe that they are making contact with other children but instead it may be adults seeking to establish a relationship with them and to get pictures of them.

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“I would ask all parents to seriously and carefully consider the age at which they should give mobile phones to their children – any such decision needs to be age appropriate and where this happens it needs to be monitored closely by the parents,” said Det Insp Conlon.

He also said that parents and guardians should acquaint themselves, where practical, with the latest technologies which make it possible for them to be linked into their children’s phone or devices to monitor content and contacts at all times.

The searches in the city over the past two weeks resulted in the seizure of laptops and other electronic devices from three residences – they are currently being examined in detail by Garda technical experts at their regional HQ in Renmore. Det Insp Conlon said that while there had been no arrests in the city following the latest searches, the course of their investigations would be determined by the content and material found in the devices seized.

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Just 85 affordable homes to be built in Galway City by 2025



From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  A total of just 85 affordable homes will be built in Galway City during the remainder of the Government’s lifetime, it was revealed during a debate in the Seanad this week.

An animated Senator Ollie Crowe (FF) told Seanad Éireann that there would be “riots on the streets of Galway” at the disappointing news that was imparted to him by a junior minister.

In the Dáil, Junior Housing Minister, Malcolm Noonan, confirmed that it was planned to provide 85 affordable homes as part of a Merlin Woods development between now and 2025.

He understood that there were sites identified for affordable housing schemes in other parts of the city, but no applications had been received for funding.

“Housing delivery in Galway City Council is a matter for Galway City Council and it is down to the local authority to strike the balance in respect of social and affordable housing delivery.

“If the Senator feels that the local authority is not delivering enough in that regard, it is really a matter for them to drive a more ambitious agenda. The Department will not be found wanting in funding schemes,” Minister Noonan added.

But Senator Crowe yesterday told the Galway City Tribune that it was an incredibly disappointing and unacceptable answer that there would only be 85 new builds when it came to affordable homes.

(Image: Minister Malcolm Noonan said the new Merlin Woods development will include 85 affordable homes).
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article,  see the December 9 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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