Galway WFC manager Billy Clery is targeting silverware for the club this season – and knowingly or otherwise, he has picked a captain for the season who knows what it is like to lead a team to a national title.
Shauna Fox wore the armband when Dominican College Taylor’s Hill became only the second Galway school to capture the FAI Senior Girls’ Schools cup title seven years ago this month, back in March 2014 in Sligo when defeating Moville College Donegal on penalties.
Fox scored in that shootout, and repeated the feat the following year when Taylor’s Hill became the first-ever side to retain the title, with the win again coming courtesy of a penalty shootout success, this time against Loreto Kilkenny in Mullingar.
“God, that was a while ago! They were great games, we had a great team, it was lovely to win the title twice,” says the woman who will lead her side out for the first game of the season, at home to Cork City WFC on Saturday March 27.
Fox – who also captained Taylors Hill to a Connacht camogie title – is not the only member of the Galway WFC squad that has happy memories of those back-to-back SFAI Cup wins, as Elle O’Flaherty and Aoife Walsh were also part of that double-winning squad. Both scored in the 2014 shootout success; with Flaherty also scoring in the shootout in the 2015 win, as did Fox, who also scored from the spot in normal time to tie up the game at 2-2 and ultimately send it to extra time, and penalties.
One of the keys to that success was the close bond in that squad, fostered by the management team of Geoff Drea, Dave Grehan, and John Power. Building similar relationships in a squad in the midst of a global pandemic is not such an easy task, but while striking a sombre tone, Fox says these most difficult of time have actually helped strength the bond within the squad.
“It is great to be back in at training, training during the week and now having matches to look forward to at the weekend. To have that routine in place, that is very important – I’ll be honest, many of us, like many many people, many of us are lonely these days with lockdown and restrictions on movement and on visiting people, so to be able to get out and see the girls, to have that relationship with people, we are delighted,” she says.
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No end in sight for work on junction near Galway Clinic
From the Galway City Tribune – The City Council has declined to set a date for the completion of the Martin roundabout replacement near Galway Clinic – which was due to have opened more than a month ago.
In a statement, the Council would only confirm that the project was over 50 per cent completed.
“The project is now progressing to the surface type works including the installation of roadside kerbs, provision of footpaths and cycle lanes and road surfacing. These elements of the works will progress quite rapidly over the next month and there will be more of an appreciation for the progress on this project and the final layout will start to become apparent,” said a spokesperson.
“Ducting and preparatory works for the traffic signal installation is in progress and installation of the lights themselves will commence once the majority of surface works are complete. The final phase of the works will consist of significant landscaping of the junction.”
Work began on the junction in February, with an expected six-month schedule.
“There have been some delays to the programme as a result of industry-wide, supply-chain issues related to the war in Ukraine. There has also been further delays due to rock being encountered on site.
Rock was expected, however the hardness of the rock has been greater than anticipated and as such, has been slower to break and excavate on site,” according to the Council.
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Galway Docklands Festival set to make a big splash in the city!
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The city’s link to the sea is to be celebrated later this month with the staging of the inaugural Galway Docklands Festival featuring a range of culinary treats, sea tours, demonstrations and talks.
Running from the weekend of Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, the event has the aim of celebrating the city’s bond with the sea and the local waterways network.
Organised by the Galway Hooker Sailing Club, Galway Bay Boat Tours and Galway Bay Seafoods, the spectacle has a packed schedule of events – many of them free – through each of its three days.
The ‘pay events’ – ranging from €5 to €15 – include a coffee morning, beer and seafood sampling as well as an historical boat tour of the Claddagh and Galway Bay (€15).
Boatbuilder Cóilín Ó hIarnáin will be giving free demonstrations of his skills on each of the three days; Ciaran Oliver will give a walking tour of the seafront (€10); while there will also be a free Galway Hooker rigging demonstration.
For the more adventurous, there are supervised powerboard ‘taster spins’ (€10) while for ‘the foodies’ the Galway Bay Seafoods fish’n’chips, the Hooker beer and seafood sampling, as well as the family cooking demonstrations – all priced at €10 each – look set to be big attractions.
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Mayor told to stay away from homecoming over funding snub
From the Galway City Tribune – The Mayor of Galway was asked to stay away from homecoming celebrations for extreme adventurer Damian Browne, the Galway City Tribune understands.
Mayor Clodagh Higgins was told that she was not to attend the event at the Docks on Tuesday as there had been disappointment in the ‘Project Empower’ camp that funding had not been made available from Galway City Council.
The Galway City Tribune has learned that Project Empower, which is led by Voluntary Manager MacDara Hosty, applied for €30,000 in funding from the local authority’s Marketing Fund in September 2021, but was deemed ineligible.
A spokesperson for Galway City Council confirmed this week that Project Empower did not meet the criteria set down by the fund which seeks to support the holding of major events and festivals in the city.
In documents seen by this newspaper, Project Empower proposed that Galway City Council be the title partner at a cost of €30,000 plus VAT.
The Tribune understands that the Council’s refusal to provide this funding was at the root of the Mayor’s snub on Tuesday, which drew attention online as members of the public questioned her absence.
When contacted, the Mayor refused to be drawn on questions relating to the Marketing Fund, but said it was her intention to offer a Civic Reception to Damian Browne at the nearest opportunity.
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