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‘Nice guy’ McNelis loses the rag with Our Nuala

Dara Bradley



Former Labour comrades Niall McNelis and Nuala Nolan, pictured here in happier times, ‘had words’ on social media

Bradley Bytes – A Sort of Political Column with Dara Bradley

Nuala Nolan, the former Labour Party City Councillor, turned unsuccessful Aontú local election candidate, is known for her musings on social media.

Be it ramblings about Galway City Council, what’s on television that day, or maybe just reposting wise old sayings, Our Nuala keeps her Facebook followers informed.

Not everyone is happy with this, including her former Labour colleague, City Councillor Niall McNelis.

On the eve of Christmas Eve, a burst pipe near her home in Bowling Green had flooded the road opposite Sally Long’s. Our Nuala phoned City hall to have it fixed.

And, as she said herself, because a picture paints a thousand words, she posted a photograph of the leaking pipe on her Facebook page, and tagged a few elected members in it . . . probably hoping that they might be able to have the problem rectified sooner rather than later.

McNelis was unimpressed.

“Christ, Nuala,” he replied snottily. “Is your solution to every problem in this city a photo?” he asked. “Call the out-of-hours number,” he thundered. Of course, she had phoned the Council . . . and got nowhere.

In a separate contribution, Niall McNelis told Nuala that they (Council staff), were too busy to be looking at her Facebook posts.

Contrast that with Ollie Crowe’s response. The Fianna Fáil councillor informed Our Nuala that he’d just been off the phone to Irish Water, and City Council staff would be there in 15 minutes. They would be turning off the water to investigate the matter and he’d update her later in the day, said Oliver.

One hour and 39 minutes after Ollie’s response, Niall was back on Facebook essentially relaying the same message. The water was turned off, a major job was being done in the city and the Council team would be in later that evening, he said. “I rang City Hall and got that info,” he added, a dig intimating that she should have done the same.

Maybe he was having an off day, or maybe there’s just no love loss between the two former Labour Comrades.

But McNelis, a former mayor, is the Labour Party spokesperson on tourism – hopefully he’s more patient and polite with visitors to the city than he was with Our Nuala.

*For more Bradley Bytes see this week’s Galway City Tribune


Missing man may be in Galway City

Enda Cunningham



Gardaí in Cork believe that a man missing from Midleton since last week may be in Galway City. are renewing their appeal for assistance in locating 53-year-old French man Christophe Goutte, is missing from his home in O’Brien Terrace, Midleton since Wednesday 15th January.

From enquiries to date it is understood that Christophe took a bus from Cork Bus Station that Wednesday and disembarked at 5.35pm in Galway City. He is living in Ireland for a number of years.

Christophe was last seen leaving work in Carrigtowhill, Co. Cork at approximately 11am on Wednesday 15th.

He is described as being 5″ 8′ in height, of stocky build with brown short hair and white skin with a sallow complexion. When last seen he was wearing a black coat, black pants, a black woollen hat and a brown pair of boots, he was carrying a dark coloured overall bag.

Gardaí are particularly appealing to those in the Galway city or surrounding areas to report any recent sightings of Christophe.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Cobh Garda Station on 021 – 4908530, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station

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City Council planning €2.5m bailout for Galway 2020

Dara Bradley



Galway City Council looks set to bail out Galway 2020 – with an additional grant of €2.5 million to cover the European Capital of Culture programming costs.

The local authority has already allocated €6 million for the project, which officially launches on Saturday, February 8, with an event in South Park, Claddagh.

But city councillors will be asked to approve a further €1.25 million in both 2021 and 2022, at a special meeting next Monday.

The city’s ratepayers may ultimately have to cover the extra costs. A 3% higher commercial rate, introduced in the build-up to this year, and retained in 2020 with agreement of business representatives, may be maintained into 2021 and 2022 if management City Hall has its way.

As well as having to find €2.5 million extra for Galway 2020, Chief Executive of the City Council, Brendan McGrath, will ask councillors to sanction a grant of €80,000 to Druid Theatre for a production it is planning for March of this year, which was not part of the original Galway 2020 programme.
This is a preview only. To read the rest of this article, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here.

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Holders Rangers advance but Mervue Utd crash out




Geoffrey Power scored twice for Connacht Junior Cup defending champions, Corrib Rangers, in their 4-2 win over MCR of Sligo.  

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

The returning Geoffrey Power was to the forefront for Corrib Rangers as the Connacht Junior Cup holders got the defence of their title off to a winning start in Drom on Sunday afternoon with a victory over Sligo visitors, MCR.

Salthill Devon, West United, Maree/Oranmore, East United and Hibernians also all advanced with different degrees of comfort, but there was a big shock as Mervue United suffered a three-goal hammering away against Manulla; while Knocknacarra, Renmore and Merlin Woods/Medtronic also all exited the competition in competitive games.


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The break-up of Brendan O’Connor’s Connacht Junior Cup winning side happened probably somewhat faster than the manager might have expected, but the return of Geoffrey Power at the weekend was a huge bonus as the striker contributed two goals as well as lifting a side that just seven months ago won the most coveted trophy in the province.

In a game switched to Drom because their own grounds at Westside are closed, the home side made the perfect start when Power got on the end of a long ball from Sean Keogh and drilled low shot into the corner.

However, the advantage was rather short-lived as a Keith Nibbs header levelled matters; before another set piece goal gave Rangers a 2-1 interval advantage as Stephen Gilmore got on the end of a Mark Wynne free kick to head home.

The Sligo visitors were displaying plenty of ability and they levelled matters for the second time when Ciaran Harvey applied the finish on this occasion with another header to tie up matters at 2-2 on the hour mark.

In a contest in which numerous opportunities were created at both ends, it was Rangers who regained the advantage when Paul Smith linked up with Keogh before slotting home to make it 3-2.

Rangers goalkeeper Shane Richardson continued to play his part with some smashing saves, and as the game entered the final minute, it was Power who again applied the finish that sealed the win and will also act as a confidence booster for a side struggling somewhat in the Premier League.

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

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