IT was a comfortable weekend for the fancied sides in FAI Junior Cup action as Mervue United, Athenry and Loughrea all saw off lower ranked opposition in advancing to the Fifth Round National open draw which took place earlier this week.
Just Athenry of the three were rewarded with a home tie and they will face either St Joseph’s FC or Tramore FC from the Waterford region. Mervue United were the last name out of the hat and they travel south to meet Cork side Carragaline United, while Loughrea face a stiff task as they head to Kilkenny for a meeting with Evergreen.
Meanwhile, Ballinasloe Town defeated Castlerea Celtic by 2-1 on Sunday and will enjoy a home tie against Westport United next time out. The competition will also have new winners as the holders North End from Wexford were beaten in the last round by Freebooters from Kilkenny. All the sixty four games are scheduled for the first weekend in December.
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Corrib Rangers had taken a few notable scalps in previous rounds and potentially offered a threat to Mervue United, but the reality was different as the visitors prevailed comfortably by 5-2 at Westside.
They were two up at the break as Enda Curran notched a brace before going on to complete his hat trick on the resumption. Peter Walsh was also on the mark twice for Mervue, while Stephen Gilmore and Simon Walsh replied for Rangers with second half goals.
Dynamo Blues were the only lower division side left in the competition and they were out of their depth as Athenry emerged 7-0 winners in Tuam on Sunday. Cole Connolly (two), Conor Cannon, Garvan Boughal, Jamie O’Driscoll, Morgan Leggett and Seamie Crowe took the scoring honours for the visitors, while aided by a Darren Creaven hat trick, Loughrea also eased past Colemanstown United by 7-0. Michael Lynch (two), Adam O’Riordan and Patrick Evason were also on the mark for the home side in an easy win.
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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.
The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.
Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.
Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.
The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.
“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.
“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”
Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.
“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.
Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.
The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools
Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.
“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.
“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.
A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.