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No shortage of double golds at Galway athletics juvenile finals

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The Craughwell AC U11 boys relay team which won bronze medals in Dangan, from left: Sean Hoade, Dara Zimmerer, Ben Moran and Dean McNally.

DAY Two of the 2018 Galway Track and Field Juvenile Championships went ahead last Sunday last in perfect conditions in Dangan, with the U9 to U12 age groups competing in front of a large attendance at the NUI Galway venue.

At U12 level, there were some great individual performances, with double golds for Darragh Fahy, Shannon Quinn, Aine Maguire and Darragh Kelly. The opening event, the 60m sprint hurdles saw wins for Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC and Katie Flaherty of South Galway AC. Victorious in the long jump were Shannon Quinn of Craughwell AC, with a Galway record, and Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC with his second gold of the day.

The Turbo Javelin golds went to Tara Keane of Craughwell AC and Cian O’Brien of Tuam AC. The 60m sprints were won by Aine Maguire of Tuam AC and Richard McGrath of Galway City Harriers. Danielle Moynihan of Tuam AC and Darragh Kelly of Craughwell AC claimed gold in the U12 high jump. In the shot putt, Shannon Quinn of Craughwell and her clubmate Darragh Kelly both won their second gold medals of the day.

In the distance events, Aine Maguire was another double gold winner, claiming the 600m title after sprint gold, while joint gold medallists in the U12 boys 600m were Enda Keane of South Galway and Shane Meagher of GCH. Tuam AC U12 girls and GCH U12 boys teams won relay gold. The U9, 10 and 11 competitions were team based with the top three teams of two in each event making the Connacht championships

The relay events were dominmated by Tuam AC with four wins at these levels. In a superb club showing, they claimed gold at U9 boys, U9 girls, U10 girls and U11 boys level. Craughwell AC took two relay golds, winning the U10 boys and U11 girls titles.

At U9 level, Katelyn Kelly and Yvie Huban won the long jump for South Galway AC, while Thomas Riordan and Oisin Munnelly of Tuam AC won the boys event. In the Turbo Javelin, the Tuam pairing of Holly Hughes and Saoirse Maguire took gold in the girls competition, with Odhran Kelly and Darragh Brady, also a Tuam AC team, winning out in the boys section.

On the track, the 60m event was won by the Tuam pair of Eimear Fallon and Rachel Treacy in the girls, while in the boys’ event, the winning team was Callum McMahon and Alan Hallinan of Craughwell AC. The 300m distance event team winners were Remy Aylmer and Aisling Lavan of Craughwell AC, with a second team win for Callum McMahon and Alan Hallinan of Craughwell AC in the boys’ 600m section.

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

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Proposals to change speed limits in Galway City are voted down

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Planned speed limit changes for Galway City are stuck in the slow lane after councillors rejected a proposal for new bylaws.

The bylaws would have introduced a 30km/h zone in the city centre and 19 other changes, including increased speed limits in areas such as Bóthar na dTreabh to 80km/h.

Management at City Hall have now been sent back to the drawing board to draft new speed limit bylaws after a majority of elected members voted against them – it could at least two years before new proposals are ready.

At a meeting this week, several councillors spoke out against plans to increase speed limits to 80km/h on approach roads into the city.

Many of them criticised the system of selecting roads for speed limit changes, lashed the public consultation process and decried the lack of input from councillors, despite speed limits being a reserved function of elected members.

Councillors were particularly peeved that the proposal had to be accepted in its entirety, without amendments, or rejected outright – they could not pick and choose individual changes.

Deputy Mayor Collette Connolly (Ind) led the charge against the bylaws, which she described as “idiotic”.

She lambasted the “incomprehensible decision” not to lower speed limits to 30km/h outside schools and she said it was “utter raiméis” (nonsense) that speeds can’t be lowered to 30km/h, if 85% of the traffic on that road travels at 50km/h.

Cllr Connolly said the bylaws were “flawed”, and cited the decision to leave Rahoon Road/Shantalla Road at 50km/h, despite a crèche and two schools on other roads like Lough Atalia remaining at 30km/h.

(Photo: A speed van on Bóthar na dTreabh on Thursday morning)
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, including how each councillor voted and a map of the proposed changes, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Corrib to be opened up as new tourism and leisure blueway

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The first steps are to be taken next year to explore the development of a ‘blueway’ tourism and leisure trail along the River Corrib, from Nimmo’s Pier and onto the lake itself.

This week, Galway City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that monies had been set aside to begin exploratory work on what will be known as the Great Western Blueway.

A figure of €65,000 has been allocated in the City Council’s 2021 annual budget to commission an initial study of what’s involved in the setting up a blueway trail on the Corrib.

“The Corrib river and the lake are a most wonderful natural asset for the entire western region and I have no doubt that this project has fantastic potential in terms of enhancing the tourism pulling power of the city and its environs,” Mr McGrath told the Galway City Tribune this week.

Should the project come to fruition, it would be the fifth such waterway attraction to be developed in the island of Ireland.

Already there are Blueways on the Shannon, from Drumshanbo to Lanesboro; the Shannon-Erne project from Leitrim village to Belturbet (Cavan); the Royal Canal at Mullingar; and at Lough Derg from Portumna to Scariff in Clare.

According to Mr McGrath, the attractions developed along the Great Western Blueway would be environmentally friendly, featuring such attractions as kayaking, paddling, adjacent cycle trails as well as scenic walkways and visitor centres.
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Future of Leisureland secured through increased Council funding

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The future of the Leisureland pool and gym facility, which last September faced possible closure due to the Covid emergency, has been guaranteed for the coming year, following an increased financial subsidy from the City Council in their 2021 annual budget.

City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, told the Galway City Tribune that the local authority was committed to the future of the Leisureland facility and had increased the subsidy for 2021 from €300,000 to €500,000, in the process securing its viability for the coming year.

“We are all acutely aware of the value of the Leisureland facility, not only to local clubs but also to the many, many people who use the pool and gym on a weekly and often on a daily basis.

“Like so many other aspects of life and leisure in Ireland, the coronavirus emergency had a hugely negative impact on the viability of the facility, but thankfully we can now look forward with confidence to its continued usage in 2021,” said Mr. McGrath.

He also said that the City Council was committed to the further enhancement and usage of the greater Leisureland site which could act as a focal point for the regeneration of the entire Salthill area as a major local and national tourism centre.
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.

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