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NUIG crews making waves thanks to head coach Mannion’s guidance

Stephen Glennon

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Dave Mannion, Head Coach of NUI Galway Boat Club, and 2017 Galway Sports Star award recipient.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

IF the word ‘ambition’ ever requires an ambassador, then NUI Galway Boat Club Head Coach Dave Mannion may just fit the bill. Having led NUIG to no less than 36 Irish championships since taking the helm in 2011, he is now aiming to elevate the college to the top university rowing club in Ireland.

As it stands, Skibbereen (170), Neptune (152) and Commercial (145) lead the overall roll of honour with UCD the best of the universities boasting of 107 Irish championships. However, NUI Galway have been quickly closing in on that in recent years by taking their tally to 95.

“In terms of how we have accelerated to that total over the last number of years, we have done quite well,” remarks Mannion. “I mean, NUIG, or UCG at the time, won their first championship in 1949 – a maiden four, I think – and from 1949 until 2000, UCG/NUIG won 22 championships. From 2000 to 2017, though, we have won a further 73 championships.

“So, while we were slow to get going, the university has really accelerated. My own personal target would be to try to get NUIG to become the most successful university in the country, hopefully next year and if not next year within the next two years. If we are continuing along the same pattern as we have been in the past five or six years, we should be on target for reaching that.”

A driving force behind the club, the 35-year-old coach outlines that the aims of NUI Galway Boat Club are three-fold in terms of winning university titles, competing for Irish championships and putting green jerseys on their rowers’ backs.

To this end, Mannion, who has been chosen to head up Rowing Ireland’s entire U-23 programme, has had 18 of his charges compete in a green jersey between U-23 and senior levels. Indeed, last year alone, ten of those featured in the Home Nations Internationals while another two – Nuala Landers and Sadhbh O’Connor – competed in the U-23 World Championships.

He explains the up-turn in NUIG’s fortunes began in the 1980s when the late Tom Tuohy took charge of coaching. It wasn’t long before the college began to claim national championships and between 1987 and 2007, Tuohy led NUI Galway to 10 Wylie Cups (men’s university champions).

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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