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O’Connell’s goal proves vital as St James’ squeeze home

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St James' Aaron Connolly and Damien Boyle of Cortoon Shamrocks tussling for possession during Saturday's senior football championship clash at Kenny Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Cortoon Shamrocks 0-11

ST James’ made it two wins from two in Group 1 of the senior football championship as Dave O’Connell’s second half goal proved crucial in their victory over Cortoon Shamrocks at Kenny Park on Saturday. In doing so, the city side heaped more relegation worries on Cortoon as Paul Bradley’s side have now lost their opening three fixtures in the group.

Without the injured Paul Conroy, James’ never really hit top gear but they looked in control for large parts of the game. O’Connell’s goal came in the 55th minute and put his side six points clear, 1-10 to 0-7, and though Cortoon mounted a late rally, James’ were fully deserving of the win.

Their effort wasn’t without cost, however, as Johnny Duane was stretchered off with a leg injury early in the second period and were he to join Conroy on the sideline for a lengthy spell, it would be a major blow.

Both teams made a slow start to the game and the small crowd in attendance had to wait until the eighth minute for the game’s first score when Adrian Varley fired over a neat effort from the left-hand side.

St James’ responded well and were ahead inside the next 90 seconds. Eoin Concannon got the city side off the mark with a free in the ninth minute. Aaron Connolly then won a mark from the restart before sending a long ball into Concannon close to goal. The full-forward laid the ball off to Ronan O’Connell before Concannon came around on the loop and kicked the ball over the bar.

That play set the tone for much of the first half in which St James’ dominated proceedings around midfield and weren’t afraid to launch the ball into their full-forward line. The city side won all of their own kickouts in those 30 minutes while also winning the majority of Cortoon’s.

Martin Boyle drew the sides level with a sweetly converted free in the 18th minute before Ronan O’Connell pushed James’ ahead again. Cortoon then hit two scores on the bounce to take a 0-4 to 0-3 lead, Hugh McDonagh and Adrian Varley raising white flags.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hospitality group raises €90k

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Lorraine Gallagher (left) and Charlene Hurley of Galway Hospice presented with a cheque for €27,537 by Brian Lynch and Eveanna Ryan of Connacht Hospitality.

The Connacht Hospitality Group this week announced that they raised more than €90,000 for a range of good Irish causes throughout 2022.

The group, which owns well-known Galway establishments including The Connacht Hotel, An Púcán, HYDE Hotel, Residence Hotel and 1520 Bar, as well as the Galway Bay Golf Resort, held a range of events at various stages of 2022 to fundraise for Claddagh Watch Patrol, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), Galway Hospice and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The announcement of over €90,000 worth of funds raised by the Connacht Hospitality Group for national and local charities comes off the back of the past 12 months which saw the group aim to make Corporate Social Responsibility a core part of their identity. This focus allowed them to become more aware of the causes that need assistance while also raising the profile of many of the charities.

The group arranged a diverse array of events to raise funds, and had lots of imaginative ways of grabbing the public’s attention. One event saw people attend HYDE Bar to savour a menu made by a mystery celebrity. In the end, it was revealed that TV personality Gráinne Seoige was the Executive Chef on a night that generated over €8,000 for the NBCRI.

Another event saw staff take part in a ‘Sunrise Swim’ in Salthill – and the public donated in their droves. All money raised went towards Claddagh Watch Patrol, an organisation that works to make Galway’s waterways safer by preventing accidental death and suicide.

One of the most successful fundraisers was the Galway Bay Golf Resort’s Golf Classic, which raised over €22,000 for Galway Hospice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Residents in fear of gangs travelling to rural Galway to burgle homes

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Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins.

Residents in rural County Galway are living in fear of being burgled after one small area suffered at least 10 raids in the month of January.

Councillor Mary Hoade told a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) this week that those figures were for around Headford alone, as she called for additional resources to target travelling crime gangs visiting the county.

“Some of these burglaries are taking place in the morning when people go to work; some are in the evening; and others at night. It’s very frightening.  We recognise that these criminals are coming into the county, but we need more support to fight crime,” said Cllr Hoade.

“Rural garda stations have less resources . . . we’re relying on the resources in the nearest town,” she continued.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said gardaí couldn’t be everywhere at once, but communities needed to act as their eyes and ears and report suspicious activity when they see it. Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins (pictured) told the JPC that Galway was being targeted from time to time by travelling gangs.

“Three different gangs visited the county on one day recently,” said Det Supt Cummins.

Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) said she believed increased CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras – to capture known gangs on tour – should be rolled out.
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IDA Ireland’s €10m land purchase backs Oranmore for industry base

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Former Mayor of County Galway, Liam Carroll.

IDA Ireland has trebled its footprint on the outskirts of Oranmore by purchasing more than 100 acres of land to support industry.

It’s understood the semi-state body purchased some 42.9 hectares on the outskirts of Oranmore, for a price in excess of €10 million.

The strategic purchase of land adjacent to some 21 hectares zoned ‘business and technology’ and already owned by the IDA, was a “major vote of confidence” in Oranmore and Galway, according Cathaoirleach of the Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District, County Councillor Liam Carroll (FG).

It brings the total amount of land owned by the IDA in the area to over 150 acres.

This latest parcel, purchased at the end of 2022, is located off the N67 Claregalway Road, to the north and east of the Galway to Dublin Rail line.

“It would be ideally suited and attractive to a major multinational company or companies for the establishment of a high tech, pharmaceutical or medical device type facility,” Cllr Carroll said.

The entire site of 150-plus acres is close to the M6 motorway, and an hour away from international links, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport in Knock.  It is also close to a number of potential Park & Ride sites, identified by the National Transport Authority as being suitable for commuters.

It’s understood the land is zoned agricultural and would require a material alteration to the County Development Plan to be voted on by county councillors, in order for it to be rezoned before 2028.

(Photo: Cllr Liam Carroll, who believes the land could be developed for a tech or pharmaceutical hub).
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