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Opposition grows to Galway County Council’s clean up ‘ban’

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An Taisce has questioned the logic of a new Galway County Council policy that effectively bans roadside clean-ups. The environmental watchdog said it is concerned that the rules introduced by the local authority will act as a disincentive for volunteers and voluntary groups to get involved in community clean-ups.

The new policy states: “No works will be permitted to take place on any major roads with a speed limit greater than 80 kilometres per hour and traffic volumes greater than 1,000 vehicles per day.”

Most roads in the county, apart from very minor ones, would come in under the speed or volume stipulation.

The definition of “works” in the policy extends to litter picking, grass cutting, strimming, spraying, watering plants, emptying litterbins, street sweeping, cleaning recycling centres, hedge trimming and maintenance of flower beds.

The policy is a function of Council management and was not voted on by elected members. Community groups are fearful that, without voluntary clean-ups, there will be a proliferation in litter throughout the county.

The new policy could have implications for An Taisce’s National Spring Clean – an annual month-long initiative that focuses on clean-ups of communities during April.

A spokesperson for An Taisce said: “We would share the concerns of local voluntary and community groups that these new rules place an unnecessary imposition on groups who are trying to be productive and to clean-up and take care of the environment in which they live.”

The spokesperson said the requirement for people involved in clean-ups to be trained in health and safety was “more red-tape” and a “disincentive” for volunteers. “It is difficult to understand what the logic of this policy is,” An Taisce spokesperson added.

The Galway City Clean-Up Group in a statement said it “condemns” the Council’s decision to introduce the new policy.

“We believe this will have an adverse effect on clean-ups in the county. It’s hard enough to get volunteers to come out and now with this unnecessary bureaucracy, we believe it will have an adverse effect on clean-ups,” it said. The group said it doesn’t have faith that the local authority has the resources to do what voluntary organisations are doing in communities and it called on the Council to reverse its decision.

Ten groups in Connemara have written to councillors expressing their concern and frustration at the policy. The groups include: Cumann Forbartha Choic Fharraige, Coiste Pobail Bhearna, Coiste na mBailte Slachtmhara na Forbacha, Comhlacht Forbartha an Spidéil, Coiste Pobail na Minna, Coiste Pobail na Tulaigh, Coiste Pobail Ros a Mhíl, Coiste na nBailte Slachtmhara na Ceathrún Rua, Coiste Pobail Chamuis and Coiste Pobail Rosmuc.

Many more groups have voiced their concern about the new regulations, which have negative wide-ranging implications for Tidy Towns committees.

Independent County Councillor Seósamh Ó Cualáin shares their concern and has called for the new policy to be scrapped.

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Clifden break new ground with a five-star final show

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Clifden's Gearoid King, who has Michael O'Toole in support, breaking out of defence against St Ronan's of Roscommon during Saturday's Connacht Club Junior Football Final at Hyde Park. Photos: Bernie O'Farrell.

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John McIntyre at Hyde Park

A lot can change in one year. Just ask the mould-breaking Clifden junior Gaelic footballers for confirmation.

In the space of 12 months, Galway’s most westerly Gaelic football bastion has gone from fighting relegation to being crowned Connacht champions.

It’s some turnaround in fortunes by any standards, and Clifden are not finished yet with an All-Ireland Club semi-final to look forward to in early January.

Having taken out highly-rated Islandeady of Mayo in the semi-final, suddenly the burden of favouritism for provincial glory fell on Clifden’s shoulders, but they made light of this new-found status at Hyde Park on Saturday.

Coming up against St Ronan’s of Roscommon – a club which was fighting for survival itself just five years ago – in the Connacht final, a progressive Clifden outfit carried too much firepower and quality for opponents who are based close to the Sligo border.

Having suffered defeat in the club’s two previous provincial final appearances – in 2006 and 2015 – Clifden were determined to make it third-time lucky and the fact their supporters rarely had cause for concern underlines how much they were in control.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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An Spidéal raise their game after being hit by black card

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Kinvara full forward Joshua O’Connor is challenged by Liam Ó Fatharta and Eoin Ó Conghaile of An Spidéal during Saturday's County U19 B Football Final at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Iain McDonald.

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Kinvara 1-6

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

AN Spidéal claimed the county under 19 B football title on Saturday following an entertaining contest with North board winners Kinvara at Tuam Stadium.

The Connemara side were deserving winners on the day as they played the superior football for long spells. Nevertheless, they were well tested by a hard working Kinvara side, who produced a strong third quarter performance and took the lead in the 43rd minute.

An Spidéal weathered the storm however, to take control of the contest in the final quarter, scoring the final five points of the game to deservedly take the title.They displayed a greater ability to generate scores from play, which made all the difference in the end. An Spidéal’s tallied 1-6 from open play, while Kinvara were held to 0-3 by comparison.

Both sides deserve credit for serving up an entertaining spectacle in tricky conditions at Tuam Stadium. Kinvara played against the wind in the opening half but made a bright start when Oisín Ivers pointed from the right corner.

An Spidéal replied with their first score, which proved to be a major one. A strong run from Liam Ó Conghaile saw him break through Kinvara’s defence before firing a shot to the bottom corner past Shaun Philips.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A glimpse back to darker days when we turned on each other

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A photo taken in happier pre-civil war times on October 27, 1921, at the wedding of Kevin O’Higgins (centre) to Birdie Cole (centre front). O’Higgins is flanked to his right by Eamon de Valera and on his left by Rory O’Connor, the latter to be executed just over a year later on the orders of O’Higgins. Photo: Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of my regrets in childhood and younger life was that I never really got to know my ageing father. There was a rural way of life back through the 20th century where older farmers tended to marry younger women, one of the consequences being that by the time the youngest of the children had reached teenage years, their father would have slipped into old age.

It wasn’t all bad though and as a child, I’d hear first-hand stories of what times were like during The Troubles from the War of Independence through to the Civil War. My father wouldn’t always talk about it that often, but here and there, he’d mention tales of hiding behind walls when they’d hear the sound of Crossley Tenders – lightweight lorries which carried parties of Black-and-Tans across the country to ‘put manners’ on the restless natives.

Tales of guns and ambushes were quite frightening but also somewhat alluring yarns for a young lad of 11 or 12 summers as here and there, my father would mention that what followed on after the hated Black-and-Tans was even worse. He would recount tales from the Civil War and how even the closest of families were torn apart, depending on whether they were pro-Treaty or not.

He would point to a spot on a field where IRA members fired shots at the Free State-controlled railway station in Ballyglunin, or maybe a house where two brothers fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. As years passed, and elderly parents moved on, talks of the Tans and the Treaty faded, but of late with the 100th anniversary of so many awful events in 1922 now being recalled, curiosity again took hold.

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