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President Higgins helps broker soccer deal

Keith Kelly



The President of Ireland is believed to have played an instrumental part in progressing the establishment of a single senior football club to represent the city and county in the League of Ireland next season.

President Michael D Higgins is understood to have been part of an FAI delegation that met with representatives of the Comer Group in Dublin last Friday prior to the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Sweden in a bid to secure funding for the newly established Galway FC, which is set to apply to the FAI for a licence to participate in the 2014 season.

The Comer Group has confirmed it will financially back the new venture, and details on the exact deal will be announced in the coming weeks.

The confirmation of the new club – which was exclusively revealed on our Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon – is the culmination of a year of talks between what the FAI has described as the four main stakeholders in the game locally: the Galway FA, The Galway United Supporters’ Trust, Mervue United and Salthill Devon.

It was confirmed on Wednesday that the new club is to be run by a nine-person board, with two representatives from each of the four stakeholders, under the chairmanship of Bernie O’Connell, a former secretary of Galway United.

Mr O’Connell had initially been appointed by the FAI to chair initial talks on forming a single club in the wake of the Ned O’Connor report on the state of football in Galway. As talks progressed, he was ratified by all parties to continue to act as chairperson of the working group.

 That O’Connor report, which was commissioned by the FAI, recommended that the best interests of football in the city and county would be served by the formation of a new single club, with the input of the four named stakeholders.

“The situation has been a delicate one, a lot of people have given up a lot of things to get to this stage, and they all deserve great credit for that, it shows the genuine passion there is for a strong team in Galway,” Mr O’Connell told the Galway City Tribune yesterday.

 Mr O’Connell said the process of appointing a manager will get underway very soon, saying it would be a key appointment for the new club.


For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones




These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.


All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham



Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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