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Provincial glory puts the seal on great year for Oughterard

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Oughterard's Niall Lee on the attack against David Morrin of The Neale during the Connacht Club Intermediate football final at MacHale Park, Castlebar on Saturday evening. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

OUGHTERARD 1-16

THE NEALE 0-11

Mark Walsh at MacHale Park

IN the annals of Oughterard football, the year 1938, and the club’s Senior County final success, is held in the highest of regard, even 81 years later. However, the twists and turns of their run of 2019, which has led them to Intermediate county and now provincial glory, will also be revered in exalted tones in years to come.

Castlebar’s MacHale Park was lit up for this Connacht final occasion on Saturday evening, and there’s something about playing beneath the shining lights that brings out the best in the best players. While Tulsk had kept the younger Tierney brother, Matthew, relatively under wraps in the semi-final, Galway U-20’s standout player was not about to let a game of this magnitude slide him by.

A haul of 1-5, 1-2 from play, illustrates that. However, his performance was not without error, as a couple of missed goal chances in the first will testify to, but when himself and his older brother Enda have concluded their efforts with Oughterard, Padraic Joyce will surely be testing them out in maroon and white.

Draws have been one of the protruding themes of Oughterard’s remarkable 2019 journey. Both Clifden and Kilkerrin/Clonberne drew with them in the group stages of the Galway IFC, whilst those two memorable County finals with Micheál Breathnach ended level, with penalties needed to decide the replay.

Oughterard and The Neale look wistfully across the banks of the River Corrib at one another. On Saturday night, they stared each other directly in the eyes. Nose-to-nose at half-time, tied at 0-7 apiece, by whistle’s end, Oughterard had left The Neale firmly in their shadow.

Tommy Finnerty’s side fell a point behind after the break. No matter to them, because they went on a run of 1-8 without reply, culminating in team captain Eddie O’Sullivan collecting the Gene Byrne Memorial Cup. It will have a nice glimmer to it sitting beside the Cotter Cup, won last month at Pearse Stadium, in the Oughterard clubhouse.

What the eight-point win over the Mayo champions, and the 11-point success over Roscommon’s Tulsk Lord Edwards the previous weekend, demonstrated above anything else, is the high standard of football and competitiveness at play within the Galway IFC.

The anatomy of that second half display on Saturday evening centred on another salient theme of Oughterard’s season, their support play and ability to finish off hard runs out of defence with punishing scores. O’Sullivan referenced it in the aftermath, and the goal was an example in point.

Eric Lee was selfless and made constant forays into his full-back line to help out all evening. He wasn’t just filling space as a healthy number of forwards do when carrying out defensive duties. Oughterard’s number 12 made one important interception in the first half, and another in the second half, led to the goal.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands

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Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email: info@galwayrealestate.ie

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry

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Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

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The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

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