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Reality check for Connacht in bad loss to Welsh hosts

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Full back Tiernan O'Halloran, one of a number of Connacht players struggling for his best form.

Ospreys 22

Connacht 17

REALITY can be a hard hitting concept if it sneaks up on you. Friday was a day of reckoning for Connacht in the Welsh town of Bridgend. The Ospreys were out of their usual home at the Liberty Stadium and missing eight Welsh internationals. The visitors arrived at full strength and the perception around the men in green was that they would show their superiority over the 80 minutes.

Cory Allen’s last minute break and the subsequent try from Dan Evans – after a television match official review – created some heart stopping drama at the very end and secured not only the win for the hosts but a four try bonus point for good measure. In terms of getting one over their rivals, the Ospreys had done that and more. This was a body blow that will be hard to recover from in the race for the top three spots in the pool.

It was more than than that though, it was a reality check for those who follow the Westerners. Leaving aside all the errors and mis-steps in the game, Connacht were just not good enough here. The hosts had better players in key positions, a better grasp of what they were each trying to achieve, a more refined gameplan and lots more composure and leadership.

This game was a real marker in the sand and it looked like Connacht were fluffing their lines early on as they conceded two tries (both scored by emerging young Welsh star Keelan Giles) in the first 15 minutes, yet it was more than just mistakes that were at play here, the hosts were in superb form in those early stages, powering through Connacht and scoring two tries with minimal fuss.

By half time it was 10-3. Connacht had managed to come away with nothing from three visits to the home 22, so despite a change in momentum, the lead remained in Ospreys hands. After half time, things got worse for the visitors ironically after Rob McCusker was sin binned for a high tackle. Far from taking the initiative, Connacht recoiled and the hosts attacked with Cory Allen getting their third try while down a man to stretch the lead to 14 points.

All that made the final 15 minutes all the more perplexing as suddenly nerves took over the hosts and the bench impact belonged to Connacht. Caolin Blade, Kyle Godwin and Shane Delahunt each made a difference and Connacht soon had tries. Two in the space of five minutes, both off the back of lineout and mauls with Bundee Aki on the back of one and Jared Butler crashing over for the other with Carty’s conversion locking the sides at 17 all.

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

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Jon Kenny visits Áras Éanna with hit show Crowman

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Actor and comedian Jon Kenny will visit Áras Éanna on Inis Oírr this Saturday, August 24, performing in Katie Holly’s hit one-man show Crowman.

The play premiered at the 2018 Cork Midsummer Festival, receiving standing ovations from audiences and praise from critics.

Crowman is the story of Dan Lonergan and the characters he meets throughout his life.

It’s about lost love and the sense of belonging and not belonging in a small community. Most of all, it’s about the humanity and decency of people in every village and town in Ireland.

As Dan himself surmises: ‘Some people never had the dance that I had and some people never hear the music.’

Jon Kenny carries the audience on a roller-coaster ride from Dan’s childhood to middle-age, from the hurling pitch to the pub and from one uproariously funny character to the other.

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

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2020 still far short of private funding target

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Galway 2020, the company set-up to deliver the European Capital of Culture next year, remains well behind on its target of raising €6.75 million in private funding.

Making Waves, the bid book that won Galway the designation, committed Galway 2020 to raising income totalling €6.75 million from private sponsors and philanthropists.

The bid book specified that this was income to be spent on operating expenditure for the year-long programme of events.

With less than a month to go before the official programme is unveiled, Galway 2020 declined this week to confirm how much money it has raised through sponsorship.

Galway 2020 has consistently said that it intends to raise €6.75m in sponsorship; and this figure has been quoted in several briefing documents prepared for Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, which were released to the Galway City Tribune under Freedom of Information (FOI).

A briefing note for Minister Madigan dated April 10, 2019, under the heading, ‘philanthropy’, mentioned that some €133,477 had been received in total by Galway 2020 in sponsorship and in-kind support as of December 31, 2018.

In March 2019, a financial report by Galway 2020, confirmed that the company had raised less than €30,000 in private sponsorship income last year. This suggests that some €100,000 of the total raised last year, was in-kind.

When asked to clarify how much cash it has raised from sponsorship, minus in-kind support, Galway 2020 said its “fundraising target hasn’t changed”.

“The current value of the fundraising and partnerships pipeline is €4.5m – this includes a combination of commercial as well as trusts and foundations, comprising funds already committed, proposals submitted and further partnerships that are under consideration. These proposals and agreements are a combination of cash and in-kind support,” it said.

Galway 2020 declined to elaborate on how much of this €4.5 million “pipeline” was income and how much was in-kind support. It also did not say how much of that “pipeline” is already ‘banked’, and how much was not yet collected.

Included in that €4.5 million figure was a “significant corporate partnership with Medtronic”, which has become the health partner of Galway 2020 and sponsor of its Wave Maker volunteer programme, it said. However, Galway 2020 did not elaborate on the cash value – as opposed to any in-kind value – of that agreement, which was announced a fortnight ago.

“The nature of the breakdown of partnership agreements are commercially sensitive to each of our partners,” a spokesperson said.

The sole mention of the term “in-kind” in the bid book is on page 89, where it states: “The Promotion & Marketing budget described above will be supplemented by in-kind marketing benefit from our supporters, strategic partners & producers.”

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

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120 households facing eviction

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Low-income city households are staring down the barrel of homelessness after a flood of eviction notices were issued this Summer.

Galway City Council has confirmed that landlords have issued a total of 120 Notices to Quit to families and single people in June and July. Twelve were on RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) or Long-Term Leasing, and the remaining 108 were on HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) or other social schemes in the private rental sector.

All 120 are on the Council housing wait list, but anecdotally, scores more private tenants have been issued with notices to vacate their apartments and houses – adding more fuel to the ongoing crisis.

The 120-plus evicted tenants are now in the market to find alternative rental accommodation, and are competing with the thousands of third level students who are back in the city this month searching for digs.

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

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