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Record prizemoney is up for grabs at the Galway festival

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Peter Allen, Chairman Galway Race Committee, Tim Higgins, Tote Ireland, Noel Meade, trainer, with the Galway Plate, and Michael Moloney, General Manager, Galway Racecourse, attending the launch of the Summer Racing Festival in the Marker Hotel, Dublin on Monday. Photo: Andrew Downes.

PRIZEMONEY at the upcoming Galway Summer Racing Festival is about to crash through the €2m barrier for the first time ever, with a minimun feature race value of €100,000 on each day at Ballybrit.

The overall prizefund has been increased by €123,000 from last year’s festival with the €300,000 Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday of race week maintaining its status as the second richest National Hunt race on the calendar after the Irish Grand National.

The other big highlight of the country’s most popular racing festival, the tote.com Galway Plate, sees a €30,000 increase in value to €250,000, with Tuesday evening’s feature, the Colm Quinn Mile Handicap now worth €120,000.

Details of the 148th staging of the Galway Races were unveiled at Monday’s launch in the Marker Hotel in Dublin which attracted sponsors, top trainer Noel Meade, members of the Galway Race Committee, racecourse staff, Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, Tim Higgins, Chief Executive of Tote Ireland, and Paddy Walsh, Chief Executive of the Irish Association of Racecourses.

Reacting to the record prizemoney on offer at this year’s festival, Michael Moloney, General Manager of Galway Racecourse, said: It’s a huge credit to our sponsors and Horse Racing Ireland who with their support have enabled us to offer for the very first time a feature race every day valued at a minimun of €100,000.

“It is also particularly pleasing to see the minimun value of every race during the festival set at €15,000. We have an exciting programme on the cards for 2017 and we look forward to offering some great racing and entertainment in Galway during our week-long meeting.”

With fifty-two races over the seven days and the huge prizemoney up for grabs, it’s no surprise that Ireland’s leading owners, trainers and jockeys will all travel West in the hope of festival glory, together with a number of cross-channel raiders.

On the first evening of the festival, Monday, July  31, there will be a special opening ceremony themed ‘Gather Your Tribe’. Racegoers will be greeted by tribal drummers at the two main entrances. Patrons can then make their way to the parade ring before the horses arrive for the first race to witness a special performance by the Galway Tenors.

First race on Monday is at 5.20pm with a host of local businesses continuing their association with the festival. Sponsors on the day include The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway Bay Hotel, Claregalway Hotel, Clayton Hotel Galway, Easyfix, McGettigan’s and Eventus, while The Connacht Hotel once again sponsor the feature race of the evening, the €100,000 Qualified Riders Handicap.

Situated beside the Killanin Stand, the new Festival Village will also enhance the racegoers’ experience at Ballybrit. Patrons will enjoy craft beer, a shopping village, big screen to watch the racing, betting facilities and live music all week with resident DJ’s and local bands.

Colm Quinn, BMW Athlone and Galway, are on board again for the second year running as title sponsor on Tuesday evening with the first race also off at 5.20pm. This sponsorship covers three valuable races across a top-class card, culminating in the day’s feature, The Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap.

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

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City Council’s contempt for the public it serves

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A City Council picture showing an aerial view of work on the new pedestrian bridge. The local authority has not covered itself in glory when it comes to informing the public about road closures to facilitate the project.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Galway City Council appears to just do what it wants when it wants.

Last Friday, it officially closed a road at Newtownsmyth. It will be closed until October 28.

The closure, which was to commence last Friday, September 23, was to facilitate construction works on the new bridge at Salmon Weir for pedestrians and cycling.

It is essential work and the closure is necessary for health and safety purposes.

The City Council, as is only right and proper, advertised the closure in advance, online and in a free-sheet newspaper. So far, so good.

Except, as anyone who knows Newtownsmyth is aware, that road has been closed for weeks and even months prior to the September 23 official closure start date.

Trying to find the City Council’s closure order, and public notice, for closing the road at Newtownsmyth prior to September 23 has proved as difficult as sourcing the Third secret of Fatima.

Requests to City Hall’s communications department to confirm whether the Council had a legitimate closure order prior to September 23 have not shone any light on the subject.

And so, in the absence of an adequate response, is it reasonable to conclude that the Council did not have permission to close Newtownsmyth prior to September 23?

And if that’s the case, can the Council now just go around closing roads willy-nilly, without notice and without allowing input from residents and users of the road?

Maybe it was a mistake. If it was, why not say so? The Galway public is forgiving. Maybe they had gone through proper procedure, but why not just show us the notice if that’s the case?

For too long now, though, City Councillors have been treated with contempt by the unelected executive at City Hall and the suspicion is this closure without notice was just another manifestation of that contempt spreading to the public too.

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

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City sides will fancy chances of advancing as champions face Corofin

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Bearna's James Kennedy hits the deck in Ballinasloe on Tuesday as Annaghdown's Frankie Burke and Darragh Meehan try to chase down possession. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The battle for this year’s county Senior Gaelic football club title looks to be wide open after the quarter-final draw was made this week following the delayed conclusion of the group stages on Tuesday night.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who finished second in group 2, have been handed a last eight tie with a Tuam Stars side that finished third in group 1; while St Michael’s, who topped Group 3, will face an Annaghdown side that nabbed the final quarter-final spot in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.

They went into their game with Bearna knowing they needed to win by a minimum of 12points to pip Milltown to the final qualifying spot as the second best of the teams that finished third in the group stages.

They looked to be coming up just short until they were awarded a late free, which goalkeeper James Healy converted, to snatch that remaining quarter-final slot on socring difference form Milltown.

The 2020 champions, Moycullen, will take on Claregalway in the last eight; while the pick of the ties is undoubtedly the clash of defending champions, Mountbellew/Moylough, with a Corofin side that was denied the five-in-a-row by Moycullen two years ago.

At the other end of the equation, St James’ are in a relegation battle, and face a clash with An Spidéal in the preliminary play-offs. A win will secure their senior status for another year, but a defeat will see them join Oughterard, An Cheathru Rua, and the losers of the other preliminary play-off between Caherlistrane and Monivea/Abbey in a round robin league, with the bottom two sides in those play-offs dropping to the intermediate ranks next year.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Play-offs dress rehearsal facing Utd against Treaty

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Former Galway United player Enda Curran celebrates his recent hat-trick for Treaty United in their FAI Cup quarter-final win over UCD. The in-form Mervue native will be facing the Tribesmen in a First Division clash on Friday.

GALWAY United head to Limerick this Friday evening for what is looking like a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs as they take on Treaty United in the Markets Field (7.45pm).

This is United’s game-in-hand over league leaders, Cork City, and a win will see them close the gap on the Leesiders to four points with three games remaining, and while a win would give the slightest of hopes of a late challenge for league honours, it is more likely to serve as a further boost to confidence ahead of the protracted play-off series that kicks-off at the end of next month.

United need to win their final four games to have any hope of snatching the title, and given the goal difference between the sides, they also need to hope that City don’t pick up more than four points from their last three games, if they are to finish top of the pile.

United’s last three games after this weekend are at home to Athlone, away to Wexford, and home to Longford Town; while City are home to Wexford, away to Athlone, and home to Bray, the easier of the two run-ins, so for United it is all about building momentum ahead of the play-offs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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