After extra time
A curious kind of encounter laced with contradictions as both sides had the chances to book a place in the senior football championship semi-finals – in the end a draw was probably the right result between two evenly matched teams.
There was more than a touch of the Winter squall at Tuam Stadium on Sunday for this quarter-final and when Salthill/Knockncarra went in at half-time scoreless – after playing with the gale – their cause looked all but doomed.
Notetaking in the first-half was not an onerous task for the members of the Fourth Estate present at the old stadium as Milltown provided the only three scores of the opening 30 minutes with Eoin Mannion from play and Mark Hehir (two frees) raising white flags.
Salthill/Knocknacarra were really in desperate trouble as regards chance creation, and 11 minutes from full-time as they played into the wind trailing by 0-7 to 0-2, their 2018 championship season looked set for an inglorious final curtain.
To their credit through, the Seasiders kept on trying to get the little break that could open up an escape route for them, and sure enough, it arrived after 55 minutes of play albeit in somewhat unexpected fashion.
A promising Salthill attack looked set to throw up a point opportunity for wing forward Robert Butler but his looping shot for a point dipped into the wind catching Milltown keeper, Conor Nolan just a couple of paces off his line, and dropped into the back of the net.
Now, a team that hadn’t scored for the first 47 minutes of the match, found themselves just one behind at 0-7 to 1-3 as the game entered its closing moments. What’s more, they had momentum with them.
With three minutes remaining of normal time, a Seán Armstrong free levelled the match and although Michael Martin edged Milltown ahead again in injury-time, there was time for Salthill to level the game (1-5 to 0-8) when Andrew Butler punched over the bar from close range.
After the first-half of extra-time there was to be no separating the sides with Mark Hehir and Michael Martin on target for Milltown, while Rob Finnerty (free) and Evan Murphy raised white flags for Salthill.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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Motorcyclist killed in Galway crash
A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Renmore this morning.
Shortly after 10am, the motorcyclist – aged in his 40s – was seriously injured when his motorbike collided with a car on the R338 Old Dublin Road at Renmore Park. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
The crash site was fully examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and the road has now reopened to traffic.
The deceased was removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Galway and the Coroner has been notified.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing witnesses to come forward and have asked anyone who was travelling in the area at the time and has dashcam footage to contact them.
Wrecking ball for once-great social hub, the Corrib Great Southern Hotel
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It was the summer of ’69, and the landmark Great Southern Hotel in Eyre Square was booming.
Every evening, 180 guests – mostly American tourists – thronged its dining room for dinner. Similar numbers were served breakfast, with about 150 for lunch.
It was so busy, the semi-state company planned another 160-bedroom sister hotel, the Corrib Great Southern, on the Dublin Road.
Then the Troubles in Northern Ireland started, and “business fell off a cliff”, recalled Richard Lyons, who worked in both hotels, including 35 years as maître d in the newer one.
“They were building the Corrib when the Troubles started and they decided they had to cut back the rooms by 40. That’s how they finished with 120 bedrooms,” he said.
The hotel was opened on May 27, 1971, by Brian Lenihan Snr, the then Minister for Transport and Power, and Bishop of Galway, Michael Browne.
But the legacy of the Troubles lingered for years after, according to Renmore resident Richard – debt from State borrowing to build a new hotel up North, which was twice bombed by the IRA, threatened the very existence of the semi-state hotel group owned by CIÉ.
In the early 1980s, hotel group debt grew to nearly £8 million, and the Fine Gael and Labour Coalition Government headed by Garret Fitzgerald decided to liquidate it.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story of the hotel, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.
Galway City Council extends outdoor dining into October
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The summer of alfresco dining looks set to be extended into the late autumn, with Galway City Council confirming this week their plans to extend the outdoor arrangements to October 22.
Local councillors, hospitality representatives and the City Council have said this week that the extension of outdoor dining at five city locations from September 30 to October 22 next, reflects public satisfaction with the current set-up.
This week the City Council published statutory public notices to clear the way for a continuation of the existing road closures required to facilitate outdoor dining on William Street West, Raven Terrace, Dominick Street Upper, Woodquay and the Small Crane.
Johnny Duggan, Chairman of the city branch of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland and proprietor of Taylor’s Bar on Dominick Street, told the Galway City Tribune that the outdoor dining initiative during the summer had been a ‘huge success’ both from a viability and operational viewpoint.
“It has brought a life and vibrancy back into these areas in a very safe and controlled environment – the move makes sense in terms of the October 22 deadline set for the return of normal business,” he said.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story and for a proposal to bring an ice rink back to Leisureland, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.