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Seasiders overcome scoreless first-half to force draw

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Salthill/Knocknacarra's Robert Butler, whose late goal threw his side a lifeline, looks to get past the challenge of Milltown's Liam Costello. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Milltown 0-12

Salthill/Knocknacarra 1-9

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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CITY TRIBUNE

€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.

The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

Denise McNamara

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.

Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.

The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.

“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.

“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”

Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.

“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.

The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools

Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.

“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.

“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.

A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
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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