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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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Matriarch of Scotty’s Diner donates kidney to her son!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A well-known family in the Galway restaurant trade have swapped chef whites for hospital gowns after the matriarch donated a kidney to her son.

Jenny and Andrew Ishmael, synonymous with Scotty’s Diner in Cúirt na Coiribe on the Headford Road in Terryland, are recovering in Beaumont Hospital after the marathon live donor operation.

It took place last Monday and staff are so impressed by the quick recovery of mother and son that they could be discharged as early as this weekend.

“It went really well. I’m still a bit sore. We’re still on the mend. It’s working perfectly,” says Andrew from the isolation ward of the hospital’s Kidney Centre.  “My creatine was over 1,000 when I came in and it’s already around 260.

“I felt weak after the surgery, but I could feel that bit of life in me again straight away. It’s amazing how quick it works. Mom wasn’t too great after the surgery – it was her first ever. She was quite sore, a bit iffy, but she’s good now.

“We have rooms back-to-back. We’ve been going for walks, going for breakfast together. It’s nice to spend that time together.”

Andrew – or Drew as he’s known to family and friends –  was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just 16.

Berger’s Disease occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin builds up in the kidneys and results in inflammation, which over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

He managed the condition well for over a decade without too much impact on his life.

The son of classically trained chefs who studied together at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island, he grew up working in his parents’ American-style diner, trading since 1991.
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New River Corrib rescue boat to be deployed following ‘significant donation’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The provision of a specialist rescue craft on the Corrib – upstream from the Weir – could now happen over the coming weeks or months following a ‘significant voluntary donation’ in the past few weeks, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

Water safety issues on the Corrib were highlighted last month when up to 10 rowers had to be rescued after their two boats were sucked in by the currents towards the Weir.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the potentially catastrophic incident which occurred around midday on Saturday, January 14.

A specialist D Class lifeboat is now being sourced as part of a multi-agency approach to try and improve emergency rescue operations upstream from the Weir which would be accessible on a 24/7 basis.

While the cost would be in the region of €40,000 to €50,000, the overall figure would rise to around €80,000 to €90,000 when specialist personnel training costs were included.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune that he was aware of a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the Corrib rescue craft in place as soon as possible.

“I suppose we’re all trying to work together to ensure that a full-time rescue craft is provided on the Corrib and I believe that real progress is being made in this regard. This would be very good news for everyone,” said Mr Swan.
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Three years on and ‘Changing Places’ facility on Salthill Promenade still not open

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Mayor of Galway, Cllr Clodagh Higgins at the site of the Changing Places facility, for which she had ring-fenced money. Work on the project only began last February, despite initial predictions that the facility would be open in January last year.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The wait for accessible, specialised toilet facilities at Ladies Beach in Salthill goes on – three years after they were ‘prioritised’ by city councillors.

Galway City Council has confirmed to the Tribune this week that the ‘Changing Places’ facility at Ladies Beach is still not open.

Construction of the facility began almost a year ago, at the end of February 2022.

The local authority confirmed that some €135,600 has been spent on the unit, which is not yet open to the public.

“The initial stages of construction went well, with the facility now largely in place. There are a number of outstanding snags to be completed before the facility can open.

“Galway City Council is liaising with the contractor to complete out these snags, with a view to opening the facility as soon as possible,” a spokesperson said.

The local authority did not elaborate on what ‘snags’ were delaying the project.

But in January, Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, suggested that staffing issues were to blame for the delay.

(Photo: Mayor of Galway, Clodagh Higgins, at the site of the Changing Places facility, for which she had ring-fenced money).
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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