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Shark Swimming Club gearing up for 40th anniversary celebrations

Stephen Glennon

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Shark Swimming Club coaches, from left: Noel Barrett, Lorraine Copley, Roisin Lally, Trevor Collins and Brendan Kelly.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

HAVING scooped Swim Ireland’s Connacht Club of the Year award last November, Shark Swimming Club will celebrate another milestone when they host a special function at Galway Rowing Club on Woodquay to celebrate 40 years in existence on Friday, June 22.

Ahead of that function next month, officials are calling on past swimmers, former coaches and retired committee members to make contact with the club so they can add them to the guest list for what promises to be a momentous occasion.

To the forefront of organising and planning the event is Chairperson Seamus Lennon who has been rummaging through the Tribune archives and researching the history of the club for his presentation on the night.

“One of the founder members was Maura Kelly and she is still alive and her son Brendan is one of our coaches,” notes Lennon. “So, that is a nice link. When you go through the years to find out who was on the committee, there were hundreds of people, along with thousands of swimmers and lots of coaches.”

In a press cutting from the Connacht Tribune, dated November 11, 1977, it was reported that ‘swimming has been given a much-needed boost with the launching of a new swimming club in the city’. The Acting President, Bill Connell, who sadly passed away recently, had highlighted the development of young talent was the main objective of Shark SC.

That mantra still holds true and since those early weeks and months when membership numbered at 50, it has now risen to 125 today. As healthy as that figure looks, Lennon outlines it has exceeded that total in the past but it subsequently dropped all the way back to 50 again when Leisureland was forced to close for a year due to storm damage in early 2014.

“When it closed down, we had to find space in other pools and the times weren’t great. We were up in Renmore (Kingfisher) a lot and most of us lived the other side of town in Knocknacarra and Salthill.

“With the location of the other pools and the times, which we couldn’t really control, and because they were in short supply, we lost a lot of members. We went down to close to 50 members but when we eventually got back in to Leisureland, we grew back up to 120 or so again,” recalls the Monaghan native, who is Head of the Science Department at GMIT.

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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
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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