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St Bernard’s are doomed after latest league loss to Athenry

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This acrobatic effort from Athenry FC's Ryan Shaughnessy whistled past Galway Hibernians goalkeeper Padraig Lally's post when the teams drew 2-2 in the Galway Premier League at Moanbaun on Sunday morning. Athenry's Conor Cannon is in the background. EIREFOTO

IT is just two years since three underdogs from different sports created history for themselves with remarkable achievements as Connacht won Pro12 Rugby honours, while in the Premiership, Leicester confounded all the big money teams with an amazing title success.

Closer to home, 2016 was also the year that St Bernard’s won a first ever Premier Division title, but like their fellow title winners, recent times have not been as kind.

The euphoria that marked the successful morning out in Abbeyknockmoy as St Bernard’s defeated Mervue United to clinch the title now appears to be almost a distant memory. A season of disappointment has the side in the relegation zone and at this stage with just two games left, the escape hatch is almost closed.

With Renmore certain to go back to First Division football, just above them lie St Bernard’s and with just games left against champions Athenry and Loughrea, matters are out of their own hands. Salthill Devon are the only other side to remain in the lower region of the table that can possibly go down, but with four games left and two points ahead of their rivals, they have matters very much in their own hands to save themselves.

Throughout the league campaign, St Bernard’s form has been sluggish. Although they started off with four points from their opening two games, they never built on that. At one stage five losses in succession was recorded, although the side hit a purple patch at the end of March with back-to-back wins over Renmore and West United.

However, that turned out to be the highlight of St Bernard’s campaign as six defeats in succession followed, with the more brutal aspect being against sides battling in the lower half of the table like themselves. As a result, defeats against Maree / Oranmore, Salthill Devon, Hibernians (twice) and Corrib Celtic certainly did not help the cause, while Sunday’s loss to a last minute goal against Mervue United just typified the type of outcomes they have endured all season.

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

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Drinks set to flow again in two landmark Galway premises

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Two popular Galway pubs that had been closed are to be given a new lease of life by an extended family.

The refurbishment of the former Central Bar in Woodquay has been almost completed and new owner Michael Gilmore will open the doors this weekend – just in time for the busy Christmas season.

The pub, in recent years known as The Lough Inn, had closed during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Mr Gilmore is a well-known publican in the city, running the Cellar Bar on Eglinton Street and Seven on Bridge Street. He also has a pub in the heart of Westport called An File.

Earlier this year his two nephews, Mark and Vinny Gilmore, bought Kelehan’s in Bushypark. They are overseeing a major overhaul on the large premises after many years behind closed doors.

Due to setbacks with building supplies, a planned opening by Christmas has now been pushed back until the spring.


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Warning to parents after Galway homes raided in child sexual abuse material investigation

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A senior Garda, who heads up Galway’s Protective Services unit, has advised parents to ‘tune into’ the daily dangers lurking on the internet in relation to child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

Detective Inspector Peter Conlon – who confirmed that four search warrants had been issued to search residences in the city over recent weeks for CSAM – urged all parents and guardians closely monitor their children’s access to the internet.

He told the Galway City Tribune it was critical that parents did not allow their children ‘unfettered access’ to the internet given the prevalence of sexual predators – often from other jurisdictions – who were trawling the net to make contact with children.

“Children may believe that they are making contact with other children but instead it may be adults seeking to establish a relationship with them and to get pictures of them.


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“I would ask all parents to seriously and carefully consider the age at which they should give mobile phones to their children – any such decision needs to be age appropriate and where this happens it needs to be monitored closely by the parents,” said Det Insp Conlon.

He also said that parents and guardians should acquaint themselves, where practical, with the latest technologies which make it possible for them to be linked into their children’s phone or devices to monitor content and contacts at all times.

The searches in the city over the past two weeks resulted in the seizure of laptops and other electronic devices from three residences – they are currently being examined in detail by Garda technical experts at their regional HQ in Renmore. Det Insp Conlon said that while there had been no arrests in the city following the latest searches, the course of their investigations would be determined by the content and material found in the devices seized.

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Just 85 affordable homes to be built in Galway City by 2025

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  A total of just 85 affordable homes will be built in Galway City during the remainder of the Government’s lifetime, it was revealed during a debate in the Seanad this week.

An animated Senator Ollie Crowe (FF) told Seanad Éireann that there would be “riots on the streets of Galway” at the disappointing news that was imparted to him by a junior minister.

In the Dáil, Junior Housing Minister, Malcolm Noonan, confirmed that it was planned to provide 85 affordable homes as part of a Merlin Woods development between now and 2025.

He understood that there were sites identified for affordable housing schemes in other parts of the city, but no applications had been received for funding.

“Housing delivery in Galway City Council is a matter for Galway City Council and it is down to the local authority to strike the balance in respect of social and affordable housing delivery.

“If the Senator feels that the local authority is not delivering enough in that regard, it is really a matter for them to drive a more ambitious agenda. The Department will not be found wanting in funding schemes,” Minister Noonan added.

But Senator Crowe yesterday told the Galway City Tribune that it was an incredibly disappointing and unacceptable answer that there would only be 85 new builds when it came to affordable homes.

(Image: Minister Malcolm Noonan said the new Merlin Woods development will include 85 affordable homes).
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