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St James’ hit the goal trail in claiming minor B crown

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St James' Jack Folan reaches for the ball under pressure from Tuam Stars Conor Heneghan during the Minor B Football Championship final at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Brian Harding.

St James’ 3-10

Tuam Stars 0-13

Patrick Flaherty at Pearse Stadium

FOR the first time in over a decade a minor football title returns to the east of the city, a sublime performance that saw them hit 3-9 from play sealing the county B trophy for St James’ over a dogged Tuam Stars outfit.

Leading by a point at half time, the Jimmies hit three goals at decisive moments; a brace from Jack Nolan coupled with a late Dessie Hynes strike seeing the Renmore/Mervue outfit land a county minor crown for the first time since 2009.

It was the North Board champions that started the brighter, however, with impressive solo runs from Mark Colleran and Calan Tynan teeing up scores for Jack and Luke Davin respectively.

The Stars dominated possession in the first 10 minutes, winning all the battles around the pitch while keeping their opponents off the ball as Tuam looked to run at James’ as much as possible playing against a very strong wind, with Tynan their main threat.

The elements were initially no help to the city side chasing a first title since the last of three Minor A triumphs in a row, county minor Daniel McNulty hitting what are usually scoreable frees well wide and high into the air with his first two attempts.

Tuam had the first chance to create a significant gap with two goal chances in the space of 60 seconds, James Egan coming off his line at speed to deny Jack Davin, before quickly being called on to thwart Ronan Colleran on seven minutes.

The Jimmies may have looked smaller and less physical than their counterparts, but made up for it with immense speed and quality passing. Eoin Finnerty took over around the middle as the boys led by David Henry bagged six in a row utilising the breeze to bomb the ball into the forward line.

Finnerty soloed in 40 yards to set up McNulty for their side’s opener on 12 minutes before duly finding Nolan and Keane Griffon in space as James’ took full control of proceedings going into the water break, further efforts from McNulty and Nolan leaving them 0-6 to 0-2 in front.

Nolan was the main target man for St James’ who with every possession looked like creating scores, but Tuam switched Luke Fallon onto Nolan and the in-form full back swept up anything in his path.

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

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‘Daredevil’ swimmers are a fatality waiting to happen

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – ‘Daredevil’ winter sea swimmers who dive or jump into the water in places like Blackrock during adverse weather are putting their own lives at risk – and possibly those of rescuers – by their actions, it was warned this week.

Water Safety Ireland have cautioned that the biggest single contributor to drownings in Ireland is what is known as ‘cold water shock’ – a condition caused by the sudden entry into a cold body of water.

There is now growing concern that a copycat trend is emerging with young people – without wet suits – diving or jumping into the sea in stormy or icy-cold weather.

Several people have been filmed on social media in the sea at Salthill during storms – with a number of them taking ‘running jumps’ off the diving tower at Blackrock.

Roger Sweeney, Deputy CEO of Water Safety Ireland, told the Galway City Tribune that people jumping into the sea during storms showed at best a reckless disregard for their own safety and in a worst-case scenario represented ‘a fatality waiting to happen’ for the jumpers – or the persons trying to rescue them.

“Jumping into cold water puts you at risk of cold shock which can result in immediate incapacitation and doing so in storm conditions can make it difficult to get back out of the water safely and promptly before hypothermia sets in.

“Hypothermia leads to the cooling of the muscles needed in the arms and legs to stay afloat. Drownings typically happen when someone over-estimates their ability and under-estimates the risks,” said Mr Sweeney.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune, that the key thing for all people who enjoyed the water and the sea was to carefully plan their exercise or hobby.

“Cold water shock is a real danger at this time of year for all swimmers. Be prepared – have your cap, ear plugs, mats, woolly cap [after leaving the water] and towels all in place. Check the weather forecast and check the tides – and never, ever just jump straight into the water during the colder season.”

(Photo: Diving into the water at Blackrock during Storm Bella in December)
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Developer banks on boom in rental property market

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The backer of the Crown Square scheme in Mervue is planning an increase in the number of apartments in the development following a review of the economic viability of the project.

The 345 apartments will specifically target the rental market.

Crown Square Developments Ltd, which is operated by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has told Galway City Council that the amended plans will form part of a new planning application to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála under ‘Strategic Housing Development’ legislation.

According to the company, the property market has changed since it was granted permission in November 2019 for 288 apartments in three blocks ranging from five to eight storeys in height.

Mr Rhatigan has now sought planning permission for an 18% reduction in the overall size of basement levels and a reduction in car parking from 1,377 to 1,012 spaces. Cycle parking spaces will increase from 1,110 to 1,200.

The plan also involves the relocation of the vehicular and pedestrian access to the development on the Monivea Road, which will now be closer to McDonagh Avenue. The existing planned access is at the south-easternmost point of the site, but is now planned to move further west.
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Former hurler has words of wisdom to help through absence of sport

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The sports psychology advice dispensed by performance and wellbeing coach, Tony Óg Regan, is not just geared towards elite and non-elite athletes – it is relevant to a virus-weary general public, too.

Take, for example, the former Galway hurler’s thoughts on the need to be proactive during this global pandemic.

“We have to be proactive around our own health and wellbeing, rather than waiting for a vaccination to drop on your lap or for things to change really quickly around the economy or whatever,” he says.

And his thoughts on consumption of news on social media will be familiar with anyone who has wasted hours down virtual rabbit holes scrolling through threads on Twitter or Facebook or videos on TikTok during lockdown.

“It’s okay to be aware of the news and the case numbers and vaccinations but we can’t be putting 90% or 95% of our energy and focus on that every day, because depending on how we are interpreting that information it could be driving stress and anxiety levels,” he says.

The advice is to be aware of the requirements around restrictions but ‘just don’t let it take up every waking hour and every waking thought’.

“Consciously and subconsciously we could be taking in a lot of news sources. When we scroll online, they reckon we take in 174 newspapers’ worth of information every day. Some of that could trigger anxiety and stress levels so it’s important we’re aware of that, and maybe don’t do things unconsciously.

“So recognise that you’re going on the phone now for 20 minutes, and you’re not on it for two hours and you’ve forgotten what you’re doing and it’s triggered anxiety.

“Focusing on things that we can control and influence and being proactive around health and movement and our conversations, what we’re listening to, what we’re reading. Those elements are so important to regulate stress and anxiety at this time,” says Tony Óg.
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