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All-Star Mannion still grounded after Galway’s memorable year

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Galway hurler Padraic Mannion pictured with his All-Star award during the PwC All Stars banquet at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Friday night. Photo: Seb Daly/ Sportsfile.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

IF there is any group of players who deserve a team holiday it is the Galway senior hurlers . . . if only for those precious and priceless moments that were forged in the fires of unbridled joy and passion upon the final whistle of last September’s All-Ireland senior hurling final.

Croke Park erupted and invaluable memories every Galwegian will cherish were fashioned in a material that will last an eternity. Indeed, it didn’t matter where you watched the decider that day – be it on Jones Road, back home West or on foreign shores – every Galway heart burst with pride.

For supporters, the famine, the turmoil, the years of near misses and disappointments had ended. For the management and players, it was just reward for the countless hours they had given to applying themselves to the task in hand. Hours of dedication, hours of sacrifice.

The ultimate reward, of course, is that coveted Celtic Cross medal but, even at that, at least to an ‘outsider’, it seems small recompense for a year – or, in some players’ case, years – of living like a monk. For most inter-county players, it’s work, training/playing, sleep. It’s all or nothing.

“I suppose, at times, it can it be tough,” admits Galway defender Padraic Mannion, who capped off a fantastic year with an All-Star award last weekend. “In fairness, though, training is hugely enjoyable and you can have a bit of craic with the lads as well.

“So, look it, after the year we have had, it has definitely been worth everything we have put into it. Even when you get a holiday at the end of the year, things like that really make it worthwhile,” says the Ahascragh/Fohenagh clubman.

It’s traditional by now that the All-Ireland winners would take a holiday and if any side deserves it, it is the Tribesmen. A fundraising drive has been ongoing but to push the expense of this over the line, a ‘Victory Celebration’ will be held in the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa on Thursday, November 23.

Hosted by the Tribesmen Galway GAA Supporters Club, all proceeds raised will go to the ‘Players Holiday Fund’. Entertainment on the night will include Barry Murphy of Après Match and music will be provided by the Galway Tenors. In addition to Galway’s All-Ireland winners, the Liam McCarthy Cup will be in attendance.

For Mannion and the Galway hurlers, the team holiday to North America and Mexico over the festive season is an opportunity to catch up on some well-deserved ‘down time’. Mannion, understandably, is looking forward to it.

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

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Whopping repayments for City Hall’s move

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Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath: Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Council suggested that senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year before the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices there. If they did meet, no minutes exist.

The total cost to repay the loan required to execute Galway City Council’s planned purchase of new offices to accommodate a move from City Hall will be €63.1 million, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

It means the City Council will have to find €2m every year for 30 years in its own revenue budget to repay the mortgage, which could impact on the level of service it delivers to the public or may require an increase in charges or commercial rates.

Separately, a Council reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request suggests senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year prior to the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices – and if they did meet, no minutes exist.

In its loan sanction application form, submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the City Council applied for permission to borrow €45.4 million.

This is to cover the bulk of the cost of the €56.5m total capital outlay associated with moving from City Hall and relocating all Galway City Council employees from College Road to the new Crown Square offices in Mervue.

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

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Hunt on for new courthouse to tackle explosion in cases

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Galway Courthouse: Limited facilities there make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

The Courts Service is scouring the city for rental property to accommodate Galway Courthouse.

Commercial real estate advisors, Avison Young have been hired to source suitable property in the city centre.

The company published an advert in Galway City Tribune last week outlining the Courts Service’s property requirement of suitable commercial or office space of 1,800-2,000 metres squared.

Avison Young said the space should be in the city centre and be available to lease.

On-site parking is required, and it needs to be available for “immediate occupation”.

The move comes after the Galway City Tribune revealed earlier this month that victims of serious crime are waiting up to three years for justice because Galway’s limited court facilities make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

Due to an explosion in the number of cases sent for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, the wait for a trial date is between 24 and 36 months.

The Courts Service confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was looking for a new courthouse and office space facilities.

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

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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