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Super Smyth steals the show as Oranmore-Maree take title

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Oranmore-Maree’s Oisin O'Brien aims for the posts as Naomh Anna, Leitir Mor's Colin O Flatharta prepares to challenge during Saturday's County Minor B football final at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Enda Noone.

Oranmore-Maree 3-13

Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir 2- 7

HAVING weathered an early storm, Oranmore-Maree recovered well and long before the finish were heading for a comfortable win in this cracking County Minor B Football Championship Final at Pearse Stadium on Saturday.

Goals either side of half time were the crucial scores for the winners who had a convincing 2-9 to 1-5 interval advantage. When Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir restarted the second half in lively fashion and threatened a comeback, they were rocked by another goal that stretched the Oranmore-Maree advantage to nine points.

Both of the goals were clinically finished by Luke Smyth as the corner forward and Man of the Match contributed 2-6 of his side’s tally in a tremendous display.

While Smyth might have taken most of the scoring plaudits, around him the winners had an overall strength that the Connemara side could not match.

In fairness, both teams had some talented forwards, but it was the quality and marking of the Oranmore-Maree backline which helped to win the day for their side. It certainly took Oranmore-Maree some time to impose themselves on the game, after getting a runaround in the opening minutes, but once they settled, the Leitir Móir forwards got less of a chance to impress as they just got 1-3 from play over the course of the hour.

However, the game could have turned out so differently if the West Board champions had their shooting boots on from the early stages. From the moment Maitias Bairead collected the throw in, they pinned the North Board side in their own half for over three minutes  as they made a dream start when Mickey MacDonnacha set up Joe Ó Gubbins for an opening minute goal.

They should have added another moments later when Chris Seoige set up Dylan Seoige, but his goalbound effort was brilliantly turned away by Damien Sharry for a 45, which was driven over by Chris Seoige to give them an early four point advantage.

While Oranmore-Maree were slow to get into the contest, once they got a foothold they pinned Leitir Móir back for long spells. Nathan Lynskey got them off the mark, before James Cahalane settled for a second point when a goal at close range looked on.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New chapter beckons for dilapidated old houses in Ballinasloe

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Cllr Dermot Connolly, SF leader Mary Lou Mc Donald, Galway/Roscommon TD Claire Kerrane, and Caoimhin Caulfield, Ballinasloe, at the Dunlo Hill regeneration project in Ballinasloe.

Plans to redevelop a row of empty terraced houses and an old famous bar will breathe new life into Ballinasloe.

Cathaoirleach of Ballinasloe Municipal District, Councillor Dermot Connolly (SF), said the Galway County Council has shown vision by buying seven terraced houses along Dunlo Hill, as well as the closed Dooley’s Bar on the corner of Dunlo Hill and Dunlo Street.

Local authority plans for the site will rejuvenate that street, and give an overall lift to the entire East County Galway town.

Liam Hanrahan, Director of Services for Housing, Economic, Rural and Community Development, confirmed to the Connacht Tribune that the local authority purchased seven two-storey dwellings, a three-storey over basement premises – formerly Dooley’s Pub – and another adjacent three storey building for a total of €390,000.

“The tender for the design team was run in conjunction with another infill development in Ballinasloe and that team is currently being appointed to bring forward the Part 8 planning for 12-15 units – a mix of one and two-bedroom units. We are examining what can be done with the pub unit, a protected premises, as a community hub or other town centre use,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Barn Owls are bouncing back in Galway

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The Barn Owl....returning in droves to Galway.

The Barn Owl is bouncing back all over the county – that’s the key finding of a recent survey which recorded an upsurge in the fortunes of this iconic farmland bird, now returning to parts of the county where they have been absent for decades.

The survey was carried out by BirdWatch Ireland in partnership with the Heritage Office of Galway County Council, and it’s great news for a bird that had become an increasingly rare sight around the county in recent decades.

Surveys show that Barn Owls were widespread in the east of the county in the late 1960s, but 40 years later their numbers had diminished, and their range had contracted significantly in east Galway and they were incredibly rare west of Lough Corrib.

However, the survey – carried out by BirdWatch Ireland in partnership with Galway County Council with the support of the National Biodiversity Action Plan Fund – provides cause for optimism and the first evidence that the fortunes of Barn Owls may be changing in east Galway.

The Barn Owl survey enlisted the help of farmers and the general public who reported information on Barn Owls across the county, and the survey also involved systematically checking a wide range of ruined structures, which are the typical nesting sites of Barn Owl.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Spatial jobs strategy is still stuck in first gear

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Accusation...Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn.

Commuters in Athenry and Oranmore are having to spend hours travelling to congested urban areas for work while policymakers renege on commitments to deliver industry locally.

That’s according to a local councillor who said the failure of the IDA to attract inward investment to Oranmore-Athenry Strategic Economic Corridor amounted to an ‘abandonment’ of local residents.

Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn said despite having a commitment in local and national plans to attract industry into what amounts to around 500 acres in Athenry and Oranmore, nothing had come of it.

“We are now entering into the second County Development Plan where we have this ‘Strategic Economic Corridor’, and it was in the National Planning Framework.

“They appear to have abandoned the area and while we’ve seen IDA and Enterprise Ireland get investment for places like Tuam and Parkmore, they appear to be only investing in existing businesses, while doing nothing to attract new industry and indigenous firms to this area,” blasted the Fianna Fáil councillor.

At a meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District, Cllr Herterich Quinn secured the backing of local area councillors to write to the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Leo Varadkar, seeking assurances that steps were being taken to bring jobs to the area.

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