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Three tries for Adeolokun in rout of hapless French men

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Connacht's Eoin Griffin and Ultan Dillane lead this charge against Curtis Browning and Quentin MacDonald of Oyonnax during Saturday's European Challenge Cup tie at the Sportsground. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

 Connacht 50

 Oyonnax 14

THE Challenge Cup only really gets going in the knockout stages. Connacht secured their spot there with the draw in Worcester in round five so on Saturday they just needed a simple win over Oyonnax to ensure a home quarter final. The objective was achieved with plenty to spare against an abject and entirely disinterested Oyonnax side that had decided way back in October that this tournament wasn’t for them.

The competition can produce some forgettable games at times, this was another. Yet it invariably is worth sticking with as it always seems to come to boil in the spring with some nail-biting knockout contests. Think back two years to that wonderful quarter final encounter away to Grenoble or some great semi-finals down through history at the Sportsground against the likes of Toulon in 2010 and Harlequins way back in 2004.

So Saturday’s game was what it was, a formality in terms of outcome and a tricky test in terms of professionalism and remaining injury-free. The respective early departures of Craig Ronaldson, Conor Carey and Niyi Adeolokun could prove costly but as an attacking force, Connacht were a different class in the first half here, they didn’t let the abject effort from their visitors put them off their usual speed and creativity and scored at will in the early stages.

Niyi Adeolokun had tries on 19 seconds and three minutes, Bundee Aki waltzed in behind the defence after a Kieran Marmion kick. Sure, Oyonnax mustered a couple of tries for their own good before the break from full back Axel Muller and Daniel Ikpefan, but Connacht were not finished and by half time they had added three more including Adeolokun’s hat trick, one from Tiernan O’Halloran and a try from Matt Healy that brought him level with Fionn Carr at 42 on the all-time Connacht scorer list.

It was a cakewalk, which makes the second half effort a bit of a head scratcher. Connacht spent 27 minutes after half time in total control in terms of possession and territory but struggling to find another try up until the point where replacement Tom Farrell finally broke through the stubborn defence. A penalty try in the final ten minutes concluded the scoring. The margin really didn’t matter though, the win was all that was needed.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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