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Top basketballer still putting opponents through the hoops

Stephen Glennon

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Oranmore native Claire Rockall, seen here in action for her side, Ambassador UCC Glanmire, has already picked up the 'Player of the Month' award twice this season. Photo: INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

Oranmore native Claire Rockall is a basketballer on top of her game right now. This was reinforced just last week when she was awarded the ‘Player of the Month’ award for the second time this season following another string of good performances for Super League outfit, Ambassador UCC Glanmire.

Rockall, though, has always been a model of consistency and there are many in Cork who would say the Player of the Month accolade reflects the leadership the Irish international has shown. For at the start of the season, there were those who felt the side would struggle after losing a number of players due to family commitments and transfers. That has not been the case.

In late January, Ambassador UCC Glanmire won their fourth consecutive women’s National Cup with a 61-48 victory over Courtyard Liffey Celtics in Tallaght while this weekend they make their bid for a place in the Super League final when they face Pyrobel Killester in the penultimate stage of the competition in Waterford IT. DCU Mercy and Courtyard Liffey Celtics contest the other semi-final.

“We are having a good season so far; it is great,” begins the 26-year-old Galwegian. “We closed out the regular season with two games to play in the league so we have the semi-final next weekend in Waterford against Killester and, hopefully, if we get through that it will be the league final the following weekend. And then it will be all over for another year.

“So, yeah, I am really enjoying it. As I said, we lost some of our experienced players last year for different reasons so it is great that we are still able to compete and still be successful. So, that has been enjoyable.”

Rockall has played with Glanmire for seven seasons in all – missing an eighth due to an ACL injury – since 2009 when she began her studies in UCC. This was after spending a year at Iowa University where she had accepted a basketball scholarship.

“It was a scholarship for four years but I actually decided to come home after one. It was a brilliant experience and I don’t regret going at all – I got to see a lot of the different states and our team was quite successful – but I felt the style of basketball that they played in that particular university was a bit different to the basketball which I am used to in Ireland.

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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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!

Dara Bradley

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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

Stephen Corrigan

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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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