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Top local rugby talent shines for Irish rugby teams in weekend Six Nations action

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Galway native Claire Molloy who scored Ireland's second try in their Six Nations victory over Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

LAST weekend was a monumental one for Connacht rugby on the international stage with some of the province’s brightest young stars in mens and women’s rugby coming to the fore in the green of Ireland.

The delayed Six Nations competition might well feel strange and out of place, but once the ball was kicked off in both home games against Italy, the rugby was the same as it ever was and that’s a welcome relief for supporters in these tricky times.

Ireland won both games. The women are no longer in the hunt for a title as England have secured the crown but the push for a strong finish to 2020 is driving the group on and on Saturday at Donnybrook, Connacht interprovincial stars Nichola Fryday, Laura Feely and Beibhinn Parsons all had their chance to play a part in the drama while Galwegian Claire Molloy stole the show with a stunning display.

All of that came on the same day that four of Connacht’s seven Irish men’s squad members saw action in Andy Farrell’s side’s 50-19 home win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Bundee Aki started while Dave Heffernan, Finaly Bealham and Ultan Dillane made a big impact from the bench. When you combine those stories with Connacht’s bonus point win over in Edinburgh, it was certainly a weekend to remember.

Let’s start with the women who came from behind to beat Italy 21-7 for their second win in this season’s elongated Six Nations and while young Ballinasloe native Parsons continues to be impressive and lightning quick on the wing, the stand out Connacht story from that display was the performance of Claire Molloy, who much like Robbie Henshaw, might not be in the green of Connacht anymore but is still a star from the region all the same.

The stats from Molloy’s performance in the number seven jersey were extraordinary. A total of 31 tackles, two turnovers, 10 carries for 52 metres of gains with four defenders beaten, and an all important try thrown in for good measure. All this despite the fact that she was only just back in full training in the last few weeks after taking time off to focus on her medical studies.

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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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