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Tough draws for Galway sides in FAI Junior Cup




The NUI Galway team which has gone top of Division 2. Back row, from left: Joe Kelly, Peter McAnena, Alan Hansbury, Darren Sinton, Ger Bane, Niall Walsh, Colm Tummon, Micheal Mayhew, and Ray Darcy. Front: Cathal Sweeney, Johnny Heaney, Patrick Casey, David Tierney, Killian Moore, Fergus Browne, and Fionn Murphy.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

Probably for the first time ever the Galway League will have its strongest representation ever in the Fifth Round of the FAI Junior Cup. The last local round was played at the weekend with the outcome that the top three teams in the Premier League have advanced to the National open draw at the last 64 stage.

Mervue United, Salthill Devon and Athenry all won with different degrees of comfort, but in Wednesday’s draw, the two city sides were handed tough away draws, while Athenry have the benefit of a home tie.

Salthill Devon are guaranteed a trip to Dublin is guaranteed as they will meet the winners of the outstanding game between Sheriff FC and Kilmore Celtic. Sheriff are past winners of the competition, were last year’s beaten finalists, and are one of the strongest teams in the AUL.

It will be a trip home for Mervue United manager, Gareth Gorman, as his side are heading to Donegal to face Inishowen side Greencastle. Again, they are a good quality side and one Mervue will do well to overcome.

Athenry have been drawn at home against Cork side Coachford FC; while one other Galway side, Ballinasloe Town of the Roscommon & District Senior League, also remain in the competition, and have been handed an away tie against Villa.

In Western Hygiene Supplies Premier League action, West United closed the gap on the top three with a home win over Maree/Oranmore; while a late equaliser denied Hibernians a win as they had to settle for a draw with mid table Loughrea.

In Division 1, leaders Cois Fharraige maintained their long unbeaten league record with an away draw in Tuam; while second-placed Mervue United B took full advantage with a home success over Dynamo Blues.


Salthill Devon 7

Corrib Rangers 0

A four-goal second-quarter blast helped ease the home side past a limited visitors at Drom on Friday night and thereafter the game was over as a contest as three second-half goals just added to the punishment of Rangers.

The home side were just operating at a different level throughout the game, as their pace and movement had Rangers stretched all over the park, but it took Devon until the 24th minute to take the lead when Darren Creaven fired them ahead.

Aaron Conway very quickly added a second with the aid of a deflection, before Shane Concannon set up Timmy Molloy to make it three. Two minutes from the break, a Molloy pass allowed Creaven beat the off-side trap to lob the advancing Derek Griffin to leave it 4-0 at the interval.

Rangers were struggling to get any sort of forward momentum and in their only opportunities of note, two free-kicks from outside the box by Mark Wynne were comfortably gathered by Arek Mamala.

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

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Galway City businesses determined to weather lockdown storm

Stephen Corrigan



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Despite devastation for city businesses this week amid a return to lockdown, many remain determined to weather the storm – and with the Council’s approval this week of additional measures to entice people to the city centre when restrictions ease, there is a hope that a good Christmas could save them.

Level 5 restrictions which came into force on yesterday (Thursday) have forced ‘unessential’ retailers to close their doors once again in an attempt by Government to get a handle on spiralling numbers of Covid-19.

And while those affected, mainly in the retail and hospitality sectors, are facing huge challenges to keep their heads above water, they had to remain positive that all was not lost if coronavirus could be got under control over the next six weeks.

Anthony Ryan, of the Galway City Business Association, said that while closing their clothes shops had been hugely disappointing, he had to remain optimistic.

“We just have to stay going and remain positive. Our clothes division is non-essential so that is temporarily closed, in line with the Government guidelines. Items necessary for households are essential so that means our home store remains open.

“Business had recovered quite well by September, but once Level 3 was introduced, there was a big fall off for everybody,” he told the Galway City Tribune.

Many businesses, including his own, had made huge strives to improve their online offering in recent months and it was his hope that people would continue to support local when they shopped online, even if they couldn’t get in to the physical stores.

“Online sales continue to be very strong. We hope to have our fashion website up in a couple of weeks, so there has been a lot of work going into that in the background,” said Mr Ryan.

Meanwhile, councillors this week backed a plan that will result in an overhaul of traffic flow in the city core – transforming Middle Street into a shared-surface and eliminating all cars not owned by residents on the street – ruling out full pedestrianisation due to residents’ requirements.
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Plan for new cross-city public transport corridor go on display

Enda Cunningham



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council is hopeful that a proposed new public transport corridor – linking the western and eastern suburbs through the city centre – could be ready to go for planning permission next year.

This week, a six-week public consultation process began on the ‘Cross-City Link’.

The Council is hopeful that a planning application could be submitted to An Bord Pleanála next year, and if approved, it would take 12-18 months to construct.

The Cross-City Link begins at the junction of University Road and Newcastle Road and continues across the Salmon Weir Bridge, through St Vincent’s Avenue, St Francis Street, Eglinton Street, Eyre Square, Forster Street, College Road and on to the Dublin Road.

“Through traffic, with no specific destination in the city centre, will be diverted,” the City Council said.

Uinsinn Finn, Senior Engineer with the Council said: “This corridor will connect homes with places of work, study, retail and recreation, with improved public transport journey times and reliability.

“High-quality public spaces, new and upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities and public transport priority will be provided, making it easier to move through the city, and to access destinations by sustainable means.

“This will create a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and the mobility-impaired, and public transport services will move more freely. Deliveries and access to carparks will be facilitated, as will access to homes or businesses.

“The Council invites the public, landowners and other stakeholders to review the proposals, and to share their feedback,” said Mr Finn.

He said that schemes such as the new corridor are key projects and are “essential” to keeping the city moving.

“They are key to supporting sustainable travel modes and to support the ambitious targets for Galway as set out in the National Development Plan,” Mr Finn added.

He said it is anticipated the proposal can be submitted for planning consent next year, and subject to permission being granted, it would take 12-18 months to complete.
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Pilot initiative will restrict car traffic around Galway City school

Stephen Corrigan



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have backed a proposal to restrict car traffic around Scoil Iognáid on Raleigh Row as part of a ‘School Streets’ pilot project.

The initiative, which involves a time-specific curtailment on cars at school drop-off and pick-up times, will result in the pedestrianisation of Raleigh Row, Palmyra Park and Palmyra Avenue – closed to traffic from 8.15am to 9.15am; and 1.15pm to 2.45pm.

Due to start on November 2, residents in the area will still be allowed access, but have been asked to “avoid using their car during the periods of pedestrianisation”, while those with blue badges will also be permitted to drive in the area.

Signage indicating the restrictions will be erected, while Gardaí and community wardens will enforce the pedestrianisation and parking respectively.

‘Park and Stride’ will be encouraged for getting children to school when no alternative is available, whereby parents park a short distance from the school and finish the remainder of the journey by foot – with registration enabling city school-goers’ parents to park for free in over 20 car parks.

Arlene Finn of the City Council’s Transport Department told councillors that 145 parents at Scoil Iognáid had already registered for this initiative, and by introducing the School Streets programme, the area would become infinitively safer and more appealing to parents and children wishing to walk or cycle to school.
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