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Tribesmen aiming for home win over Bohemians to ease relegation worries

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Galway United's Ronan Murray takes on Finn Harps' Patrick McCourt and Ethan Boyle during Friday night's Premier Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

GALWAY United will hope for a return to home comforts this Friday night when they host fellow strugglers Bohemians in Eamonn Deacy Park (7.45pm) looking for the win that would lift them out of the relegation places.

Shane Keegan’s side had climbed out of the bottom three following their last-gasp win over Finn Harps last Friday night; but a defeat to Shamrock Rovers on Monday, coupled with Drogheda United’s scoreless draw with Bray Wanderers the following night, has seen United slip back to 10th in a bizarrely congested bottom half of the table.

Just two points separate Bohs in 7th from Finn Harps in 12th, so United need to follow up on last Friday’s late win over Harps with another win against another side desperately trying to claw its way to safety, in order to progress their own hopes of top-flight survival.

At least Friday’s game is at home: the defeat to Shamrock Rovers extended both United’s miserable run against the Hoops, and their wretched form away from home. The Tribesmen have now lost 17 consecutive league games against Shamrock Rovers; while they have also now gone 17 games without an away win in the league, their last success on the road being the 2-1 win over Bray Wanderers on May 14 last year.

To be fair to United, they were missing Marc Ludden, David Cawley, Ronan Murray, and Vinny Faherty from the starting XI on Monday, and all four are expected to return this Friday, with Ludden the only doubt, an ankle injury picked up in the 1-1 draw with Cork City meaning he is rated as 60-40 to start.

Keegan was refreshingly honest this week when admitting that Cawley and Faherty were both rested on Monday night. They were both carrying slight knocks, and the United manager said he didn’t want to risk them aggravating an injury which would rule them out of the game with Bohs, a match he has prioritised over the meeting with Rovers.

“The league seems to have split into a top six and a bottom six, and for me, we have to win the games against the teams around us in the bottom half of the table. Picking up points against the sides in the top six is a bonus, but it is the wins against the teams around us that will see us stay up, so the game with Bohs is more important that the Rovers one in terms of fellas being available.

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

 

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Whopping repayments for City Hall’s move

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Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath: Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Council suggested that senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year before the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices there. If they did meet, no minutes exist.

The total cost to repay the loan required to execute Galway City Council’s planned purchase of new offices to accommodate a move from City Hall will be €63.1 million, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

It means the City Council will have to find €2m every year for 30 years in its own revenue budget to repay the mortgage, which could impact on the level of service it delivers to the public or may require an increase in charges or commercial rates.

Separately, a Council reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request suggests senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year prior to the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices – and if they did meet, no minutes exist.

In its loan sanction application form, submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the City Council applied for permission to borrow €45.4 million.

This is to cover the bulk of the cost of the €56.5m total capital outlay associated with moving from City Hall and relocating all Galway City Council employees from College Road to the new Crown Square offices in Mervue.

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

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Hunt on for new courthouse to tackle explosion in cases

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Galway Courthouse: Limited facilities there make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

The Courts Service is scouring the city for rental property to accommodate Galway Courthouse.

Commercial real estate advisors, Avison Young have been hired to source suitable property in the city centre.

The company published an advert in Galway City Tribune last week outlining the Courts Service’s property requirement of suitable commercial or office space of 1,800-2,000 metres squared.

Avison Young said the space should be in the city centre and be available to lease.

On-site parking is required, and it needs to be available for “immediate occupation”.

The move comes after the Galway City Tribune revealed earlier this month that victims of serious crime are waiting up to three years for justice because Galway’s limited court facilities make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

Due to an explosion in the number of cases sent for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, the wait for a trial date is between 24 and 36 months.

The Courts Service confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was looking for a new courthouse and office space facilities.

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

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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