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Tribesmen are back in business after a stirring win over the Cats

John McIntyre

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Galway's Johnny Coen and Gearóid McInerney close in on Kilkenny's TJ Reid during Sunday's Leinster hurling championship clash at Parnell Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Kilkenny 2-22

Galway 3-20

WHEN a team runs into form at the right time, they are dangerous . . . and Galway hurlers look like being the bolters from the pack this summer after a terrific Leinster championship triumph in Sunday’s Nowlan Park thriller.

That might seem a curious label to attach to a team which won the All-Ireland title just two years ago and also reached the 2018 final, but until their trip to Kilkenny, Galway were mired in mediocrity and struggling to build up a head of steam.

But the Tribesmen’s toils against both Carlow and Wexford were consigned to distant memory in the match of the championship so far. In a riveting struggle for supremacy, Galway showed the necessary fortitude and spirit to carry the day.

It was a contest which had everything: several magnificent individual displays – headed by TJ Reid, Cathal Mannion and Conor Whelan – a gripping finale, three dismissals, 11 yellow cards and some outrageous scoring in front of an enthralled attendance of just under 16,000.

With their backs to the wall and a growing number of local fans doubting the squad’s ability to even belatedly rediscover their normal fluency, together with the continued absence of Joe Canning, Galway were under serious pressure and with questions to answer heading to Kilkenny.

From the throw-in, however, there was a different edge to them. Players were more dynamic and, overall, the team rose to the challenge in admirable style. Not everything was perfect in a helter-skelter battle, but the result was everything and leaves the men in maroon firmly in control of their own destiny

Overall, Galway issued a timely reminder of why they had swept the boards in 2017. In inflicting a first home championship defeat on Kilkenny since Laois 70 years ago, it adds ballast to the achievement of Micheál Donoghue’s squad on Sunday.

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands

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Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email: info@galwayrealestate.ie

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry

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Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

Denise McNamara

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The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

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