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Tribesmen can claim All-Ireland semi-final place if victorious in Newbridge

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Galway's Ian Burke is first to the ball ahead of Kerry's Jason Foley and Peter Crowley during Sunday's All-Ireland football championship Super 8s clash at Croke Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

A MONUMENTAL win over Kerry it may have been last Sunday for Galway in Croke Park but the dust had scarcely settled on that success when preparations were underway for this weekend’s second-round Super 8s clash with Kildare.

The travelling Galway support to St. Conleth’s Park in Newbridge on Sunday (2pm) will, by way of the logistics of the event, have to be very small with capacity at the ground now reduced to 8,200.

Galway County Board Assistant Secretary, Seamus O’Grady, told Tribune Sport that the tickets for the match had been ‘snapped up’ through the SuperValu and Centra outlets since early this week – the County Board had no tickets for distribution.

“The vast majority of the tickets were bought up early this week through the sponsors’ outlets and we just don’t have any to distribute. The capacity is quite small, and there’s little point in travelling without a ticket,” said O’Grady.

He also advised travelling fans to make a point of going early to the ground as the available seating at St. Conleth’s Park was not reserved and would be filled on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

Galway manager Kevin Walsh will also be hoping that his side can book a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals on the ‘first-come, first-served’ basis by coming away with the points from Newbridge on Sunday but knows it won’t be easy.

“I just saw bits of the Kildare-Monaghan match on Sunday but it was very competitive and Kildare will present a formidable test. Last Sunday was a good start for us, but it’s only one part of a three-legged league system,” said Walsh.

He will of course have to plan for Sunday without the services of midfielder Paul Conroy who suffered a horrible double fractur of his left leg against Kerry.

Galway’s midfield reserves are being stretched with Annaghdown’s Ciaran Duggan also unlikely to be back after fracturing his wrist against Killanin in the club championship a few weeks back.

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

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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.

The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.

Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.

The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.

“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.

“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”

Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.

“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.

The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools

Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.

“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.

“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.

A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
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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