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Tribesmen left to rue a sluggish display in final battle

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Galway defender Gearóid McInerney is chased by Limerick's Kyle Hayes during Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy,

Limerick 3-16

Galway 2-18

THIS will haunt Galway – an admittedly strange take on their team’s performance which never looked like delivering a second All-Ireland senior hurling triumph on the trot at Croke Park on Sunday.

The concession of three goals to Limerick from turnovers, some appalling marksmanship – reflected in a match total of 16 wides – and with over half of the Galway team well below their best, it almost defies logic that they came within a point of the new champions.

The Tribesmen would surely love to play this All-Ireland final again, but sport doesn’t bequeath such luxuries, leaving Micheál Donoghue’s charges with a mountain of regret at producing their worst display of the championship on the biggest day of all.

The reality is that Galway did so much wrong and, yet, had a suddenly spooked Limerick hanging on for dear life in an extended and breathless period of injury time. Virtually without warning, the men in maroon caught fire in an extraordinary finale which a few of their supporters missed.

And it was hard to blame them for rushing to the exits after substitute Shane Dowling’s goal in the 68th minute left the ravenous challengers eight points clear and seemingly out the gap. The match was over – or so everyone thought.

But in a hurling season littered with sensational comebacks and high drama, we should have anticipated another twist in the tale. Somehow, Galway found the reserves of energy and spirit to take the final to the wire, leaving Joe Canning with an outside chance of forcing a replay in the 79th minute.

It was odds against his free from deep inside the Galway half going over, but the ball could have ended up anywhere when Canning’s long-range delivery dropped short into the opposition danger zone. Time was almost suspended until reserve Tom Condon emerged from a cluster of bodies in the final act of an epic hurling championship.

Even the most blinkered Galway supporter couldn’t begrudge the Treaty men ending their 45-year long famine on the run of play alone. This was a game unlike none other of a marathon campaign for the title holders. This time there was no early blitz; this time they were the ones playing catch up; this time they lost.

Even that scenario must feel strange to a group of players who were defending a terrific 13-match unbeaten championship run, but fatigue may have caught up with them on Sunday. Most of the Galway players were laboured and they just couldn’t match the overall intensity and energy of Limerick.

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Thousands on waiting list for student accommodation in Galway

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The student housing crisis is ‘the worst it’s ever been’ – with thousands on waiting lists for rooms; hundreds relying on hostels and friends’ sofas; and countless more facing deferral or dropping out altogether.

The President of NUI Galway’s Students’ Union, Róisín Nic Lochlainn, told the Connacht Tribune that students had been left in a desperate situation, as she called for mass protests to have the issue addressed.

According to Ms Nic Lochlainn, 3,000 students were currently on the waiting lists for NUIG’s on-campus accommodation – Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village – with around 500 in line for any bed that might come up in the Westwood.

“Gort na Coiribe and Dunaras have told us their waiting lists are well into the hundreds too. I’ve only got to contact two of the hostels around town, but Kinlay and Snoozles have almost 200 students between them already – and they’re expecting more.

“The first years haven’t even arrived yet, and on top of all that, you have people in B&Bs and staying on their friends’ sofas,” said Ms Nic Lochlainn.

Pressure on the student rental market had been building for years, she said, but it had gone off the cliff edge this year as a perfect storm was created by increased student numbers and reduced bed availability.

“[Minister for Further and Higher Education] Simon Harris created new places on courses this year and talked about maximum access to education . . . I’m not sure how that works for students who are homeless.

“Because there weren’t many students around last year, some private landlords might have moved on. There was no new purpose-built accommodation delivered, and then Simon Harris creates new places with no new beds,” said Ms Nic Lochlainn of the causes of this year’s problems.”

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Government asked to “do everything” to ensure Intel chooses Oranmore as base

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The Taoiseach and Tánaiste will be asked to do “everything in their power” to ensure technology giant Intel selects Oranmore as the location for its new microchip manufacturing plant – which could create 10,000 jobs and transform the West of Ireland economy.

The 540-acre site is owned by the Defence Forces and was selected by IDA Ireland as the preferred site for the company’s new EU ‘chip’ base.

BY STEPHEN CORRIGAN
AND DARA BRADLEY

Oranmore is up against sites in Poland, France and Germany and Intel confirmed to Taoiseach Micheál Martin that the site is under consideration.

Galway East TD Ciarán Cannon said the development would be “transformative” and would be Intel’s largest microchip manufacturing plant in the world.

Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District this week, councillors backed a proposal from Cllr Liam Carroll to write to Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar to urge them to push forward the plan.

“This would be a game-changer, not just for Oranmore but for the whole of Connacht. Imagine 10,000 directly employed at some stage in the future, and the spinoff from that,” he said.

The Oranmore site is reported to have been selected ahead of three other locations in Ireland.

It is on Intel’s short-list for the proposed project, which would involve building eight factory modules on a single campus at the site off the M6 motorway, northeast of Oranmore, the newspaper reported.

The American multinational tech company has whittled down its short-list to 10 finalists; Oranmore is up against sites in Poland, France and Germany.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that if it proceeds, the new Oranmore ‘mega-fab’ would dwarf Intel’s existing site in Leixlip, which employs almost 5,000.

Galway East TD, Ciaran Cannon (FG) said: “It would put Galway on the map internationally as a place for high-tech investment and it would serve to rebalance the economic imbalance that exists in our country where all of the weight is on the east coast.

“The IDA has a formula where every one new job created in that industry creates about eight or nine more jobs downstream in terms of the supply chain and services. They’re saying 10,000 jobs on site – twice the population of Athenry – on one campus and then another 80-90,000 jobs off site. The figures are phenomenal, mind boggling,” said Deputy Cannon.

The demand for the facility arose during Covid-19 when the supply chain between Asia and Europe broke down.

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Fraudsters ‘spoof’ Galway Garda Station’s phone number

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Fraudsters replicated the phone number of Galway Garda Station and used it to call a local woman to demand money.

Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Michael Walsh, said that the number ‘091 538000’ was somehow used by criminals who attempted to extract money – in the form of the online currency Bitcoin – from the victim.   Despite the phone call appearing to come from the Garda station at Mill Street, the woman became suspicious and reported it to Gardaí.

Sgt Walsh said it was the latest in a series of ‘spoofing’ phone calls to have occurred this year.

Spoofing is where fraudsters change the caller ID to ring unsuspecting members of the public to try to extract money or personal information off them.

He said that the number of spoofing incidents reported to Galway Gardaí has more than doubled in the past year.

“It is top of my agenda,” he said.

He pointed out that criminals can obtain a ‘ready to go’ phone and SIM card, relatively cheaply, and it was “very difficult” for Gardaí to trace the caller.

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