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Tribesmen stand up to the Dubs as Heaney hits late leveller

Francis Farragher

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Galway's Séan Armstrong and Dublin's Jonny Cooper chase this loose ball during Sunday's National League tie at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

GALWAY 0-13

DUBLIN 0-13

THE icy gale that blew down from the Arctic at Salthill on Sunday still wasn’t enough to cool the hot bloods of Galway and Dublin in this top-of-the-table Division 1 clash at Pearse Stadium as two of the oldest rivals in the game shared the spoils after a fiercely competitive and sometimes fiery encounter.

This is what Division 1 football is all about: the All-Ireland champions in town; a crowd of over 10,000 people to provide the required atmosphere; and a match that was highly charged all through, complemented by a nail-biting finish.

In the end, Galway might have had to rely on a 79th minute Johnny Heaney equaliser to snatch the draw, but on balance over the entire course of the match, the home side probably should have come away with a win, given their defensive solidity and chance creation ratio.

There was though a lot of satisfaction to be garnered from Galway’s overall display. They might have started out with a number of key players rested, including captain Damien Comer, but they tore into Dublin with a determination and composure that greatly unsettled the All-Ireland champions.

Twice in the first half and once early in the second period, Galway created gilt-edged goal chances and while the first two did at least yield points, if the net had been hit from even one of those three opportunities, it probably would have been enough to put Dublin away.

The consolation for Galway is that they are creating chances and their point conversion rate in the first half — ten scores over the 35 minutes — was pretty impressive, even if they were aided by the near goal blowing towards the Prairie end of the pitch.

Kevin Walsh has Galway well set up at present. They are defending systematically and often en-bloc but the sharp edge of their sword is provided in the super-quick counter attacks that are proving to be highly effective when the opposition thrusts break down.

Dublin, like Galway, had done a lot of team re-jigging before the throw-in, but given the strength in-depth of their panel, they are in a far stronger position than any other county to slot in replacements almost as good as the first fifteen.

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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
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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