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Under pressure United need a win to launch timely surge

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Galway United captain Conor McCormack who will be hoping to lead the Tribesmen to victory against Athlone Town at Eamonn Decay Park on Friday night.

GALWAY United return to action this Friday after the mid-season break needing to hit the ground running in order to keep their promotion hopes alive. John Caulfield’s side host surprise packets, Athlone Town, at Eamonn Deacy Park this evening (7.45pm), where the return of fans may provide the spark that has been missing from United’s play so far this season.

Touted as one of the favourites for the title before a ball was kicked, United find themselves closer to basement side, Wexford, than they do to table-toppers, Shelbourne, with a third of the campaign already played, and they really need to show improved form if they are to even make the play-offs.

The Tribesmen have ground to make up on that front as well, sitting two places and two points outside the top five, and they will need to do a lot better than they have managed so far this season, which has seen them win just twice on the pitch and thankful for the three points awarded to them after Cabinteely were unable to fulfil the April meeting between the sides due to Covid-19.

United may be in line for another boost from the global pandemic this weekend as there are rumours circling in Athlone that up to four of their players left the country last week – Spain is being mentioned as the destination – and as a result have broken Covid-19 protocols.

The press officer for the Midlands club was contacted by Tribune Sport on Wednesday afternoon about the reports but made no comment on the matter, but even if it is true, United really need to be better than relying on rule breaking and forced cancellations to be picking up points in the table.

“I haven’t heard anything about that but look, we have to be worrying about our own lads and not anyone else. We had a few days of a break from the group, but the lads all stayed local and did their own work and they have come back in great form,” United manager, John Caulfield, said.

“Results and performances have not been what they should, but it is not for the want of trying. We just need to get that break, to get that bounce of the ball, to instil that bit of belief.

“Sport is a funny thing, a lot of it is down to confidence, and we are trying to get that confidence into the lads, to get them to make that positive contribution on the pitch, a positive run, a positive pass, that kind of thing, and to keep the negative thoughts out of their heads,” he said.

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Council crews and specialists drafted in to clean up Galway city centre

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A mammoth effort to rid Galway of its recently acquired ‘grubby image’ got underway this week as the city was readied for peak festival season in July.

A power-washing programme to clean embedded beer, food and urine stains from some of the main thoroughfares was completed on Wednesday, as remediation works were carried out on areas that had suffered neglect since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The majority of the work is being undertaken by City Council crews, but two specialist contractors have also been hired – at a cost of €75,000 – for chewing gum and graffiti removal.

Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath told the Galway City Tribune that the local authority’s environment and parks departments had been working together to tackle the problem which had drawn sharp criticism from politicians and residents in recent weeks.

“A deep clean of the city was needed and was long overdue. There had been a lot of damage to Eyre Square last summer during outdoor dining when it became an area where large crowds were congregating every night.

“I will concede that we do need to up our game. This type of deep cleaning does need to be carried out more often. We don’t have the resources to do it every day or every night but it can’t be a one-off either,” said Mr McGrath.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the June 24 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Celebrations as new autism unit launched at Mervue school

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city school opened an autism unit last week following a hugely successful fundraising campaign.

Radharc na Mara Primary School in Mervue initially began fundraising in February for a sensory room but was able to expand the project to include an occupational therapy room, life skills room, and outdoor area.

“It’s been fantastic,” said Doireann Hanrahan, a teacher in the Autism Class at Radharc na Mara.

“We didn’t expect to get nearly as much money as was donated.”

A sensory room is an area for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other sensory disorders to regulate their emotions using lighting, movement, and other tools.

The sensory room at the school contains things like cocoon swings, weighted blankets, and tactile panels that help students with ASD regulate themselves and rejoin their classroom in a calmer state.

Ms Hanrahan said that children with ASD often have a secondary diagnosis, and that occupational therapy helps with developing their motor skills.

She said that the occupational therapy room will help with carrying out therapy prescribed by the children’s professional disability team and that it will “reinforce” relationships with the school and the children’s diagnostic team.

The school currently has 12 students enrolled in their autism classes, spread across two classrooms. They are all in junior and senior infant classes, meaning that they have eight years left in their journey with the school.

Ms Hanrahan said that the life skills room will be used to teach “valuable” skills that the children will use through their school years.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story and for lots of photos from the opening, see the June 24 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Galway City Council pulls the plug on social housing building site

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Construction work on 58 new homes in Ballybane stopped this week after the contract was terminated – blowing a hole in Galway’s new social housing targets.

Galway City Council has confirmed to the Galway City Tribune that it has parted ways with Glenman Corporation, the contractor involved in building Garraí Beag Social Housing Project at Rocklands Avenue off the Monivea Road.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Galway City Council has exercised its right to terminate Glenman Corporation’s obligation to complete the works as defined in the contract on the Garraí Beag Social Housing Project, in accordance with Clause 12 of the building contract. A Notice of Termination was served on Glenman Corporation on Tuesday, June 21”.

Under Clause 12 of the contract, seen by the Galway City Tribune, there are a dozen reasons given as to why the Council could terminate the contract relating to performance of the contractor.

The Council did not clarify which section of Clause 12 of the contract it was using to terminate it.

“No further comment will be made at this time for legal reasons,” it added. This is the latest setback to hit the development, which includes a mixture of four-bed, three-bed and two-bed houses, as well as duplex units and one and two bed apartments.

It originally was due to be finished in November 2021, but Covid-19 delayed the project. It was also beset with contractual issues, which were highlighted previously in this newspaper.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the June 24 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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