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United finally end home woes with critical win over Wexford

Keith Kelly

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Galway United's Conor Barry follows the flight of the ball as he scores a terrific goal in Friday night's priceless First Division victory over Wexford at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 2

Wexford 0

GALWAY United finally got off the mark on their home turf on Friday night when goals from Conor Barry and Maurice Nugent sealed a first home win of the season to lift the side off the foot of the table.

A poor first-half was lit-up in the 29th minute by a wonder-strike from Barry; and Nugent sealed the win ten minutes from time, passing the ball into the unguarded net after Wilson Waweru’s effort came back off the crossbar.

United fielded without the suspended duo of Stephen Walsh and Dara Costelloe, with the absence of Walsh in particular sorely felt as the defence led a charmed life at times. A better side than Wexford would have punished the home side’s defensive shortcomings, but maybe this was the turn in fortune that United have been missing in recent weeks.

The first 30 minutes or so, until United took the lead, will live long in the memory, but only because the fare on offer was so poor. It was wretched stuff at times, befitting a game between the two teams at the foot of the table, but Barry’s goal seemed to give the United players an injection of confidence, and they went on to record a deserved win.

To be fair, it wasn’t all bad, with Conor Melody putting in the kind of performance that should be his bread and butter every week, given his talent and ability. He gave Lee Costelloe such a roasting that the hapless Wexford full-back was hauled ashore with 10 minutes of the first-half still remaining; and his replacement, Daragh O’Connor, fared little better.

Apart from a few poor deliveries, Colin Kelly showed glimpses of his class – and that his natural home is wide on the wing, and not in the middle of the park, a position in which Donal Higgins did well in a 16-minute cameo after coming on as a substitute.

Kevin Horgan was also dominant in his penalty area; Vinny Faherty gave his usual display of honesty and tireless work; while Waweru continues to show the threat that he can become if he continues to work hard, and to learn from Faherty.

It was jittery stuff at times from United, though, not least in the fourth minute when Nugent – who wore the captain’s armband in Walsh’s absence – screwed an attempted clearance across his own goal rather than 40 yards down the pitch, but Danny Doyle’s snapshot flew back in the direction from where the ball initially came.

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

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CITY TRIBUNE

Footfall down by 80% in Galway city centre

Stephen Corrigan

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Shop Street on Ladies Day of the Galway Races

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Footfall in the city centre was down by about 80% during what would normally be a bumper three weeks in the city, with this year’s Arts Festival and Summer Racing Festival both falling foul of Covid-19 restrictions.

Data compiled by the Galway City Business Association (GCBA) – which is a measure of mobile phone users at various points in the city centre – shows that there were over half a million fewer movements recorded during Race Week this year, representing around a 77% decline on the same week in 2019.

While the figures are by no means a conclusive count of individuals in the city, they do provide a good guide as to how many people are traversing the main thoroughfares over an extended period.

During the second week of the Arts Festival in 2019, just short of 900,000 movements were recorded in what was the city’s single busiest seven days of the year.

However, with the absence of the Big Top and various other Arts Festival venues this year, just over 150,000 movements were recorded in the same week this year.

Well-known city businessman and GCBA member Anthony Ryan said that the situation was gradually improving, but it was obviously a very different Race Week this year.
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Galway City Council orders removal of new footbridge

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The installation of a footbridge over the Middle River at Newtownsmyth has led Galway City Council to warn the adjacent property owner to remove the structure, or face legal proceedings.

Property developer John Curley, who owns the commercial unit involved at Abhainn na mBradán, has received instruction from City Hall to have the bridge removed by today (Friday) in what the Galway City Tribune understands is being treated as a ‘extremely serious breach’ of planning regulations.

Mr Curley told this newspaper that the €25,000 bridge could not be removed this week as his architect was on holidays, and he was still considering what to do about the Council’s order.

Mr Curley said businessman Eric Furey had opened a new café in the building two weeks ago – the building also houses Born Clothing and Papa Rich restaurant.

The bridge had been installed to coincide with the opening of Roots Café and both Mr Curley and Mr Furey argued that it was crucial to the business’ survival that there was access from the busy canal walkway.

“We are going to fight this,” said Mr Curley, adding that it had been their intention to seek retention for the bridge, but that had been ruled out by city planners who refused to give permission to utilise public land on the far side of the canal.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said: “Immediately on becoming aware of the installation of this structure across the canal, Galway City Council Planning Department requested the immediate removal of the structure.
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Anger over illegal parking of camper vans in Salthill

Enda Cunningham

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Camper vans illegally parked on Rockbarton Road this week.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council has admitted that it is difficult to enforce bylaws banning the parking of caravans and camper vans on roads in Salthill.

It follows complaints from elected representatives and local residents again this Summer in relation to illegal dumping and ‘unsightly’ parking on the Promenade and alongside Leisureland.

Under the Council’s own Parking Control Bylaws 2009, parking of ‘temporary dwellings’ (which includes caravans, mobile homes, tents and any structure whether on wheels or not) is prohibited on the Prom; Quincentennial Drive (behind Toft Carpark); Rockbarton Road (adjacent to Leisureland) and on the Western Distributor Road. Council carparks are also off limits.

Local area councillor Donal Lyons said the problem seemed to be worse this year, which he believed is due to holidaying staycationers.

Councillor Peter Keane said that it is a ‘small few’ people that are giving caravaners a bad name.

“We welcome holidaymakers, but let them go into the caravan parks where proper services are provided, such as electricity and water.”

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said that the local authority’s experience was that it has proved difficult to enforce the parking ban over the years.
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