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United pay the price for home struggles in play-offs quest

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Galway United's Jack Lynch contesting this high ball against UCD during the clubs' First Division tie at Eamonn Deasy Park on Tuesday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

GALWAY United’s inability to bring their excellent away form back to Eamonn Deacy Park proved to be their downfall in the team’s quest to make the First Division play-offs as they came up just short following this draw with UCD on Tuesday night.

Going into the game, United had to win in order to overtake Cabinteely and make the last play-off spot, but they also required title chasing Drogheda to defeat Cabinteely, who lay in fifth position in the table.

The County Louth side duly obliged and were crowned champions as two second half goals gave them a 2-0 victory against a ten man home side. All that was need now was a United win and all looked good for a long time as they comfortably hung on to Stephen Christopher’s 42nd minute goal. In fact, at one stage they were up to fourth in the table as Longford Town trailed by 2-1 against Wexford, before two late goals for UCD changed everything.

On 81 minutes, right full Harry McEvoy swung in a deep cross that picked out the inrushing Evan Weir and he buried an effort past Horgan to tie up matters. More punishment was to follow on 89 minutes when Weir hammered home a free kick from all of 30 yards to put UCD 2-1 ahead.

United responded and skipper Shane Duggan drilled home a long-range cracker of his own to tie it up at 2-2. It was their only shot on goal in the second half and within seconds the clock had beaten them, and a season that was resurrected mid-campaign came to a shuddering halt as United finished outside the play-off positions.

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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

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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

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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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