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Utd keep a clean sheet but are still without win in league

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Galway United's Timmy Molloy follows the flight of the ball against Luka Lovic of Bray Wanderers during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 0

Bray Wanderers 0

Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

ONLY the presence of new Galway United manager John Caulfield caused any ripple of excitement at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening as the home side plodded along to pick up a welcome point in this Airtricity First Division contest.

Due to the new Government regulations the stadium was devoid of people and atmosphere, but everyone in sight was trying to nab a quick word with the new boss as they wished him well in his new role. Caulfield did make a brief appearance in the dressing room before the game, but thereafter left the management of the side to caretaker Colin Fortune.

With almost half the squad unavailable through injury, he worked off almost the same 11 that were named in the selection for their previous game against Drogheda, with just Mikey Place in for Vinny Faherty the only change to the starting team

According to the Athlone native, one of his tasks during the week was to try and build up the players’ confidence as they were affected not only by their disappointing results, but also by the loss of manager Alan Murphy. A positive from the performance was just a second clean sheet of the season, while a late penalty claim could have changed the course of the game from a home point of view, but neither of the match officials who had clear views of proceeding made a positive call.

The home side made a sluggish start. Down the right, Callum Thompson was giving left full Timo Partheons a bit of a torrid time as Bray could have gone in at the break with the game put to bed. Thankfully, the performance of new custodian Matt Connor left a good impression as three top class saves in the opening half alone kept the game alive.

The pace and movement of Bray’s front two, Joe Doyle and Gary Shaw, certainly tested the Galway rearguard, but after a shaky start they certainly rose to the challenge. Bray threatened an opener on nine minutes when Doyle got away, but a challenge by Maurice Nugent took some sting out of his shot as Connor saved. The same player evaded the cover shortly afterwards, but fired over before Connor continued to be the home side’s most impressive performer with fine stops to deny Shaw and Ryan Graydon.

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

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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