Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Connacht Tribune

Veterans in the medals at Masters championships

Published

on

The NUIG mens team which won bronze at Universities Cross Country. From left: Colm Kirke, Damien Landers, Andrew O Donnghaile, Finlay Daly, Michael Flanagan and Talon Thompson.

The National Masters Indoors Championships were held on Saturday last in Athlone IT, and many of Galway’s top veterans returned West with silverware.

Mary Barrett of Loughrea AC won an amazing triple gold at O55 level in the Shot Putt, 60m Sprint and High Jump. Brendan Staunton of GCH, competing in Masters for the first time, took double gold in the Shot Putt and Weight throw at Over 35 level.

The evergreen Martin Mcevilly of GCH claimed gold, silver and bronze medals, over 3,000m, 1,500m and 800m respectively at Over 65 level. Ronnie Warde of Castlegar AC sprinted to a superb gold in the O35 60m  in a flying 7.35 seconds.

Jason Cafferkey of GCH won silver in the 200m O35 and placed fourth in the 60m; while Majella Loftus also of GCH took double bronze over 60m and 200m in the O45 ladies sprints. Jean O’Connor, also of GCH won bronze at O35 level in the Ladies 1,500m; and clubmate Maura Loftus claimed O70 silver in the Ladies 3k Walk.

Schools’ cross-country

Galway athletes impressed at the hugely competitive All Ireland Schools Cross Country championships held in Waterford IT Saturday last, on a very tough and hilly course.

Top performers individually included Daragh Jennings of Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin, Carraroe who claimed 7th place in the Minor Boys event; and Aaron Brennan of Claregalway, who finished in 10th place, and Eanna Folan of Colaiste na Coiribe came home in 11th spot, in the Senior Boys race.

In the Senior Girls, Aine O’Farrell of Presentation Athenry placed a fine ninth overall; while in the team competition, St Enda’s College won bronze in the Intermediate Boys race, with Cillian Jordan, Barry Murphy, Alvaro Garcia and Sean Forrest combining to medal for the Salthill school.

Sean Breathnach

Sean Breathnach of Galway City Harriers competed on the Irish team at the European Winter Throws competition in Leiria, Portugal last weekend. Breathnach threw 17.62 metres on his best throw in very difficult conditions.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

Connacht Tribune

Galway rowers aim for Olympic gold!

Published

on

Best of luck to two Galway rowers – Aifric Keogh of Aill an Phréacháin in Na Forbacha, and Fiona Murtagh from Gortachalla in Moycullen – who are part of Team Ireland’s Women’s Coxless Fours team who compete in an Olympic final in Tokyo at 1.50am (Irish time) Wednesday.

Coverage on RTÉ 2 television begins from 1am.

Ireland – who were second in their heat after Australia, who set a new Olympic Record – are in lane two, with Great Britain on their outside, and Australia, favourites for a gold medal, in lane three.

The Netherlands, China and Poland are in lanes four, five and six at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Poor weather meant some rowing events were re-scheduled but the Women’s Fours final was not impacted.

Jim Keogh, Aifric’s father, told the Tribune he was hopeful ahead of the final.

“To make the Olympics is tough, to make the final is tough, to make the medal is tougher,” he said.
Photo: Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty.

*Full coverage of the race and reaction in this week’s Connacht Tribune and Galway City Tribune 

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Paedophile sentenced to a further 17 months in prison

Published

on

A convicted paedophile, described by a Garda as ‘a prolific child abuser’, has had a 17-month prison sentence added to a 13-year sentence he is already serving for the rape and sexual abuse of children.

Disgraced primary school teacher and summer school bus driver, 69-year-old Seosamh Ó Ceallaigh, a native of Tuirín, Béal a’ Daingin, Conamara, had at all times denied two charges of indecently assaulting a ten-year-old boy at a Gaeltacht summer school in Béal a’ Daingin in 1979.

The offence carries a maximum two-year sentence.

A jury found him guilty by majority verdict following a four-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last month.

At his sentence hearing last week, Detective Paul Duffy described Ó Ceallaigh as a prolific child abuser who had amassed 125 child abuse convictions, committed while he was a primary school teacher in Dublin and while he operated an Irish language summer school in Beal a’ Daingin.

They included convictions for rape and sexual assault for which he is currently serving sentences totalling 13 years.

Those sentences were due to expire in August 2024, but last week, Judge Rory McCabe imposed two, concurrent 17-month sentences on Ó Ceallaigh, before directing the sentences begin at the termination of the sentences he is currently serving.

The judge noted Ó Ceallaigh’s denial and lack of remorse and the lifelong detrimental effect the abuse had on the victim as aggravating factors.

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Dismay as marine park proposal rejected by planners

Published

on

A lifeline project, with the potential to create around 200 long-term jobs in an area of South Connemara ravaged by unemployment and emigration, has been rejected by planners – primarily environmental grounds.
The proposed marine park or Páirc na Mara, east of Cill Chiaráin village, was viewed by many as a real chance to turn the tide for this unemployment blackspot.
Locals – and the vast majority of Galway West politicians – were supportive of the project which was viewed as one that would revitalise the area.
That said, Galway County Council’s decision to refuse permission for the marine park was welcomed by Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages which had expressed fears that the marine farm would extract huge amounts of fresh water to breed more than 1.5 million salmon smolts.
They said that millions of litres of fresh water would have been extracted on a regular basis by the salmon farm company operating the smolt rearing units – from the same lakes as the Carna and Cill Chiaráin water supply system.
“Local residents can now rest assured that their domestic water supply won’t be hijacked to line the pockets of people who have no regard for the local environment or residents,” said Billy Smyth, Chairman of Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages.
It was proposed to provide a marine innovation park Pairc na Mara on a 60-acre brownfield site at Cill Chiarain.
The development involves the provision of a number of marine-based facilities as well as education and research facilities in the townlands of Cill Chiarain, Ardmore and Calvary.
It involves the abstraction of water from Lough Scannan, its transfer to and temporary storage in Iron Lake along with impoundment and pumping to the Marine Park site with a rising main.
According to the application, Galway County Council has previously granted planning permission for aquaculture-based activities on the site of the proposed marine park back in 2002 while the first phase of the innovation park was built in 2005.
There were a considerable number of submissions supporting the application with many saying that this part of Connemara would benefit greatly from such a development.
But there were others who expressed concern over the potential impact it would have on the environment, and it would be located in a highly sensitive area.
Cllr Gerry King said that it was a valuable opportunity lost to the area given the amount of unemployment that exists. He added that there was local outrage at the decision.
The Fianna Fail councillor met with those behind the project and residents in support of the project. He said that they all agreed that this decision should be appealed to the higher planning authority.
It was refused on the basis that it would adversely affect the integrity and conservation objectives of the European sides in the vicinity of environmental value.
Planners stated that they could not be certain that the project would not adversely affect the integrity of Cill Ciaran Bay, the islands and Connemara bog complex
They also said that the Environmental Impact Assessment Report did not present a sufficient level of information on the impact it would have on human health, biodiversity, land, soil, water along with cultural heritage and the landscape.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending