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Walsh the hero as Mervue Utd take spoils in Junior Cup clash

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Mervue United B's Kyle O'Malley breaking away from Kilshanvey's Mark Devaney during the clubs' Connacht Shield tie at Fahy's Field. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

MERVUE United certainly appear to have the Indian sign over Athenry at the moment as Gareth Gorman’s side registered their second major cup victory over Seamie Crowe’s charges in Connacht Junior Cup mid-week action.

Previously drawn together in the FAI Junior Cup and from where Mervue emerged winners of a penalty shootout, the sides also faced one another in the opening round of the Connacht Junior Cup and the outcome was again the same as the home side prevailed by 2-1 under lights in Fahy’s Field.

A close range Eoin Concannon goal gave the home side an opening half lead, before Joey Byrne latched on to a through ball to fire home the equaliser. Enjoying the greater amount of possession, Athenry had a great opportunity to take the lead when awarded a penalty before the break, but Colm O’Donovan’s effort struck a post.

With the respective goalkeepers Peter Healy and James Healy impressing and making scores hard to come by, the tie remained level at the end of normal time.

However, in the opening half of extra time, Simon Walsh fired home the winner for Mervue and despite Athenry offering a huge threat, they were not able to rescue matters once more as the home side prevailed by 2-1 and, in the process, set up a Third Round tie against Ballymoe FC.

For Athenry to find themselves crashing out of the FAI Junior Cup, Connacht Junior Cup and Michael Byrne Cup (beaten by Renmore) in the opening round is nothing short of disastrous and while they lead the Premier Division table by seven points, they now have just 11 league games to look forward to for the remainder of the season.

Scoreless at the break, Loughrea did their best work in the second half to record an impressive 2-0 away Connacht Cup win over Ballina Town. They opened their account courtesy of a Darren Creaven shot, before Thomas Hoban headed home an Bruno Enrique cross for the second. Their reward in the next round is a home contest against Westport United on Sunday.

Moylough 79 will also face Mayo opposition this weekend when they host Castlebar Celtic, following a 4-2 success over Cois Farraige in Carraroe on Sunday. Marcus Finn, Michael Kelly, Gerard Donoghue and Liam Carty were all on the mark for the visitors, with just Ciarán Ó Droighneáin and Chris Beatty finding the range for the Connemara side.

Two up at the break, matters looked to be going the way of Bohemians as goals by Sammy Omokua and James Nolan had them in command as they led Ballisodare by 2-0. However, the home side produced a solid recovery to level matters at 2-2 and send the game to extra time and it was here that the Sligo side pressed home their advantage to secure a 4-2 win.

While the games played at the weekend were contests postponed before Christmas, this Sunday will see almost a full schedule of Third Round games down for decision, with St Bernard’s and Maree/Oranmore going head to head in Abbeyknockmoy, while Merlin Woods/Medtronic make the journey West to face MacDara in Carraroe in just two all local ties.

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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