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West United and Ballinasloe Town square up in Cup final

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The Mervue United U16 team which defeated Salthill Devon (1-0) in the Galway Cup final at Eamonn Deacy Park. Back row, left to right: Lewis Waweru, Thomas Doyle, Keelan Creavan, Aidan O Halloran, Robert Carr, Conor Flaherty, Michael Okoye, Blake Cummins, Hakeem Ryan. Front row: Adam Farrell, Mikey Devaney, Charlie Concannon, Colin Kelly, Mark Melody, Ethan Flaherty, Ryan Corcoran, Charlie Filipe, Ethan Fiorentini.

FOUR Galway clubs will contest the Connacht Junior Cup and Shield finals at Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday.

On a weekend that will bring a finale to the local and provincial action, West United and Ballinasloe Town go head to head in the main event at 3.30pm, while the Shield decider will see East United and Cois Farraige chase honours at 12 noon.

For the Connacht Junior Cup finalists, the contrast could not be greater, as Roscommon League side Ballinasloe Town are regular contenders at the closing stages of the competition and indeed were beaten finalist last season. In contrast, West United are back in their first final since 2010 when they surprisingly lost to Castlerea Celtic, while their last win in the competition was way back in 1982.

Now after spending a number of years in the First Division, Rodney Grant’s charges were promoted last season and they enjoyed a good return to the Premier League with a third place finish.

Competitive, battle hardened and resilient could be some of the words used to describe the City side and they displayed all those qualities to come from two down in the semi final at home against Boyle Celtic to win it by 3-2 in extra time. After Jay McPhilbin started the comeback in the closing minutes, it always looked like there was only going to be one winner thereafter and a Geoffrey Power brace sealed a magnificent recovery and booked a final place.

Now there is not much of a youth policy in the West structure, as seasoned campaigners like Jimmy Jennings, Alan Murphy and Power bring experience and guile to a side that can mix a game any way they want. However, the younger legs of the likes of Conor Murray, Keith Lee, Shane Keogh, Eric Holland and Barry McEntee bring a balance to their ranks.

Ballinasloe Town also left it very late to secure a final place as substitute Liam Lynch headed home an extra time winner in a 1-0 success over St Bernard’s in Abbeyknockmoy. A little like their final opponents, Henry Loughnane’s side are seasoned campaigners at grinding out results.

They were recently piped to the Roscommon Premier League title by a point as Ballymoe claimed the title. Having won the Connacht Cup for the first time in 2004, they have been regular challengers since and added further titles in 2013 and 2014. In fact, that have an amazing record of getting to the latter stages of the competition almost every year.

Joe Woods, Des Hope, Liam Lynch, Mark and Shane Duffy are some of the players hoping to guide the club to a fourth title on Sunday.

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

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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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