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The free community-curated newsletter for Claregalway September 2013 | Vol.18 iss.1

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Report on the 23rd Claregalway Agricultural Show

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Building New Bonds at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir It was back to school with a difference for 168 students at the new Claregalway Secondary School, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, which opened on the 2nd of September. The first week is different from most schools as it is about “building new bonds” with classmates, said principal Alan Mongey.

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Claregalway Tidy Towns Adjudication Report

Pictured above are Angelika Chruszczyk, Caitlin McGrath and Emily Carr on their first day in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir on the 2nd of September. For more photos of the open day and first day, visit www.claregalway.info/photos. by Tom Gilmore, Tuam Herald

site. We have a large covered area in front of the building where the alls, fixtures and fittings full students can interact outside during of bright colours of yellows, lunchtime,” says Alan Mongey. For greens and pinks were what greeted the immediate future the pupils will the boys and girls frm 8.30am on use Claregalway GAA playing pitches Monday 2nd September when for games and some other outdoor the first students were welcomed.  activities. For an interim period of two or The students, about ½ and ½ three years it will be in a carefully boys and girls, come from a wide designed converted building in catchment area, taking in parts what was initially planned as an of Annaghdown, Turloughmore, industrial unit at Claregalway Lackagh, Corrandulla, Carnmore, Corporate Park. Corofin, and Claregalway itself “It’s a fabulous modern bright of course, as well as some other building with lots of space as well as surrounding villages. extensive grounds outside including “It was a great first day for the three basketball courts on the Continued on page 4 →

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Editorial by Josette Farrell

by phoning Josette on 086 391 3852 / 091 798 430 via our website www.claregalway.info or via our facebook page www.facebook.com/claregalway.info

Don’t forget to check out our brand new website www.claregalway.info for local news, events, features & sports updates! Plus some fascinating local history. For more local photos check out our website www.claregalway.info/photos

The Nuacht Chláir is an open access publication and we try to include everything that’s submitted, subject to the law of the land, and editorial judgement. This judgement is exercised by the volunteer production team in order to preserve balance in the newsletter. The views & opinions expressed in the articles are those of the individual contributors and are not necessarily those of the production team.

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Having had a lovely summer it’s very welcome indeed to be prolonging this with an Indian summer in the last week of September. At time of writing it is the evening of the big match between Mayo and Dublin. There has been a palpable buzz of excitement amongst all the supporters and fans over the week, although I’m sure the Mayo fans living in Claregalway must be disappointed with the result. After a spate of break-ins and robberies in the area recently a meeting was held in The Arches Hotel to address the setting up of a Text Alert System. The turnout was phenomenal and the Text Alert will be implemented in the coming weeks. The people who commit these crimes should not get away with it—if people can’t feel safe in their own homes, where can they be safe?   Coláiste Bhaile Chláir has proven a great success in the community under the direction of Principal Alan Mongey.  Alan’s reputation as Principal had spread like wildfire before he even started in Claregalway and what was Athenry’s loss is now Claregalway’s gain! The school will go from strength to strength and as the saying goes ‘a school builds a community’. Well done to Claregalway Tidy Town Committee on receiving extra points in the competition this year. They have done tremendous work in making the area look as good as it does. If everybody looked after their own little area, it would be of huge benefit to the committee and a great sense of pride for all involved. ‘Never Too Old’ Charity Shop continues to flourish and it was mentioned in one of the prominent newspapers recently as being the best in the West – so do go along and visit it – you will certainly not be disappointed.  It is located behind The Arches Hotel, Claregalway and is open from 10am to 6pm.  Check their facebook page. As usual this month we bring you our local contributers GIY (Grow it Yourself), Jim Cuddy, John Duffy, Brian Place, Ronan Scully and Móna Wise. Learning to play bridge with Brian will continue in the Claregalway Hotel on Friday mornings subject to sufficient numbers. It’s a brilliant game and very good for the mind—perhaps this can be your winter past time? We’ve launched our new website www.claregalway.info and would love to hear your thoughts. If you encounter any problems or have comments or suggestions, let me know. In the meantime, enjoy the unpredicatable weather. Until next time, Josette.

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students but it wasn’t all new to most of them, as we had an open evening for the boys and girls and their parents the Friday before just to introduce them to the surroundings in advance of their first day,” said the principal.

“It was all about bonding and team building among the students and that is what we concentrated on for all of the first week.” Phase One of the school building was finished ahead of schedule and Phase Two finished on Friday 30th of August—one year ahead of schedule, while the final phase was completed just 17 days later, meaning that the contractors, Stewarts, were out of the site very quickly. “The contractors put up a fabulous building and they did so in 19 weeks from start to finish. The design was by the Department of Education but we were also allowed some input, especially in the bright colour scheme,” said Alan Mongey. He is confident that in less than the original three year time frame they will be moving to a new permanent site in the village which has been identified by the Department of Education and the Galway-Roscommon Education and Training Board ETC) who are the patrons of the school. The new Claregalway School has a staff of 17 teachers and its student numbers are expected to rise quickly to over 500 when the permanent building is in place.

 

These photos were taken by Nuacht Chláir Editor Josette Farrell on the first day of school at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir. For more photos, visit our website www.claregalway.info/photos or check out our facebook page facebook.com/claregalway.info

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Fine Day For Claregalway’s 23rd Agricultural Show Sometimes the weather forecasters get it right! They promised scattered light showers with mainly sunshine and that’s what Claregalway Agricultural Show got on Sunday last. The weather was almost perfect for the show. All the hard work and months of preparation for the event paid off when all roads headed towards Rockwood. Show Chairman, Val Noone, wearing his now traditional Australian hat, and Vice Chairman, Kieran Quinn were at the show grounds from daybreak greeting and welcoming committee, helpers, exhibitors, spectators, invited guests and all show enthusiasts. A great crowd attended and Claregalway Show was honoured to have among the attendance the National Vice President of the Irish Shows Association Mr. Jim Harrison with his wife and daughter Leah. Also in attendance was National Secretary of the I.S.A. Mr. Michael Hughes. Local dignitaries included Mr. Noel Grealish TD, Councillor Jim Cuddy, Fr. Ian O’Neill Parish Priest, Fr. Diarmuid Hogan, newly appointed Parish Priest of Oranmore, Fr. Seamus Nohilly, SMA Fathers and Canon Richie Higgins, Maree.  The Show Committee was delighted that they all took time out to attend and appreciated their support. There was huge interest and competition in the various classes in the outdoor arenas. Judges were impressed with the calibre of animals in the pony, horse, cattle and sheep sections.  High quality animals kept the spectators entranced as they were led around the rings and put through their paces. It was difficult to predict the winners. In the indoor arena they was a noticeable increase in the Craft Section.

It would seem there has been somewhat of a revival of crafts this year, perhaps due to the economic recession. The two judges in this section commented that the crafts on display were of the highest quality they had ever judged. They had some very long deliberations before finally selecting winners. Other sections were similar to other years with a smaller entry in the flower section this year than previous years. It was felt this was due to the wet and windy weather earlier on. Exhibitors commented that www.claregalway.info

their flowers bloomed early and were later damaged by the wind and rain. The Dog, Pet & Poultry Classes attracted a great crowd of spectators. There was a good entry in all classes and the Agility Class for dogs added to the enjoyment of the crowd. There were lots of side shows and competitions in the show grounds keeping the crowd entertained during the day. The Viewing Gallery in Duffy’s Equestrian Centre was transformed into a First Class Restaurant for the day. In excess of 200 meals were provided by the catering committee to Judges, Stewards, Committee, Helpers, Guests and Sponsors. Claregalway Show’s hospitality was of the usual high standard and many complimentary tributes were paid to the catering committee throughout the day. Long may it continue. The Donkey Derby was the last event of the day and following a Steward’s Enquiry had to be re-run. There was a little objection from the winner at first but it was smiles all around when he was first past the post the second time and collected €100 in prize money. Double enjoyment for the crowd cheering them on! Show Chairman, Val Noone, thanked everyone for their dedication to keeping the show alive in Claregalway. He said, “It’s up to the people of Claregalway to keep our own local show going. We have a small but very dedicated, hard working committee, who stop at nothing to get the show on the road. On the day we rely on the huge number of local people who come out and help us for the day. We simply couldn’t manage without them. In the current economic climate, shows are finding it difficult. Money is not as readily available as before and I therefore want to express my most sincere gratitude to all our sponsors. We would not exist without them. Please support them whenever you can. Thank you all for your encouragement and support, and sincere thanks to everyone who helped out in any way. I hope you all enjoyed the show agus go mbeirimid beó ar an am seo arís.”

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Local Notices

The Burial by Edward Coppinger

The Claregalway & District Day Care Centre is now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am–4pm (limited places on Tuesdays). For more information please drop in, contact 091 739 385, 086 445 8989, or visit our website www.claregalwaydaycarecentre.ie. Claregalway Parent & Baby/Toddler Group meet every Wednesday from 10am–12 noon at Claregalway Community Centre. All welcome. Contact Yvonne 087 943 7410.

I’ll only need a little space There isn’t much of me anymore, To lay in that sacred place With all who went before. And talk again of days long gone When alive beneath the sun, Of youth, laughter and song, Before our earthly time was done. Around us so many we knew, In line of row and row array, Having bid their hour or two I likewise must go their way.

Walking Club meets every Sunday at the Arches Hotel at 10am and on Wednesdays meet at Claregalway Church at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For info contact Edel—085 102 0611.

Put me into that grave’s mould To the murmuring rosary refrain, Like burials in days of old, When fell and fell the Irish rain.

Claregalway Study Centre in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir now enrolling. Contact Josette at 086 391 3852 for details. Ultra-Flex School of Dance classes in Disco-Freestyle, Street Dance and Musical theatre every Tuesday in the SMA House Claregalway. Classes range from 3–17 years old. Contact Emma on 085 2388 591 for specific class times or for more information.

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Is there a place for me In that old old family plot, Together once more to be From whom I was begot?

Padre, say these words if must But not so harsh or stern, Remember man thou art but dust And into dust thou shalt return. For all who went before Edward Coppinger, a native of Lackaghbeg, who is well known for his excellent poetry over many years, has launched a book entitled The Poacher’s Son —Memories of Ireland & other Poems. Edward, who has been a regular contributor to Nuacht Chláir, will have his book available from early September. For details email brendacoppinger@ntlworld.com or telephone 0044 023 8056 1508.

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Adult Music Classes, subject to demand, are being offered at Lackagh Village Centre on Button Accordion, Tin Whistle, Keyboard, Bodhrán & Céilí Drums from September. For further info please contact Padraig on 086 3166 972.

As a result of the Coffee Morning held in Bawnmore, Claregalway in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, the Molloy family would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed and a cheque of €3500 will soon be on its way to help with the Parent’s Accommodation and St Joseph’s Ward at the Hospital. —Padraic & Frances

Claregalway/Carnmore Active Retirement meeting every Friday at 10.30am in Cairdeas. New members are always welcome. Claregalway/Carnmore Senior Citizens Cards and bingo held every Monday night at 8pm in Cairdeas Parish Meeting Room.

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From Friday 27th of September to Saturday 5th October 2013 Age Action is celebrating Positive Ageing Week (PAW) in Ireland— a festival which highlights the positive aspects of ageing and celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make to their communities. This is the 11th year Age Action has marked UN International Day of Older Persons (1st October).

Social Dancing Classes. Starting on Wednesday 25th September in Keane’s Oranmore. Beginners at 8–9, Improvers 9–10. Learn to jive, waltz, foxtrot, and quickstep. No partners needed and all ages welcome. For info call Padraig at 087 181 2248. Galway Diocesan Directory is available from the Parish Office. Cost €5. The Directory has information on all the Parishes in the Diocese including Mass times and telephone numbers. To submit your local notice, visit www.claregalway.info 7


Supporting Our Local Farmer by Móna Wise

How fortunate are we that we have had such a nice stretch of summer? Yes, race week was a bit of a wash out but the glorious three weeks of uninterrupted sun made summer holidays seem real this year. Picnics were packed and long days spent at the beach. Appetites waned and I am certain that our kids were not alone in eating their fair share of ice cream.

This story & recipe is by local blogger and author Móna Wise, who regularly contributes to the Nuacht Chláir. For more of her stories & recipes, check out her popular food blog at www.WiseWords.ie.

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ut once the weather broke we returned them to their normal eating habits. This time of year the poly tunnel veers on the edge of being completely overgrown and we have to be careful not to let it slip away from us and become a jungle in there. A few weeks ago, I met up with Oisín Kenny, who is the farmer behind the Bia Oisín food label (available at Hughes Supervalu) and he is also the grower responsible for that massive poly tunnel on the left side of the road as you enter into the village coming from Galway city. What made me wonder about Oisín and what he was growing, was I noticed he was selling golden beetroot at Hughes and this is one of our favourite vegetables. When I phoned Oisín and asked him if I could check out his poly tunnel he was only too delighted show me around. Having lived and worked abroad for several years, Oisín returned home a few years ago and is now back working on the family farm with the rest of his family. His tunnel, which he installed last year, is filled to the brim with the most gorgeous vegetables we have ever seen in Galway. He takes great care to make sure that from the moment it is picked and packaged, it reaches its final destination with very little food miles travelled. Oisín just recently purchased a refrigerated van and spends his days picking and preparing his vegetables for his customers, then he sends out a text and asks who would like a delivery and drives around to sell his produce to his customers—right out of the back of his van. Oisín works hard. His garden is free from pesticides and his focus on selling direct to the customer is fabulous. We can’t wait to see what he shows up with every week and are certain you will never be disappointed with what you buy from him. Make sure to keep an eye out for his vegetables at Hughes Supervalu too.

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I remember, growing up in Cloon village, there was a traveling shop that came around every Friday at 12 noon. During the summer months, we would wait patiently for it to stop next door at our neighbours in the hopes that she would throw us a few bullseyes sweets. So Oisín has not only returned to the land, he has returned to an old fashioned way of doing business. Selling his produce direct to his customers.

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A few days ago, Oisín popped over for a visit to us and Ron (my husband) made lunch for him. We had an old favourite called Panzanella which is just a simple bread salad, typically made in Italy during the height of tomato season. Ron had baked the loaf of bread and we used all of Oisín’s vegetables. There is not a salad any finer than this one. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Panzanella What you will need —450g bread, stale and oven dried —1 litre water (to soak the bread in) —1 red onion, sliced into ⅛" rings —Cucumber, cut into medium dice —120ml cider vinegar, —120ml extra virgin olive oil —360g ripe tomatoes, cut in ¼ or smaller —Salt & Pepper to taste How to prepare it The bread needs to be a crusty loaf and best to use a stale loaf. Cut it into cubes and air dry it overnight if you have time. Soak the dried bread in the water and squeeze out the excess water with your hands. Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl and sprinkle the salt and pepper over it to taste. The bread will soak up the juices from the tomatoes along with the olive oil and cider vinegar. Serve and eat immediately or can be refrigerated for a few hours. Over refrigeration of tomatoes really kill the flavour so it is not recommended.

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Local Notices

Bridge Column The Principle of Fast Arrival N/S vulnerable, Dealer North

Singing lessons will resume in Lackagh, Turloughmore Monday evening and Saturday morning from the last week in September.  Individual & group classes available for adults, teens and children of all levels and experience. Contact Siobhan Duggan on 087 852 7760.

North AKJ987 K7 84 542 West — 10 9 8 7 6 KQ2 AK763 South 5432 Q432 AJ963 —

Claregalway Parish is now on Facebook, with up to date news on the Parish. Why not like the page and share it with family and friends at home and especially abroad. 173 likes to date. Let’s aim for 300!

Bidding: Table 1 E S W N 1S P 4S P P P

St Jame’s Choir is now being set up. Practice will begin on Tuesday night 24th September at 8.15pm in Cairdeas.  Singers, musicians and former choir members are invited. No previous experience or levels of musical ability are required to join, just a willingness to join with the group and attend the weekly practice which is about one hour. People must be over 18 years of age. It is always nice a hear a choir at weekend Masses. Appeal for leader of Junior Choir— It is hoped to resume the Junior Choir soon. If interested please call the Parish Office on 091 798 741.

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Lead: CA N/S lose one spade, one heart and one diamond, making 4S for +620 to N/S Bidding: Table 2 E S W N 1S P 2S 3C 4S 5C Dbl P P Lead: SA E/W lose one heart and one diamond, making 5C* for -550 to N/S The Principle of Fast Arrival basically states if there is a chance of game, the weaker you are, the faster you bid it. In the case above, with only 7 HCP opposite what might be a minimum, bidding the spade game seems the correct approach and proves to be the winning move, giving a 1170 point swing to E/W.

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Every Monday evening at 7.30pm Claregalway Hotel, Lackagh Bridge Club meet. All are welcome. Every Friday morning at 10.30am in Claregalway Hotel, Friday Morning Bridge Club meet. All are welcome. Bridge lessons

Subject to sufficient numbers, Bridge lessons will be offered by the undersigned. Please contact me with ① contact details & ② times that you are available. Brian Place: 798 857 or bplace@iol.ie

Pictured are last month’s crossword winners Michael and Mary Keenan, Caherlea, following their meal in Khazana Indian Restaurant, Unit 13, Cois Chláir, Claregalway. Don’t forget to like our page at www.facebook.com/claregalway.info to keep up-to-date with local news. Also check out www.claregalway.info

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Oranmore to Galway in Seven Minutes Oranmore Station opened for services on Sunday 28th July last. It is served by a mixture of Galway / Dublin & Galway / Athenry / Limerick services, with 23 services calling at the station daily (Mon–Fri), 22 on Saturdays, and 15 on Sundays. The journey time from Oranmore to Galway City is just seven minutes, and customers can travel to Limerick, Dublin and a range of intermediate stations also. There has been significant growth of 17% in the numbers of commuters travelling by train between Athenry and Galway since the reopening of the Western Rail Corridor in 2010 and it is anticipated that numbers will grow even more with the opening of Oranmore. Funded by the National Transport Authority, the €3.3 million station was built as part of the Western Rail Corridor project.  It features a platform and ticket vending machine, with help points for those with mobility and sensory impairments.  Bicycle parking and car parking facilities are also provided.  The car park is owned and operated by Galway County Council and provides 140 spaces at the station. Below are examples of how much you can save by purchasing a Weekly or Monthly ticket from Iarnrod Éireann Irish Rail and even more savings through the Taxsaver System.  

Savings to/from Galway with Season Tickets and Taxsaver Systems Oranmore Weekly €29 Monthly €111 Athenry Weekly €40 Monthly €150     

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Claregalway Parish Sacrament Times  Mass Vigil (Sat.) 7.30pm   Sunday 9am & 11am            Monday–Saturday 9:30am Holydays Vigil Holyday First Friday

7:30pm 11am         9:30am & 7:30pm

Sacrament of Baptism         Baptisms are celebrated on the First Sunday of the month at 12noon and Third Saturday of the month at 16:00 (4pm). Booking Form available from the parish office. Sacrament of Marriage    Please contact Parish Office for booking form. Devotions Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament Wednesday 10am–6pm, First Friday 6pm–7.30pm                     Palm Sunday After 11am Mass to 4pm          Feast of Christ the King After 11am Mass to 4pm Novenas              Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Saturdays 9.30am                     

In preparation for the Feasts of   St.Patrick, Pentecost, Sacred Heart, Assumption, Immaculate Conception and Christmas.  Rosary Daily before morning Mass Weddings Ciara Spellman & Jonathan O’Gorman, Claregalway. Karen Long, Kiniska & Mark Jennings. Ronan Glynn, Lydican & Carla O’Brien, Omagh. Sandra Noone, Cahergowan & Noel Leonard, Carnmore. Welcome into our Christian Community Stephen Feeney, Tony Coffey & Jamie Mullins.  Congratulations to their parents, Godparents and families.

“Do this in Memory” Enrolment for Children who will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in 2014 will take place Saturday 28th September at 7.30pm. Please remember and pray for all the children and their families.

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Protecting Our Safety At times, we may not see eye to eye with our Gardaí, doctors, nurses, teachers and other emergency frontline workers when we moan about some event that didn’t go our way.

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hen sometimes events like the death of Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe who was killed in cold blood, seeing a teacher who has dedicated their life to their students, or coming across nurses and doctors who work ever hour to make sure their patients are looked after, make us realise what they have to do on a daily basis, as well as what they are willing and prepared to do for us! I have heard from some friends of mine what Gardaí, nurses and doctors have to go through at times and the horrifying experiences that some of them have to face so that we all might be safe! To them and all the front line staff of the various emergency and education services, I want to express sincere gratitude.

We are all at risk! A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer’s wife open a package. He was devastated to discover it was a mouse-trap! Retreating to the barnyard, the mouse shouted, “There is a mouse-trap in the house!” The big black chicken raised her head and said, “Mr Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.” The mouse then turned to Pinkie the Pig and told him there is a mousetrap in the house.” The pig said, “I am so very sorry, but there is nothing I can do.” The mouse turned to the cow. The cow said, “I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.” So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. That very night, a sound was heard, like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a rattlesnake who the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to get the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get

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well; she died. Lots of people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The moral of the story is that the next time you hear someone is facing a problem or is causing one, and think that it doesn’t concern you, it might be worth considering that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk! As was said recently, “all that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good people to remain silent”.   Thought for the month As your thought for the month, please remember the people of our emergency and education services and show them your gratitude for the good they do for each one of us so that we are able to enjoy the lives we lead. May the soul of Adrian Donohoe and all emergency workers who have died in the line of duty rest in peace and may that peace come into the lives of their families and colleagues as they deal with their heartbreaking loss.

by Ronan Scully

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Claregalway Tidy Towns 2013 Adjudication Report Claregalway Tidy Towns committee did trojan work in the community over the summer, planting flowers, landscaping and generally keeping the village tidy! The following is a report from the official Tidy Towns adjudicators, who visited Claregalway in June and assessed the area on a number of criteria, awarding Claregalway a total of 251 points out of a possible 400 (five points up on last year).

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he committee is commended on the completion of your excellent projects for the 2013 Tidy Towns Competition and it is great to see the appearance of Claregalway improving as a result of your hard work. Well done and keep up the good work.

Overall development approach We are delighted to welcome Claregalway to the 2013 Tidy Towns Competition. You have a good core membership of your group with 12 members and organising your workload by using subcommittees to cover issues such as fundraising, liaising with schools, and engaging with experts appears to be practical and effective. We are pleased to see that you have built strong links with the business community in Claregalway as well as links with the voluntary sector and it is heartening to read that many other voluntary groups in Claregalway such as the Community Development Association, the Active Retirement Group, the local youth group and the GAA are involved in your projects. It is also good to see that you have strong working relationships with Government and National Bodies such as the Heritage Council, OPW, NPWS and Galway County Council. Be sure to also contact Galway Rural Development to discuss your projects as they have been supportive of other tidy towns groups in the county.

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Your communication strategy is commendable as all forms of media are used—including Facebook. Have you considered setting up your own website to inform people about your actions and activities? We’re delighted to read that you have built such strong links with the schools by setting up a Junior Tidy Towns Committee and giving them ownership of some landscaping projects. Your application form was informative, but no map was included with the pack received by the adjudicator. Be sure to include the map for 2014 and you’re encouraged to give consideration to preparing a three to five-year tidy towns action plan as this will help you to identify, schedule and organise projects under each of the tidy towns categories. The built environment There is much more to the built environment of Claregalway than meets the eye. Whilst the modern buildings accommodate shops, hotels and other commercial units, we were quite surprised to find that there is a rich history to the village and a number of fine historical structures to provide evidence of this. Of particular significance, is the Castle on the Tuam Road. We were delighted to read that the refurbishment of the Castle is well advanced and it is a tremendous asset for the village. We particularly loved the Dragon on the roof! The ruins of

the old Abbey, the graveyard and of course the old bridge in the centre of the village are further historical features of note and we recommend that consideration is given to setting up a heritage trail (complete with information plaques and route map) in order to emphasise the heritage and history of the village. The many modern buildings that can be found looked well and it is good to see that business and property owners in Claregalway are taking such good care of the buildings. The adjudicator was particularly impressed with the appearance of the Arches Hotel, the Claregalway Hotel (with nice planters at the entrance), Hessions, the Thatch, the Centra, Supervalu and the attractive and modern Claregalway Shopping Centre behind Hughes. The Church and its grounds also looked particularly nice. We note your application form states that it is proposed to provide an information plaque telling the story of the spires, which can be found on Oranmore road. This sounds like a great idea as the spires were observed and the adjudicator wondered what the significance of this piece of public art is. Other buildings that looked particularly well during adjudication included the Educate Together School across from the Abbey, with its green flag proudly flying. It is disappointing to see that your work programme has been thrown into disarray by

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the roadworks involved in laying the sewage treatment pipe network. However, we have no doubt that your dedicated group will, along with the Council and others, get Claregalway back to looking its best in the near future. It is great to see that, despite the changes brought about by the roadworks, your projects have continued with local businesses such as Hessions, Supervalu and the Arches Hotel committed to improving their buildings and supporting the tidy towns effort. Landscaping The group should be proud of your efforts under this category for 2013 as a number of attractive planting beds were observed. A highlight for the adjudicator was the large planting bed in the centre of the village adjacent to the old bridge. This colourful and extensive bed with its broad diversity of planting, provides a lovely setting for the old bridge, a key historical structure in the village. The grounds of the church were also admired as it is clear that considerable time and energy has been spent maintaining them and it is pleasing to see that some of the businesses, such as the Claregalway Hotel and the adjacent Arches Hotel, also provide and maintain planting in the front car parks of their premises. The planted bank on the Oranmore road (close to the Spires), was most attractive and colourful as it provides a lovely impression for visitors on this approach and for the residential area adjacent to it. It is recommended that the prevalence of the Cotoneaster in the landscape beds outside the Arches Hotel and around the church should be monitored as this plant can flourish to the detriment of other plants. Consider cutting it back on an annual basis in order to provide for a better diversity of plant species. Please note that the section on the Franciscan Abbey that was included in the landscaping section in your entry form would be best included in the built environment section in future years. We were pleased to read that you have continued to provide

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planting tubs along the Main Street as well as place name plaques in addition to maintaining areas such as the church grounds and the arch sculpture. The work being undertaken at the new Cemetery is also to be commended but please ensure that the correct guidelines for working in cemeteries are followed. Wildlife & natural amenities We were delighted to read about your plans for a Riverwalk, as this would provide an excellent amenity for locals and visitors alike. However, it is also disappointing to note that support has been withdrawn from landowners and this threatens the project. It is recommended that you contact either Galway County Council or Galway Rural Development who may be able to put you in touch with other tidy towns groups in the county, who have provided similar amenities as they may be able to help you to resolve your difficulties. The Council or Galway Rural Development may also be able provide you with sources of advice on this matter and advise whether funding for heritage walks is available. We note your list of common birds to be found in the vicinity of the River and the Galway area. Are there any plans for a nature trail (with interpretive signage)? Perhaps the school would be interested in developing a nature trail in partnership with you.

Litter control The performance of Claregalway under this category, was generally good, particularly given the heavy volumes of traffic that passes through the village on a daily basis. The majority of areas observed were free from litter and where litter was spotted (in the Supervalu car park, at the entrance to the River Oaks Housing estate, in An Mhainistir and in the industrial estate), it was clear that its presence was a recent occurence. Therefore, this is considered to be a good performance and it demonstrates the vigilance of your committee as well as on your strong anti-litter message. Well done on your no litter signs and consider identifying blackspots for more frequent litter picks. Do other voluntary groups take part in your litter picks? Given that Claregalway is sizeable, have you considered asking voluntary groups or residents associations to adopt a roadway or roadway section? Sustainable waste management We would like to emphasise that the focus of this category is on minimising and eliminating the production of waste. Therefore, Tidy Towns groups are encouraged to raise awareness of the need to minimise and eliminate waste in their communities as well as undertaking actions that achieve this objective. Projects that could raise awareness include organising a waste Continued overleaf → 15


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Smoking Cessation John Duffy MPSI of Claregalway Pharmacy (091 799 754) has shared this information on stopping smoking. For more information, call in and speak with any member of staff. by John Duffy MPSI

Did you know? Every 6½ seconds someone in the world dies from tobacco use, meaning 1½ million people die needlessly each year. Every cigarette a person smokes can reduce their life by up to 5½ minutes. In Ireland, smoking is one of the leading causes of avoidable death. Nearly 7,000 people die each year from the effects of smoking and thousands of others are ill because of smokingrelated diseases. Reasons for giving up ❶ Better quality of life ❷ To be fitter/healthier ❸ To improve lung function ❹ To reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications in later life ❺ Financial reasons Health Benefits start straight away! ❶ Within 20 minutes circulation will improves, heart rate and blood pressure drop. ❷ Within 24–48 hours all the carbon monoxide will be eliminated. ❸ Within a few days sense of smell and taste will start to improve. ❹ After 72 hours breathing will improve and energy levels increase. ❺ Within 1 year the chance of heart attack drops by half and within 10 years the risk drops to almost the same as a non-smoker, or having never smoked.

What should I do? ❶ Keep a smoking diary to work out your smoking pattern and spot your triggers. ❷ Write down realistic ways to deal with or avoid situations that trigger you to smoke. ❸ Set a quit date and work towards it. ❹ Use relaxation techniques and rewards to reinforce not smoking, with all the money you are saving you can afford to treat yourself! ❺ Remind yourself of the 4 Ds: Distract, Delay, Drink water, Deep breathe ❻ Consider getting support from the HSE smoking cessation service. Further information and advice is available online at www.quit.ie or by calling to Claregalway Pharmacy (open 9am–8pm Monday–Friday and 7pm on Saturday). Tel/fax 091 799 754.

→ minimisation and home composting seminar with Galway County Council. The committee should also consider how it can minimise waste generation when carrying out its own projects. Examples could include rainwater harvesting, growing your own plants and making your own compost from domestic waste and waste from your planting schemes. More ideas on waste minimisation projects can be found in the Tidy Towns Handbook. This category also provides excellent opportunities for joint projects with your local green schools who are also interested in minimising waste produced. It is noted that the committee has been successful in securing a location for the bottle banks in the Corporate Park and you are to be commended on this. However, it is strongly recommended that this is considered to be a temporary solution as its location is not considered to be convenient to most parts of the town and it appears to be convenient to car users only. It is recommended that a location is found that is convenient to everybody— pedestrians, cyclists and car users—as this will help to ensure that the greatest number of people engage in recycling in Claregalway. Has the car park of the supermarket or shops been considered as a possible location?

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Carnmore National School John Reilly

091 798 718

Compántas Lir Drama Dermot Hession

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Conradh na Gaeilge Anna Glynn

091 798 351

Claregalway & District Day Care Centre

Geraldine Carr

086 227 4139

Claregalway Cemetery Maintenance

Malachy Noone

087 133 3711

Claregalway Cemetery Caretaker

Seamus O’Connell

087 313 7282

Claregalway Educate Together N.S. Terri Claffey

091 798 356

Claregalway Folk Choir Anne Moylan

087 638 6626

Claregalway National School Carmel Burns

091 798 720

Claregalway Parish Office Teresa Payne

091 798 741

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Warning to Graveyard Visitors People are asked to be extra vigilant with property around graveyards. Ongoing warnings are being issued as cemeteries are continuously been targeted by criminals as easy targets. Last week saw another family who visited the grave of a loved one who passed away only days earlier, returned to their car and found the window broken and personal items stolen for the car. Warnings are continuously been issued to all people who are visiting graves of loved ones in the local cemeteries in surrounding areas not to leave anything visible in their cars when going into the graveyards. The recent series of quick hand bag thefts from people within the parish is greatly upsetting and persons who see anything suspicious should immediately report it to the Gardaí. There have been a number of break-ins to cars at the Lackagh Old Cemetery where cars have stopped and people have broken into cars and taken off again quickly. Claregalway, Cregg and Lackagh New Cemetery have also been the targets in recent times and while notices at entrances to the cemeteries to warn the public not to leave anything valuable or otherwise in their cars when attending the graveyard has been put in place in many cemeteries, a call has also been made to people who frequently pass the area to take note of anything suspicious at any time and report it to the relevant authorities. People are also warned that putting a hang bag of belongings in the boot of a car is not the solution either, as car windows have been opened and the boot flicked open.  

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Update from Local Councillor Jim Cuddy Feel free to contact me any day or evening at 798 136 or mobile 087 636 0242 or you can email me at jcuddy@cllr.galwaycoco.ie New footpaths and Traffic Calming I am delighted to say that after years of campaigning for the Council to put in footpaths and traffic calming measures on the N18 outside the Claregalway National School that the work is nearing completion. What is really speeding up the work was the fact that the new secondary school was being opened in the Corporate Park at the beginning of September. The long awaited pedestrian cross opposite the school is also being provided as well as a second one near the entrance to the Corporate Park. This is to be welcomed and should improve the safety for the children in particular. When the work was starting on the footpaths I asked the Director of Services to ensure that a cycle lane would also be provided. I have since been told that to provide a separate cycling land along with the two footpaths would make the road too narrow as the paths along a National Primary Road have to be a specific width. In order to get over the problem the Council have informed me that the wide paths could also be used as cycle lanes and that signage to that effect would be erected. Along with the footpaths some additional street lighting is also being provided. New School Facilities I very much would like to welcome the addition of classrooms to the Claregalway National School and this will go some distance towards dealing with the very crammed conditions in the school. Coláiste Bhaile Chláir has also opened on its temporary site and I would like to welcome the Principal Mr. Mongey and his staff, and wish them and the first pupils of this school fulfilment and success. Annual collection of electrical goods The Environment section of the Council have arranged the collection of old

electrical goods again this year. The collection date is September 26th and electrical goods can be left on the day at the Car Park of the Claregalway Community Centre for free collection. I must point out that only electrical goods should be left for collection. Last year other items were left and this caused a problem for the Community Centre Committee. If items other than electrical are left this year I fear that this service may not be available in the future. Again I want to thank the Community Centre Committee on your behalf for making this area available for the collection again this year. Hedge & Grass trimming It is that time of year again when many requests are received for hedge trimming and cutting of grass verges. I have been informed by the Area Engineer that it is hoped to start this work in early September now that the bird nesting season is over. Some roads have already been done but they were done under the roads programme. In order to get as much done as possible I have already allocated discretionary funding towards the cost of doing this work and I have also submitted a list of roads to be done. Warning Notice at Claregalway Graveyard Over the past year a number of vehicles parked outside the graveyard while their owners were tending to the graves of their loved ones were broken into. The matter was raised by me at the most recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee and it was agreed that this was an issue for the County Council to address. In the meantime I would ask that people lock their vehicles and make sure that there is nothing left exposed that might attract criminals. Jim

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Bailiúcháin Saor in Aisce d’Fhearais Leictreachais Tí Tá Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe agus WEEE Ireland ag cur seirbhís bailiúcháin fearais leictreachais tí ar fáil don phobal arís i mbliana. Is deis é seo seanchuisneoirí, oigheain, meascthóir, gutháin póca, aon earraí a bhfuil cadhnraí iontu nó a bhfuil plugóid orthu, a thabhairt uait agus a athchúrsáil. Tá an tseirbhís seo ar fáil saor in aisce.

Beidh na bailiúcháin seo a leanas ar siúl ar an Déardaoin 26ú Meán Fómhair 2013 ag: • Baile Átha an Rí, Co. na Gaillimhe - Comharchumann Arrabawn (The Mill), 10rn go 1in Bóthar Bhaile Átha Cliath • Baile Chláir, Co. na Gaillimhe - Ionad Pobail

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Grow it Yourself September 2013

by Michael Kelly—founder GIY Ireland

Though it can be kind of arduous and time consuming, I enjoy the process of braiding onions and garlic to store them for the winter months. It’s one of those little skills that you pick up as a GIYer that makes you feel like a more valued member of the human race —so rare in this age of iPhones, iPads and Instagram to be doing something really useful with your hands.

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love the idea of having this small but useful skill that can perhaps be passed on to my own kids when they’re older (assuming they will be interested!). There is also something incredibly satisfying about getting the job done and seeing the results of your handiwork hanging up in the kitchen. Braiding is really is one of those things that you have to be shown I think—I could write about it in detail here but you would be more bamboozled at the end than at the start. So, try and find someone who can show you how (your local GIY group might be a good place to start) or search out a video on YouTube as a second best option. I use the same method for onions and shallots—with a strong loop of twine as the starting point. It’s absolutely crucial that the onions and garlic are completely dried out before storing—even a tiny bit of moisture in the onion can cause it to rot and because they are in such proximity in the braid, a single rotting onion can quickly take the rest of the braid with it. I dry mine in the potting shed, and it can take up to a month, depending on how much moisture is in the air. I’ve heard of people employing a hair dryer to dry the necks of onions in a braid—I might resort to that yet! Things to do this October Pot up herbs to grow inside over the winter. Continue to lift crops that have finished harvesting and clean up the beds. Sow over-wintering green manures. If you are going to cover empty beds down with manure for the winter, the earlier you do it the better. Try and find a good source of farmyard manure if you don’t have your own—cow, horse, pig, sheep and chicken manure are all great sources of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for your soil. Cut autumn fruiting raspberry canes down to the ground. Sow: You can sow hardy varieties of peas and broad beans later this month for an early spring crop but only do so in well-drained soil. In the polytunnel get a crop of cauliflower and carrots going over the winter. Plant selected varieties of garlic and winter onion sets.

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Harvest: Depending on the weather, the harvest may well continue in to October—pumpkins, squashes, courgette, apples, pears etc. It’s the last hurrah however for peas, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers and chilli-peppers. Continue to harvest wild mushrooms, elderberry, blackberries, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, swedes, celeriac, turnip, beetroot, celery, leeks & cabbage. Tip of the Month—Keep on sowing Broad beans—autumn sown broad beans are ready a good month before spring-sown and they don’t get black fly. Try variety aquadulce or supersimonia. Pea—Ditto for autumn sown peas—try variety Meteor. Sugarsnap peas—you might be able to get early varieties of sugarsnaps such as Snow Pea Gigante Svizzero—growth will be slow but you will get small pods early next year. Garlic—plant cloves one inch below the surface. Onions, Spring onions—Autumn sown onions will be harvested earlier than spring-sown. Try varieties Electric, Radar or Shakespeare. Sow some spring onions too— White Lisbon is a good option.. Winter lettuce—you can still sow some really hardy varieties of winter lettuce—cover with fleece in cold weather. Try Winter Gem. Spinach—the beauty of sowing spinach at this time of the year is that it won’t bolt (which is the great blight of growing spinach earlier in the year). Oriental greens—get some oriental greens going now and you can enjoy fresh greens all winter. GIY aims to create a healthier, more sustainable world where people grow their own food. We bring people together in community groups & online to share tips & knowledge. We also run events and programmes to inspire and support people to grow their own. GIY is a registered charity (CHY 18920) and supported by Woodies DIY. Support our work by becoming a member of GIY for €25 and receive a member’s pack with seeds, member’s card, GROW magazine, grower’s guides & more. www.giyireland.com 21


Back row L–R: Jimmy Gavin, Rebecca Hansberry, Eimile Gavin, Orla Murphy, Ruth Horkan, Eva Gilmore, Aislinn Newell, Deirdre Cullina, Rachel Fahy, Anna Goldrick, Laura Field, Christina Hanley, Siobhan Gavin, Karen Dowd, Marty Dowd, Elaine Goldrick. Front row L–R: Gerry Moran, Grace Cahill, Megan Glynn, Louise Brennan, Niamh Fahy, Michelle Dunleavey, Siofra Leonard, Ciara Burke, Elle Glynn, Caoimhe Moran, Andrea Glynn, Aisling Murphy.

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Another Win for Claregalway Minor Ladies Claregalway Minor Ladies put in a brilliant performance last Saturday in Caltra to capture the Mairead Meehan Trophy for the first time in our Clubs history. Like last year this was a high quality well contested game between the best to Minor Teams in the County. Claregalway playing into a slight breeze lead at halftime by 2–4 to 1–5. Halfway into the second half Claregalway had opened up a seven point lead but the holders weren’t giving up their title easy and hit the next 2–1 to draw the sides level. From there to the end it was the Claregalway ladies who took control to hit 1–3 without a reply to win on a score of 5–11 to Kilkerrin/Clonberns 3–11. Dual Star Michelle Dunleavey was awarded the Player of the Match. Captain Siofra Leonard accepted the Trophy before heading off to celebrate her 18th Birthday that evening. Eight of the recent Galway Minor Team that won the All-Ireland were in action four on each side.

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Claregalway Capture North Board Title

Back row L–R: Mark Coyle, Padraig Kearney, Patrick Griffin, Andrew Dolan, Conor O’Reilly, Tom O’Reilly, Craig Hansberry, Harry Connolly, Damien Dolan, Darran Hennessy, Ryan Murray, Liam Egan, Chris Carroll. Front row L–R: Ryan Manning, Eoin Flaherty, Kevin Ruane, Kevin Brennan, Ben Creaven, Peter O’Connor, Cathal Evans, Paul Fahy, Damien Culkin, Keith Herwood, Jason Donnellan, Mark Rohan. Missing from photo: Andrew Connolly. Team Management: Paul Concannon, Shane Moylan, Cormac Evans, Jerry O’Sullivan, Keith McDermott, Alan Daly, Sean Flanagan.

Claregalway 2–9 | Moutbellew-Moylough 1–6 Claregalway came out on top in Tuam Stadium on the 13th of September in the North Board Minor A final. This was a historic day for Claregalway GAA Club, as the last Minor Football title wins for the Club were in 1991 when Claregalway won both the North Board and Co. Championship B titles. by Shane Moylan

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ountbellew-Moylough playing with a strong breeze into the scoreboard end had the ball in the Claregalway net after only two minutes of play, scored by half back Noel McDonagh. Claregalway responded five minutes later with a great point from Benny Creaven. Ryan Manning added another after twelve minutes to leave one point between the sides. Mark Rohan then added three more points for Claregalway before the break while Mountbellew-Moylough could only manage one score from Michael Daly, leaving the half time score Claregalway 0–5 Mountbellew-Moylough 1–1. Claregalway were fast off the mark in the second half scoring 1–4 without reply in the first 10 minutes, with Ryan Manning scoring 1–2, and Ben Creaven and Mark Rohan a point each. Eoin Finnerty and Michael Kelly then pulled two back for Mountbellew-Moylough to leave the score 1–9 to 1–3 after 14 minutes of the half. But the game was

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effectively over as a contest when a Mark Rohan cross bounced in the square and ended up in the net to put Claregalway nine points in front with ten minutes left on the clock. Mountbellew-Moylough added three more points and battled until the end as they tried in vain to get the goal to put them back in the game. But the excellent Claregalway defence & goalkeeper Liam Egan held firm to keep them out to win the first Minor A championship for Claregalway. Joyous scenes followed the final whistle as the large Claregalway crowd invaded the pitch to celebrate with the players. JP Kelly presented the cup to the Claregalway captain Cathal Evans, and Mark Rohan was selected Man of the Match. Bonfires greeted the team as they returned to Claregalway. This was an excellent performance from the Claregalway team against a very tough opposition. They look forward to playing the Co. final V Moycullen or Carraroe on October 13th. Please come & support the lads!

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U12 Girls National Finals Winners

Claregalway/Lackagh U12 Girls celebrate receiving gold medals and trophy in Athlone IT after winning the National Final. Back row L–R: Rosanna Martyn, Chellene Trill, Medb McCarthy, Emma Slevin, Kate Slevin, David Flaherty (Coach). Front row L–R: John Donovan (Coach), Clodagh Grealish, Niamh McGrath, Sinead Murray, Sinead Donovan (C), Rhiann Heery, Leanne Frawley, Rosin McCarthy.

Claregalway/Lackagh U12 Girls soccer team competed in the U12 Girls 7-a-side competition at Community Games National Finals in Athlone IT on Saturday & Sunday 17th–18th August.

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n Saturday 17th, a semi-final match versus a much fancied Listowel Team (Munster) was contested by both teams to the enjoyment of players, supporters and officials. Early saves by Rosanna Martyn in first half coupled with rock solid defending from Sinead Murray and Medb McCarthy built confidence right through team. Constant running up front by Roisin McCarthy and Leanne Frawley caused upset in opposition area during first half. Claregalway/Lackagh took the lead on eight minutes of first half when an inswinging corner from the very impressive Sinead Donovan was deflected into the net last touching a Listowel defender. The rustiness of two months layoff playing competitive soccer was showing in Claregalway/Lackagh as they

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continued the remainder of first half and into second half of game creating multiple chances but failing to score an allusive second goal to secure the game. This proved costsly as two minutes into injury time in second half, Listowel scored an equaliser. As ten minutes-a-side extra time loomed, Claregalway/Lackagh continued to make the better chances while Listowel remained dangerous and excellent on counter attacks. Four minutes into second half, a cross was handled in Listowel area and resulting penalty dispatched to back of net by Sinead Donovan. The game was closed out with very impressive team display by all players. On Sunday 18th, Claregalway/ Lackagh were playing final versus Fanad Utd from Donegal, who were runner-ups in this competition for

last two years. Both teams served up a superb game of football with chances for both sides in early minutes. As the game settled, Claregalway/ Lackagh started to take control of game. Clodagh Grealish in goals was a safe pair hands swallowing up any danger in close proximity to goal while Niamh McGrath with a goliath performance in centre of defence saw off multiple attacks and set up counter attacks with long kicks out of defence. Tactics came into play with Chellene Trill, marking Fanad's most dangerous player, was immense in text book demonstration of marking a single player during game and removing main source of attacking in Fanad team. The midfield engine room led by Sinead Donovan and Rhiann Heery was the significant edge that was evident in the first second to the last second of both games. The ground covered in both defending and attacking was a joy to watch and both girls rose to the occasion leading by example. Sisters Kate and Emma Slevin were instrumental in cementing midfield control and attacking Fanad goal. A corner after twelve minutes resulted in a carbon copy of goal scored in semi-final the previous day. Sinead Donovan curled over a cornerkick which deflected off an opposition defender at front post and into the goal. A first half played with free flowing football ended with Claregalway/ Lackagh on top. The second half of final was as entertaining as first with both teams making end to end attacks and defending resolutely. In the final ten minutes of second half, a superb Rhiann Heery corner was volleyed by Sinead Donovan only to hit crossbar and the score to stay at one nil. Unbridled joy at final whistle for players, parents and supporters was a sight to behold and Claregalway/ Lackagh creating history being the first team to win this competition in a 7-a-side format and bringing gold home. Niamh McGrath, Sinead Donovan and Rhiann Heery made this their second National title in as many months as the three girls were also ↗

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part of Claregalway/Lackagh U13 Indoor Community Games team who won earlier this year. Having one title in a year is special and having two gold medals is a massive achievement for all three girls and worthy of mention. All players play regularly with local soccer club Cregmore Claregalway FC.

Many thanks to players, parents & families, supporters and the Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games committee who supported the team at every step of competition. It is also our thanks to players, management and supporters who attended hurling final who also supported girls after hurling final ended and we wish hurling team our congratulations in their fantastic result. We are indeed a community blessed with very talented players, several of whom remain eligible for this competition next year!

Claregalway Ladies GAA September News Claregalway Minor Ladies put in a brilliant performance last Saturday in Caltra to capture the Mairead Meehan Trophy for the first time in our Clubs history. On the previous Wednesday Claregalway had accounted for Corofin on a score of 2–15 to 1–6 in the semi-final to reach the Final for the second time. In the Final Claregalway played into a slight breeze lead at halftime by 2–4 to 1–5.

With less than ten minutes remaining the sides were level but it was the Claregalway ladies who took control from there to the end, hitting 1–3 without a reply to win on a score of 5–11 to Kilkerrin/ Clonbern’s 3–11. Dual Star Michelle Dunleavey was awarded the Player of the Match. Captain Siofra Leonard accepted the Trophy before heading off to celebrate her 18th Birthday that evening. Claregalway now go on the represent Galway in the Connaught Minor Club Championship where they face Mayo Champions Westport in their next Game. Team D Cullina, E Gilmore, R Horkan, E Glynn, K Dowd, E Gavin, O Murphy, S Gavin, M Glynn, A Newell, S Leonard, C Burke, G Cahill, M Dunleavey, L Brennan, N Fahy, R Hansberry, C Moran, C Hanley, L Field, A Goldrick, R Fahy, A Murphy, A Glynn, C Moran, S Doyle, K Gallagher, E Keane, D Keane.

Claregalway/Lackagh U12 Girls pictured before National Final. Back row L–R: Clodagh Grealish, Rosin Mc Carthy, Sinead Murray, Sinead Donovan (C), Niamh Mc Grath, Rhiann Heery. Front row L–R: Rosanna Martyn, Leanne Frawley, Emma Slevin, Chellene Trill, Medb Mc Carthy, Kate Slevin.

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On Saturday 28th of September the U14 Girls Green Panel travel to Kilmacud Crokes in Dublin for their annual U14 Sevens Competition. This is normally a great day’s football and also a much looked forward too night away for the Girls. Intermediate Training on Wednesday at 7:30pm in Claregalway and the County Final replay with Clonbur has been fixed for Sunday October 6th in Monivea.

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