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Dunne's Galway are back in the big time

GALWAY will have a team in the top flight of Irish football for the first time since 2011 after Tommy Dunne's side secured promotion last night.

Already 2-1 up from the away leg of their promotion/relegation playoff against UCD, Galway had one foot in the Premier Division before last night's second leg.

And a 3-0 victory in front of a big crowd at Eamon Deacy Park sealed a 5-1 aggregate win for Dunne's side, who will revert to their name of Galway United in the Premier Division next season.

Gary Shanahan put Galway 1-0 up just before half time and Ryan Manning, who set up the opening goal, scored a second on 71 minutes. Alex Byrne made it 3-0 to make sure for Galway and end UCD's stay in the top flight.

Owen Heary has made his first moves in the transfer market since taking over as Sligo Rovers boss with a raid on his former club.

Steven Beattie, Kevin Devaney and Dinny Corcoran, who all starred for Bohemians last season, have agreed terms with Sligo while ex-Bohs man Keith Ward (Dundalk) is also on his way to Sligo.