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A refreshed Galway United keen to sustain title charge

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Galway United’s Killian Brouder on the ball against Kurtis Byrne of Bray Wanderers at Eamonn Deacy Park in April. The teams renew league rivalry on Friday night.

GALWAY United return to action after the midseason break with a trip to the east coast on Friday to take on a Bray Wanderers side that has found a bit of form after a poor start to the campaign (7.45pm).

John Caulfield says the midseason break came at the right time for his side, and he gave his players the first week off to recharge the batteries, before returning to training last Monday week as they head into the second half of the season right in the frame for the title.

“If you had said to me before the start of the season that we would go into the midseason break just a point off the top, I’d have been happy with that. Cork are right up there, as expected, and Waterford are on a great run, and have a new manager as well.

“Longford maybe have an outside shot, but you have to think that the title is between ourselves, Cork and Waterford, so there are an exciting few months ahead, and we are looking forward to the challenge,” he told Tribune Sport this week.

The meeting in the Carlisle Grounds is between two sides who have as good as identical records against each other: in the 70 previous meetings between the sides, there have been 27 wins apiece and 16 draws, with United just shading the scoring tally with 92 goals across those 70 games as opposed to 91 for Bray.

United have had the edge this season, recording a 3-1 win in the Carlisle Grounds in March, and following that with a 2-0 win at Eamonn Deacy Park in April, as Bray made a poor start to the season, losing their first three games.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
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