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Back on top of sporting world – three years after losing his leg

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Blade runner: Alex Lee in training for his world test.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – In a quiet coffee shop on a wet afternoon in the heart of Galway, Alex Lee sips from his latté, unfazed by the astonishing tale he tells so candidly.

From losing a leg in a football match and leaving UHG in a wheelchair . . . to, three years later, running for Ireland at the Para World Games in Dubai, which are taking place at the moment.

It was March 2016 when the former Mervue United star’s life was turned upside down, doing one of the things he loved the most – playing soccer.

“It was a Connacht Cup game on a Sunday morning,” he recalls. “I went for a 50-50 kind of a ball and went to shoot and another lad went to block it.

“Straight away I knew there was something wrong. My foot was pointing one way my leg was pointing the other way. I just grabbed my leg and let out a roar to let people know that it wasn’t right.

“I had been in hundreds of tackles before and I just knew straight away that this was kind of different.”

The Renmore man, an Irish and Geography teacher at St Joseph’s (The Bish), has endured a tumultuous three years to say the least.

He was immediately rushed to University Hospital Galway. Six weeks and 14 surgeries later, he left, wheelchair-bound after having his right leg amputated below the knee.

Having gone from League of Ireland football and representing his country in development squads at youth level, the then-26-year old was left to piece together the very fabric of his life.

From menial tasks like getting into his house to major undertakings like learning to walk on a prosthetic, Alex recounts the struggles that tested his resolve in the early days of his recovery.

“It was just small things like getting in and out of the shower, just even getting into my house; we had to get a ramp put in for me just for me to be able to use the wheelchair to get into the house for about three months,” he says.
This is a preview only. To read the rest of Alex’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

 

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Council on standby for Storm Jorge flooding

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Galway City Council crews will be on standby from Saturday afternoon as Storm Jorge is set to hit the West coast, bringing very strong winds, rain and potential for flooding.

The Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team met today and will be holding meetings tomorrow and Saturday to monitor the weather forecast and put in place a plan to deal with any potential flooding or wind damage.

Storm Jorge – which was named by Spanish meteorological services and adopted by Met Éireann and the UK’s Met Office to avoid confusion – will see a Status Orange wind warning in place from 6am Saturday to 3am Sunday. A Status Yellow rain warning will be in place in Galway from midnight tonight until midnight Saturday.

The storm will bring southwest, veering west and later northwest winds with means speeds of 65-80km/h and gusts of 110-130km/h.

Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30mm are expected and Met Éireann has warned of an increased risk of coastal flooding.

The City Council will have crews on standby from 2pm on Saturday and will close the two public carparks in Salthill if it is considered necessary.

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Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’

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Some of the 'movie money' which has been seized.

Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.

The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.

Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.

Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.

“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.

“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.

“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.

“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.

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Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel

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Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.

Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.

 

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