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Boxers pack a punch on the international stage

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Haringey Cup champion, Gabriel Dossen.

Two Galway boxers starred on the international stage in the past week, with Oughterard boxer Kieran Molloy (19) claiming bronze at prestigious Chemistry World Cup of Olympic Boxing in Germany; while Knocknacarra’s Gabriel Dossen took gold – and the Best Male Boxer award – at the Haringey Cup in England.

Molloy was part of the Irish Elite Team that competed in the tournament, with the team coming fifth on the medal table, winning one silver and four bronze.

Fighting at welter (69kg), Molloy met German champion, Richard Meineckie, in the last 16, and soon silenced the home crowd when landing some powerful head and body shots in the first eround, before ending the bout early in the second round, the German having no answer to a six-punch combination, resulting in the referee stepping in to stop the contest.

Molloy faced another national champion in his quarter-final, meeting Slovakia’s Thomas Zold, who had beaten Qatar’s Rio Olympian, Thulasi Tharumalingan in the previous round. This was a fight of two hard punchers with Molloy dominating the contest from start to finish, giving the Slovakian a standing count in the final round.

That set-up a daunting semi-final against Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias Sotolong, a fighter who won light welterweight bronze in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and gold in London eight years later.

The first round was a very close with both boxers testing each other with the Cuban just edging the round. Molloy put more pressure on the Cuban in the second round, landing the more scoring punches with his three-punch combinations to take the round.

The scores on all five judges’ cards were level going in to the third and final round. Molloy started the round aggressively, landing three-punch combinations with the right hook to the head being very effective. In the second minute of the round the Cuban came back, missing Molloy’s right hook and counter attacking. In the last minute of the round Molloy started putting Sotolongo on the back foot with aggressive attack after attack to the sound of the bell.

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

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Drinks set to flow again in two landmark Galway premises

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Two popular Galway pubs that had been closed are to be given a new lease of life by an extended family.

The refurbishment of the former Central Bar in Woodquay has been almost completed and new owner Michael Gilmore will open the doors this weekend – just in time for the busy Christmas season.

The pub, in recent years known as The Lough Inn, had closed during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Mr Gilmore is a well-known publican in the city, running the Cellar Bar on Eglinton Street and Seven on Bridge Street. He also has a pub in the heart of Westport called An File.

Earlier this year his two nephews, Mark and Vinny Gilmore, bought Kelehan’s in Bushypark. They are overseeing a major overhaul on the large premises after many years behind closed doors.

Due to setbacks with building supplies, a planned opening by Christmas has now been pushed back until the spring.


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Warning to parents after Galway homes raided in child sexual abuse material investigation

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A senior Garda, who heads up Galway’s Protective Services unit, has advised parents to ‘tune into’ the daily dangers lurking on the internet in relation to child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

Detective Inspector Peter Conlon – who confirmed that four search warrants had been issued to search residences in the city over recent weeks for CSAM – urged all parents and guardians closely monitor their children’s access to the internet.

He told the Galway City Tribune it was critical that parents did not allow their children ‘unfettered access’ to the internet given the prevalence of sexual predators – often from other jurisdictions – who were trawling the net to make contact with children.

“Children may believe that they are making contact with other children but instead it may be adults seeking to establish a relationship with them and to get pictures of them.


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“I would ask all parents to seriously and carefully consider the age at which they should give mobile phones to their children – any such decision needs to be age appropriate and where this happens it needs to be monitored closely by the parents,” said Det Insp Conlon.

He also said that parents and guardians should acquaint themselves, where practical, with the latest technologies which make it possible for them to be linked into their children’s phone or devices to monitor content and contacts at all times.

The searches in the city over the past two weeks resulted in the seizure of laptops and other electronic devices from three residences – they are currently being examined in detail by Garda technical experts at their regional HQ in Renmore. Det Insp Conlon said that while there had been no arrests in the city following the latest searches, the course of their investigations would be determined by the content and material found in the devices seized.

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Just 85 affordable homes to be built in Galway City by 2025

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  A total of just 85 affordable homes will be built in Galway City during the remainder of the Government’s lifetime, it was revealed during a debate in the Seanad this week.

An animated Senator Ollie Crowe (FF) told Seanad Éireann that there would be “riots on the streets of Galway” at the disappointing news that was imparted to him by a junior minister.

In the Dáil, Junior Housing Minister, Malcolm Noonan, confirmed that it was planned to provide 85 affordable homes as part of a Merlin Woods development between now and 2025.

He understood that there were sites identified for affordable housing schemes in other parts of the city, but no applications had been received for funding.

“Housing delivery in Galway City Council is a matter for Galway City Council and it is down to the local authority to strike the balance in respect of social and affordable housing delivery.

“If the Senator feels that the local authority is not delivering enough in that regard, it is really a matter for them to drive a more ambitious agenda. The Department will not be found wanting in funding schemes,” Minister Noonan added.

But Senator Crowe yesterday told the Galway City Tribune that it was an incredibly disappointing and unacceptable answer that there would only be 85 new builds when it came to affordable homes.

(Image: Minister Malcolm Noonan said the new Merlin Woods development will include 85 affordable homes).
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article,  see the December 9 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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