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Callanan retires but staying with Galway hurlers as goalkeeping coach

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Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan who has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. The Kinvara clubman is pictured with Niall Burke after the county's long-awaited All-Ireland triumph in 2017.

GALWAY’S 2017 All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Colm Callanan may have made peace with his decision to retire from inter-county hurling after 13 years, but he says he is hugely excited to be staying on as the Tribesmen’s goalkeeping coach in Shane O’Neill’s backroom team.

Earlier this week, Callanan released a heartfelt statement calling time on his illustrious inter-county career — a career which yielded an All-Ireland senior medal, two National League titles, two Leinster SHC titles, and an All-Star in 2015. He agrees there were many highlights.

“For sure, yeah. I mean, even to be involved with Galway was a highlight in itself,” states the 37-year-old. “Obviously, 2017 is going to stand out, big time, with all that went on that year and all that we did and all that we won.

“But, yeah, there were lots of other big games as well throughout the years, such as the semi-final trilogy with Tipperary in 2015, ’16 and ’17; a couple of National Leagues that we won; and I remember a few big games against Clare. So, they will always be things you will be able to look back on.”

Noting that his announcement to retire was not “a snap decision”, he outlines he had pretty much made up his mind after they were knocked out of this year’s championship by Dublin at Parnell Park. “I knew that evening that there was a good chance that I wouldn’t be back there again,” he says.

“Kinvara then had a good run of it over the last few weeks and that probably delayed things a little bit because I was ready to make an announcement a number of weeks ago. I let a few people close to me know the craic. It is done now and, to be honest, I am okay with it. I have reconciled with the decision in my own head, so it is just time to move on.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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