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Creativity and quality at Shorelines

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Goat in a Boat by Donnacha Cahill at Shorelines.

Musicians Donal Lunny, Philip King, Zoe Conway, Máirtín O’Connor, Tommy Hayes and Sonny Condell, writers Thomas McCarthy, Geraldine Mills, Donal Ryan and Geraldine Mitchell, and artists including Mary O’Connor, Lisa Griffin, Ann McKenna, Debbie Chapman and Joe O’Shaughnessy ensured this year’s Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna was a quality weekend.

The Workhouse Gallery hosted the largest exhibition to date, with work from local and visiting artists.  Other exhibitions included a display of writing by Portumna Community School TY students for We Are the Poets, a collaboration with the Laureate na nÓg, Sarah Crossan. That was in the Library.

Portumna Camera Club explored the ever-changing world for their portrait exhibition at the Castle Gallery, Nothing is Ever Still. Portrait photography from Youthreach members was also displayed there.  Shorelines celebrated 50 years of Portumna Mart as Kerry Kissane, Brendan Hoary, Jim Hynes, Michael Molamphy and Joshua St John recorded moments there – these are now on permanent display in the mart.

The Goat in the Boat, a community sculpture created by Donnacha Cahill, reflecting the festival’s creativity and fun, was supported by the County Council Arts Office.

Portumna Community School exhibited students’ art and hosted past students and ceramics graduates Jessica Canning and Emma O’Toole.

The Festival opening, held in the school, included a performance of the PCS Chamber Choir, directed by Emma Brogan, while students who participated in Galway 2020’s writing workshops, read their pieces. Singer Ultan Conlon closed the evening, which was sponsored by Athenry Credit Union.

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

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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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Three refused bail on violent disorder charges

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Longford Courthouse

Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.

Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.

Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.

An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.

Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.

Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.

Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.

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