By Mike Rafferty
LAST month Colemanstown United were bestowed with the greatest off-field honour possible thanks to their selection as FAI Club of the Year and for the opening quarter of their first team return to action at the weekend, it looked like they had overdone the celebrations as they found themselves really struggling and two down against West Coast United.
However, once they blew the cobwebs off and settled into this First Division contest in Letterfrack, Colemanstown United staged a marvellous recovery to level matters by the break and, then, eventually emerge with a 5-3 win.
In an open contest that was a credit to both sides, it was the home outfit who seized the initiative as goals by Noel Varley and Alan Walsh had them two up, before the visitors got the legs pumping and finishes by Jason Finn (penalty) and John O’Brien had the sides tied at 2-2 at the interval.
Continuing where they left off on the resumption, Colemanstown took the lead on the hour mark when Geordan Kenny fired them ahead, only for an own goal to cancel that out and leave matters tied at 3-3. However, with chances going abegging at both ends, it was the visitors who scored twice in the closing stages through Shane Reilly and Sean Walsh to complete the perfect recovery and seal the 5-3 win.
The new season also kicked off with a Connemara derby clash in Carraroe and where opening half goals by Chris Ó Biadha and Temi Kuku gave newly promoted Cois Fharraige a 2-0 win over MacDara in their first ever game in the division.
There was no separating Knocknacarra and Dynamo Blues in Cappagh Park as the sides shared four goals in a 2-2 draw. Adam Nolan and Cathal MacDonnacha were on the mark for the home side with Leon Tighe and Eanna Donnellan responding for the Tuam side.
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Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’
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.
Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel
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.
Three refused bail on violent disorder charges
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.