Galway United 1
Shamrock Rovers 2
GALWAY United were knocked out of the FAI Cup in the cruellest of fashions on Friday night when former player, Lee Grace, headed home the winner in the third minute of injury time to snatch the win for the visitors.
In truth, Rovers were the better outfit, but if ever a team deserved reward for guts and courage and just digging-in in the face of almost overwhelming pressure, then this was it.
What made it all the more galling was the fact that it was two former United players who inflicted the mortal blows, with Aaron Greene popping up with a 55th minute equaliser after the Tribesmen had opened the scoring in the 34th minute.
Alan Murphy kept faith with the same starting XI that knocked out Cork in the last round, their most recent game, and why wouldn’t he given their display that night. However, it was a very different game against the Hoops than it was against City.
United’s cup run has seen the standard of opposition noticeably rise with every round, from non-league Collinstown to non-performing Cork City, but United were playing with the big boys on Friday night.
It was a cracking atmosphere from the start, thanks in no small part to the 400 or so Shamrock Rovers fans who made the journey West for the game for which the official attendance was given as 1,525, but looked an awful lot more.
Ronan Finn had the first sight of goal, United affording the visiting skipper far too much time and space to allow him get in a sighter in the seventh minute, but his 25-yard effort fizzed wide.
Grace sent a glancing header wide from the game’s first corner in the 14th minute; while Killian Brouder had to be alert to whip the ball off the toe of Graham Burke three minutes later as he took sight of goal from the edge of the box.
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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.