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Horgan boys help United to home draw against Athlone

Keith Kelly



Galway United's Dara Costelloe on the ball against Athlone Town's Eoghan Morgan during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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GALWAY United ended a run of three consecutive defeats when sharing the spoils with Athlone Town at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.

A goal somewhat against the run of play handed United a 1-0 lead at half-time, and while the home side were a bit better in the second-half, the visitors grabbed a deserved equaliser 20 minutes into the second-half, although the goal came from a marshmallow-soft penalty awarded by Fermanagh referee, Garvin Taggart.

United can thank the Horgan brothers for the draw, with Kevin pulling off a number of fine saves; while younger brother, Christopher, twice cleared off the line to keep the home side in the game.

Alan Murphy named a youthful starting XI, with Donal Higgins coming into the side in midfield, having missed the last couple of months due to Leaving Cert commitments. He was joined in the heart of midfield by Mark Hannon, who only lasted half the game before being replaced at half-time after a nervy 45-minute performance, although he was improving as the half went on.

Stephen Walsh was suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards, meaning Marc Ludden dropped back into the left-back position, with Cian Murphy joined in the centre of defence by Jack Lynch, who was making his first start after joining from Limerick juvenile side, Regional United.

They pair did have a couple of anxious moments – and Murphy was at fault for the penalty – but they have the look of a strong pairing.

United tanked the Midlands’ side 4-0 back in April, but it was the visitors who dominated much of the opening 45 minutes, and United were somewhat fortunate to be leading at half-time.

The goal came in the 30th minute through Wilson Waweru, his shot from 20 yards finishing off a nice right-to left move. Hannon miscontrolled a Faherty pass just inside the United half, but managed to slide in and nudge the ball towards Marc Ludden as Dean Williams closed in.

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

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Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’

Enda Cunningham



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




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




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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