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Invincible Corofin pull off provincial four-timer in tough affair

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Corofin’s Darragh Silke is about to be challenged by Padraig Pearses' Conor Payne during the Connacht Club Senior Football Final at Tuam Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Enda Noone.

Corofin 1-10

Pádraig Pearses 0-7

Alan Dooley at Tuam Stadium

A magnificently crafted, perfectly timed goal by Liam Silke gave Corofin the platform to dominate the latter stages of a tense Connacht final against a plucky Pádraig Pearses outfit at Tuam Stadium, but in the end they were full value for a six-point win that saw them claim the Shane McGettigan Cup for a fourth successive year.

Silke’s 43rd minute strike came at a time when the large band of visiting supporters, the vast majority of whom were bedecked in red and white hats on a nippy afternoon, felt that their side, appearing in a first ever provincial final, were about to cause a massive upset against the All-Ireland champions.

Pádraig Pearses had finally shown that there was some spark to their attacking play in the ten minutes after the interval, when they outscored the Galway champions by four points to one to claw back to level pegging at 0-6 apiece. Their tails were well and truly up, and Corofin surprisingly looked a little bit stunned by it all.

Fresh legs in the shape of Darragh Silke and Colin Brady were readied for action, as Corofin knew that if Pearses got their noses in front then they could morph into a particularly difficult nut to crack with a fervent crowd behind them. Kevin O’Brien could foresee his side trying desperately to break down a fourteen-man defensive wall in that scenario, but by the time his substitutes got on his star man had already struck the killer blow.

Instead of pressing high and trying to force the issue, Pearses made the costly mistake of dropping back deep when Bernard Power received a sideline from Micheál Lundy. Six passes later Liam Silke was allowed to carry the ball forward under no particular pressure, and as they had done a couple of times previously, Corofin sensed an opening in the left corner.

For more, read this week’s Galway City 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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