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Leading trainer at Wolverhampton last season is proving handler to follow in UK

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PERFECT PRESENT: Dave and Sarah Loughnane give full vent to their joy as Apex King wins at Goodwood in May of 2019, the yard’s first winner after the couple’s marriage.

HE’S largely unheralded in his own county, but Dave Loughnane is one of the rising stars of the cross-channel flat racing scene. John McIntyre charts the impressive progress of the Monivea native who saddled a Group Three winner last season.

HE’S only 33; has a trainer’s licence for less than five years; and there is little racing background in the family, but in 2020 Dave Loughnane saddled his first Group Three winner and ended the season as the leading trainer at Wolverhampton.

The Monivea native has emerged as one of the rising stars of the UK flat scene, turning out a total of 43 winners last season, many of whom were partnered by Rossa Ryan, who in a startling coincidence, was born barely a dozen miles from Loughnane in North Galway.

Not alone that, but his first introduction to a racing yard came as a teenager at the stables of Rossa’s father David, who continues to run his training operation in Ballinderry in the parish of Corofin.

It’s been a circuitous route for Loughnane in ending up running his own stables at Helshaw Grange in Shropshire as he had spent a couple of years doing carpentry with Kieran Flaherty in Monivea, before working for the Bank of America based in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Throw in five years in Australia which was initially supposed to be just one, Loughnane has certainly been undaunted in trying his hand at anything in experiencing life in many of its various forms.

Little though did he think when persuading a friend to buy a half-share in a pony with their confirmation money in the late nineties to hack around with on the family farm in Ballyskeagh, that it would eventually lead to a career in horse racing.

A son of Tony and Margaret Loughnane, the only real racing heritage in his background came from his grandfather Pete Monaghan from Lakeview, Caherlistrane who ran a training farm for work horses and Connemara ponies. Monaghan also dealt in point-to-pointers and did a bit of riding himself.

But growing up in Monivea and attending the local national school, Dave Loughnane was prepared to have a crack at most sports, notably hurling, football, soccer, rugby and boxing.

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

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Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway

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Officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit seized more than €73,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and drugs after a car and residence were searched in Galway today.
As part of Operation Tara – which is targeting the sale and supply of drugs and related criminal activity in the Galway area – Gardaí  searched a car in the Knocknacarra area. Cash and cannabis were seized.

A follow up search was carried out at a residence in Salthill, where cigarettes worth €70,000, along with €3,100 in cash and a small quantity of suspected amphetamine were recovered.

No arrests were made, but Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry.

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Matriarch of Scotty’s Diner donates kidney to her son!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A well-known family in the Galway restaurant trade have swapped chef whites for hospital gowns after the matriarch donated a kidney to her son.

Jenny and Andrew Ishmael, synonymous with Scotty’s Diner in Cúirt na Coiribe on the Headford Road in Terryland, are recovering in Beaumont Hospital after the marathon live donor operation.

It took place last Monday and staff are so impressed by the quick recovery of mother and son that they could be discharged as early as this weekend.

“It went really well. I’m still a bit sore. We’re still on the mend. It’s working perfectly,” says Andrew from the isolation ward of the hospital’s Kidney Centre.  “My creatine was over 1,000 when I came in and it’s already around 260.

“I felt weak after the surgery, but I could feel that bit of life in me again straight away. It’s amazing how quick it works. Mom wasn’t too great after the surgery – it was her first ever. She was quite sore, a bit iffy, but she’s good now.

“We have rooms back-to-back. We’ve been going for walks, going for breakfast together. It’s nice to spend that time together.”

Andrew – or Drew as he’s known to family and friends –  was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just 16.

Berger’s Disease occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin builds up in the kidneys and results in inflammation, which over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

He managed the condition well for over a decade without too much impact on his life.

The son of classically trained chefs who studied together at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island, he grew up working in his parents’ American-style diner, trading since 1991.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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New River Corrib rescue boat to be deployed following ‘significant donation’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The provision of a specialist rescue craft on the Corrib – upstream from the Weir – could now happen over the coming weeks or months following a ‘significant voluntary donation’ in the past few weeks, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

Water safety issues on the Corrib were highlighted last month when up to 10 rowers had to be rescued after their two boats were sucked in by the currents towards the Weir.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the potentially catastrophic incident which occurred around midday on Saturday, January 14.

A specialist D Class lifeboat is now being sourced as part of a multi-agency approach to try and improve emergency rescue operations upstream from the Weir which would be accessible on a 24/7 basis.

While the cost would be in the region of €40,000 to €50,000, the overall figure would rise to around €80,000 to €90,000 when specialist personnel training costs were included.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune that he was aware of a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the Corrib rescue craft in place as soon as possible.

“I suppose we’re all trying to work together to ensure that a full-time rescue craft is provided on the Corrib and I believe that real progress is being made in this regard. This would be very good news for everyone,” said Mr Swan.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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