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Life-saver Laurena donates kidney to nephew

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – When family members were putting themselves forward to donate a kidney for one of their own, Laurena Mitchell was first in the queue.

Not only was she acutely aware of her nephew Michael’s long battle with kidney disease, one of the first people she met when she started with Galway City Council in 1985 was on dialysis.

“Michael was diagnosed when he was 15 and for the last two years he spent two days a week, for four to five hours, on a dialysis machine.

“One of the girls on my team also had a transplant in October so it always struck a chord with me.

“Most people are waiting for a deceased donation for four to five years whereas a living donation is much faster – usually six to nine months.”

Michael’s mother Bridget was initially the frontrunner to donate to the 30-year-old but at the final stage was ruled out when the extremely thorough medical assessment found plaque in her left kidney.

After realising she was the same blood type as her Waterford nephew, Laurena volunteered to undergo the battery of tests to ensure her kidney would be a perfect match.

She had the unswerving support of her husband Enda Maloney and her teenagers Ciara and Patrick in taking the leap.

“I never felt guilty about going forward. I never thought too much about the risks to be honest. The team in Beaumont go through all that with you. I always felt if I get through the process, and it’s a very thorough process, it’s meant to be.”

It took nine months to be approved by the multi-disciplinary transplant team in Beaumont Hospital and Lauren recalls phoning Michael to tell him the good news.

“He wasn’t sure he could go ahead with it. He didn’t want to put me at risk. He asked me to give him 24 hours to think about it and boy did I sweat for that whole time. I really wanted him to say yes. He agreed to it, saying if it’s meant to be it will be.”

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
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