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Lightning (almost) strikes twice for lucky councillor!

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Bradley Bytes – a sort of political column with Dara Bradley

Galway City Councillor John Connolly (FF), Chairman of CLG Bhearna, was inundated with well wishes last month after he scooped the jackpot (€10,700) in his own GAA Club’s lotto.

There was the odd sly dig on social media (wrongly) suggesting it was a ‘fix’, and some people made light-hearted references to that famous Fr Ted quote, “The last raffle I was at was very interesting, because the people who ran the raffle, actually won it!”; but the vast majority of messages were positive.

The win was pure coincidence, obviously, and most Barna GAA members were delighted that A) someone local had won it and B) that it was won by someone who buys lotto tickets every week and who has volunteered with the club for most of his life.

During a Facebook Live broadcast, after it emerged his winning numbers had been drawn on May 23, John said his success showed anyone could win the Barna lotto. His was the fourth jackpot win in six months.

“Please God we’ll keep giving away jackpots but we can only do so if people continue to buy, so keep supporting it,” he said.

His hope that the club would continue to give out jackpots nearly materialised sooner than he’d thought; and John Connolly himself was – again – nearly the beneficiary!

Two weeks after his four numbers (4, 14, 24 and 28) came up to land the jackpot, a “J Connolly” matched three of the four numbers in last week’s club lotto (3, 4, 14, and 24).

Just one number away from lightning striking twice and winning another ten grand!

(Photo: John Connolly, Chairman of CLG Bhearna, and Lotto Officer Murt Conneely. John won the club’s jackpot of €10,700 last month and nearly won it again two weeks’ later when three of his four numbers came up).

This is a shortened preview version of Bradley Bytes. See this week’s Galway City Tribune for more. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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 . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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