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Mature Mellows still on track for another final appearance

Stephen Glennon



Liam Mellows' Stephen Barrett eyes up his options as Marcus Quinn of Oranmore/Maree gives chase during Saturday's senior hurling preliminary quarter-final at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Liam Mellows 1-21

Oranmore/Maree 1-14


OUTSCORING their opponents by six points to one in the final 10 minutes of this entertaining SHC preliminary quarter-final at Pearse Stadium on Saturday, Liam Mellows hinted that they may be rediscovering the form that saw them contest the past two county finals.

The 2017 champions were excellent for the most part — they led 1-10 to 0-7 at half-time — with their most difficult period coming in the third quarter when Oranmore/Maree rallied to cut the deficit to just two points after the outstanding Niall Burke converted a 40th minute penalty.

Referee Alan Kelly pointed to the penalty spot after Sean McInerney was fouled and when Burke dispatched his effort, it left three points between the sides. Minutes later, Burke, following good work from substitute Martin Keane and Ronan Hanniffy, added a point and the margin was down to two.

It was a credit to the reigning All-Ireland intermediate champions that they put themselves in such a position, particularly given they had fallen seven points in arrears after Liam Mellows’ Conor Kavanagh, his side’s first half goalscorer, shot a point within 10 seconds of the restart.

However, with Burke unerring on the placed balls throughout, he struck 1-5 — including that point from play — in the third quarter to haul his side back into contention. Conor Hanniffy then traded with Kavanagh and with 10 minutes to go, Gerry McInerney’s outfit was just 1-13 to 1-15 in arrears.

Mellows, though, were not to be denied and, putting their third quarter slump behind them, they kicked on in the closing stages. The impeccable Tadgh Haran converted four frees, rampaging centre-half back Stephen Barrett struck a brilliant point on the run, and Jack Forde shot his second of the evening in injury-time to impressively bring this result home.

Oranmore/Maree’s sole riposte came from Conor Hanniffy, although Niall Burke did come close to goal off a long range free — one of three the losers dropped in around the square—as they sought to conjure up another goal. Yet, it was not to be.

In truth, Liam Mellows had done a lot of the hard graft in the opening half. Haran (free) and Oranmore/Maree midfielder Niall Geoghegan exchanged points in a lively opening before Jack Forde and Conor Hynes combined to set up Kavanagh for the City side’s third-minute goal.

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



Huge reward for ‘dognap’ – as canine companion dies of broken heart

Denise McNamara



James with Biggy, Poopie and Little One

Galway City Tribune – Galway’s most famous dog, Biggy the Irish Wolfhound, has “died of a broken heart” after his Jack Russell best mate was the victim of a suspected ‘dognap’ – which led to the owner putting up a €20,000 reward.

Following a social media campaign which went viral, Biggy was famously reunited with his family 11 days after he went missing in 2013. He was discovered on the motorway outside Athenry.

Nine years later, James Leopold Mechels has erected hundreds of posters all over the city and suburbs in a desperate bid to find the ageing Jack Russell he calls ‘Little One’.

The Belgian native recently increased a reward for the return of his beloved pooch from €1,000 to €20,000. But so far, no credible sightings have been made.

“He’s been missing for 3,288 hours – 137 days, I’m so exhausted, so upset, so anxious. I’ve stopped working to focus all of my effort into finding him. I’ve cycled all over the city, I’ve driven to the horse fair in Ballinasloe,” James told the Galway City Tribune this week.
This is a preview only. To read more of James’ story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

■ Anybody with information is asked to call 087 0650678 or Ark Vets on 091 584185.

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Row deepens over Tiny Traders market




Galway City Tribune – The row between the Tiny Traders Village and Galway Arts Centre – the operators of Nuns’ Island Theatre – deepened this week as the Arts Centre announced its intentions to open its own market on the site.

Manager of the Tiny Traders Village, Paul David Murphy, has claimed this was proof that it was always Galway Arts Centre, and its Managing Director, Páraic Breathnach’s, intention to “force” them out, adding that he had felt under constant threat of being shut down.

“It did come as a bit of a shock, but it was something I was expecting,” said Mr Murphy of a post on social media announcing that a new market would open.

“It’s now obvious that they were trying to get rid of us and I can’t believe how transparent they’ve been. Up until this point, there had been a little degree of mystery as to why this happened. It’s sad because the Tiny Traders Village was working really well.”

This comes following a decision by the Tiny Traders to cease trading two weeks ago, citing changes that Galway Arts Centre had requested that Mr Murphy said would have made his business “unviable”.

Speaking to the Galway City Tribune this week, Páraic Breathnach confirmed that they had requested changes – involving layout alterations and clearance – but this had been done due to health and safety concerns.

“There were changes requested to comply with fire regulations, safety and health. They were in relation to the blocking of pathways, the blocking of fire exits, clearance between stalls and the affixing of canopies to a listed building,” said Mr Breathnach.
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Call for Gardaí to confiscate vehicles involved in fly-tipping

Francis Farragher



Children's toys, a bed and a cot amongst an illegal dumping site in Ballybane

Galway City Tribune –  confiscation of vehicles – and driver disqualification – have been sought by a Galway TD and a local councillor for those involved in illegal dumping.

According to Independent TD, Noel Grealish and Independent councillor, Noel Larkin, illegal dumping on the east side of Galway City has now reached ‘an all-time high’.

Last week, Deputy Grealish and Cllr Larkin, met with Climate Action and Environment Minister, Richard Bruton, to seek new measures cracking down on those involved in illegal dumping.

“I asked Minister Bruton to introduce legislation that would result in driver disqualification for persons convicted of illegal dumping while using a vehicle. I am also seeking for the introduction of legislation that will give judges the power to order the confiscation of vehicles used for illegal dumping,” said Deputy Grealish.

The Gardaí and Galway City and Council Councils have now been asked to establish an ‘all-county initiative’ to tackle the problem.

This year, Galway City Council was allocated just €50,000 from a €7.4m Government fund to tackle illegal dumping – the lowest figure of any local authority in the country.
This is a preview only. For extensive coverage of the illegal dumping issue, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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