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McCormack says United must avoid slow start of last season

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Galway United captain, Conor McCormack. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United captain Conor McCormack says it is crucial his side don’t repeat their slow start to last season when they get their 2022 First Division campaign underway in just four weeks’ time.

United’s hopes of automatic promotion last season were as good as over by the midseason break, when they had won just two of their first nine league games – though they were awarded a 3-0 win over Cabinteely as well – to leave them seventh in the table, 11 points behind Shelbourne.

The Dublin side went on to claim then title with six points to spare over United, who recovered from that poor start to finish second in the table, only for their promotion hopes to end in the play-off semi-final against Bray Wanderers.

“It is a pity there wasn’t an extra round of games last year because we were in great form coming to the end of the league and I am pretty sure that if there was an extra round, we would have caught Shels,” said McCormack, who was talking to City Sport after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Shelbourne in a preseason friendly in Eamonn Deacy Park.

“It was disappointing losing to Bray, they had one shot in the two legs and scored from it. We were the better team but that is football when it comes to playoffs, we just need to make sure we are ready now for the first game down in Cork,” he said.

That first game is on Friday February 25, and will be followed by a home game against Waterford FC, one of the toughest starts United could have been handed.

“Yeah, it is a tough start, Cork away and Waterford at home, but there are some great teams in the division this year, a lot of teams who will be expected to win promotion.

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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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