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Mervue Utd get deserved reward with cup success

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The Mervue United squad that won the U-18 Premier Cup final at Drom last Friday. Back row, from left: Kean Walsh, Conor Ffrench, Conor Keady, Jay Martyn, Galias Bobanas, Keith O’Connor, Patrick Baranyai, Tommy Hayes and Kieran O’Connor. Front: Sean Dipson, Keane Griffin, Ethan McAuley, Brian McLoughlin, Jamie Hayes, Oisin Coyne and Conor Devane.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

 Salthill Devon 1

 Mervue United 2

(After extra time)

All season Mervue United have played gooseberry to the big two of Salthill Devon and Athenry as they vied for Premier Division and Connacht Junior Cup honours, with Devon eventually capturing both.

Finishing third in the league and certainly not far behind in terms of ability and commitment, United got their reward at the excellent Caufield Park 4G Grounds in Maree on Tuesday night with a come-from-behind win in the Michael Byrne Cup final.

Time and space were at a premium in a well-contested affair, and while Devon set the early standard, the longer the game went on, the more Mervue got into it and their early second-half equaliser changed the course of the game. From that moment on they appeared to grow in confidence as they put it up to the form team in every sense of the word.

Charlie Concannon supplied the match winner in extra-time in one of the few chances the striker got all night, and the Fahy’s Field side then closed out the game with a greater degree of comfort than would be anticipated.

Maybe it was because Salthill Devon are more used to the all-weather surface than Mervue, but they certainly started the game the better as Timmy Molloy and Matthew Murray rotated the ball left and right down the flanks, while the link up and holding play of Vinny Faherty brought everyone else into the game.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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