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Moycullen show no mercy in strolling to huge group win

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Moycullen’s Mark Lydon who dominated midfield in their big senior football championship win over An Cheathru Rua in Rosmuc on Saturday.

Moycullen 4-23

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John O’Sullivan in Rosmuc

MOYCULLEN put the rest of the Galway senior football title contenders on notice with a resounding victory over An Cheathru Rua in Rosmuc on Saturday last.

The 26 point margin of victory was the highest points differential between teams in this year’s championship, with Corofin’s 5-21 to 0-11 win over St James’ second.

The victory, borne out of the potency of their forward line – with Conor Bohan, Peter Cooke and Dessie Conneelly to the fore – and the dominance of their midfield, all but secures Moycullen’s passage into the championship quarter finals. Victory over the bottom placed Caherlistrane in the final will see them through.

The 1996 Galway senior champions, meanwhile, will face a relegation play off after what was sure to be a demoralising reversal. Going into the game, both teams needed a victory, but for contrasting reasons. Moycullen required a win to keep their knock-out hopes alive; Keith O Gairbhin’s charges needed to collect the points to stave off the possibility of falling into the relegation trapdoor.

Winning was the only outcome on the agenda for both teams, and this informed their respective tactical blueprints for the encounter. Tactical conservatism was thereby thrown to the wayside and attacking football was committed to by the Group 3 rivals.

In a sign of what was to come, Moycullen started like a team that weren’t only keen to progress but also to build on their previous narrow 0-11 to 0-10 victory over Mountbellew/Moylough.

The game was barely ten minutes old and last year’s quarter finalists had raced into a six points to nil lead. Bohan, in particular, was proving to be the scourge of the opposition’s rearguard. He landed three of his team’s six points as the gulf in class was becoming increasingly evident. Sean Kelly, Cooke and Conneelly added the other points in front of a decent crowd in Rosmuc.

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

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

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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

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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

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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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