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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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Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’

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Some of the 'movie money' which has been seized.

Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.

The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.

Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.

Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.

“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.

“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.

“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.

“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.

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Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel

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Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.

Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.

 

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Three refused bail on violent disorder charges

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Longford Courthouse

Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.

Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.

Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.

An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.

Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.

Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.

Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.

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