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Much-improved Galway U-21 footballers take on the Dubs in fascinating final

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Galway full forward Eoin Finnerty who will be hoping to make a big impact in Saturday's All-Ireland U-21 football final against Dublin in Tullamore.

TWO counties that have produced five of the best U21 football teams this decade, Galway and Dublin, will clash in a mouth-watering All-Ireland final in Tullamore this Saturday (5pm).

In an era of defensive blankets and cautious set-ups, the U21 championship has always been a refreshing tonic, often producing free-flowing, high-scoring, drama-filled matches to restore your faith in Gaelic football.

And the 2017 decider, between two of the big traditional powerhouses, has the potential of turning into a shoot-out with fare that will sate the purists.

This Galway outfit certainly plays with a swashbuckling style, and though they have conceded a fair few scores in the four games to date, they have an abundance of talented players, who on their day will trouble any opponents.

Dublin are no slouches either and racked up big totals in claiming provincial honours; their attack also adapted seamlessly in the semi-final to Donegal’s attempts to smother them by dropping a dozen or more bodies back.

Since the turn of the decade, these sides have won five of the seven finals played. Dublin emerged top-dogs in 2010, 2012 and 2014 while Galway won in 2013 and 2011. And yet a fortnight ago, neither Galway nor Dublin were tipped to be the last two standing.

The Leinster champions had seven points to spare over a much-fancied and highly-regarded Donegal outfit, who admittedly had just five days to recover after their Ulster final success against Derry.

Meanwhile, in the other semi, Galway overcame all the odds to defy bookmakers and pundits by stunning Kerry, the pre-tournament favourites for the All-Ireland.

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell – who kept his powder dry this week, and did not respond to calls from Tribune Sport – is probably reeling from the very public debate over whether his charges chose club or county at the weekend.

Most U21s did not play for their clubs but three from Kilmacud Crokes – Cillian O’Shea, Tom Fox and Dan O’Brien – were unused subs and Callum Pearson did feature. Shane Clayton, a sub against Donegal, aggravated a hamstring injury playing for Ballyboden and is a doubt for the O’Connor Park clash.

 

For more, read this week’s Galway City 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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