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NUIG reign supreme over Queens in Purcell Cup

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The NUI Galway side which defeated Queens in Round 2 of the Purcell Cup on Wednesday. Back row, from left: Lauren Gilligan, Alisha Lenihan, Chloe Broderick, Sarah Spellman, Niamh Treacy, Ciana Reidy, Rebecca Nolan, Hannah Scott, Molly Mannion, Niamh Horan, Orlaith Murray, Emma Helebert, Maria Cooney, and Carrie Dolan. Front: Roisin Cassidy, Aine Cleary, Muireann O’Reilly, Eabha O’Rourke, Ailish Carr, Rachel Fitzmaurice, Ciara Donohue, Niamh Black, Rachel Hannify, Aoife Donohue (captain), and Laura Ward.

NUI Galway 8-14

Queens Belfast 3-5

Michael O’Connor at Loughgeorge

A five star turn by Sarsfields duo Maria Cooney and Laura Ward propelled NUI Galway to their second win in the Purcell cup over Queens University Belfast in Loughgeorge on Wednesday evening.

The Belfast college made the long trip the Galway GAA centre and the tie was played as 14-a-side with unlimited substitution allowed in the game. NUI Galway were lining out with a full-strength selection, but for most of the first half the visitors were the better side and were most unlucky not to have more scores on the board at the end of the first half.

Mullagh’s Aoife Donohue opened the scoring with a third minute goal after Queens were most unlucky not to have scored a goal at the other end. Maria Cooney and Donohue added points before Queens had their first score of the game in the 7th minute.

Clarinbridge’s Carrie Dolan was on target with another score before Cooney burst through for the first of two goals before Dolan and Donohue fired NUI Galway 2-5 to 0-1 clear at the end of the opening quarter.

To the credit of Queens, they defended brilliantly for most of the second quarter as NUI Galway were unable to add to their goal tally, and the visitors managed to get in for the first of the three goals in the 20th minute.

NUI Galway finished the half with a flurry of scores from Donohue, Molly Mannion, Rachel Hanniffy and Chloe Broderick to hold a 2-11 to 1-1 half-time lead.

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

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Council on standby for Storm Jorge flooding

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Galway City Council crews will be on standby from Saturday afternoon as Storm Jorge is set to hit the West coast, bringing very strong winds, rain and potential for flooding.

The Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team met today and will be holding meetings tomorrow and Saturday to monitor the weather forecast and put in place a plan to deal with any potential flooding or wind damage.

Storm Jorge – which was named by Spanish meteorological services and adopted by Met Éireann and the UK’s Met Office to avoid confusion – will see a Status Orange wind warning in place from 6am Saturday to 3am Sunday. A Status Yellow rain warning will be in place in Galway from midnight tonight until midnight Saturday.

The storm will bring southwest, veering west and later northwest winds with means speeds of 65-80km/h and gusts of 110-130km/h.

Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30mm are expected and Met Éireann has warned of an increased risk of coastal flooding.

The City Council will have crews on standby from 2pm on Saturday and will close the two public carparks in Salthill if it is considered necessary.

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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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