Residents of a Galway City estate may picket one of their neighbour’s houses – to highlight ongoing drug dealing.
The residents’ association of one housing estate on the west side of the city have debated whether direct action, such as a protest, might spur the authorities into action.
Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard has highlighted the ‘neighbours from hell’, in an otherwise quiet estate.
He has urged Gardaí, and the landlord, to take action against the occupants of the house, who are known drug dealers and using it as a base to deal.
It’s been ongoing for several years, but the problem has become more noticeable during the Covid-19 lockdown as undesirables are attracted to the house to buy drugs.
“The last few weeks it has just escalated to a whole new level. They’re drawing every sort of scumbag from all over the city up there. Some well dodgy characters, now.
“There was a night two weeks back when someone tried to petrol bomb the house. Ambulance, guards and Fire Brigade were all out on the street at 1.30 in the morning,” he said.
The Mayor has spoken with Gardaí about the problem but residents – who have also met with senior Gardaí – are frustrated about a lack of action, he said.
“A few of them want to picket the house, but there’s a bit of a divide in the residents’ association with some residents saying that is not the way to go about it, because it will draw attention on the estate,” he said.
Gardaí have made door-to-door inquiries in recent weeks. The landlord of the property has been contacted by Gardaí, and according to the Mayor, the Residential Tenancies Board has been notified.
“They’re dealing night, noon and morning from there. I spoke to the guards last Saturday and they said they are dealing with it, and there is a crackdown and the landlord is going to try to get them out, as soon as he can. Ironically, under the Covid-19 lockdown legislation you can’t evict someone, even though they are dealing drugs,” he said.
The Mayor said residents are living in fear.
“It’s a good community up there, a lot of elderly people living there and some student accommodation. There’s no real hassle in the estate apart from this one house. You can’t have a situation where fellas are trying to burn a house down in the middle of an estate.
“It’s something that needs to be dealt with once and for all. It’s an issue that is hugely concerning for residents. They expect the Gardaí to come along and sort it out, and for the landlord to step-up and ensure the integrity of the estate is kept up,” he added.
Titans return to the national league for coming season
TITANS BC is returning to the national league for the upcoming 2020/21 season, one of four new teams that will compete in the Men’s Division 1 this year.
The city side will play in the Northern Conference of the league alongside fellow new sides, Drogheda Wolves and Malahide, along with Ulster University from Belfast; LYIT from Donegal; Sligo All-Stars; and Dublin Lions and Tolka Rovers from Dublin.
That looks to be the easier of the two conferences: Dublin Lions were relegated from the Super League at the end of last season, LYIT finished 5th in Division 1, Sligo finished 8th, Ulster University finished 9th, and Tolka Rovers finished 10th in a 12-team league competition that ran as a single league, rather than split into two conferences.
With four new teams for the coming season – Team Kerry are the 4th new side – Division 1 is returning to a split conference format, and all the heavy-hitters would appear to be in the Southern Conference.
Team Kerry will be joined by fellow Killarney side, St Paul’s, which finished second in the league last season, as well as Cork’s Fr Mathews and IT Carlow, who finished 3rd and 4th respectively.
Limerick Celtics and Limerick Eagles, who finished 6th and 7th, are also in the Southern Conference, as well as last season’s bottom two, WIT Waterford and Portlaoise Panthers.
Titans took a one-year hiatus from the league last season, having endured a torrid 2018/19 campaign when it finished with the worst record in the league, winning just two of its 23 league games to finish bottom of the Northern Conference.
Maree and Moycullen will once again represent Galway in the Men’s Super League, which is also being split into a two-conference format, with six teams in each conference. However, while Titans will be looking north for their main opposition, Maree and Moycullen will be looking in the opposite direction as both have been placed in the South Conference.
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Group hurling ties to be restricted to supporters of participating teams
NO neutrals will be allowed to attend the opening round of the revamped Galway senior hurling championship which is scheduled to start in little more than a fortnight’s time.
A gathering of 500 – likely to also include the rival players and mentors – will be restricted to each group game, with the participating clubs set to be allocated around 200 tickets each for sale/distribution ahead of the fixture.
A mechanism has still to be sorted for this process, but matches will be restricted to Galway’s three county grounds: Pearse Stadium, Kenny Park, Athenry and Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, along with Loughrea. Killimor was the fifth venue in consideration for hosting senior games, but redevelopment work at the ground has ruled out that prospect.
The full round of 12 group ties will go ahead on the weekend ending July 26, but there will be no double headers. Instead, games at the same venues will be staged four hours apart to allow sanitisation of the various grounds.
Only people with tickets will gain entry to the games and there will be no cash taken at the turnstiles.
Street fight thugs from viral video outside Garda HQ avoid jail
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Two men and a woman who were involved in a ‘staged’ fistfight outside the new Garda HQ in Renmore were warned they will serve prison sentences if they don’t stay off social media for two years.
Suspended sentences were imposed on all three over the incident which was recorded on mobile phone and footage went viral on social media.
The altercation between John Maughan (27), formerly of Rinville Park, Oranmore, who now lives in Dublin, and Patrick Maughan (31), of 122 Laurel Park, Newcastle, was filmed on Patrick Maughan’s phone by his wife, Ellen Maughan (31), who is John Maughan’s sister.
The footage was uploaded that evening to YouTube, where it gained a lot of traction.
Galway District Court heard this week the trio were sitting in their cars when Gardaí arrived at the scene within a matter of minutes.
They were subsequently charged with affray at Dublin Road, Murrough, Renmore, on November 2, 2018, in that all three used or threatened to use violence towards each other, thereby putting other people present in fear for their own safety and the safety of others.
Both men were also charged with breaching the peace.
Garda Pat Casey told the sentence hearing the incident occurred at 2.30pm on the main road between GMIT and the Garda HQ.
He said the men’s cars met, whether by accident or design, at that location where they got out and had a fist fight in the middle of the road.
Judge Mary Fahy asked if the location chosen for the fight, right outside the new Garda HQ, was deliberate.
Garda Casey said the men claimed they met by accident, “but that was where they met”, he added.
“The inference is they did it deliberately outside the Station to make it even better on social media. They are an absolute disgrace to do that in public and to do it in front of their children,” Judge Fahy said.
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