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Salthill spark in extra time to capture West Board title




Moycullen's Daniel Cox secures possession ahead of Salthill/Knocknacarra's Harry Devlin, during the West Board Minor A football final in Loughgeorge on Tuesday evening. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-13

Moycullen 0-11


Patrick Flaherty  in Loughgeorge

AN extra time surge of energy proved decisive for Salthill-knocknacarra as they came from behind to lift the Minor A West Board football title at a cold and windy Loughgeorge on Tuesday evening.

Moycullen led for the majority of normal time, but it was the city outfit which showed superior fitness in extra time as they outscored them by 1-4 to 0-2 to book their place in the county final.

From the off the game was played at a surprisingly slow pace, Salthill deploying two sweepers as they tried to contain their opponents, however they did concede five frees within the first four minutes.

Moycullen were forced to work hard for their scores as they went through the phases, working the ball from midfield into scorable positions as they tried to draw frees, taking the lead courtesy of a Paul Kelly placed ball on nine minutes.

Salthill/Knocknacarra favoured going long with a strong breeze to back them up, usually trying to pick out county player Tomo Culhane, although he and his full forward line were well marshalled by an impressive  oppositionb defence in the first half.

Ultan Sheerin eventually broke through the Moycullen rearguard on 11 minutes and it was their only point from play in normal time, the first half in general being plagued by missed opportunities as only six scores were registered from 16 chances.

Two in a row midway through the half from Kelly and Ciaran Moran gave Moycullen a small cushion they kept for most of the contest, a point apiece from placed balls late on leaving it 0-4 to 0-2 at the break.

The boys in green and white kept the scoreboard ticking with Daniel Cox and Kelly finishing off great team moves, yet it was Norman Costello’s troops that began dominating possession as four frees from the boot of Culhane drew the sides level for just the second time on 43 minutes.

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



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

Denise McNamara



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




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

Francis Farragher



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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