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St James’ hit the goal trail in claiming minor B crown

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St James' Jack Folan reaches for the ball under pressure from Tuam Stars Conor Heneghan during the Minor B Football Championship final at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Brian Harding.

St James’ 3-10

Tuam Stars 0-13

Patrick Flaherty at Pearse Stadium

FOR the first time in over a decade a minor football title returns to the east of the city, a sublime performance that saw them hit 3-9 from play sealing the county B trophy for St James’ over a dogged Tuam Stars outfit.

Leading by a point at half time, the Jimmies hit three goals at decisive moments; a brace from Jack Nolan coupled with a late Dessie Hynes strike seeing the Renmore/Mervue outfit land a county minor crown for the first time since 2009.

It was the North Board champions that started the brighter, however, with impressive solo runs from Mark Colleran and Calan Tynan teeing up scores for Jack and Luke Davin respectively.

The Stars dominated possession in the first 10 minutes, winning all the battles around the pitch while keeping their opponents off the ball as Tuam looked to run at James’ as much as possible playing against a very strong wind, with Tynan their main threat.

The elements were initially no help to the city side chasing a first title since the last of three Minor A triumphs in a row, county minor Daniel McNulty hitting what are usually scoreable frees well wide and high into the air with his first two attempts.

Tuam had the first chance to create a significant gap with two goal chances in the space of 60 seconds, James Egan coming off his line at speed to deny Jack Davin, before quickly being called on to thwart Ronan Colleran on seven minutes.

The Jimmies may have looked smaller and less physical than their counterparts, but made up for it with immense speed and quality passing. Eoin Finnerty took over around the middle as the boys led by David Henry bagged six in a row utilising the breeze to bomb the ball into the forward line.

Finnerty soloed in 40 yards to set up McNulty for their side’s opener on 12 minutes before duly finding Nolan and Keane Griffon in space as James’ took full control of proceedings going into the water break, further efforts from McNulty and Nolan leaving them 0-6 to 0-2 in front.

Nolan was the main target man for St James’ who with every possession looked like creating scores, but Tuam switched Luke Fallon onto Nolan and the in-form full back swept up anything in his path.

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

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Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway

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Officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit seized more than €73,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and drugs after a car and residence were searched in Galway today.
As part of Operation Tara – which is targeting the sale and supply of drugs and related criminal activity in the Galway area – Gardaí  searched a car in the Knocknacarra area. Cash and cannabis were seized.

A follow up search was carried out at a residence in Salthill, where cigarettes worth €70,000, along with €3,100 in cash and a small quantity of suspected amphetamine were recovered.

No arrests were made, but Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry.

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Matriarch of Scotty’s Diner donates kidney to her son!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A well-known family in the Galway restaurant trade have swapped chef whites for hospital gowns after the matriarch donated a kidney to her son.

Jenny and Andrew Ishmael, synonymous with Scotty’s Diner in Cúirt na Coiribe on the Headford Road in Terryland, are recovering in Beaumont Hospital after the marathon live donor operation.

It took place last Monday and staff are so impressed by the quick recovery of mother and son that they could be discharged as early as this weekend.

“It went really well. I’m still a bit sore. We’re still on the mend. It’s working perfectly,” says Andrew from the isolation ward of the hospital’s Kidney Centre.  “My creatine was over 1,000 when I came in and it’s already around 260.

“I felt weak after the surgery, but I could feel that bit of life in me again straight away. It’s amazing how quick it works. Mom wasn’t too great after the surgery – it was her first ever. She was quite sore, a bit iffy, but she’s good now.

“We have rooms back-to-back. We’ve been going for walks, going for breakfast together. It’s nice to spend that time together.”

Andrew – or Drew as he’s known to family and friends –  was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just 16.

Berger’s Disease occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin builds up in the kidneys and results in inflammation, which over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

He managed the condition well for over a decade without too much impact on his life.

The son of classically trained chefs who studied together at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island, he grew up working in his parents’ American-style diner, trading since 1991.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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New River Corrib rescue boat to be deployed following ‘significant donation’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The provision of a specialist rescue craft on the Corrib – upstream from the Weir – could now happen over the coming weeks or months following a ‘significant voluntary donation’ in the past few weeks, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

Water safety issues on the Corrib were highlighted last month when up to 10 rowers had to be rescued after their two boats were sucked in by the currents towards the Weir.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the potentially catastrophic incident which occurred around midday on Saturday, January 14.

A specialist D Class lifeboat is now being sourced as part of a multi-agency approach to try and improve emergency rescue operations upstream from the Weir which would be accessible on a 24/7 basis.

While the cost would be in the region of €40,000 to €50,000, the overall figure would rise to around €80,000 to €90,000 when specialist personnel training costs were included.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune that he was aware of a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the Corrib rescue craft in place as soon as possible.

“I suppose we’re all trying to work together to ensure that a full-time rescue craft is provided on the Corrib and I believe that real progress is being made in this regard. This would be very good news for everyone,” said Mr Swan.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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