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St Michael’s get the better of An Spidéal rivals again

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An Spidéal's Finnian Ó Laoi on the attack against Gary Higgins of St Michael’s during their senior football championship clash at Pearse Stadium on Saturday. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

St Michael’s 2-9

An Spidéal 0-12

Pádraic Ó Ciardha at Pearse Stadium

FOR the third time in as many years, St Michael’s were just able to hold off An Spidéal as the city side survived a remarkable comeback from their opponents. Only a kick of a ball has separated the sides in each of those three matches, but St Michael’s have a knack of coming out on the right side of those tight contests.

Well-timed goals have been crucial to those successes and that was the case again last Saturday. An Spidéal trailed by seven points with 20 minutes remaining but they took full advantage when St Michael’s were reduced to 14 men after Joseph McNicholl was black carded and roared back into the contest.

The Connemara side were back level by the 47th minute and looked to have all the momentum, but a goal from St Michael’s Brian Harlowe ten minutes from time knocked the stuffing out of An Spidéal and St Michael’s had the guile and experience to see out the contest.

While An Spidéal were scintillating during their comeback run, hitting seven unanswered points in as many minutes, they struggled for long spells outside of that. When both sides were playing with their full complement, St Michael’s outscored their opponents 2-8 to 0-4, and probably deserved to take full points from the game.

A full-forward line of Eddie Hoare, Gary Higgins and Darragh O’Malley, the latter duo both graduates from last year’s county title winning minor side, provided St Michael’s an excellent focal point in attack and the trio were crucial in building the lead that would prove so crucial later in the game.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain

The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir

The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete

Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.

Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.

Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.

Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.

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Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.

It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.

The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.

Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.

In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.

This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.

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Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.

It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.

Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.

“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.

He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.

Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.

In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.

“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.

(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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