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Staying loyal to United

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Teenager Alex Murphy who has pledged his future to Galway United.

By Tom Byrne

TALENTED teenager Alex Murphy has pledged his future to Galway United despite attracting interest from cross-channel clubs.

The 17-year-old, who signed a professional contract with United last August, is not having his head turned by these enquiries.

Instead, Murphy will be joining up with the rest of the squad for pre-season next week ahead of United’s First Division campaign which starts at the end of February.

Making his debut as a 16-year-old against Athlone Town in June, the former Corrib Rangers player went on to make 12 senior appearances for the Tribesmen last season,

His displays earned him a call-up to the Irish under-18 squad in 2021, notably captaining his country in a 7-1 victory over Malta in December when he also scored.

Murphy’s progress has caught the attention of English clubs, but has expressed his delight in being a Galway United player.

“Last season was very surreal, everything happened so quickly. I am grateful for everything that has happened so far and, hopefully, we can kick on again this year,” Murphy said.

“I signed with United at U15 level and I got called into training with the first team two seasons ago. I made my debut against Athlone in the last campaign and it has kicked on from there.

“All the players helped me settle in, it is a massive step up from underage football. The game is so much quicker and you have to be better on the ball. The physical side of it is also very important and you have to be mentally prepared for the game.”

Murphy paid tribute to United manager John Caulfield for helping his progress.“John has been great for me. He is the one that has given me all these opportunities. I am grateful to him for doing that.

“I am looking forward to this season, we have a good squad building. Hopefully, we can push on and get promoted.”

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
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