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Third defeat sees Moycullen edge closer to the trap door



Athenry 2-20

Moycullen 0-17

Moycullen’s wretched Autumn form continued in Pearse Stadium last Saturday evening as they again came up short, this time against Athenry. The defeat was Moycullen’s third successive loss in the championship, leaving them winless in Group 2 of the Senior ‘B’ and now facing into an all-or-nothing relegation clash with Beagh.

To be fair to Moycullen, they did show some resolve, battling back into the contest early in the second half having been nine points down at the break but, in the end, Athenry were just too good for them. Diarmaid Burns’ side led pretty much from start to finish with Conor Burke and Ronan Hardiman starring at centre-back and at midfield respectively.

Hardiman finished up with nine points and while most of them came from frees, his extra bit of class was evident in open play as well. Burke, for his part, led by example in defence, particularly in the first half when he came out on top in his duel with Moycullen’s dangerman, Eanna Noone.

It was Hardiman who opened the day’s scoring, firing over a lovely effort over his shoulder inside 25 seconds. Noone responded for Moycullen with a long-range free before Tom Flynn and Danny Gleeson exchanged points the leave the sides level, 0-2 apiece, after three minutes.

Athenry were clearly the better side early on, however, and they had moved into a commanding lead by the 10th minute as they hit six points in six minutes. Another sweetly-taken point from Cian Burke pushed them ahead, before three frees from Hardiman, a point from Paddy Hannon and a second from Cian Burke left them 0-8 to 0-2 ahead with Moycullen struggling.

Good work from Conor Bohan in forcing a turnover did allow Danny Gleeson to narrow the gap for the trailing side, but Athenry put their foot to the gas again as they hit a further 1-4 without reply.

Mark Hannon was given acres of space to fire over in the 14th minute before Hardiman made it 0-10 to 0-3 with another free.

Only an excellent stop from Eric Fox denied Cillian Lawless the game’s opening goal in the 21st minute, but Moycullen failed to clear their lines after the save and Fox was eventually left with little option but to drag down Cathal Keane in front of goal. The foul only delayed the inevitable, however, as Cian Burke expertly dispatched the penalty into the bottom left corner.

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


Swimmer James clocks up one million metres in year



From the Galway City Tribune – A keen swimmer in Galway has clocked up an astonishing one million metres in a year as part of his gruelling exercise schedule.

James Brennan reached the impressive milestone over 400 swims last years,  which were split between the sea in Salthill and across the road early-morning sessions at Leisureland pool.

He would count the lengths in his head or on his watch, regularly swimming up to 240 lengths over 90 minutes in the pool and up to 2km off the beach for a half-hour. On a regular week he would swim the equivalent of 20km.

When James realised he was at 800,000 metres last November, he decided to go all-out to pass the one-million mark by the end of 2022.

So he concentrated on swimming for at least ten hours a week leading up to Christmas and celebrated passing his goal before breaking up for the festivities.

“I’ve always done a lot of swimming. I’ve competed for my local swimming club in Claremorris, County Mayo, and was involved in the Corrib Polo Water Club races. I won the Heskin League, which is a combination of the 14 different open water races in Salthill. I also won the league in Claremorris,” he reveals.

The software engineer has been living in Galway for  13 years and has been a member of Leisureland for four years.

“It’s a really great pool, it has nice facilities, the staff are all very nice,” he reflects.

Facilities Manager of the Council-owned premises, Ian Brennan, said the phenomenal distance was the equivalent of swimming from Galway to Amsterdam.

He heard about James’s achievement from Green Party Councillor and Leisureland board member Niall Murphy, who happened to be swimming in the lane beside James when the Mayo man reached the goal.

“I felt that this is a hugely worthy event and fills me with amazement that we have a superhero in our midst. The future is bright.”

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Ó Tuathail not interested in Galway City Council co-option



From the Galway City Tribune – A two-time general election candidate for the Social Democrats in Galway West has ruled out filling the party’s vacant seat on Galway City Council.

Niall Ó Tuathail, a health reform advisor, has confirmed to the Galway City Tribune that he will not be co-opted to the City Council seat vacated by the shock resignation of Councillor Owen Hanley in January.

“I’m not going to be put forward for co-option,” said Mr Ó Tuathail.

The father-of-two has lived abroad for a time since taking a step back from electoral politics in the wake of his 2020 General Election defeat.

He confirmed this week he has not reconsidered his decision to take a long break from frontline politics.

“I’m still a Soc Dem member and we’re in a process looking for someone strong to represent the values of the people who voted for us in 2019,” Mr Ó Tuathail said.

He polled 3,653 first preference votes in 2020 in Galway West and was only eliminated after the 12th count in the five-seat constituency.

That was an increase on the 3,455 number ones he received in his first Dáil election in 2016, when he also bowed out on the 12th count.

Mr Ó Tuathail was synonymous with the Social Democrats’ brand in Galway, and was heavily involved with the local referenda campaigns for marriage equality and to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

It surprised many political observers when he opted not to fight a local election for the party in 2019.

That was a breakthrough election for the Soc Dems, when Owen Hanley became the party’s first ever Galway City councillor by winning a seat in Galway City East. Sharon Nolan narrowly missed out on a seat in City Central during the same election.

Mr Hanley cited allegations made against him when he announced in January that he was resigning his position.

He said that the matters were “very serious” and would take a considerable amount of time for the authorities to investigate.

The resignation of Mr Hanley left a vacancy on the City Council.

It is the prerogative of the Social Democrats to nominate a person who will be co-opted to replace him as a councillor at City Hall.

A spokesperson for the party told the Tribune last week that it has not yet chosen a successor.

“We don’t have any update in relation to the co-option. I will let you know when we have a candidate,” the spokesperson said.

One problem faced by the party is that a number of possible replacements for Mr Hanley have left the Soc Dems over policy and other issues.

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Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway



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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