Date Published: 22-Aug-2008
THE city’s major banks are reported to be in the process of blocking the credit and laser cards of thousands of their customers in an attempt to foil a gang of fraudsters who have skimmed the bank card details of unsuspecting Galway shoppers over the past month.
As more details have emerged this week of the bank card scam that has hit Galway, it now appears the fraudulent operation was much larger than was first estimated — and far more sophisticated than the card fraud reported in the national papers this week which was concentrated on the east side of the country.
Latest reports suggest a significant team from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation is now looking into what they believe to be a large-scale international bank card cloning operation which was concentrated in the Galway area.
It is understood the Galway investigation is centred around one particular store in the city where it is suspected a staff member working with the gang may have facilitated the cloning of thousands of bank card details.
In the past number of weeks, the gang — which is thought to be part of a major Eastern European crime syndicate — used the laser and credit card details to steal significant sums of money from the accounts of thousands of Galway shoppers before they, the banks or the Gardaí suspected anything.
As a precaution, all the major banks are now closing down the…
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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup
Date Published: 29-Jan-2013
Athenry FC 1
Kilbarrack United 2
(After extra time)
For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.
On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.
An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.
However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.
They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.
With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.
Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.
Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.
Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.
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