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Victory joy for Maree teams in weekend league ties

Keith Kelly



Stephen Commins who had an impressive game for Maree in their Super League win over Templeogue in Oranmore on Saturday.

MAREE’S two Super League sides bounced back from the disappointment of their respective cup exits with two big victories over the weekend; but Moycullen suffered a 26-point Super League defeat away to a Tralee Warriors side that has moved to the top of the table following their victory.

In juvenile basketball, three Galway sides were in action in the U-18 boys and U-18 girls National Cup, with Titans’ boys’ side making it to the Pool 2 final, losing out to UCD Marian.

Women’s Super League

Wildcats 80

Maree  92

A stunning final quarter performance from Maree saw them take the scalp of Waterford Wildcats on their home court to move to second in the Women’s Super League table.

The Oranmore-based side led by two points at the end of the first quarter, but trailed by three both at half-time and the end of the third quarter, only for them to dig deep and claim the win in a physical encounter.

Wildcats enjoyed early 4-point leads, only for Fiona Scally and Claire Rockall to twice drag Maree level, before the visitors finally got their noses in front, thanks in no small part to two 3-pointers from Galway ladies football star, Aine McDonagh.

Carly McLendon and Carol McCarthy also got on the scoresheet in the first quarter, meaning all five of Maree’s starters had knocked down a basket in the opening 10 minutes as they led 24-22 at the end of the quarter.

Wildcats took control early in the second to wipe out that deficit and take a six-point lead, and after a brief Maree rally, the home side extended the gap to eight points before a strong Maree finish, thanks to scores from Scally and McDonagh, had the gap back to 3 (45-42) at half-time.

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

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Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’

Enda Cunningham



Some of the 'movie money' which has been seized.

Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.

The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.

Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.

Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.

“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.

“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.

“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.

“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.

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Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel




Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.

Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.


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Three refused bail on violent disorder charges




Longford Courthouse

Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.

Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.

Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.

An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.

Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.

Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.

Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.

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