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Ambitious St Michael’s target winning of senior football title

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RISING STARS: St Michael’s celebrate after defeating Claregalway in the 2020 County Minor 'A' Football Championship Final. Front row: (standing) Kevin Fahy, Mike Corbett, (kneeling) Matthew Fogarty, Eoghan Harlowe, Cian Fahy, Caomhan Mannion, James McDonnell, Romeo Pecha, Ethan Fiorentini, Cathal Meagher, James Morris-Burke, Gary Higgins, Patrick Walsh, Mike Hoctor, Jamie Cahill. Back row: Dave Mullally, John Ruane, Tom Hiney, Conal Gallagher, DeAngelo Massah, Conor Cooke-Winters, Josh Ruffley, Cathal Keane, Aaron Flynn, Mikey Maguire, PJ Ward, Gavin Summerville, Eoin Collins, Darragh O'Malley, Sean Comer-O'Brien, Sam Cooke, David Hurley, Ross Lydon, Harry Walsh, Evan Thornton, Ciaran Park, Blain Sheridan, Shanon McIlhinney.

AFTER winning the county minor ‘A’ championship in 2020, and with underage numbers on the rise, the hierarchy in St. Michael’s GAA Club make no bones that one of their aspirations for the coming years is to win a Galway senior championship.

Some may scoff at the notion, given the city club has only appeared once in a county decider in 2014. However, the winds of change are blowing in St. Michael’s catchment area and, in turn, the club has begun to build windmills to harness it.

In recent years, the West City outfit has gone back to what it’s good at. Founded in 1956 as an underage club – it won three county minor football championships in a row between 1958 and 1960 – they have proven to be one of the top clubs in cultivating underage talent as their seven county minor ‘A’ titles underline.

Indeed, only Corofin (14), Salthill/Knocknacarra (12) and Tuam Stars (11) have won more at the grade. All those clubs have translated this underage success into senior honours; why not St. Michael’s? Club Secretary Lorcan Mannion believes they can.

“We definitely would have a senior title in our sights over the next number of years, given the numbers we have coming through and the interest that is there,” he says. “We not only have players from the Alan Glynn and Eddie Hoare era now coming through as coaches, but we now also have the young lads coming through and they don’t fear anyone.

“For a good number of years, we might have seen ourselves as second-class citizens to Salthill/Knocknacarra – nine times out of 10 they would beat us when we’d meet them – but there are young lads there now who don’t know anything else but winning. They have that winning mentality.

“So, while it would be fair to say over the last 10 years that, more often than not, our focus realistically was to hold our own at senior, with what we have coming through now though, we would have ambitions beyond that.”

St. Michael’s run in the 2020 minor championship certainly provided green shoots. In the West Board, victories over Oranmore/Maree and Salthill/Knocknacarra in the opening rounds were followed with wins over Barna and Salthill/Knocknacarra, again, in the semi-final and final respectively.

In the county final, they then saw off Claregalway on a 1-16 to 2-11 scoreline to claim a first title since 2004 – Darragh O’Malley’s second-half goal proving crucial to the outcome.

“There has been a lot of work done with the juveniles in recent years,” continues Mannion. “Like most clubs, we’ve gone through phases of rebuilding from juvenile up; 10 or 12 years ago, the juvenile wasn’t in a brilliant place, but there has been a lot of work done in the last while. The recent minor win is one of the fruits of that.”

Whenever St. Michael’s have enjoyed minor success in the past, they have reaped the benefits of it in the ensuing years, be it reaching senior county semi-finals or final or winning intermediate titles.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

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