There have been signs in the underage grades in recent times that Athenry hurling is stirring again, and yet another hint of this was their comprehensive county minor ‘A’ hurling championship semi-final victory over a fancied Turloughmore side at Pearse Stadium on Saturday.
While you would hardly describe their 10-point win as spectacular, Athenry’s display was wholly functional and, in this respect, it had coach John Hardiman’s print all over it. Superbly organised and boasting of an insatiable work-rate and intensity, Athenry really did confound the pundits with this gritty showing.
Added to this, the victors had found themselves 1-1 to no score down after just eight minutes and it appeared this could be a cakewalk for the favourites. Yet, once Athenry got their structures in place, with players dropping deep – Liam Egan often finding himself in the sweeper role – they began to make in-roads.
Incredibly, Turlough would only score one more point in the ensuing 52 minutes of play in normal time before Galway All-Ireland minor winner Conor Walsh forced home a free for a consolation goal in the third minute of injury-time.
It was a total collapse from a Turloughmore side you would have to have a great deal of sympathy for. After all, these are only young men learning their trade but, on Saturday, they were taught the harshest lesson of all. Don’t let the opposition dictate the rules of engagement.
At any rate, a converted Walsh free had Turloughmore off the mark early before Oisin Fahy forced home the sliotar for the opening goal following a passage of play that also saw Matthew Lyons initially denied by Athenry custodian, Paddy Rabbitte.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Boil water notice issued for Barna area
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.
Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised
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 .
Anger over ANC ‘snip’
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.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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