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Back to the drawing board as Galway come up short again

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Galway's Lorraine Ryan and Julianne Malone of Kilkenny in a race for possession during Saturday's All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Kilkenny 1-10

Galway 1-7

GALWAY’S senior camogie team produced a fighting finish last Saturday but still found themselves coming up short at the final whistle as Kilkenny booked a third consecutive All-Ireland final appearance.

For the Tribeswomen, it was a devastating blow against the below-par Noresiders who hit a purple patch with 1-3 unanswered in the final quarter at Semple Stadium.

Cathal Murray’s charges will rue missed chances themselves as they never fully gelled over the hour even if a couple of refereeing decisions went against them. Rebecca Hennelly struck a late penalty to leave them just three behind but they couldn’t engineer another major threat to steal a draw.

The talk beforehand was about Kilkenny centre back Ann Dalton and their sweeper system.  Galway did attack the number six with Caitriona Cormican giving the St. Lactain’s player little room to manoeuvre.

However, Galway didn’t fully commit to attack opting to play their spare player (Tara Kenny) in their own back six.  It succeeded in limiting the Leinster side sufficient space but it also curtailed their own attack.

After good work from Lorraine Ryan, who set the first half’s tempo, and Noreen Coen, the latter won a free which Carrie Dolan converted on two minutes before Denise Gaule levelled three minutes later.

Even though she finished her side’s top scorer, Gaule was having an off day with the placed balls and missed three decent chances in the first half. However, her second on 12 minutes was followed by a Michelle Quilty point giving Kilkenny a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage on 17 minutes.

Just four scores in the opening quarter, while testament to both defences’ perseverance, was also a poor indictment on the respective attacks that weren’t seizing the opportunities on the big occasion.  Kilkenny threatened to goal twice through Katie Power and Quilty.

Galway also had their moments up front but referee Ray Kelly gave poor calls against the maroon and white. While Aoife Donohue should have had a foul before half-time, the decision to penalise Ailish O’Reilly for overcarrying after she was victim to a high challenge was baffling.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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