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Battling Clonbur’s second-half fightback just comes up short

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Clonbur midfielder Cathal Burke who won a number of marks against Easkey of Sligo during Saturday's Connacht Club Junior football final in Enniscrone.

Easkey 1-11

Clonbur 1-10

IT’S difficult to find the appropriate superlative to best describe Ryan McKenna’s winning score into a gusting Atlantic wind in the Connacht Club Junior football final on Saturday.

Extra-time seemed inevitable when McKenna picked up the ball in the left-corner forward position. Easkey had run up an 11-point lead by the 35th minute, but Clonbur had showed exemplary fighting spirit when clawing back a sizable half-time deficit in the drawn Galway final with Corofin. That character was again in evidence in Enniscrone. Still, cruelly so in some ways, the final stanza of this match was to be written by an Easkey man.

McKenna was forced to battle for every inch he managed to get off Clonbur full-back Oisin Canney all game. However, when he collected possession in the 63rd minute of this final, McKenna sidestepped Canney and although his movement took his body position closer to the end-line, it gave him enough room to attempt a shot, however tough it was.

Not faced with the option of curling his shot, McKenna almost punt-kicked the ball, and incredibly, it sent the umpire running for the white flag. Mayo referee Liam Devenney blew his final whistle after Enda Joyce’s subsequent kick-out.

Enniscrone is just 13 kilometres from Easkey, the two clubs joined together at U-16 level this year to win League and Championship titles in the ‘B’ grade, and so Saturday’s Connacht final was as close to a home game as it could have possibly have gotten for the Sligo outfit. McKenna’s point had sent the large portion of Easkey fans wild, and when Devenney called for the ball, it was very much joy unconfined.

On the other side of the coin after a finish such as this one, is the obvious devastation for the losing team. Clonbur, winners of a Connacht junior club title in 2011,  were nine behind at half-time, and 1-10 to 0-2 in arrears when hard-running Easkey half-forward Emmet Healy kicked two points early into the second period.

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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