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Burke’s scoring blitz helps Annaghdown to easy win

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Annaghdown 3-13

Leitir Móir 0-10

ANNAGHDOWN’S march through this year’s senior football championship continued at pace last Sunday as they demolished Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir in Pearse Stadium. While the final 12 point margin was harsh on the Connemara side, Annaghdown were by far the more dangerous outfit and it was clear long before the final whistle that it would be their day.

Frankie Burke was the hero for Annaghdown, constantly proving a thorn in Leitir Móir’s side. The corner-forward bagged 2-3 from play, 2-6 overall and laid on a handful of other scores for his team-mates.

With Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh doing a good job marshalling Damien Comer, Leitir Móir might have thought they had half the job done but Burke has been in fantastic form this year and, between his scores and Leitir Móir’s failure to create many of their own, there was really only going to be one winner.

Playing with the aid of a strong wind in the first half, Leitir Móir would have been looking for a quick start but they let Annaghdown in for a goal on their first attack. Ciaran Duggan’s shot rebounded off the upright and with Pádraig Mac an Rí losing track of the ball and his man, Conor Moloney was left unmarked in front of goal to put Annaghdown 1-0 to 0-0 up after just 35 seconds.

It was an unfortunate start for Máirtín Breathnach’s men because they put together a decent spell of sustained pressure to drag themselves back level within seven minutes. Iarla Ó Curraoin opened their account with a superb long-range free before following it up with a ‘45. Aonghus Ó Fátharta then drew the Connemara side level, 0-3 to 1-0, firing over a delightful score on the turn, from a tight angle on the right wing.

While it looked at that stage as if the game might go all they way, Frankie Burke soon set about  establishing Annaghdown’s dominance. He opened his account in the 15th minute, capping off a good team move, before Burke then set up Conor Moloney to tap over after a blistering run.

While Iarla Ó Curraoin had replied for Leitir Móir with a 40m free, Burke was again on hand to tap over after Matthias Coleman had been fouled.

Ó Curraoin’s dead ball ability was keeping Leitir Móir in touch and it was on show again in the 23rd minute when he pointed another effort from 50m. The ball rolled from its spot just as Ó Curraoin began his run-up but, instead of re-spotting it as most would, the wing-forward ploughed on and stroked it over the bar.

That left Leitir Móir just a point behind, 0-5 to 1-3, but it would be the 45th minute before they scored again with Annaghdown adding 1-7 in the meantime.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Fuel for thought as we try and energise our wheels

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

A good few years back . . . well probably even decades . . . I remember asking quite a knowledgeable motoring correspondent, long gone to his eternal reward, about the pros and cons of staying with petrol or switching to diesel. By the time his reply had finished, nearly 20 minutes had elapsed, and I was avalanched with so much data that I was no wiser at the end of the conversation than I was at the start.

I thought of that a few weeks before Christmas when I happened to tune in to a programme on Channel 4 – Dispatches – which examined the practicalities of owning and driving an electric car across the roads of the United Kingdom.

There is a wish amongst all of us to pursue a more environmentally friendly way of life. At this stage, we all probably know someone who has purchased a fully electric car and certainly many more who have dipped their toes into the waters of the hybrid models.

Anyway, the main theme of the Dispatches programme was that after 10-years of investment by the UK authorities in the infrastructure needed to support electric cars, quite a shocking number of charging points were either out of action or were not working to their full efficiency.

Nearly 10% of the ‘rapid chargers’ sampled across the UK were found not to be working properly, while 30 new ultra-rapid charges were also found to be dysfunctional to varying degrees. Some of the charging points had been out of action for six years and a percentage of those were unrepairable as their technology base was now obsolete.

Apart from their significant extra cost – even if one qualifies for the maximum €5,000 Government grant – the great fear I would have with the electric cars is that I’d find myself marooned in a corner of Kerry or Antrim, out of ‘juice’, and unable to access a charging point.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Covid boosts college coffers

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NUI Galway

NUI Galway reported an operating surplus of almost €19 million during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic when its campus was closed for months.

The healthy finances reported by NUIG has prompted its student body to call for it to waive repeat exams’ fees and student levies, and to invest in mental health services.

Consolidated financial statements for NUIG for the year ended September 30 2020 show the university reported an operating surplus of €18.9 million. This was up by €16 million on the surplus generated in 2019.

The financial statement said that while Covid-19 was ‘extremely challenging’, the ‘extraordinary dedication and work ethic of its staff have mitigated against the financial impact’ of the year.

The report said a surplus of €18.9 million was a ‘commendable performance’ given that 95%  of staff and students withdrew from campus in March 2020 to study and work remotely in line with Government regulations.

It noted that core income fell by a net €4 million compared with the previous year.

“Drops in research income of €9m and a Covid-related decline in commercial and student accommodation income of some €5m were offset by increased fee income of €4m, a €3m increase in the fair value of investments, and other increases of €3m relating to Government grants and other income,” the report said.

It said that the increase in Government grants includes Covid Support grant funding from the Higher Education Authority to cover additional specific Covid-19 related costs of €2.2m.

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Farm buildings can be used as business hubs in rural areas

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Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind)

RURAL farm buildings should be utilised for small business enterprises which would supplement the income of landowners as well as creating some local employment in the process.

This was the view of the vast majority of Galway councillors who passed a motion that buildings directly relating to farming be considered for other purposes that would be financially advantageous to the owners.

The matter came up for discussion at a meeting of the Galway County Development Plan when it was suggested that the farming community needed to be allowed develop small business opportunities.

A motion from Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind) – deviating slightly from Galway County Council policy – proposed that they be allowed carry out businesses such as the servicing and repair of machinery, land reclamation, drainage works, and agricultural contracting was carried.

The motion added that this be allowed where it is financially advantageous to locate in a given area and where it would not have an adverse impact on the environment.

The Williamstown councillor said that it could result in hundreds of small business enterprises being developed out of farm buildings.

“At the moment they cannot get planning permission for such enterprises given that they are located in a rural area,” he argued.

He was supported by Cllr. Pete Roche (FG) who went further by saying that even the establishment of pet farms or animal farms that could be opened up to the public were also options that could be considered.

“There are farm families at the moment who cannot earn a decent living out of agriculture alone and would relish the opportunity to diversify,” he added.

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