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Careless Galway dice with danger as title defence gets complicated

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Inside Track with John McIntyre

Perhaps, the sweeper in hurling isn’t dead after all. Only for Clare shifting Colm Galvin into the role midway through the opening half of Saturday’s thrilling All-Ireland semi-final, the Banner men would most likely have been blown away by a Galway team which took off at 100 miles an hour at Croke Park.
Clare were already nine points down and really struggling to compete against the champions’ sheer physicality and quality. Their sideline had to react quickly and decisively or else their team’s long-awaited return to GAA headquarters would have turned into a nightmare. There may have been more than a touch of desperation about moving Galvin back, but it contributed hugely to saving Clare’s season.
Galway, on the other hand, must be kicking themselves for not putting Clare away in the first half – and they had more than enough chances to do so. A tally of a dozen wides for 35 minutes hurling is unacceptable for the champions and they could have paid an almighty heavy price for it. When Shane O’Donnell put Clare two up in the second period of extra time, Galway were on the brink of being beaten.
In the circumstances, their players deserve a massive amount of credit for responding to the challenge with Jonathan Glynn emerging a pivotal figure in this period. By that juncture, Galway had lost Gearóid McInerney, Joe Canning, Adrian Tuohey and Conor Whelan for various reasons, but their hearts and minds remained admirably strong.
Though it took a brilliantly crafted point from Clare substitute Jason McCarthy to deny Galway a place in the All-Ireland final for the third time in four years, the Tribesmen have now been holed below the water line as well as losing the tag of invincibility which hung around them in the early stages of the championship. The drawn Leinster final indicated Micheál Donoghue’ men weren’t bombproof; last Saturday confirmed it.
Life has become more complicated in defence of their All-Ireland crown and if Galway come out on top in this weekend’s replay, they won’t have the luxury of the same recovery time as final opponents Limerick who showed gallantry of extreme levels in wearing down Cork in another titanic semi-final last Sunday. Galway’s injury woes are both untimely and troublesome as well. It remains to be seen how compromised the fitness of Gearóid McInerney and Joe Canning is – both hobbled off against Clare – while the strain put on Daithí Burke’s injured ankle in the drawn semi-final couldn’t have aided his recovery. Only his warrior-like make up allowed the Galway full back survive a really difficult challenge.

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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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Siblings find each other – and their Connemara roots – after 80 years

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Reunited...Pat and Miceál McKeown outside their mother Síle’s birthplace in Carna.

By Erin Gibbons

A family separated for over 80 years was reunited at the end of an emotional journey in Connemara last weekend – thanks to DNA testing and the expert help of heritage researchers.

Pat McKeown, who lives in Staffordshire in the UK, is the daughter of Síle Gorham from Roisín Na Mainiach, Carna – but she was given up for adoption and reared for a time in a Belfast Mother and Baby Home.

Now, at the age of 81, she found her roots – returning to her mother’s native place for the first time last weekend, in the company of her long-lost brother Micheál.

It was an emotional end to a lifelong search for her roots that even led her to hire a private detective to try and locate her family and to discover her name.

All of this proved unsuccessful – and she had effectively given up her search when she was contacted unexpectedly by a man called Miceál McKeown, who turned out to be her brother.

Micheál – an artist and sculptor – and his daughter Orla had made the connection through DNA testing, after Miceál too had set out to discover more about his own roots.

That revealed that Síle Gorham had married Michael McKeown in 1939, and Síle went on to have three more children named Áine, Séan and Miceál.

Pat visited Connemara last weekend for the first time to learn about her mother Síle and the Connemara ancestry which she feels was robbed from her for her entire 81 years.

She was accompanied by Miceál, his wife Rosemary, daughter Orla and son-in-law Rueben Keogh.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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Mayor of Galway, Cllr Michael Smyth, turning the first sod of the new £86,000 community centre at Shantalla on August 6, 1971

1921

Treatment of women

At the meeting of the Galway Board of Guardians on Wednesday, Mr. Pk. Thornton in the chair, a discussion took place regarding the admission of women with illegitimate children.

Mr. Cooke said that it was one of those questions which the Dáil Éireann was trying to solve. The assistant clerk said that Galway was only a small place in comparison to other places.

A member said that these people were coming in month after month, and it was perfectly scandalous.

Mrs. Young said that the practice should be stopped as in England. The assistant clerk said that they had laws of their own in England in regard to this matter. Mrs. Young said that it was a matter that the guardians should go into.

Clerk: So these women assist in washing and scrubbing, Mr. O’Toole?

Master: Yes, they do.

Mrs. Young: Until you tackle the thing, you can never make much headway. The nuns were terrified by some of them who absolutely refused to work.

Mr. Cooke: They should be cleared out.

Chairman: It is not fair for any able-bodied woman to be in the workhouse at the ratepayers’ expense.

The clerk said that this question was one of the most difficult which had confronted Dáil Éireann, and they were looking the matter up.

Profiteering black spot

Galway is the blackest spot in Ireland for profiteering. It is maintaining its inglorious record in extortion – a record that all but killed the race meeting some years ago and diverted the stream of visitors from the town for nearly a decade.

If this flagrant profiteering continues, it will have the result of reducing the city ultimately to poverty, whilst the few grow rich. The economic balance must be maintained. Elsewhere desperate efforts are being made to maintain it.

Prices must come back. Labour in Galway has done absolutely nothing to bring them back, because Labour in Galway appears to be less intelligently led than elsewhere. Yet unemployment is rife amongst us, poverty is already knocking consistently at the door of not a few, wages are falling and must fall.

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