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Celebration of life of young GMIT student who died



A GMIT student who died of cancer last December, will be remembered today (Sunday) as family and friends in his home town of Tulla, Co Clare, hold a celebration for what would have been his 21st birthday.

Today’s event to honour Jack Lynch, a student in Hotel Management at GMIT, is also a fundraiser for the cancer charity Sláinte an Chláir. It’s to help the group raise money for a mini-bus which will be used to transport patients to hospital for cancer treatment.

The 21st Birthday Memorial will begin at 11.30am with a Family Walk, starting from Cnoc na Gaoithe, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann centre in the village. The suggested donation for adults is €10 and children go free.  That will be followed with a Tractor/Vintage Run, starting from 1.30-1.45pm beside the Tulla hurling field, Dr Daly Park. The cost is €20 per tractor.

When the Tractor Run is completed, there will be a barbecue and live Music at the Power House, and trad sessions in Minogues’ Bar and the Windswept Hill.

Jack, a keen hurler and sportsman, was in remission from leukaemia when he began his studies at GMIT. The first-year student was due to sit his exams in May when his medical team informed him that the cancer had returned. GMIT staff pulled out all the stops to fulfil Jack’s wish to sit his exams while being treated at St James’ Hospital in Dublin.

He passed with flying colours, but was unable to return to college last Autumn as the leukaemia was not responding to treatment.

Jack was placed on a series of experimental drugs, but they, too, failed to work. His mother and two sisters received great support from Sláinte an Chláir during this time and the organisation also provided help when he was told there was nothing more could be done for him.

Jack’s wish that he should die at home, with his family, was fulfilled thanks to the support of Sláinte an Chláir. In gratitude for that, and all the assistance he and they received, his mother Noeleen and teenage sisters Gráinne and Róisín, decided to hold this fundraising event, to celebrate his 21st birthday, which fell last Wednesday.

All Jack’s friends from college and Galway are warmly invited to take part in the celebration in Tulla today.

More information on the Facebook page, Jack’s 21st Birthday Memorial – in Aid of Sláinte an Chláir.

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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 .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



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



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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