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City side Walzer in to last four after marathon tie

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Cathal Blake of Milltown is challenged by Andrew Butler and John Maher of Salthill Knocknacarra in the sides' quarter-final replay in Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photos: Iain McDonald.

Salthill-Knocknacarra 3-13

Milltown 1-16

After extra-time

After two weekends, over 160 minutes of football, five goals and two sending offs, it was Salthill-Knocknacarra who finally bagged the final spot in the semi-finals of the Senior Football championship courtesy of a late Robert Walzer goal.

Just like a week earlier in Tuam Stadium, there was little to separate the two teams, but it took a point at the death from Sean Armstrong to bring the game to extra time before Walzer pounced on 77 minutes to set up a date with Mountbellew-Moylough next Sunday.

In a very open game of football that saw just eight of the 33 scores come from placed balls, the result never seemed predictable with no more than three points separating the sides across the 80 minutes of action and the teams drawing level on eight occasions.

Having home field advantage, it was the city side who came out of blocks faster, John Maher winning the throw-in and setting up Sean Armstrong for the game’s opening score after just 15 seconds.

Salthill were dominating possession early on but throughout the first-half would be punished for some poor shooting, hitting three wides inside the opening three minutes and finishing with an overall first-half tally of eight that stopped them ever going away from their opponents.

Going long from the kick-outs was resulting in Milltown losing possession time after time, but once they began reverting to short attempts and running at the former All-Ireland champions, they were seeing a much better return as a fine diagonal ball set up Eoin Mannion for their first score on six minutes.

While Milltown favoured running Anthony Finnerty’s side were more inclined to kick their way from A to B while Maher was helping to sweep up anything that went around the middle and quickly turn defence into attack in one killer pass.

His workrate set up two scores for Armstrong and Andrew Butler to regain the lead before another pinpoint pass gave Evan Murphy the space to run at Milltown, ducking and weaving his way around numerous challenges only for his low goal attempt to just drift wide.

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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