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Communities united in grief over Galway PP’s passing



COMMUNITIES across Galway, Mayo and the Aran Islands were numbed with sadness over the weekend, when news of the tragic passing of Clonbur Parish Priest, Fr. Micheál Mannion emerged.

A native of Carrarea, Ballyglunin – between Abbeyknockmoy and Monivea – the late Fr. Mannion died tragically on Saturday evening last in Cornamona. He had been due to celebrate Mass that evening in Cornamona Church.

Aged 44 years – he would have been 45 on March 27 next – Fr. Mannion had ministered as PP of Clonbur and Cornamona for over the past year, having previously been Parish Priest in the Aran Islands from 2010 to 2014.

A son of the late John and Stella Mannion from Carrarea, he was a bright pupil at Crumlin NS and later at Presentation College Secondary School, Athenry before being conferred with BA and BD (Bachelor of Divinity) degrees at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

Fr. Micheál was ordained on June 1, 1997, by Archbishop Michael Neary in his native Ryehill Church, Monivea, and the following year he returned to Maynooth where he obtained a Higher Diploma in Education.

After that, he spent a year as dean of the students at St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, before being appointed as Curate in 1999 to Westport, staying there until 2010.

He was appointed as PP for the Aran Islands in 2010 where he spent the next four years, immersing himself in the local community, before returning as PP in Clonbur/Cornamona four years later.

Fr. Fergal Cunnane was the chief celebrant at the Funeral Mass in Clonbur Church on Wednesday with a touching homily being delivered by Archbishop Michael Neary.

Later that afternoon, Fr. Micheál returned to his native Ballyglunin where he was laid to rest in Kilmoylan Cemetery overlooking the banks of the Abbert River.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



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



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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