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Corofin ready for Cork rivals who have big score to settle

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Corofin defender Dylan McHugh, in action against Padraig Pearses Shane Carty, will be key to the Galway champions' hopes of overcoming Nemo Rangers in Saturday's All-Ireland Club football semi-final in Ennis.

REIGNING champions Corofin will look to keep alive their dream of completing a three-in-a-row of All-Ireland senior club titles when they face Cork’s Nemo Rangers in the penultimate stage of the competition at Cusack Park, Ennis, on Saturday (1:30pm).

With Corofin having dismantled Nemo Rangers in the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day final, winning on the impressive scoreline of 2-19 to 0-10, the Galway holders are 2/5 on favourites to defeat the same opposition again. However, Corofin boss Kevin O’Brien is expecting a far greater “edge” to Nemo Rangers this time round.

“The overall thing about Nemo this year is that they are conceding very little and they are getting the scores on the board. They have a good defence and they have very good forwards, especially in the likes of Luke Connolly, probably one of the best forwards in the country. So, that is a big challenge for us, particularly this time of the year when it is hard to rack up a decent score.

“So, when you’re playing against a mean defence, it is tough, as Clonmel Commercials found out. That was a very good win for Nemo. They probably had a bit of revenge on the mind given what happened in 2015 when losing out to Clonmel in the Munster final. So, that was their main focus and they will probably bring the same edge into our game the next day,” believes O’Brien.

That said, having won their seventh consecutive county title and fourth Connacht crown in a row — they accounted for Ballintubber of Mayo and Padraig Pearses of Roscommon in the provincial series — Corofin seem to be well primed to make their assault on yet another All-Ireland series.

For Corofin have not only proved to be head and shoulders above teams in Galway and Connacht, but right across the country, as underlined by their All-Ireland final victories over Slaughtneil of Derry (2015), Nemo Rangers of Cork (2018) and Dr Crokes of Kerry (2019) in recent years.

At the heart of these victories is a core group of players who have continually driven on the Corofin juggernaut, the likes of Kieran Fitzgerald, Ciaran McGrath, Ronan Steede, Gary Sice and captain Micheál Lundy, among others.

Consequently, despite using well over two dozen players in the Galway championship, it would be a surprise if the team alters much from that which defeated Dr Crokes 2-16 to 0-10 last March. Bernard Power will once again man the posts while Liam Silke, Fitzgerald, Cathal Silke, Dylan McHugh, Dylan Wall and Kieran Molloy look a likely defensive sextet.

Daithí Burke and Ronan Steede have formed a formidable midfield partnership in the past — and should do so again — while, up front, Sice, Jason Leonard, Lundy, Ian Burke and the two Farraghers, Michael and Martin, should form the attack.

There are others, though, who have been pushing hard for starting berths, no more so than Conor Cunningham, Colin Brady and Ciaran McGrath and 2019 Galway U20 players Gavin Burke, Ross Mahon and Darragh Silke.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

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