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Croatia calling! Top prize in Tribune’s Photo Competition

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A week's holiday for two in Croatia with Croatia Tours is the top prize in the Connacht Tribune's 'My Galway, My Culture' photo competition.

Galway’s amateur photographers will be delighted to learn that the top prize for the My Galway, My Culture photo competition has just been announced. It’s a week’s holiday for two in Croatia.

Croatia will be the home of one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture in 2020 and Galway is bidding to be the other, so this prize offers a luck local photographer the chance to visit historic Dubrovnik or spend time on a beach resort, or both.

The My Galway, My Culture photo competition in support of Galway 2020 – European Capital of Culture bid – was launched two weeks ago and already there has been strong interest and some excellent entries.

The competition leaves it up to you to define what culture means to you.

We want photos from all over Galway City and County. From the Salthill Prom to Portumna; from Kinvara to Cleggan; from Gort to Glenamaddy.

The theme of the competition is My Galway, My Culture – People, Places and Events in Galway, Summer 2015 – and it’s open to any amateur photographer over the age of 18.

Photos must be taken between 1st July and the closing date of 30th August 2015.

We’ll exhibit the best images in the Print Works at the Connacht Tribune in September and the winner, which will be selected by a panel of professional photographers, will receive a holiday for two in Croatia, thanks to Croatia Tours.

Entering is easy, simply upload your photos at www.ctrib2019.wpengine.com/2020photo/

or email them to us at photos@ctribune.ie

You can see all the entries so far on our website here and we’ll print a selection each week in the Tribune.

Further prizes will be announced in the coming weeks.

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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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