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Cunningham relishing his return to top flight of cross-channel football

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Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

WITH Premier League football back on our screens this weekend after the Summer hiatus, Galway eyes will be on former Cregmore and Mervue United star Greg Cunningham as he makes his return to top flight football with newly promoted Cardiff City.
For Cunningham, who made the move from Championship outfit Preston North End to Cardiff over the Summer for an overall fee of £4 million, it is another chance to mix it with the elite of English and international football having begun his senior career with current champions Manchester City.
“Yeah, it is where you want to play,” says Cunningham, as he takes time out from his busy pre-season schedule. “The best players in the world are there and you want to pitch yourself up against them week in, week out. So, obviously, it was a big attraction for me to play for a club playing in the Premier League and we are looking forward to the challenge this season.”
Having been 33/1 to make the play-offs of the championship at the outset of last season, Cardiff City belied their low standing in the eyes of the bookmakers and pundits by finishing second in the table and gaining automatic promotion under controversial manager Neil Warnock.
As often observed, football fans either love or hate Warnock but one thing is for sure the Premier League will be a more interesting competition with him in it, particularly given the public spat with Man City boss Pep Guardiola when the sides met in the FA Cup in January.
Guardiola was livid with the nature of Cardiff’s robust tackling; Warnock took umbrage to his remarks by telling him – and everyone else – so. To put it mildly, Warnock, who has a superb track record when it comes to getting teams promoted, rarely stands back from an argument.
“I am really enjoying working under him,” says Cunningham, who, it is understood, had been a target for an admiring Warnock for some time. “We have had a great few weeks so far. We were training in Cardiff for the first week or so and then we headed down to Cornwall, where the gaffer lives, and we had some training down there.
“It was nice. Every year, he invites the lads over to his house and we had a barbeque and stuff and we chilled out there for the afternoon. It was a nice way to get the boys together and it was a good bonding week there.

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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.

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