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Elderly farmers urged to get alarm

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Elderly farmers or those living on their own are urged to get personal alarms, for which grants are available

Elderly farmers have been urged to avail of personal alarms in the event of them being subjected to rural crime.

A Galway councillor has encouraged farmers to apply to their local community for the personal alarm which is subsidised.

Rural dwellers and particularly those living alone are in dread of being attacked in their homes by mobile gangs of criminals.

Cllr Peter Keaveney from Glenamaddy said that rural crime was a major concern amongst farm families in the area. The Fine Gael councillor said that it was imperative that farmers, and particularly those living in remote areas, would equip themselves with personal alarms in the event of attacks taking place.

“We are not in the business of scaring people but the reality is that attacks do happen. We saw it in Williamstown a couple of years ago when two elderly brothers were tied up for hours in an horrific experience”, Cllr. Keaveney added.

He said that the rural community had to protect themselves and added that the cost of around €80 for such an alarm was money well spent.

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) are also advocating that farmers consider applying for the personal alarm under the Seniors Alert Scheme.

Rural Development Chairman Billy Gray said that subsidised monitored personal alarms were available to all those aged 65 or over who met the criteria of the scheme and had a landline telephone.

“Community groups have been issued with grants to cover the costs of purchasing and installing the alarms and the recipient only has to pay the yearly monitoring fee of approximately €80.

“These alarms provide great security for older people or older couples living alone as the alarm is monitored 24 hours a day.

“And if you have any concern for your own safety, whether it’s an intruder or an accident, all you have to do is press the button and there’s someone at the end of the line to help”, Mr. Gray explained.

He added: “Most farmers would be aware of their local community group, but for anyone who isn’t, a full list of groups and contact details covering the whole country is available to download on the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government website”.

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On yer bike – from Ardrahan to Dublin city

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Pictured at the IFA ‘Save Irish Farming’ protest in Dublin last Sunday were: Roy O Brien, IFA; Rose Mary McDonagh, Caherlistrane; Peter Gohery, Eyrecourt; Bertie Roche, Abbey, Loughrea; Liam Higgins, Athenry; Pat Murphy, Ardrahan; Anne Mitchell, Menlough; Martin Murphy, Turloughmore; and Declan McDonagh, Caherlistrane.

‘ON, yer bike, and off to Dublin in the green, in the green’ – that was the motto last weekend of Ardrahan’s Pat Murphy who cycled his way to Dublin for the IFA rally in Merrion Square on Sunday.

“I enjoy doing a bit of cycling, although I hadn’t done a lot in preparation for a trip to Dublin, but I got through it all right,” the Connacht IFA Chairman, told the Farming Tribune.

He said that the motive for completing his 206km, two-day journey from his native Ardrahan to the IFA Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin, was to help draw attention to Sunday’s national rally.

Pat ‘broke the back’ on the journey on Friday when he cycled to Kinnegad with the help of a back-up vehicle, courtesy of daughter Ciara and her boyfriend, Conor Niland while Mike McInerney and Martin Murphy, cycled part of the Galway trip with him.

Galway IFA Chairperson Anne Mitchell provided the support on the second part of the trip and Pat Murphy was glad of the support. “It was great to have that back-up vehicle on both days in case anything went wrong, and it also helped to provide an extra element of safety for the trip,” he said.

According to Anne Mitchell, the IFA man averaged 27kph on that last leg of the trip which she said was ‘great going’, given the wet conditions on Saturday morning.

A head wind on the journey from Kilbeggan to Kinnegad proved to be the toughest part of the cycle for Pat Murphy, who said that the whole purpose of the cycle and Sunday’s rally was to highlight the issues facing farmers over the coming years.

“The decisions being taken now on CAP, nitrates and climate change in relation to farming will have major implications for the future of agriculture over the next 15 to 20 years.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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West was awake at farm rally in Dublin

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National IFA President, Tim Cullinan

ALL of the Connacht counties were represented at Sunday’s national IFA tractor rally in Dublin held to highlight threats posed to the future of farming across the country.

Galway had four out of the 11 Connacht tractors in the event – driven by Noel Murphy, Ballymacward; Bertie Roche, Abbey, Loughrea; Aaron Conroy, Woodford; and Peter Gohery, Eyrecourt.

Connacht IFA Chair, Pat Murphy, took to the bike for the event, covering the 206 kilometre trip from Ardrahan to the Farm Centre in Dublin through the course of Friday and Saturday.

Sunday’s event – which had 100 tractors participating – was addressed by National IFA President, Tim Cullinan, who said the ‘Save Irish Farming Rally’ had sent a strong message to Government that farmers had to be involved in negotiations affecting their future.

“Farm families are genuinely concerned about their future. Equally, there is deep frustration that every policy of this Government, including their proposed National Strategic Plan for the next CAP, is designed to reduce production.

“Farmers are being asked to do more and more for less and they are very conscious of the climate challenge, and they want to play their part. But this Government has no plan. Farmers are being talked at – rather than talked to.

“The Government needs to provide more funding, including a properly-funded Common Agricultural Policy, to ensure that farmers can take on the climate challenge while remaining viable.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Early goals sink Kilconly

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The Kilkerrin/Clonberne/Killererin U19 football team which defeated Kilconly in the North Board Final at Tuam Stadium on Saturday. Back row, left to right: Jake Haverty, Joe Fahy, Cathal Fallon, Kevin Fahy, Cian Carton, Sean Donoghue, Sean Fahy, Ciarán Kelly, Fergal Mannion, Joe Kelly, Eanna Donoghue, James Watts, Cathal Gilligan. Front row: Ciaran Barry, Darragh Healy, David Dunleavy, Cian Hynes, Diarmuid Mullin, Darragh Lyons, Luke Halton, Keelan Wilson.

Kilkerrin/Clonberne/Killererin 2-6

Kilconly 1-7

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

KILKERRIN/Clonberne/Killererin claimed the North Board U19 B football title in Tuam Stadium on Saturdan, after coming through a testing encounter against Kilconly.

John Wilson’s team had to withstand a great second half comeback from a battling Kilconly side, who just ran out of time in the end. Nevertheless, Kilkerrin/Clonberne/Killererin were the more clinical side and were deserving winners on the day.

Kilconly opened the scoring with a pointed free from the lively David Prendergast after four minutes. Kilkerrin/Clonberne/Killererin’s first score was a major one, however. A twenty-five-yard free from Keelan Wilson dipped beneath the crossbar and over the head of Kilconly ‘keeper James Ganly for a goal.

Three minutes later, from a similar position, Wilson had another free which dropped short. On this occasion, Ganly palmed the ball out, but only into the hands of the inrushing James Watts, who finished to the net. It was a dream start for Kilconly, who found themselves in the driving seat after getting two early goals.

The goals gave Kilkerrin/Clonberne/Killererin a visible shot of confidence, and they soon added two points. Darragh Lyons played a low ball into Watts, who kicked a good score over his shoulder. Two minutes later, Wilson pointed a free from 30 yards to make it 2-2 to 0-1.

Kilconly’s second score came shortly before the water break, with Conor Dunleavy sending over a fine point, after a pass from Paul Ronan. However, the second quarter was also dominated by Kilkerrin/Clonberne/Killererin, who outscored their opponents by 0-3 to 0-1.

Diarmuid Mullin sent over an impressive point, before a well worked move involving Sean Donoghue and Darragh Healy set up Joe Kelly, who added another score. Sean Donoghue was proving to be an effective target man at full forward, and he drew a foul which was converted by Wilson to make it 2-5 to 0-2.

At the other end, Jonathan Mannion earned a free for Kilconly, which Prendergast pointed to reduce the margin before half time. However, it looked like Kilconly had a big mountain to climb at the interval. They appeared to lack confidence in front of goal, during a first half in which they kicked seven wides.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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