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GAA to brief Galway delegates on internal audit

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A ‘clear-the-air’ meeting of the Galway County GAA Board has been called for Monday night in Loughgeorge (8pm) at which club delegates are expected to be ‘briefed and updated’ on the financial situation facing the organisation in the county.

The Board’s full-time secretary, John Hynes, announced last Thursday that he would not be seeking a renewal of his contract with the Central Council of the GAA for ‘personal reasons’.

The Chairman of Galway County Board Pat Kearney confirmed to the Connacht Tribune that as of this week, Seamus O’Grady – who had been Assistant County Board Secretary – was now the Secretary of the Galway GAA Board.

Mr. Kearney said that he would make no further comment, other than to confirm that John Hynes had decided not to seek a renewal of his contract, and that he had vacated his position. “Seamus O’Grady is now the Secretary of the Galway GAA Board,” said Mr. Kearney.

Monday night’s full delegate meeting of the County Board (now referred to as the County Committee) is the first such meeting to be held over the past three months and delegates are expected to be updated on the contents of an internal Galway Co. Board Audit Committee report that has been ongoing since early this year.

The Audit Report has been driven by the Treasurer of the Galway Co. Board, Mike Burke, from Kinvara, who was elected to the position late last year, following a contest with the incumbent, John McGann of Ardrahan.

The Connacht Tribune has learned that the first draft of this report was prepared by early summer and submitted to Croke Park for their observations.

Since then, it is understood there have been ongoing contacts between Croke Park and the Galway County Board on the report, but it hasn’t been released to club delegates and is unlikely to be given to them either on Monday night for legal reasons.

Delegates though are likely to given a ‘legally sound’ synopsis of the internal audit and are also likely to hear of an impending ‘visit’ by senior Croke Park officials to Galway, to have another look at the financial position of the Galway County Committee.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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Siblings find each other – and their Connemara roots – after 80 years

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Reunited...Pat and Miceál McKeown outside their mother Síle’s birthplace in Carna.

By Erin Gibbons

A family separated for over 80 years was reunited at the end of an emotional journey in Connemara last weekend – thanks to DNA testing and the expert help of heritage researchers.

Pat McKeown, who lives in Staffordshire in the UK, is the daughter of Síle Gorham from Roisín Na Mainiach, Carna – but she was given up for adoption and reared for a time in a Belfast Mother and Baby Home.

Now, at the age of 81, she found her roots – returning to her mother’s native place for the first time last weekend, in the company of her long-lost brother Micheál.

It was an emotional end to a lifelong search for her roots that even led her to hire a private detective to try and locate her family and to discover her name.

All of this proved unsuccessful – and she had effectively given up her search when she was contacted unexpectedly by a man called Miceál McKeown, who turned out to be her brother.

Micheál – an artist and sculptor – and his daughter Orla had made the connection through DNA testing, after Miceál too had set out to discover more about his own roots.

That revealed that Síle Gorham had married Michael McKeown in 1939, and Síle went on to have three more children named Áine, Séan and Miceál.

Pat visited Connemara last weekend for the first time to learn about her mother Síle and the Connemara ancestry which she feels was robbed from her for her entire 81 years.

She was accompanied by Miceál, his wife Rosemary, daughter Orla and son-in-law Rueben Keogh.

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