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Galway have something to build on despite heavy loss to champs

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Galway defender Cathal Sweeney comes under pressure from Dublin's Con O'Callaghan during Saturday's All-Ireland senior football semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

ANYONE who is antagonistic towards the Galway footballers and the team management in the wake of their heavy All-Ireland semi-final defeat to the four-in-a-row chasing Dublin at Croke Park last Saturday evening clearly doesn’t see the bigger picture.

Of course, there is disappointment around the county that Galway fell so short of halting the Dublin juggernaut and only a late ‘soccer-style’ goal from Shane Walsh prevented them from shipping a dozen-points defeat, but the reality is that the Tribesmen were coming up against the greatest football team since the dominant Kerry era of the late seventies and early eighties.

Galway were rank outsiders but they gave it a go and were unlucky to trail by two points at the interval after Eamonn Brannigan spurned a penalty chance – it was surprising that Walsh didn’t take the kick – and the team’s attack proved guilty of some wild shooting. They needed to nail almost everything to have any hope of toppling the champions.

That penalty opportunity had come less than three minutes after Damien Comer had superbly fisted a Ciaran Duggan delivery to the net as Stephen Cluxton made a rare error of judgement in dashing off his line. A second Galway goal would surely have shaken the Dubs and, perhaps, altered the semi-final’s narrative.

The lively Ian Burke and Walsh picked off some fine points in that opening half as Galway displayed a lot more dash than in their forgettable defeat to Monaghan the previous weekend. Unfortunately, the concession of a Con O’Callaghan goal in the 27th minute – Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh was unlucky not to prevent the ball going over the line – proved an ominous sign of what was to come.

O’Callaghan, who had his best game of the championship, Paul Mannion and Ciarán Kilkenny were constant thorns in Galway’s side and though the hard-working Tom Flynn and substitute Michael Daly picked off rousing points in the third quarter, Dublin were starting to stretch their legs in pulling clear.

Though a Shane Walsh free cut the deficit to five points in the 54th minute, Dublin really began to bore holes in the Galway rearguard as their battalion of reserves also gave them fresh impetus, with three of them, the impressive Cormac Costello, Kevin McManamon and Paul Flynn, contributing six points in total.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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