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Galway native has all the right answers

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A Galway city native, forced to emigrate to find work during the eighties recession, has since built a lucrative career for himself as a “professional quizzer” – winning both Mastermind and the jackpot in Who Wants to be a Millionaire?!

And tonight Pat Gibson is set back on the box in a different guise, when he features on the UTV Ireland’s documentary series, Emigration Nation, which celebrates the lives of Irish emigrants.

Pat (55) was born in Galway before he and his family moved away to live in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, when he was just four. He returned to study civil engineering at NUIG when he was in his late teens.

It was here he met his wife, Shelagh, but they were forced to leave Ireland during the 1980’s in the midst of the recession.  The pair reside in Wigan, in the North West of England.

Pat has quite an impressive CV in terms of quizzing accomplishments, winning both Mastermind and the £1 million jackpot in Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

He became the fourth person to land the million pound prize – and the first to get there with two lifelines remaining.

His jackpot question was ‘Which of these is not one of the American triple crown horse races?’, where – with confirmation from his ‘phone-a-friend’ – he correctly answered the Arlington Million.

He is also a regular panellist on the BBC Television quiz show, Eggheads, where teams from all over England attempt to beat the “Eggheads” in a general knowledge team competition.

Pat initially became involved in quizzes in the 90’s when he joined a local quiz team in Wigan. He now has over 15 years of quiz experience under his belt and studies intensely on a daily basis usually for “around four or five hours.”

See full story in 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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