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Galway now have it all to prove after being scalped on home turf

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Inside Track with John McIntyre

UNLESS the Galway footballers were pulling the wool over our eyes on a grand scale, they couldn’t have picked a more inopportune time to have produced their worst display of the year when falling meekly to a determined and under-rated Monaghan outfit in the final round of the Super 8s at Pearse Stadium last Saturday.
The Galway players wouldn’t have been human if they struggled to reach the necessary motivation levels given that they were already through to the All-Ireland semi-finals, but there was still a big prize on offer for them in Salthill – avoiding four-in-a-row chasing title holders Dublin at the penultimate stage of the championship.
Not for one minute do I believe that Galway were playing silly beggars. Their camp would have wanted to beat Monaghan, but when you not faced with a do-or die scenario – as their opponents were – standards can drop. Kevin Walsh’s men lacked bite and there was a flatness about their play even if undoubtedly committed.
It was just that Monaghan wanted it more. They devoured the breaking ball; attacked with purpose and width; and had plenty of individual inspiration, not least in Ryan McAnespie, who kicked four terrific points from play, workaholic Dermot Malone, team captain Colin Walshe and tireless midfielder Darren Hughes.
After the trauma of a first ever championship win over Kerry being denied with virtually the last kick of the game in Clones a fortnight earlier, Monaghan’s mental mettle was being tested like never before ahead of their trip West. Malachy O’Rourke’s admirable squad have a track record of falling to get over the line in the key matches, so they had plenty to prove.
Monaghan, however, silenced their critics in emphatic fashion. They virtually bossed the game from start to finish and beating Galway – even a partially switched off opposition – by double scores on their home turf is no mean achievement. They now face old rivals Tyrone on Sunday in what will be the Farney men’s first semi-final in 30 years and, wouldn’t it be heartwarming if the county with the fourth smallest population in the country could make it to the decider.
Unfortunately, Galway face a challenge on an altogether different level on Saturday evening. It’s tough enough have to face the Dublin juggernaut at the best of times, but coming into the fixture just a week after a disappointing defeat and momentum stalled makes the challenge all the more formidable. Kevin Walsh and his backroom team face a mighty challenge in lifting morale and clearing their players’ heads in such a space of time.
Of course, we are all aware that sometimes a team can be at their more dangerous when having a point to prove and coming off the back of a big setback, but Galway looked so out of sorts at Pearse Stadium, Damien Comer and his team-mates will have to turn themselves inside out to have any chance of upsetting the Dubs.

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.

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