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Galway’s goal blitz helps to turns tables on Meath boys

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Galway's Eoghan Tinney takes on Cathal Hickey of Meath during the All-Ireland minor football semi-final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Galway 3-13

Meath 2-9

THE Galway minor footballers did it again! Seven points down in the first-half against Clare in late July, they bounced back to win the All-Ireland quarter-final by seven points. And it was a similar story here, except the revival was probably more spectacular given the quality of the opposition.

Galway trailed by four points at half-time (2-4 to 0-6) and with just over 20 minutes of the All-Ireland semi-final to be played, they were five points in arrears . . . and still they emerged victorious with seven points to spare to set up a September 2 showdown with Kerry, who are chasing five-in-a-row at this grade.

At times in the opening half it looked like Meath might get a run on them. But these Tribesmen are never beaten and they somehow summonsed the strength to turn this game on its head with another remarkable revival.

A couple of timely substitutions and reducing the number of mistakes, allied with a grit and determination from a few key players who stood up and were counted – it’s becoming a trademark of this team – piled the pressure on Meath, who had no response.

Of course, the second-half goals from Eoghan Tinney, Oisín McCormack, and Tony Gill were crucial. One stabilised the Galway men; two sent their confidence soaring; and three proved a killer blow to the Royal County.

It was a devastating 20-plus minutes from Dónal Ó Fátharta’s charges, who blew away a much-fancied Meath outfit with a complete display of clinical Gaelic football, the way it should be played, with pace and passion.

During that final third of the game, Galway outscored the Leinster champions by 3-6 to 0-3; it was as comprehensive a finish as Galway could have hoped for.

What was even more noteworthy was that it wasn’t until the 59th minute when Galway’s main marksman of the championship campaign, Oughterard clubman Ryan Monaghan, landed his first score of the day (free); and Matthew Cooley, a real dangerman in the corner, who has become a ‘marked man’ since his provincial final heroics, was held scoreless.

If you knew that would be the case beforehand, you’d say Galway hadn’t a hope of toppling Meath but Monaghan’s uncharacteristic off-day on placed balls was compensated elsewhere, particularly with fellow wing-back Cathal Sweeney chipping in with three first-half points and a man-of-the-match performance.Of course, the second-half goals from Eoghan Tinney, Oisín McCormack, and Tony Gill were crucial. One stabilised the Galway men; two sent their confidence soaring; and three proved a killer blow to the Royal County.

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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