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Glennon’s goal sees Mullagh take the spoils in tight game

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Mullagh's Kevin Briscoe gets his handpass away despite the close attentions of Craughwell's Ian Daniels. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Mullagh 1-15

Craughwell 0-16

The only senior A contest played last weekend produced an upset of sorts as Mullagh hung on for a narrow victory over Craughwell in Athenry on Saturday afternoon, with substitute Ronan Glennon netting the game-defining goal on 47 minutes just when Craughwell appeared poised to push on for the win having trailed for the majority of a lacklustre contest.

Glennon burst through onto Craig Finnerty’s pass and clinically finished what was the only clearcut goal-scoring chance that the winners created, as both teams’ last line of defence dealt pretty comfortably with everything else that was thrown at them.

Mullagh’s first goal of the campaign arrived at an opportune moment and pushed them three clear after Craughwell had slowly chipped away at the two-point lead that Dessie O’Brien’s side had built up during the first-half, when they had played with the elements at their back, but would have been disappointed that a more sizeable lead wasn’t established.

Craughwell were playing in fits and starts, impressive when their link-up play worked and frustrating when it didn’t, but they did respond well to the setback, and on three separate occasions got the deficit back to a solitary point. Every time, though, Mullagh would impressively land a counter punch, and with Cathal Dervan in decent form from placed balls, they hung on gamely.

Another substitute, Niall Cahalan, landed the insurance score for Mullagh in injury time when a draw seemed probable, and the desire and appetite for hard work by the Mullagh defence ultimately kept Craughwell at bay, even in the dying seconds when Brian Callanan got a sniff of a goal chance that could have changed the game’s narrative.

As it is, Group 1 is now a very open race for the two available automatic qualification places to the last eight. Mullagh remain undefeated after their initial draw with Cappataggle, while Craughwell had previously got the better of Loughrea.

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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