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Impressive Lally’s troops make short work of defending champions in county final

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St Thomas' David Burke getting the better of Liam Mellows' Adrian Morrissey during Sunday's County Senior Hurling Final at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Enda Noone.

THERE was quite simply no stopping the St Thomas’ juggernaut at Pearse Stadium last Sunday.

This display was as impressive a performance as there has been on county final day in recent times as they secured their third county championship in the past seven seasons.

Dominant throughout, Kevin Lally’s side never looked in trouble against Liam Mellows who put up a staunch defence of their county title, but they couldn’t come close to the intensity and desire of the St Thomas’ players on a day they simply weren’t going to be beaten.

It’s well documented just how difficult retaining the county title is, particularly in such a competitive county like Galway. Not since the great Portumna team of ’07, ’08 and ’09 has it been done and that stat will continue until next year at the very least but it won’t be that, nor even the defeat that will haunt Mellows, but rather the manner of it.

They were second best in every sector against the south Galway side. Few would have predicted a similar outcome to their earlier clash in this year’s championship – that a 0-23 to 0-14 victory for St Thomas’ in the group stage – but this was every bit as comprehensive, perhaps even more so.

St Thomas’ had stars across the board. Tadhg Haran, Conor Kavanagh and Aonghus Callanan were key men in attack for Mellows on their run to last Sunday’s decider, but they were snuffed out by the tight-marking trio of Fintan Burke, Cathal Burke and David Sherry.

Outside them, Shane Cooney excelled at the heart of the defence, while three of the Burke brothers; David, Darragh and Eanna were outstanding too along with Conor Cooney and James Regan.

The biggest difference between the sides however, was work rate and that’s what separated them at the final whistle.

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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