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Injury worries for Stars as they advance to semi-finals

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Gary O'Donnell scored three points in an excellent display for Tuam Stars at the weekend.

Tuam Stars 0-11

An Spidéal 0-8

Daragh Small at Pearse Stadium

Tuam Stars manager Tommy Carton will have to sweat over the fitness of forward Brian Mannion, but the Galway SFC roll of honour leaders look to have strength-in-depth as they head into the semi-finals.

The Frank Fox Cup has evaded them since 1994, and last year Tuam had to fight to retain for their place in the senior ranks. However, in the first of the double-header at Pearse Stadium on Saturday, they looked superb at times in a three-point win over An Spidéal and will now face Moycullen in the semi-finals.

Paul Collins and Brian Mannion left the field either side of half-time and that will worry the Tuam management, but some star players hit their stride.

Former Galway captain Gary O’Donnell helped himself to three points; while Noel Henry did likewise; and it was a fine team effort from the 25-time winners who can still improve.

“Gary O’Donnell really stood out for us. A few of the lads would be disappointed with their performances, but it’s back to the drawing board,” said Carton.

“We made hard work of it but it was a good win, we dug it out. Fair play to An Spidéal. I knew they would play well. They come at you in droves. It took us a while to get a handle on it. We just kept that score ahead.

“It’s good because we do have plenty to work on. To get to a semi-final is great after last year, the relegation trouble, it’s good to be in this situation.

“Hopefully we can go further but we will take it one step at a time.”

An Spidéal had the breeze at their backs in the opening half but fell behind early and Tuam ran up a 0-4 to 0-0 lead by the fourth minute in a blistering start.

Henry opened the scoring with a slick point off his right boot and that was added to when Gary O’Donnell got forward to send a shot off the post and over.

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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