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Jubilation as Leaving Certs make their marks in style

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The Codyre Triplets from Killure, Ballinasloe getting their Leaving Cert results. Tadhg and Barry (Garbally College) and Georgia (Ardscoil Mhuire) all got in excess of 500 points.

As the seals broke on over 3,000 brown envelopes across the county yesterday, there were scenes of exhilaration and relief amongst the class of 2018.

There was jubilation in Gort Community School as student, Olga Burke, received the holy grail of Leaving Cert results – achieving six H1s.

Principal of the school, Brian Crossan, said he was absolutely delighted for Olga, adding that results had been good right across the school.

“I’ve been in education for 27 years and to see someone achieve six H1s is great but Olga was involved with every aspect of school life – she was on the basketball team and involved in lots of extra-curricular activities.

“She had a fully balanced education – this girl is the full package,” said Mr Crossan.

“We are very happy with the spread of results. We are a community school and we cater to everybody’s needs so it’s wonderful to see even students who are not necessarily academic still achieving great results,” he added.

Some 174 students sat their exams at Presentation College Athenry and Principal Cathal Moore said staff were thrilled to see students reach their full potential.

“We had several students achieve the maximum 625 points – it was a very enjoyable morning,” said Mr Moore.

Principal at St Cuan’s College, Castleblakney, Collette Kennedy Walsh, said they were overjoyed with this year’s crop of students – 43 of them sitting exams and 11 achieving in excess of 500 points.

“They really are excellent results. Another 12 of them got over 450; there was no subject failed which is remarkable and of the 27 that took higher level maths, 23 got over a H3,” said Ms Kennedy Walsh.

In Garbally College, Ballinasloe, Principal Stephen Reilly said students were repaid for all the hard work put in – with student Abuzar Jawad achieving 613 points.

“The effort, hard work and commitment of the students, their parents and teachers is evident in the great results we have here this morning,” said Mr Reilly.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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Siblings find each other – and their Connemara roots – after 80 years

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Reunited...Pat and Miceál McKeown outside their mother Síle’s birthplace in Carna.

By Erin Gibbons

A family separated for over 80 years was reunited at the end of an emotional journey in Connemara last weekend – thanks to DNA testing and the expert help of heritage researchers.

Pat McKeown, who lives in Staffordshire in the UK, is the daughter of Síle Gorham from Roisín Na Mainiach, Carna – but she was given up for adoption and reared for a time in a Belfast Mother and Baby Home.

Now, at the age of 81, she found her roots – returning to her mother’s native place for the first time last weekend, in the company of her long-lost brother Micheál.

It was an emotional end to a lifelong search for her roots that even led her to hire a private detective to try and locate her family and to discover her name.

All of this proved unsuccessful – and she had effectively given up her search when she was contacted unexpectedly by a man called Miceál McKeown, who turned out to be her brother.

Micheál – an artist and sculptor – and his daughter Orla had made the connection through DNA testing, after Miceál too had set out to discover more about his own roots.

That revealed that Síle Gorham had married Michael McKeown in 1939, and Síle went on to have three more children named Áine, Séan and Miceál.

Pat visited Connemara last weekend for the first time to learn about her mother Síle and the Connemara ancestry which she feels was robbed from her for her entire 81 years.

She was accompanied by Miceál, his wife Rosemary, daughter Orla and son-in-law Rueben Keogh.

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