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‘Keeper Breathnach goes into local folklore with stunning score to force extra time

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An Spideal's Conall O Caoimh tries to halt the progress of Micheal Breathnach’s Sean Denvir during the County Intermediate Football Final replay at Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photos: Enda Noone.

An Spidéal 1-13

Micheál Breathnach 1-11

(After extra time)

MAGHNUS Breathnach saved the day for An Spidéal, who return to senior for the first time in 18 years after beating neighbours CLG Micheál Breathnach in the County Intermediate Football Final replay at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

The Galway goalkeeper stopped a penalty in the eighth minute of the first-half and scored two vital points – including a long-range free with the last kick of normal time, which he earned and subsequently converted, to draw the game and force extra-time.

An Spidéal, who played the entire second half with just 14 men after Ciaráin Ó Droighneáin was dismissed for a high challenge on Seán Denvir in time-added-on in the first-half, were much livelier when restored to a full complement of players in the two 10-minute periods of extra-time, when they outscored their opponents by three points to one.

Fittingly, the only one of those four scores that came from play was from the boot of official man-of-the-match, An Spidéal midfielder Dara Mac An Rí, who worked his socks off throughout the 80-plus minutes and bagged a crucial first-half goal.

Full-forward Cormac Ó Laoi was another player who stepped up to the plate and delivered for An Spidéal on the big occasion. A constant threat on the edge of the square, he scored two invaluable points in each half of normal time, and kept the Micheál Breathnach’s defence honest.

An Spidéal deservedly carried the day and advance to meet Mayo champions Belmullet in the Connacht semi-final but their rivals from Indreabhán, who contributed immensely to such enjoyable tussles over two days, will have nightmares about the scoring opportunities they spurned.

Rónán MacDonnchadha scored an absolute screamer of a goal in the 23rd minute of the first-half, which made-up for his earlier spot-kick miss – ‘keeper Breathnach will get the kudos for stopping it but the attacker will concede his shot lacked both power and precision.

Even aside from the penalty miss, Micheál Breathnach had ample opportunity to kill the game off and their inaccuracy came back to haunt them.

Frank Doherty’s well-drilled charges were wasteful, kicking 11 wides in total, including five in the second-half when they had numerical advantage and could have put the squeeze on their rivals. Three of those wides were recorded in extra-time, and they also had a few shots dropping short into the goalkeeper’s hands. In a game of such tight margins, those missed chances really hurt.

An Spidéal were guilty of profligacy, too, in particular in the first half when their rate of conversion of chances to scores dipped below 50% – as well as four wides, they also dropped short three efforts, which if even half of them were converted would have put them in a commanding position.

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.

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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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