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Killimordaly better able to weather the tough elements

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Tom Flynn of Athenry and Killimordaly’s Paul Concannon in action in Kenny Park on Sunday. Photos: David Cunniffe.

Killimordaly 0-15

Athenry 0-12

A strong opening-half in to the stiff breeze in Kenny Park helped Killimordaly to a three-point victory over Athenry on Sunday as Liam Donoghue’s side booked their passage through to the preliminary quarter-finals for the second straight season.

This was a contest which never caught fire in truth and it is a game which will leave Athenry bitterly disappointed, having registered 13 wides over the hour, many of which were simple shots which on another day, would have been slotted at ease.

Killimordaly for their part racked up 11 wides, but six of those came in the final 10 minutes of the game, when they led comfortably, as Athenry failed time and again to trouble the scoreboard.

Having seen the effect the wind had on proceedings in the day’s opening game between Clarinbridge and Padraig Pearses, Athenry would have been eager to get on the board and build up a strong interval lead with the backing of the breeze, but despite a bright opening spell, Athenry failed to do that, which in the end, contributed largely to their downfall.

Huge credit must go to Killimordaly, however, for limiting Athenry to a mere 0-7 in that opening half and in particular the forward division who were dogged in the first line of defence, hustling and harrying Athenry every time they looked to clear their lines and oftentimes forcing turnovers which saw them create and take vital scores.

Despite only winning by three in the end, Killimordaly’s victory seemed all but assured once they got their noses in front by a few points in the second half such was the struggle for scores for Athenry playing against a such a strong breeze.

Conditions forced sides to adapt their approach and carry the ball more often than not when playing in to it although Brian Burke made a mockery of the wind at times in that opening half with some brilliant scores from play and frees from distance.

Paddy Hannon gave them the ideal start with a point from play inside 25 seconds before wing-back Noel Keogh burst on to a loose Brian Concannon pass at pace to fire over his side’s second.

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Homemade Wimbledon is a different bale game!

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James Craughwell about to serve over the tape – and the sheep gates – to brother Christopher with mum, Anne, in the background. The family dog Prince is showing a keen interest in taking up the role of ‘ball boy’. The brollies on the deck chairs were actually purchased at the Wimbledon tournament that the Craughwells attended in 2017.

WIMBLEDON mightn’t be happening for the tennis professionals this year due to COVID-19 – but one North Galway family are planning their own version of the tournament.

The younger members of the Craughwell family in Menlough village have had a tradition over the years of lining out their own court on the silage slab that’s available for recreation purposes during the early weeks of the Summer.

The three sons of Jarlath and Anne Craughwell – Christopher, Shane and James – rarely missed the opportunity through the years to ‘get the silage slab ready’ for their own Wimbledon tournament.

“The dimensions of the silage slab are almost exactly the same as a tennis court [78 feet X 36 feet} so back the years we always organised our own games. When the silage was made, then that was always it for another year,” Christopher Craughwell told the Connacht Tribune.

As the lads grew older the summer tennis court hadn’t been used for a few years but in 2020 with the introduction of the coronavirus restrictions, it seemed like a perfect time to bring it back.

“This year we took it a stage further. We used the sheep gates for the net with a line of white electric fence tape along the top so this is probably the best job we’ve ever made of it.

“The silage won’t be made for at least another month so were planning to stage our own family tournament over the coming weeks. With the weather so good, it’s been a great way to pass the time,” said Christopher.

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City Council houses Travellers in county

Declan Tierney

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Cllr Donagh Killilea.

Galway City Council will spend close to half a million euro to house a Traveller family – in a property well outside its own local authority boundary.

Instead the family of four, who previously lived on the Carrabrowne halting site, will be accommodated in the house at Kiltulla near Carnmore, which is deep in Galway County Council’s local government area.

The City Council is understood to have paid €388,000 for the property which will require another €50,000 to refurbish – leaving little change out of half a million euro.

Angry residents, who were unaware of the plan, have now organised a petition to City Council CEO Brendan McGrath to voice their objection to the move.

But Cllr Donagh Killilea believes that there is a bigger issue at stake – with Galway City Council acquiring property wherever they like.

And Senator Ollie Crowe said that he believed the City Council – of which he was a member up to his Seanad election – should be acquiring property within their own area and that this acquisition was ‘unprecedented’.

He said that it was his view that there would be nothing bought outside the city boundary and that the money spent on this property would refurbish a lot of the City Council’s housing stock that had fallen into a state of dilapidation.

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Long drives still out of bounds for golfers

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Teeing off from the 12th tee at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore this week on the re-opening of golf courses around the country. There is nothing to suggest that any golfers travelled more than 5km to play in Oranmore. Photo: Keith Kelly.

This week’s relaxation of travel restrictions saw an exodus to the garden centres and the golf courses – but Gardaí have this week reiterated their warning to those planning to excede their five kilometre limit that they may find themselves in the heavy rough.

The first phase of a return to ‘normality’ went to plan, despite the early rush to newly reopened facilities. Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of furloughed golfers, who were on the first tee from daylight.

Time sheets for golf clubs across the county were choc-a-bloc as they opened their doors to members for the first time since the end of March – but many clubs privately admitted that more than half of those who played had travelled way beyond the 5k restriction.

That led Gardaí to warn that they will be mounting checkpoints and turning people back home – adding that the golf clubs themselves have a responsibility to advise members on the travel rules.

Tuam Sergeant Pat Hastings confirmed that Gardaí had the power under the Health Preservation and Protection Act 2020 to turn back individuals travelling more than 5k from their homes.

He warned that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with anyone who continually breached the regulations.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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