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Limerick come close to hurling perfection in a brilliant first-half

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Limerick's Cian Lynch, the most influential player in the game, celebrates with the Liam McCarthy Cup after they trounced Cork in Subnday's All-Ireland Final at Croke Park.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

Any long serving Galway hurler who was half-thinking of following Joe Canning’s footsteps into retirement would have had their minds made up for them after Limerick’s ruthless demolition job on Cork at Croke Park last Sunday.  We have seen some spectacular performances in All-Ireland finals down through the decades, but none better than what Limerick produced in the opening 35 minutes. In amassing a staggering half-time total of 3-18, the reigning champions took their game to a new level in crushing the Rebels by a whopping 16 points.

Even Brian Cody’s great Kilkenny team in their hey-day would have struggled to live with Limerick. The power, pace, skill, cohesion and tactical awareness of John Kiely’s charges had Cork in all sorts of bother and only for the knee injury to Peter Casey, who had fired over five points from play inside 25 minutes, it’s arguable that Cork’s margin of defeat could have hit 20-plus points.

Limerick’s awesome first-half display was surely the greatest ever seen in the annals of the sport’s biggest occasion. They repeatedly cut Cork to pieces with goals from Gearóid Hegarty (two) and Aaron Gillane ensuring that they had the county’s first ever back-to-back titles secured by the interval.

Cork didn’t lie down and engineered a terrific early goal of their own from Shane Kingston, but they couldn’t match Limerick’s physicality and got few opportunities to exploit the mobility in their ranks. They were often turned over in possession and key players like Jack O’Connor and Mark Coleman didn’t have the expected influence, while their full-back-line endured a nightmare experience.

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.

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