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Long-serving goalkeeper Skehill retires from inter-county hurling

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Galway goalkeeper James Skehill who has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.

AFTER a 14-year senior career in which he won an All-Ireland medal in 2017, along with three Leinster championships and two National League titles, Galway and Cappataggle goalkeeper James Skehill says he is “very content” with his decision to retire from inter-county hurling.
Having mulled over the decision at Christmas, Skehill says there were a number of factors – personal and sporting – which led him to his decision. For one, he and his wife Grace are expecting their first child in July while others included work, his age and his fall down the pecking order of Galway goalkeepers. He believes now is the right time.
“I also said to myself did I want to go back to a season of Covid measures?” he continues. “It is not the same. The camaraderie is a little less because you are in and out of dressing-rooms quick; you are not in groups; you are not conversing as much or going out together; and you are not on a bus together. There is an element of business about it.”
Although Skehill first sprang to prominence on the Galway team that won the 2005 All-Ireland minor title, the 32-year-old notes his campaign at U16 the year previous was the making of him.
In 2004, Galway won the Arrabawn All-Ireland U16 title, defeating Cork in the decider, and the team, which also included Aidan Harte and Joe Canning, were subsequently presented with their medals by Galway great Joe Connolly in the hall in Castlegar.
“Joe gave us a small speech and then he had a conversation with me afterwards. Whatever he said to me – I can’t remember the specific words – I remember that being the start, that moment when I said now I want to go on and play for Galway (seniors).”
Another to play a key role in Skehill’s development was former Galway minor manager Mattie Murphy, who led the side to All-Ireland glory in 2005. “I’ve always said it, Mattie Murphy was the best manager for me at that time of my life, at that age.

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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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