THE resurrection men of the 2017 National League left the hurling world in a state of shock after the wonderful if completely unexpected events which unfolded at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.
Not alone did Galway storm to a tenth National League triumph, but they manner in which they dismantled an admittedly woefully flat Tipperary will have also have frightened the sport’s other leading powers ahead of the championship.
The magnificent Tribesmen simply made a mockery of the pre-match odds in trouncing the All-Ireland champions by a staggering 16 points and, actually, on the balance of play, could have won by even more. Nobody saw this coming, least of all the Tipperary fans, some of whom were already bound for the exits with nearly a quarter of the final still to be played.
Too much hype can be dangerously disarming for any team heading into a big match and Tipperary looked like a group of men who were far too comfortable in their perceived current status as being well ahead of the pack. They were laboured; stuck to the ground; laced intensity; cleaned out in the air; and, most significantly of all, took a physical battering.
Tipperary couldn’t cope with Galway’s power, aggression and physicality. They were out-hurled as well for long stretches of a terribly one-sided showdown which rarely ignited in front of a somewhat disappointing crowd of 16,089.
Galway were also the hungrier team and, not surprisingly, dominated the individual roll of honour. Jason Flynn, despite some wayward shooting, and Joe Canning were both in the zone from the off, but it was young Conor Whelan who really lit up the Gaelic Grounds.
The Kinvara clubman tormented Tipperary all-through, finishing with five quality points from play. Whelan was outstanding in a terrific team performance which was highlighted by Galway’s colossal work-rate all over the field, especially up front where opposition defenders rarely had a moment’s peace in possession.
We posed the question last week would the Galway backs be able to hold the Tipp forwards? Not alone did Gearóid McInerney and company subdue their direct opponents, they buried them. Tipperary only managed two points from play in the first half and one of them came from midfielder Brendan Maher.
The opening quarter may have been a cagey affair with lots of missed chances at both ends, but with the teams level on three points each after 16 minutes, it bore all the hallmarks of a close battle for league supremacy. Gradually, however, Galway pulled clear and the longer the game went on, the more Tipperary struggled.
Trailing by 0-11 to 0-5 at the break, they needed a purposeful start to the second half but, instead, with 50 seconds Jason Flynn had rifled a bullet to the roof of the net after Joseph Cooney expertly flicked the sliotar away from Tipp corner back Michael Cahill, one of many players on his team who will want to forget this nightmare.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Boil water notice issued for Barna area
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.
Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised
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 .
Anger over ANC ‘snip’
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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