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Mass brawl mars Larkins’ crucial win over Mullagh

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Tommy Larkins' Darragh Kelly races away with possession as Mullagh’s Noel Mannion and Alan Whyte close in. Photos: Enda Noone.

Tommy Larkins 1-19

Mullagh 0-13

By Patrick Early

Tommy Larkins revived their championship season with a dominant victory over a disappointing Mullagh, in a game not short of controversy.

Referee John Keane’s decision to send off Mullagh corner-back Cathal Kennedy in the 6th minute of first-half injury-time drew a reaction from the Mullagh players and led to violent scenes just before the break.

Mullagh were initially awarded a free-out after Tommy Larkins’ Ronan Murphy was deemed to have over carried. Kennedy appeared to strike Murphy in an attempt to retrieve the sliotar, and Keane was left with no choice but to send the Mullagh corner back to the line.

From the resulting throw in, Sean Hardiman claimed possession only to be shouldered over the line by Larkins midfielder Colm Flynn. An already disgruntled Mullagh outfit didn’t take too kindly to the challenge and a mass brawl broke out on the sideline in front of the stand involving players, substitutes and management from both sides.

Keane eventually defused the situation somewhat and blew the half time whistle with players reluctantly retiring to their dressing rooms although, after seeing how frustrated Mullagh were with the decision to send off Kennedy, Keane may have been better advised blowing for the break after the initial incident, given six minutes of stoppage time had already been amassed.

Aside from the ugly scenes which marred the opening half, fans in attendance were treated to some fantastic free-flowing hurling from Tommy Larkins. They took control of proceedings right from the throw-in, with Jason Flynn firing over after eight seconds.

Three further scores from Flynn (two frees) had the Woodford/Ballinakill men 0-4 to 0-2 ahead approaching the midway point in the half, before Kevin McHugo struck for the games decisive score.

A beautifully-weighted ball out from the corner by Ronan Murphy found the onrushing McHugo and he made no mistake, burying the ball past Eric Ward in the Mullagh net.

McHugo would go on to hit his side’s next two scores with a Padraig Kennedy placed ball Mullagh’s sole response. Two scores each by the impressive duo Colm Flynn and Conor Gardiner had Tommy Larkins in a commanding position after 23 minutes; 1-10 to 0-3.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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