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McCarthy Cup clocks up the glory miles



It took the Galway senior hurlers nearly three decades to win it back, and the Liam McCarthy Cup has been on the go ‘non-stop’ ever since.

From Boston to Beagh, Chicago to Clarinbridge, New York to New Inn, the coveted silverware has clocked-up savage mileage on its three-month lap-of-honour since returning to the West.

Liam has visited some 45 GAA Clubs in the city and county, and more than 125 secondary and primary schools across Galway so far. It has also been ‘guest of honour’ at hundreds of other events and venues, including nursing homes, at home and abroad.

And it has a fairly busy schedule for the remainder of January and February, as a success-starved hurling-mad county gorges on the victorious All-Ireland senior hurling campaign, which culminated in David Burke lifting the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time since 1987 after Galway beat Waterford in the final at Croke Park on September 3.

That’s according to ‘diary man’ Michael Larkin, chairman of the hurling committee who is responsible for the cup’s bookings.

“It’s been all over the place. We’re trying to get it to as many as possible. It’s bringing super, super joy to people. Why wouldn’t it, after 29 years of waiting?” asked Mr Larkin.

He said he is aware of a ‘replica’ cup doing the rounds, but insisted that the cup he has sent to schools and clubs is the ‘real deal’.

A week in the life of Liam McCarthy is quite hectic, according to the Craughwell man.

“It was in Skehana on Sunday. It’s heading to Athlone IT in the next hour today (Monday). Then it’s heading to Dublin for the night and has to be back down the following morning. It’s in NUIG on Wednesday and on Thursday it’s going to San Francisco for a fundraiser. It’s full-time going places.

“It has already been to Boston, New York and Chicago, and it has been to London as well for an event organised by the Galway Association in London. It’s been very busy – every day it is on the road,” he said.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

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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 .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



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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