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Murphy’s late brace of goals stun Salthill

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Tuam Stars  2-10

Salthill-Knocknacarra  0-12

WHEN the final whistle blew at Kenny Park on Saturday evening, it took more than one look at the scoreboard before it truly registered that Tuam Stars had just beaten Salthill-Knocknacarra by four points in this winners group Round Two clash, having at one stage trailed by ten in the first half.

For all of Tuam’s admirable efforts to work their way back into the game after the turnaround, it still looked as if Salthill-Knocknacarra would hang on as they had given Tuam very few sights of their goal and led by two points with injury time about to commence after full forward Jamie Murphy had popped over a free.

Murphy, though, was about to become Tuam’s saviour in an incredible finale, as he first flicked Alan O’Connell’s shot that dropped short to the net before getting on the end of a breakaway to add Tuam’s second goal and leave Salthill-Knocknacarra scratching their heads as to how they could possibly have lost this tie.

In the end, it was their inability to convert goal chances that cost them dearly, as a combination of some superb saves from Tuam Stars ‘keeper Johnny Trayers and poor shooting let them down. For a side that had scored five goals in their opening round victory over Milltown, this was not in the script for the pre-match favourites.

They did start the match without two of the young stars of that win as Evan Murphy and Andrew Butler were both unavailable, but Tuam also had to deal with the absence of Darragh O’Rourke, Cormac McWalter, Conor Rhatigan, and Brian O’Donnell. Playing with the wind at their backs, Salthill-Knocknacarra threatened to run riot in the opening quarter.

With Seán Armstrong at centre half forward and Barry Kelly on the edge of the square, Salthill’s link-up play was superb in that opening spell, and they were quickly in front through Shane Kelly’s third minute effort. Barry Kelly was then on target before Robert Finnerty blazed the first goal chance wide, but he then converted a sixth minute free with ease.

John Maher was charging forward with menace from midfield and he was denied by Trayers in a one-on-one before Armstrong chipped over the resultant ’45. Tuam were struggling to even get a shot in on goal as Salthill defended tigerishly, and a swift counter attack saw Conor Healy register their fifth point.

Brian Conlon then became the sixth Salthill-Knocknacarra player to score on 11 minutes, before Tuam finally began to exert some pressure going forward themselves. While they could only manage to kick three wides in a decent five minute spell, they were at least lifting the siege somewhat, but Trayers was soon again called upon to deny Maher after good play by Armstrong and Finnerty.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

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