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Nothing to separate sides in thrilling intermediate semi-final

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David Lennon of Williamstown takes evasie action to avoid the tackle of Colm Ó Braonáin of Oileáin Árann. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Williamstown 0-12

Oileáin Árann 0-12

It might be a cliché these days to say that neither side deserved to lose a game but few spectators in Pearse Stadium last Sunday afternoon would have come up with a different sentiment. Williamstown and Oileáin Árann served up just over an hour of tense and thrilling football and that they will have to do it all over again on Sunday is no bad thing.

The gap between the sides never grew to more than three points and while Williamstown looked to have done enough to earn a place in the county final when they notched five points in a row in the final quarter, Oileáin Árann came up with two points in added time to salvage a draw.

The crucial score came two and a half minutes into added time and while Williamstown were unhappy with the awarding of the free, it was no ‘gimme’ for Oileáin Árann’s Eoghan Póil but he was as reliable as usual, nailing the 35m effort into the breeze.

Playing with the aid of the wind in the first half, it was Oileáin Árann who predictably made the quicker start to the game and points from Máirtín Gill and Tyler Ó Flaithearta had them 0-2 to 0-0 ahead after five minutes. David Keegan pulled on back for Williamstown but another long-range effort from Ó Flaithearta put two between the sides again soon after.

Predictably given the conditions, Williamstown were finding it more difficult to create chances but Garry Kelly was making the most of any opportunities that came their way, converting two frees to leave the sides level, 0-3 each, at the quarter hour mark.

Eoghan Póil soon matched Kelly’s efforts, however, firing over two placed balls, before Cillian Ó Conghaile hit a lovely score from the left wing to Oileáin Árann three points ahead with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

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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