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Ó Fátharta’s gallant squad overhauled by brilliant Kerry boys in minor final turnaround

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Galway's corner back Cian Deane getting the better of Kerry's Dylan Geaney during Sunday's All-Ireland minor football final at Croke Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Kerry 0-21

Galway 1-14

IT’S difficult to pinpoint when exactly this All-Ireland minor football final was lost by Galway but you could argue it was seven months ago and not the first Sunday of September.

Back in February, a bombshell was dropped on dual county players who were told to pick football or hurling. Seven lads, who had played underage football since U14 with this group of players, chose the latter, including four who would probably have featured in Galway’s starting XV, on the biggest stage, on the biggest day of the GAA calendar.

Take seven players – including four starters – out of any squad, and they’d struggle to compete. In that context, Galway’s feat this year of A) reaching an All-Ireland final and B) seriously putting it up to Kerry in the final must be admired and applauded.

But it shouldn’t have come to this, and the reality is Galway GAA had enough talent this year to win the double All-Ireland minor hurling and football titles and didn’t use that talent optimally. That’s the reality – this was an opportunity squandered by off-field politics.

The 16-and-17-year-olds, who were forced to pick one sport over the other, are innocent victims. Where was the County Board in all of this? And are Galway’s football clubs going to flex their muscles or will they lie-down and take their beating and allow this scenario to develop again with next year’s minor footballers and hurlers?

That’s the backdrop. As for the game itself, Galway could have won it, and there’s an argument to be made that they left it behind them, but that blunt analysis is a tad disrespectful to the winners: Kerry, in fairness, were pretty awesome when they needed to be and deservedly carried the day, although the four-points margin of victory was perhaps flattering.

The Tribesmen certainly created enough chances, and they really put it up to five-in-a-row chasing Kerry, but ultimately, they were beaten by a better team, who had a handful of outstanding displays from key performers Paul O’Shea, Paul Walsh, Darragh Rahilly, and Killian Falvey. That quartet stood-up in the second-half and, along with sub Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoích, powered Kerry to victory, their 30th consecutive championship win at minor.

The Connacht champions will have regrets, not least the bucketload of missed opportunities. How different would the complexion of the game have been had Eoghan Tinney’s fisted effort at goal, midway through the first-half, gone in? Marc Kelliher between the posts for Kerry knew nothing of it, and by chance kept it out. Or what if wing-back Cathal Sweeney’s goal-bound effort just before half-time wasn’t well saved by Kelliher?

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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