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O’Mahony’s dismissal leads to a disastrous defeat for Ireland

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The death has taken place of former Galwegians and Connacht scrum half Danno Heaslip. Along with his brother late Michael, he also owned 1982 Champion Hurdle winner For Auction. Pictured are the Galwegians team which defeated UCG (11-3) to win the Connacht Cup final at the Sportsground in April 1969. Front row, left to right: Frank McLoughlin, Dave Lyons, Billy Quinn, Danno Heaslip, Joe Costello, Mick Shaughnessy, Daithi Frawley and John O’Shaughnessy. Back row: Frank Robinson, Harry O’Connor, John Rafferty, Paddy O’Reilly, Mick Casserly, Liam McDermot, Michael Heaslip and referee Paddy Beatty. Photo: Stan Shields.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

NO matter what kind of positive spin the vanquished camp or the rugby pundits put on it, the inescapable conclusion is that Ireland’s unexpected loss to Wales in Cardiff on Sunday was a disaster – the strong pre-match favourites paying the ultimate price for indiscipline and poor execution at key moments.

Typically, there were bullish noises coming from the Irish coaching staff and players ahead of their opening game in the Six Nations. In a way it was hard to blame them as it was only last November that they had swamped the Welsh 32-9 in the Autumn Nations Cup.

Furthermore, new Welsh Head Coach Wayne Pivac was struggling to fill the big void left by Warren Gatland. They only managed three wins – Georgia and two against Italy – during 2020 and looked for all the world like a team in serious decline having won the Grand Slam in 2019 and reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in Japan.

Putting everything together, it was set up for an Irish victory and they would have got one too only for Peter O’Mahony’s moment of madness in the 14th minute with a dangerous head-high on Thomas Francis at the breakdown. Referee Wayne Barnes had no option but to brandish the red card to the long serving back-row.

Down to 14 men and soon behind six-nil after two Leigh halfpenny penalties, the game looked already over for the men in green, especially as James Ryan was forced to retire injured. Ireland, however responded heroically to the crisis and gradually took control of the exchanges with the likes of Tadgh Beirne, Robbie Henshaw, Hugo Keenan, Andrew Porter and Josh van de Flier to the fore.

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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