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One last look back at an awful night but time now to move on

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It’s the time of year and that type of weather when I can scarcely remember the last time I sat down to premeditatedly watch a programme on television . . . that is until a night last week. The long evenings . . . the list of so-called chores that seem to present themselves to us country boys during the Summer . . . and nearly a sense of guilt at sitting down in front of ‘a box in the corner of a room’ when the sun doesn’t sleep until well after 10pm . . . all contribute to a TV free zone in my life at this time of the year.
Even the World Cup final, a sporting occasion that I’d like to set aside as a ‘must watch’ event, fell by the wayside on Sunday week last, clashing as it did with the meeting of Galway and Kerry in the Super 8s at Croke Park, and of course both events started at precisely the same time.
Anyway, last Thursday night with an hour ‘to kill’ while on one of those late night parental taxi duties and with the benefit of the RTE One +1 option on Saorview, I sat through another regurgitation of quite a sordid and shocking so-called ‘night out on the town’ that went so horribly wrong in Belfast during the Midsummer of 2016.
Maybe it’s that little bit of a voyeuristic tendency that’s in us all, but once you start watching a programme like that, it’s nearly impossible to leave it, even if its contents were quite a run-of-the-mill rehash of what we had all read through and listened to last Spring, ironically as Ireland’s historically successful rugby season was in full swing.
Two Irish rugby players (now former players), 26-year-old Paddy Jackson and 25-year-old Stuart Olding were charged with raping a 19-year-old woman at Jackson’s house in Belfast on June 28, 2016. Another rugby player, Blane McIlroy faced an exposure charge, while a fourth, Rory Harrison, was charged with withholding information relating to the events of that night. All were found not-guilty.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

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Siblings find each other – and their Connemara roots – after 80 years

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Reunited...Pat and Miceál McKeown outside their mother Síle’s birthplace in Carna.

By Erin Gibbons

A family separated for over 80 years was reunited at the end of an emotional journey in Connemara last weekend – thanks to DNA testing and the expert help of heritage researchers.

Pat McKeown, who lives in Staffordshire in the UK, is the daughter of Síle Gorham from Roisín Na Mainiach, Carna – but she was given up for adoption and reared for a time in a Belfast Mother and Baby Home.

Now, at the age of 81, she found her roots – returning to her mother’s native place for the first time last weekend, in the company of her long-lost brother Micheál.

It was an emotional end to a lifelong search for her roots that even led her to hire a private detective to try and locate her family and to discover her name.

All of this proved unsuccessful – and she had effectively given up her search when she was contacted unexpectedly by a man called Miceál McKeown, who turned out to be her brother.

Micheál – an artist and sculptor – and his daughter Orla had made the connection through DNA testing, after Miceál too had set out to discover more about his own roots.

That revealed that Síle Gorham had married Michael McKeown in 1939, and Síle went on to have three more children named Áine, Séan and Miceál.

Pat visited Connemara last weekend for the first time to learn about her mother Síle and the Connemara ancestry which she feels was robbed from her for her entire 81 years.

She was accompanied by Miceál, his wife Rosemary, daughter Orla and son-in-law Rueben Keogh.

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