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Outsiders Galway primed for mighty tilt at the champions

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Galway centre forward Aidan Halloran breaking past the challenge of Meath's James O'Hare during last month's All-Ireland minor football semi-final at Croke Park.

THEY’VE faced – and overcome – adversity throughout this season, but the greatest challenge of all awaits the Galway minor footballers at Croke Park on Sunday (1pm) when they take on reigning champions Kerry in the All-Ireland final.

Trying to dethrone the Kingdom is a daunting test and even more so when the opposition is gunning for a record fifth title in succession. The minor championship is different this year, contested by younger players (U17) for the first time and with a round-robin introduced in Connacht, but what is eerily familiar is the ease with which Kerry qualified for the decider.

True, they got a scare late on against Monaghan in the All-Ireland semi-final, conceding 2-2 without reply in a quarter of an hour, leaving the Ulster champions a point up in injury time.

Possibly Kerry had switched off, having led by 8-2 early-on, by 10-6 at half-time, and by nine points (1-12 to 0-6) with 25 minutes to go. And certainly, the second-half red card to wing-back Conor Flannery, gave momentum to Monaghan.

What was pleasing from a Kerry perspective, however, was that they weathered the storm, and found the resolve in injury-time to turn it around and win by two. To concede a nine-points lead tells us Kerry are not invincible but to bounce back after going one behind shows us they’ve got a backbone, too.

They blazed a trail through Munster, trouncing Clare in the final (3-21 to 0-7), having already overcome arch-rivals Cork by just a point (1-11 to 1-10) and Tipperary (1-15 to 0-4); and they comfortably got over Roscommon in the quarter-final (2-16 to 2-7).

Kerry looked home and hosed in that key clash with Cork, but the Rebels bagged an injury-time goal to equalise. The game was heading for two 10-minute periods of extra-time when Kerry – like they did against Monaghan – pulled a rabbit out of the hat and clinched a late winner through substitute Jack O’Connor. Again, that underlined Kerry’s resilience but there’s an important message there for Galway, too: keep playing to the end because they’re vulnerable to surrendering leads.

The Tribesmen have had to dig deep into their reserves of courage on several occasions during this campaign already, most notably when they conceded seven points to no score against Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-final (a team Kerry trounced); and again, when they trailed Meath by five points in the second-half in the semi-final at Croke Park three weeks ago. Twice Galway bounced back and won by seven, revealin

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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.

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