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Six on the trot looks a formality for Corofin after latest triumph

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Corofin's Dylan Wall gets to the ball ahead of Annaghdown's Jonathan Creaven's during Sunday's Galway senior football semi-final at Tuam Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Inside Track with John McIntyre

ANNAGHDOWN were the neutrals’ big hope of bringing about a changing of the guard in this year’s Galway senior football championship. Ahead of the county semi-finals at Tuam Stadium last Sunday, the prospect of six-in-a-row chasing Corofin coming a cropper against them was no flight of fancy.

Afterall, twelve months ago Annaghdown were on the cusp of a famous victory at the same stage of the championship only to be reeled in late on. They were bound to have learned from that experience and with county players, Damien Comer, Eoghan Kerin, Ciarán Duggan and Frankie Burke in their ranks, another major tilt at the title holders was anticipated

If somebody had told Annaghdown beforehand that they would land five of the last seven points; that Corofin would be reduced to 14 players for much of the second half; and that the champions would only finish with 12 points on the scoreboard, Alan Flynn’s charges could be forgiven for thinking that they were about to atone for their near miss in 2017.

Instead, they came up disappointingly well short despite a lively start. Burke (2) and Comer were on the mark early on, but incredibly Annaghdown failed to score between the tenth and 52nd minute of the semi-final. That protracted barren spell was a real killer blow and though they managed to reduce the gap to four points by the finish, the outcome was known a long way out.

Corofin were never going to reproduce their spectacular fireworks which destroyed Nemo Rangers in last March’s All-Ireland Club final, but they were still ready for Annaghdown. They were again admirably efficient and though the teams were tied at three points each in the opening quarter, they gradually began to pull away with points from Martin Farragher, Justin Leonard and Ronan Steede helping them to a 0-6 to 0-3 interval lead.

Annaghdown had missed a few chances and free-taking was proving problematic but when Steede was dismissed on a straight red card early in the second half, it ought to have given Comer and company renewed hope. However, they were unable to take advantage on a day Dylan Wall was a big influence for the champions. Corofin were winning the tactical battle and unanswered points from Ian Burke, Leonard and Gary Sice (2) left them in command (0-10 to 0-3) heading into the closing stages.

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.

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