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St James’ unable to cope with talented Mountbellew/Moylough sharpshooter

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Galway footballer Johnny Heaney presents the County Minor B Cup to Mountbellew/Moylough captain Oran O'Reilly after their final victiory over St James' in Headford.

Mountbellew/Moylough 3–9

St James’  0-9

THIS was by no means a one man show, but the display and scoring prowess of Patrick Kelly left an unforgettable memory on this County Minor B Football Final in Headford on Friday night.

Lining out at full forward, the Holy Rosary, Mountbellew pupil contributed 3-5 of his side’s tally and whether dominating in attack or whenever he drifted back out the park, he was in a classs of his own.

A first-minute goal set the early tone as the winners’ opened up a five point gap, but thereafter were largely matched by a City side who were mainly relying on the frees of Cian Gilroy to keep them in touch. However, Kelly continued to make an impact and the six foot plus teenager displayed all the artisry of the legendary Kieran Donaghy when fielding and finishing the second goal to give Mountbellew’Moylough a five point interval advantage.

Just before the break, heavy rainfall made conditions more difficult and the second half was much leaner in the scoring stakes, as some erratic shooting resulted in poor wides by both sides and while St James’ enjoyed loads of possession, they strugged to get a clear sight of Conal Docherty’s goal and the possibility of staging a comeback.

From the early exchanges, it was apparant that Mountbellew/Moylough had more to their game than St James’ as they mixed some slick passing and movement, with the use of the long ball, with Kelly in particular a regular target at the edge of the square. Furthermore, Dara Newell, Conor McDonald, Shane Coyle, Dara Nolan and Mike Mangan were also impressive as they enjoyed a dominant early spell.

Well worthy of their five point inteval advantage, Mountbellew were less clinical on the resumption as St James saw a lot more ball time, but the City side just struggled to break down opponents who got numbers back when dropping deep and comfortably defended their lead.

Kelly was also to the fore as Mountbellew-Moylough struck for a goal in the opening minute of the contest when a Cathal Donnellon delivery eventually made its way to the Moylough man and he finished from close range. St James’ responded with a neat point as Eoin Finnerty set up Darren McPeake to twist and turn and bisect the posts for their opening score.

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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