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St Thomas’ get defence of their title back on track

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St Thomas' Kenneth Burke and Colm Raftery of Padraig Pearses in a tussle for possession in Duggan Park at the weekend. Photos: Enda Noone.

St Thomas 0-19

Padraig Pearses 1-11

Six scores in eight minutes during the third quarter gave St Thomas the platform to secure their first win in this year’s senior hurling championship and get their title defence back on track.

After falling to Turloughmore in their first game, John Burke’s team responded to a Cyril Donnellan goal just before half-time to regain the initiative and held out in the closing stages as Padraig Pearses chased late goals.

Pearses were unlucky not to beat Portumna on the first day, conceding a late Damien Hayes goal but proved their worth coming back from behind to take the lead before finsihing all square, but the Gurteen/Ballymacward outfit now sit bottom of Group Two in the Senior A section ahead of further encounters with Gort, Sarsfields and Turloughmore.

The momentum seemed to shift for Paul Feeney’s men just before half-time when Donnellan broke clear to force the sliothar to the net and another white flag from the recently returned Galway senior had Padraig Pearses 1-5 to 0-7 up at half-time.

St Thomas’ started without Conor Cooney, whose calf muscle injury from before the National League Final against Tipperary ruled him out, but this allowed Darragh and Eanna Burke to excel as they were the standout performers over the hour.

Eanna Burke levelled in the opening minute after the break before his brother Darragh made it 0-9 to 1-5. Thomas Flannery’s free brought the teams back on par on 35 minutes before St Thomas’ started their run that proved defining.

Their captain, James Regan, made an impact with two scores in 60 seconds; Eanna Burke added a brace to bring his tally to five; goalkeeper Patrick Skehill landed a long-range effort between the posts; and Galway captain, David Burke, profited from a poor puck out to slot the ball over the bar.

St Thomas led by 0-15 to 1-6 and looked set to avoid their 2016 feat of losing their opening two assignments, but Padraig Pearses rallied in the final quarter and tested the credentials of the current holders.

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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