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St Thomas’ primed for big collision with Tipp champs

Stephen Glennon

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St Thomas' Sean Skehill in action against Aonghus Callanan of Liam Mellows in the county final. The Galway hurling champions face Borrisoleigh of Tipperary's in Sunday's All-Ireland Club semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds.

COUNTY champions St. Thomas’ contest their fourth All-Ireland senior club hurling semi-final in eight years when they face Tipperary and Munster title holders Borrisoleigh in what has all the making of a thriller at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Sunday (4pm).

In winning back-to-back titles, St. Thomas’ cemented their place as one of Galway’s greatest club sides, although given the level of ambition in the club, they also would now dearly love to add to the All-Ireland crown they won on St. Patrick’s Day in 2013.

While Ballyhale Shamrocks, who brushed aside St. Thomas’ in last year’s All-Ireland club decider, remain overwhelming 1/4 favourites with the bookmakers, St. Thomas ’— a 6/1 shot — would feel they did not put their best foot forward in the 2019 decider.

The effects of that harrowing defeat manifested themselves in the opening round of the Galway senior hurling championship three weeks later when they lost 1-17 to 0-14 to Liam Mellows. Yet, they duly recovered to defeat Tommy Larkins in the second round, a result which restored some confidence as they headed into the summer break.

From there on in, Kevin Lally’s charges went undefeated. They accounted for Castlegar and Portumna and drew with Turloughmore in their remaining group games before seeing off Tommy Larkins and a previously unbeaten Turloughmore in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

For the second year running, they once again faced Liam Mellows in the county decider and, although the City outfit had St. Thomas’ on the ropes in the early stages, the champions came good in the second period as Eanna Burke scored a crucial goal in their 1-13 to 0-14 victory. It was a hugely satisfying victory for the St. Thomas’ set-up, no more so than for manager Kevin Lally.

“With us winning back-to-back county championships, the confidence is high among the group. I suppose, the carrot dangling in front of us now is to get back to an All-Ireland club final and, after Paddy’s Day, that would be hugely satisfying,” he says.

While they have not been openly talking about the defeat to Ballyhale Shamrocks, Lally believes it has been a motivating factor for his proud bunch of players. “I am sure it is, although it is not something we have talked about. We are just taking these games on their own merits. The next game is an All-Ireland club semi-final and it is there to be won.”

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

Francis Farragher

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

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