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Summer temperatures set to remain at record high

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FOR some it’s great news . . . for others not so good . . . but one way or another our summer heatwave of 2018 now looks set to roll on for the foreseeable future.

Crowded beaches, outdoor beer gardens and barbecues continue to be the order of the day through the county, but many farmers are now under serious pressure with zero grass growth over the past ten days or so.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, said that some farmers around the county – and especially those in the more intensive dairy sector – were already using up the silage that they had harvested over recent weeks.

“With the ground so dry, there is simply no growth. Putting out slurry on dry ground under a baking sun is simply not an option.

“The longer these drought conditions continue on for, the more severe it will be for farmers. Grass supplies are dwindling everywhere and there are very high soil moisture deficits,” said Anne Mitchell.

She also advised farmers to be extra-vigilant in relation to working outdoors in the current hot and sunny conditions and especially so between the hours of 11am and 4pm when the sun is at its highest in the sky.

Irish Water have also made a further appeal this week to the public to do everything possible to try and conserve what is a dwindling water supply.

They said that as of this week there were night-time water restrictions on the Aran Islands as well as the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas in Connemara and those houses supplied by the Tonabrucky reservoir in Galway city.

In East Galway, Irish Water point out that water levels in the River Suck have now gone very low, down to a depth of 600mms (less than two feet).

The Ballinasloe treatment plant is currently at full capacity and with the Suck water levels ‘decreasing at a significant rate’, water customers in the East Galway area have been urgently requested to ‘reduce water levels in every possible way’.

Households in the Tír an Fhia/Leitir Mór are of Connemara have suffered outages with a number of leak repairs having to be carried out in the area.

Springs and boreholes supplying water to the North Galway villages of Dunmore, Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin, Moylough, Mountbellew, Ballygar and Ballymoe are ‘extremely low and a serious cause for concern’, according to Irish Water.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Campaigners seek state support to challenge beach bylaws

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Campaigners against controversial beach bylaws proposed by the County Council have called on Government to intervene. This comes after the local authority was met with a tsunami of submissions from the public – over 1,000 submissions were received, many voicing concerns that the regulations would ban water sports on the county’s coastline.

Galway pharmacist and Galway Bay Sailing Club member, Barra Nevin, has been one of the most outspoken critic of the bylaws which seek to outlaw activities such as surfing and kayaking anywhere near bathers.

According to Mr Nevin, there has been a groundswell of support for water sports enthusiasts, with everyone from swimmers to those who walk the coastline backing their right to use the water.

“The central problem surrounds the paragraph which states other outdoor sports participants cannot be in close proximity to swimmers. This would effectively outlaw all outdoor water pursuits other than swimming on 24 beaches in County Galway, including the lake in Loughrea, the Shannon in Portumna and all along the Wild Atlantic Way to Connemara and the Aran Islands,” he said.

The bylaws, for which an extended public consultation closed last Friday, state: “No person shall wind surf on sail boards or kite-surf on kite boards or surf on a surf board or use a canoe, kayak, dinghy, stand-up paddle board or water bike in close proximity to bathers.”

In addition, it will also be an offence to “use a personal water craft, power craft and fast power craft within 300m of the low water mark at the time of use, except for the purpose of rescue”, in the interest of the safety of swimmers.

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Bad weather a spoilsport as Salthill boys just do enough

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Salthill/Knocknacarra's Conor Gardiner comes under pressure from Mark Egan of Oranmore/Maree during Saturday's West Board U19 Final in Moycullen. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill/Knocknacarra 0-8

Oranmore/ Maree 1-3

Mike Rafferty in Moycullen

SPORT in the depths of winter is not always an appealing sight and so it was in Moycullen on Saturday afternoon as the wind and rain reduced this West Board U19 Football Final to an endurance test. Salthill/Knocknacarra did enough to get over the line and, in the process, are the first winners of the David Cox Memorial Cup.

Favoured by the elements in the opening half, they laid the groundwork for their win with some smashing points from Ryan Kavanagh and Matthew Thompson and while a four point interval lead was not exactly commanding, Salthill’s defence played their part on the resumption as they kept Oranmore/Maree to just a point from play and three in total in a frustrating chase to close the gap.

Though the city side always appeared to have the edge, Oranmore/Maree can point to many factors that could have turned the game their way. They got the boost of an early goal, but seldom looked like scoring for the rest of the half. They had plenty of possession on the resumption, but with no one taking responsibility for an occasional shot, they just hand passed the ball all over the park and had little or no penetration.

Four missed frees in succession by four different players just added to Oranmore/Maree’s frustration and as the chase went right to the wire, they also had a late goal chance which was spurned.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Scores scarce on horrible day as Ballygar fall to final defeat

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Ballygar's Stephen Lohan who scored three of their four points against Easkey. Gordon. Ryan Duffy also threatened only for defender Shane Molloy to make the block.

Easkey 0-5

Ballygar 0-4

DARREN KELLY IN BEKAN

IN horrendous conditions, Ballygar’s hurlers ended their 2022 championship season with defeat last Saturday in the Connacht Junior Final as Sligo’s Easkey created history.

Andrew Kilcullen’s winner two minutes into injury time secured the ‘Blue Devils’ a first ever provincial crown as they survived the sweeping rain and swirling wind that questioned the wisdom of playing this contest at all.

That’s not to take away from Easkey’s success. The side coached by Ballygar’s Brian Healy earned their result even if the Galway champions can feel aggrieved about the decision to cancel Cillian Egan’s late effort.

But in the shadow of the finest indoor GAA facility in the country, one has to ask could plans not have been made to bring this game into the Connacht GAA Dome when weather reports indicated the challenging environment awaiting both teams.

Either way, the teams got on with tackling the elements as well as each other and it was Easkey off the mark in the opening minute. Kilcullen stood up just inside his own 65 metre line and sailed the sliotar over the bar.

Ballygar finally settled after their first point on 10 minutes. Eammon Trayers caused problems when allowed possession in the full forward line and he won the free that Stephen Lohan converted.

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