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Tribesmen fail to have a real cut at Kerry in poor display

Francis Farragher

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Key moment: Kerry's Kieran Donaghy scores the only goal of Sunday's All-Ireland football quarter-final as Galway's Liam Silke gives vain chase at Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy Sportsfile.

KERRY 1-18

GALWAY 0-13

IN the end, a disappointment and a crushing one too. There had been hopes that Galway might send out a message of a new force emerging in Gaelic football but they succumbed all too easily to a Kerry team operating only on half-steam in a game that lacked a real competitive edge.

Galway did have their chances in this All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park on Sunday but once Kieran Donaghy wreaked absolute havoc in the losers’ defence during the first quarter, there was a real sense of inevitability about the outcome.

Maybe Galway do need to keep up the search for a few more quality players – the county desperately needs a commanding full-back, and a midfielder with real leadership qualities, but even allowing for those personnel issues, the supporters of the maroon were probably entitled to expect a bit more than what they got on Sunday.

Galway’s demise can be attributed to three core issues: the failure to deal with the entirely predictable aerial threat of Donaghy; the inability to win ball around the midfield area and the spurning of at least three clear-cut goal chances.

Management opted to throw Killanin’s David Walsh in at the deep end on a straight one-to-one marking role on Donaghy but the Austin Stacks clubman – admittedly a handful for any full back in the country – just won too many high balls unchallenged and unhindered.

Probably a far more radical plan of action was needed to curb Donaghy like assigning one of our big men – whether it be Paul Conroy, Tom Flynn of Fiontán Ó Curraoin – to shadow him and to contest the high balls. As it was, Donaghy took ball at will during the opening 20 minutes, lashed in 1-1, and also won a tap-over free.

Galway did try hard, and in fairness they did stay within four or five points of Kerry for threequarters of the match, but the gnawing feeling remained all through this encounter that there was only ever going to be one winner.

Kerry are Kerry, with the National League title under their belt and a satchel full of All-Ireland titles stored away – if their cage was to be rattled on Sunday, Galway needed to score goals, and maybe on another day, they just might have.

Ian Burke in the 4th minute had a powerful drive durned over the bar by outstanding Kerry keeper Brian Kelly; just before half-time a low effort from Damien Comer was cleared off the line by corner back Fionn Fitzgerald; six minutes into the second half Seán Armstrong was denied by Kelly; while later on, Comer and sub Michael Farragher also had half chances.

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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