• As communities come together to help each other out during the Coronavirus crisis, a Ballymoe man has raised almost €10,000 to provide toiletries for ICU staff to use after they finish an 8 to 12 hour shift wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Howard Simpson, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, decided to set up a Go Fund me page to raise money for this purpose, and hopes to supply toiletries in packs to doctors and nurses working in Intensive Care Units across the country.


    Anyone wishing to donate can do so through Howard's Facebook page and the Go Fund me link is



  • A Co Galway woman who died in a house fire in London will be laid to rest today.

    57-year old Kathleen Christina Edwards, known as Chrissie, died when fire engulfed her home in Croydon on 27th March.

    A number of firefighters attended the scene and Ms Edwards, who was living alone, was rescued from the blaze but died at the scene a short time later from smoke inhalation.

    The Metropolitan Police say the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

    Ms Edwards was originally from Cloonruff, Ballymoe, Co Galway.

    Her Funeral Mass takes place today at 12 noon in St Croan's Church, Ballymoe with burial afterwards in  Kilcroan Cemetery.