county Galway

  • Gardai in Tuam are investigating a single vehicle fatal road collision at Willaimstown in the early hours of this morning.

    The collision occurred at 2.20am this morning on the Williamstown to Castlerea rd(R360), about a half a mile outside Williamstown.

    The male driver, aged 19, was seriously injured and later pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released, but it's believed the young man is from the area.

    His body was removed to the University Hospital Galway where a post mortem examination will take place.

    The road is currently closed to traffic to facilitate a Forensic Collision examination and diversions are in place. The road is expected to remain closed until about 1.30pm to 2pm this afternoon.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses in particular for anyone who may have been on that stretch of road between 1.45am and 2.10am to contact them at Tuam Garda station on 093 70840, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

  • A man in his seventies died after the car he was driving went into the sea at Kinvara, in county Galway yesterday evening

    It happened at around eight o'clock yesterday evening at The Quay area of Kinvara.

    He was brought to University Hospital Galway in a critical condition but later passed away.

     The man's name has not been released by gardai. 

    Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward.

  • A man in his sixties was fatally injured  by a “freshly-calved cow” on a farm in county Galway yesterday.

    It is understood that the man was attacked by the cow on a farm near Moylough, and died as a result of his injuries.

    The accident occurred just before 3pm yesterday afternoon.

    The man’s name has not yet been released

    It is the fifth farm fatality recorded in Ireland this year.

  • The quality of water in Irish rivers is getting worse, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report.

    Roughly half of the country's coastal waters, rivers and lakes have unacceptable levels of pollution.

    The report found just 20 rivers have pristine conditions - down from more than 500 in the 1980's.

    EPA Water Programme Manager, Mary Gurrie, says agriculture and urban wastewater are the main contributors to the problem.

    The report names Ireland’s “worst of the worst” water courses, which included nine river sites, 10 lakes and six estuaries.

    The Kilgolgan river in Galway is one of these, it’s said to be under pressure from urban waste-water pressures form Loughrea.

    The Owenriff river in Co Galway is another of the nine, where run-off of phosphate fertiliser from forestry has been linked to poor ecological standards and had an impact on fish populations.

    Both rivers have declined since the last assessment, the Kilgolgan river, which was previously moderate, and the Owenriff, which was previously deemed to be in good ecological condition.

    Listed among the 10 “worst of the worst” lakes are : Lough Alewnaghta which straddles the borders of counties Clare and Galway; Ballyquirke Lough in Co Galway; Lough Rinn in Co Leitrim; and Templehouse in Co Sligo.



  • Irish Water, working with Galway County Council have started work on an upgrade to the Glenamaddy sewerage scheme. Once complete, the works will lead to improved public and environmental health, and provide a platform for social and economic development.

    The €7 million project will be delivered by Ward and Burke and is expected to be completed by 2020. The works will include the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant at Mountkelly, a new pumping station on the Creggs Road, the upgrade/rehabilitation of 700m of existing sewers and the construction of 1,700m of new rising main and outfall sewers.

    Colm Boyd of Irish Water told Midwest News that the company faces a serious challenge with the size and scale of issues with the wastewater across the country. A sewer network and treatment plant that is fit for purpose is essential in order to support business and social development in Glenamaddy, and these works will facilitate ongoing growth. These works will have a lasting benefit for local residents, business owners, and the environment.