Galway

  • Searches continued in Galway over the weekend for a man seen entering the River Corrib in the City last week.

    It’s after a member of the public witnessed a man entering the water at O’ Brien’s Bridge on Wednesday night.

    A search was carried out by emergency services assisted by the Coast Guard, but no trace of the man has yet been found.

    Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit assisted by members of the public carried out a search of the coastline yesterday.

    Searches are expected to resume later today.

  • Galway comedian Stevo Timothy is attempting to complete a charity cycle tomorrow evening in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

    The Galway comic, who has incomplete paraplegia following a motorbike accident in 2015, uses a wheelchair and walks with the aid of crutches.

    Mr Timothy whose Mother is from Mayo, is known for his Farmer Michael sketches, said training for the 5km cycle saw him get back on a bicycle for the first time in "six or seven years".

    Stevo will undertake the cycle on a 400m track tomorrow, and so far he has raised over €46,000 through his GoFundMe page.

  • Galway is set to receive Fáilte Ireland's biggest ever tourism investment.

    A new three-storey Atlantic Museum is expected to transform the Spanish Arch district of the city.

    The total cost of the project will be 10.2 million euro, and it is set to open in 2022.

  • Two kilos of cannabis herb destined for Galway have been seized by Revenue officers at Shannon Airport.

    The drugs, worth in the region of 44 thousand euro, were found in four different packages in a freight delivery which came from Milan in Italy.

    Officials say the drugs were destined for an address in Galway, and investigations are continuing into the find.

     

  • There's a significant funding boost today for counties across the West, under the Government's Rural Regeneration and Development Programme.

    Almost €5 million has been allocated for rural regeneration projects across Co Roscommon.

    This includes an allocation of over €1.5 million for the next phase of the Food Hub at An Cistin at the Castlerea Enterprise Centre.

    €1.7 million has been provided for a town regeneration project in Boyle, which will involve developing the old Royal Hotel in the town into an enterprise centre.

    Over €1.6 million has been provided for An Bealach in Ballaghadereen to create a social innovation and inclusion centre with integrated Family Resource Centre, while another €20,000 is being provided to Roscommon Integrated Development Company to develop three premises in Ballaghadereen town centre into creative studios.

    And Co Galway is to benefit from funding of over €6 million for rural regeneration & development projects.

    Athenry is to receive a grant of over three and a half million euro to establish the town as a food and tourism centre.

    Coole Park will receive funding under the allocation for National Parks, and a grant of half a million euro has been allocated for the proposed design for the Connemara Visitor Centre, while areas such as Tuam, Gort, Dunmore and Kinvara will all benefit from the funding announcement.

    Funding of €525,000 has been allocated to Galway County Council for street-widening works at Bridge Street in Dunmore, while another €175,000 is allocated to develop a master plan for Tuam town centre.

  • The search is on in the west of Ireland for the winner of last night's €7.3m Lotto jackpot with the winning ticket sold in Co Galway.

    The winning numbers are: 3, 7, 18, 36, 40, 42 and the bonus number is 16.

    This is the eighth jackpot win so far this year, and the 96th Lotto jackpot to be won in Co Galway since the game began in 1988.

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    A capital grant of €750,000 has been allocated for the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

    The funding is being provided through the Higher Education Authority, and will go towards refurbishment works at the GMIT campuses, and upgrading IT equipment.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the funding, and expects to see an allocation of this capital grant coming to the Castlebar campus

  • 1,244 patients over the age of 75 were left waiting over 24 hours to be seen in the Emergency Department at Galway University Hospital last year.

    The HSE has confirmed that, nationally, over 11,000 patients aged over 75 were not seen within 24 hours at hospital Emergency Departments in 2017.

    The situation has been described as “borderline criminal” by Galway Sinn Fein Councillor Mairéad Farrell, who says elderly patients are often the most vulnerable, and bring treated urgently can prevent escalation of injury.

    She says it’s unacceptable that anyone is left waiting on a trolley for over 24 hours- but particularly elderly people.

     

  • 100 jobs are being created in Galway at a global wedding planning company. 

    The Knot Worldwide is setting up an operations centre in the city. 

    Through its global wedding planning brands, The Knot Worldwide has more than 40 years of experience and has helped more than 40 million couples plan their weddings.

    The new roles will come on stream over the next few years and will include content writers, community forum support and customer support staff.

  • 15 million euro has been announced for the provision of state-of-the-art library facilities at NUI Galway. The monies are allocated from the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund

    Local Minister Sean Kyne says the 15 million euro allocation to NUIG will provide significantly enhanced library facilities including study spaces – an extra 2,000 across the campus – new group study rooms, better connectivity as well as improved access to and use of NUIG’s library with its extensive collections, archives and databases.

    The announcements were made by the Minister for State at the Department of Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor.

  • Gardaí in Galway have appealed for witnesses after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed during an altercation in a church grounds yesterday evening.

    The teenager was injured after being approached by a male who was unknown to him and an altercation followed.

    The 15 year old suffered a single stab wound and was taken to University Hospital Galway. It is understood his injuries are not life-threatening.

    The incident happened around 6pm yesterday evening in the grounds of St Brigid’s Church in Ballybane in the east of the city.

    It's believed his injuries are not life threatening.

    Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at Mill Street Garda station on 091-538000.

     

  • A group of sixteen puppies found in Athenry earlier this week were being kept in what has been described as appalling conditions.

    Rte.ie are reporting that the dogs were rescued after a member of the public heard sounds coming from an abandoned horsebox in the Ballydavid area of the Co Galway town on Tuesday 17 July.

    Gardaí and the local dog warden attended the scenes.

    The dogs have been described as being emaciated and severely dehydrated. Many were also diseased.

    They received emergency veterinary attention before being transferred to a local animal welfare organisation.

    Seven of the dogs have died since died.

    It is suspected that they were being bred illegally for sale.

  • There have been 174 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the last 24 hours according to latest figures from the national public health emergency team.

    One additional person has died.

    124 of today's cases were men and 48 were women, while 69% were under the age of 45.

    110 of the cases were located in Kildare, 27 in Dublin, 7 in Cork, 7 in Offaly, 6 in Meath and 17 are spread across thirteen other counties which include Mayo, Galway and Roscommon.

  • A post mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow on the body of a young woman who died after becoming unwell at a Debs Ball in a hotel in Galway in the early hours of this morning.

    Emergency services were called and the 19-year-old was brought to Portiuncula Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

    The Coroner has been notified and investigations into the sudden death are ongoing.

     

     

  • A 19-year-old man who died in a road collision in the early hours of yesterday morning outside Williamstown has been named.

    He was Evan Tully from Briarsfort, Williamstown.

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

    Mr Tully was seriously injured and later pronounced dead at the scene.

    Mr Tully’s remains will repose at Feeney’s Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 4-8pm.

    He will be laid to rest following 12 noon Funeral Mass on Monday in St Therese’s Church Williamstown, in Carraroe Cemetery.

  • It's emerged that 195 farmers will be directly affected by the proposed Galway City ring road.

    The N6 ring road will run around the city from Barna in the west, to Ballybrit in the East.

     

    Last month, the Cabinet approved the Galway City ringroad development, and announced that - in total - 1,000 compulsory purchase order letters would be issued.

    The Irish Farmers Journal reports that an environmental impact assessment submitted to An Bord Pleanala shows 195 farms are directly affected by the proposed road development.

    The main farm enterprises along the proposed ringroad route are beef and sheep farms -with these lands assessed as having a low to medium sensitivity to the devleopent.

    However, there is one high-sensitivity beef enterprise and two high-sensitivity dairy enterprises along the route.

    Also, the Galway Racecourse is classified as very high sensitivity, due to the equine enterprise and its regional importance.

    In total, 6 dairy farms, 119 beef farms and 4 sheep farms are in some way affected by the proposed road.

    For the environmental impact assessment, the agricultural study area consisted of 195 land parcels and 1,096 hectares of land - of which 219 hectares is within the proposed development boundary.

     

  • Just under 2,000 women are waiting to see a gynaecologist at University Hospital Galway at present.

    There are more than 28,000 women nationally waiting for such appointments, with 5,000 waiting for more than a year.

    The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says the consultant recruitment and retention crisis is a major cause of the delays.

    Gynaecologist Dr. Nóirín Russell says women will have delayed cancer diagnoses as a result.

  • The 2018 EPA Bathing Water report, published today, sets out bathing water quality during the long hot summer of 2018.  Overall, 94 per cent of the 145 identified bathing waters met the minimum EU standards last year, with over 100 beaches classified as Excellent. 

    However the bathing waters described as poor quality include Clifden Beach in Co Galway.

    145 bathing waters were identified in 2018, an increase of three since 2017. 94 per cent of identified bathing waters (137 of 145) met at least the minimum EU standards. 103 of 145 bathing waters were classified as Excellent.  A further 22 were classified as Good and 12 were classified as Sufficient, meeting the mandatory requirement. 

    Five bathing waters were classified as Poor, down from seven in 2017. These include Clifden in Co Galway along with Lilliput in Co Westmeath and Sandymount Strand, Merrion Strand and Portrane (the Brook) Beach in Dublin. 

    Clifden has received a Poor classification for the past three years.  According to Galway County Council, the main problems are the public sewer network and a storm water overflow at the Clifden wastewater treatment plant. Other potential sources of pollution include discharges from domestic and non-domestic septic tanks in the areas.

    Galway County Council will continue to engage with Irish Water to help minimise leaks, spills or overflows of untreated sewage from the Clifden waterwater treatment plant. Irish Water also planning further rehabilitation works on the Clifden sewer network in 2019. Galway County Council will also continue to inspect septic tanks in the area and for any which are not operating correctly, will instruct owners to take specific action to fix them.

    Improvements were made in three bathing waters previously classified as Poor, which included Ballyloughane near Galway City.

    The majority of the bathing waters included in Co Mayo were described as Excellent, with Bertra Beach in Murrisk, Golden Strand on Achill Island and Old Head beach in Louisburg were classified as Good.

    In Sligo the majority of beaches were described as Excellent or Good, with Mullaghmore Beach Sufficient.

  • Over 500 artists, musicians and performers will take part in the Galway International Arts Festival, which gets underway today.

    It's one of Europe's leading international arts festivals, and this year's programme once again includes a mix of Irish and international artists and performers, with an impressive line-up of theatre, dance, comedy, music and visual art.

    This is the 41st year of Galway Arts Festival, which runs until the 29th July.

    Madness, Kodaline, The Stunning, Gavin James and the RTE Conert Orchestra are just some of the acts which will take to the stage at the Festival Big Top.

     

  • 2018 was a mixed year for house prices across the country.

    That's according to the Irish Independent, which has published its annual list of property prices.

    According to the study, prices in Kilkenny increased the most over the 12 months, up 22 percent.

    Property prices in Mayo were down 1% in the year. The average price of a house in the county is 175,000. There are big differences between different areas in the county.

    Increasing builders costs and the number of new homes being built were just some of the factors that impacted on prices in each area.

    Mark Keenan, Residential Property Editor, Irish Independent has details of the survey in Co Mayo.

    In Galway, prices in the city went up by 10% and by 3% in the county.

    Property prices in Roscommon were up 7% in the last year – where the average price is 160,000

    Prices in Sligo are up 3% in the year, where the aveage price of a home is also 160,000 euro.