• Clifden RNLI have become the first lifeboat station on the west coast of Ireland to receive the latest in lifeboat technology, the Shannon class lifeboat. 

    The vessel is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, and the new 25-knot lifeboat replaces the station’s 15-knot Mersey class lifeboat, significantly cutting response times for the county Galway lifeboat crew and reaching casualties faster. 

    The Clifden crew have been undergoing intensive training since May and the first planned outing for the new lifeboat is to visit the nearby island communities of Inisboffin and Inisturk where the lifeboat can be called on to respond to urgent requests for medical evacuations.



  • Clifden RNLI came to the aid of two walkers who got cut off by the tide yesterday evening.

    The crew were requested to launch the lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard just before 6pm following a report that two people were stranded on Omey Island.

    The inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat helmed by Kenny Flaherty and with three crew members onboard, launched immediately and made its way to the scene.

     Weather conditions at the time were good.

     Once on scene, the lifeboat crew checked that the two people were safe and well before proceeding to transfer them on to the lifeboat and bring them back to shore at Claddaghduff.

    John Brittain, Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said  ‘We would remind locals and visitors to always check tide times and heights before venturing out and to always make sure you have enough time to return safely. If you do get cut off by the tide, it is important to stay where you are and not attempt a return to shore on your own as that may be when the danger presents and you get into difficulty. Always carry a means of communication and should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’


  • Clifden RNLI rescued a sailor on a yacht that got into difficulty off the Connemara coast yesterday afternoon.

    The Irish Coast Guard received a report shortly after 3pm that a 36ft yacht was in difficulty somewhere between Cleggan and Inishbofin Island.

    The Clifden RNLI inshore lifeboat and the station's all-weather lifeboat were launched in fair weather conditions.

    The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene first, about 10 miles from Clifden.

    The crew checked that the one man onboard the yacht was safe and well, and a crew member stayed on the yacht to set up a tow, which was then passed from the inshore lifeboat to the all-weather lifeboat and the yacht was towed safely back to shore.

    Clifden RNLI Coxswain John Mullen commended the sailor for raising the alarm when he got into difficulty and wished him a safe onward journey.


  • It’s disappointing to discover that the HSE run nursing home Aras Mhuire in Tuam has had its registration lapsed. That’s according to local Fianna Fail Councillor Donnagh Killilea. The Councillor says however, that HSE management has assured him that the re-registration process is now underway.

    At a recent HSE West Forum meeting, Cllr Killilea, a member of the forum sought information on the new residential facility on the site beside the Primary Care Centre in the town, asking if a design team has been put in place for the development.

  • The Clonbur to Cloughbrack road in Co Galway remains closed to traffic, following a single-vehicle collision this morning.

    A truck overturned on the road shortly before 9am.

    Emergency services have attended the scene, and Gardai say the Clonbur-Cloughbrack road will remain closed for some time.



  • The heartbroken father of a Co Galway teenager, who died suddenly after her Debs Ball, has said her death has left an “irreplaceable hole” in the family’s lives.

    19-year old Jessica Moore from Bullaun, Loughrea passed away in the early hours of Monday morning after falling ill at a hotel in Ballinasloe.

    Tributes have been paid across the community for Jessica, who has been described as “talented and artistic”.

    In an online post, her father Brendan Moore said "My little girl is now an angel. There’s always going to be an irreplaceable hole in our lives. Rest easy Jess, you’ll never be forgotten.”

    Her remains will repose this evening at Kilboy's Funeral Home, Loughrea ahead of  her funeral tomorrow at 1 o'clock in St Patrick’s Church, Bullaun.

    The parish priest of Bullaun, Fr Pat Kenny, described Ms Moore as “talented and gifted” and said the local community’s sympathies are with her family.

    Gardaí are continuing their investigation into her sudden death,  and have spoken to a number of people who were at the Debs Ball on Sunday night.

    After falling ill, Jessica was taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

    She was due to receive her Leaving Cert results yesterday.

    Jessica is survived by her parents Brendan and Catherine Moore, her sister Ali and brother Cian, grandparents and extended family.





  • The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Okolo, Cardinal Sean Brady and several Bishops were present in St Brendan's Cathedral in Loughrea, Co Galway yesterday for the ordination of the new Bishop of Clonfert.

    Fr Michael Duignan - a native of south Roscommon and a priest of the diocese of Elphin - was appointed the new Bishop of Clonfert, succeeding retiring Bishop John Kirby.

    Fr Duignan was appointed to the position by Pope Francis in July, and the episcopal ordination took place yesterday afternoon in Loughrea, attended also by the new Bishop's mother Mona Duignan, his sisters and brother and extended family.

    In his homily, Bishop Michael Duignan says he now adds to the blue and yellow of Roscommon, and the black and white of Sligo, the maroon and white of Galway which will now be his new home.




  • Emergency services are at the scene of a crash on the Headford Road ( N84).

    The collision occurred about 8am this morning at the Curragh Line.

    Gardaí say the road will be closed for a time while the crash is dealt with.

    Motorists are advised to take an alternative route where possible.

  • Community Employment supervisors seeking security over pensions will strike today at 6 locations across the country.

    They'll protest at Department of Social Protection offices in Galway, Athlone, Letterkenny, Waterford, Cork and Dublin from midday today.

    Forsa and SIPTU say over 250 supervisors have retired with no occupational pension -  since a 2008 Labour Court recommendation on the issue.

  • People in the Oranmore and Renmore areas of Galway are being urged to adhere to the public health advice on social distancing and hygiene, following a surge in cases.

    307 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday evening in the Republic of Ireland - the highest daily total since early May.

    This includes 6 new cases in Galway, on top of 6 further cases on Monday, 9 on Sunday and 7 on Saturday.

    28 confirmed cases over 4 days is causing some concern, and public health officials in the HSE West have alerted GPS and schools in Galway to clusters in the area from Oranmore to Renmore.

    The outbreaks are being investigated and contact tracing is ongoing.

    Speaking to Midwest News, Oranmore-based County Councillor Liam Carroll is appealing to people to adhere to the public health advice to try and halt the spread of the virus..




  • A conference in County Galway is today bringing together a wide range of experts to discuss living with cancer.

    The event, organised by the Irish Cancer Society, will be attended by up to 400 cancer survivors, along with their families, friends and carers.

    The society's CEO, Averil Power says it's their chance to listen to survivors and share information about living with cancer.

  • A conference in Galway will today hear that the lack of accommodation for travellers is beyond crisis point.

    Over the past twenty years, less than half of the 2,200 halting sites promised by the Government have been delivered.

    It's forced over 2,000 individuals into the private rented sector, where it's claimed they're more likely to face discrimination and eviction.

    Director of the Irish Traveller Movement, Bernard Joyce, says that's failing everyone.

  • Connacht coach Andy Friend has made two changes for tomorrow's crucial Guinness Pro14 clash with Cardiff at the Sportsground.

    Ireland international Bundee Aki returns to replace Peter Robb in the centre while Paul Boyle comes in for Eoin McKeon at openside flanker.

    Victory for the western province would secure their place in the Heineken Champions Cup next season and Boyle says they're getting used to high pressure matches.

  • Connacht have confirmed they've been granted full planning permission for their re-development of the Sportsground.

    The 30-million Euro upgrade will bring the stadium capacity up to 12-thousand and the works will also include a high-performance centre and greyhound track.

  • PPS Interprovincial Cup Final;


    Connacht LGFA  3-01      3-10         Munster LGFA

  • Hosts England will kick start their title defence in a fortnight’s time when the Republic of Ireland travel to Luton Town to take on the three lions on Friday, March 16 (KO 7pm).

    This will be William O’Connor’s second away fixture on the bounce and he’ll be hoping to start the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early with a valuable win away from home in Kenilworth Stadium to make it two wins from two.

    The visitors toppled the Welsh in The Rock two weeks ago to open the 2018 Centenary Shield schedule. A first half brace, the first courtesy of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir scholar and Irish Captain Cian MURPHY came eight minutes in. This was cancelled out on the quarter hour mark by Welsh forward Alaric Jones. However the Irish lead was regained a few minutes later through last year’s star St. Declan’s Community College scholar Darryl WALSH. A solid second half performance from the Irish was enough to see off Marc Lloyd Williams’ crew in Cefn Druids AFC to ensure a top of the table appearance for the short term.

    O’Connor will make one change to the Irish set up with Balbriggan pupil Lido Lofeta making way for Grennan College player Colm Whelan for this encounter.

    The English will be relishing this game having demolished the Republic in Dublin twelve months previous with a comprehensive second half display to come from 2-0 down to win out 5-2. The victory ensured a share of the spoils with Northern Ireland last season and the English will be hoping to replicate such success again. Home advantage will prove important for England’s first game of the season and they will be bolstered by the return of forward Jack Butler (King Edward VI High School) who had an impressive campaign for them last year.

    England’s preparations for the Centenary Shield have gone exceptional well. The crew travelled to Valencia for their warm weather training a fortnight ago. A full week of training with two friendly games in the mix proved very productive.  England overcame Valencia and Levante 2-1 on both outings.

    Confidence in the camp will be high heading into this game and it always proves a pulsating tie with the Irish. A number of the Republic of Ireland outfit will be looking to improve their record against their opponents asJames CARROLL (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda), Darryl WALSH (St. Declan’s Community College) who captained the Irish that evening, Ronan MANNING (formerly of Calasanctius College, Oranmore and currently of Yeats College) and Jack RYAN (Templeogue College) all featured that evening in a frustrating night for Paddy O’Reilly’s charges.

    Following the England encounter, O’Connor’s side will be out again on March 29 in Monaghan United FC as they take on their Northern counterparts in their penultimate fixture. The Irish will then entertain Scotland in their final game of the season when they face the tartan army on April 12 in Home Farm FC, Whitehall. Both home games have a 2pm kick off.

    England Schools have taken things up a notch by managing to secure live television coverage this season of their two home fixtures, thanks to their partners at 247 .TV and FreeSports

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SELECT | Daniel Houghton& Kieran Farren (Carndonagh Community School), Adam O’Connor (St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff), James Carroll (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda), Luke McNicholas (Balla Secondary School), Darryl Walsh (St. Declan’s Community College), Ronan Manning & Adam Rooney (Yeats College, Galway), Liam Kerrigan (St. Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry), Cian Lee (Boyne Community School), Peter Adigun(Riversdale Community College), Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock), Jack Ryan (Templeogue College), Jake Walker (St. Kevin’s Community College, Clondalkin) Colm Whelan (Grennan College, Thomastown), Rory Doyle (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Cian Murphy (Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir), Adam Conway (De La Salle College, Waterford)


    MANAGEMENT | Head Coach William O’Connor (Balbriggan Community College), Coach John McShane (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray),  GK Coach Conor Foley (Athlone Community College), Performance Analyst Ollie Horgan (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Kit Manager Paul Masterson, Physio Mickey McGlynn Doctor Aiden O’Colmain

    ENGLAND | Daniel Gould, Callum Coulter, Ethan Brookes, Adam Crowther, Fraser Colling, Alex Doyle, Sam McCallum, Cormac Pike, Noah Smerdon, Kyle O’Connor-Ajayi,Ryan Penny,Emmanuel Ogunrinde,Robert Deda,Cieran Jackson, Jack Butler, David Neligwa, Harvey Howell, King Baidoo

    2018 Centenary Shield Results & Fixtures

    February 15         Wales 1-2 Republic of Ireland                       The Rock, Cefn Druids FC (7pm)

    March 9                Scotland vs Northern Ireland                       Greenock Morton FC (7pm)

    March 15              Northern Ireland vs Wales                             Newry City AFC (3pm)

    March 16              England vs Republic of Ireland                   Kenilworth Stadium, Luton Town FC (7pm)

    March 23              England vs Scotland                                        Bootham Crescent, York City FC (7pm)

    March 29             Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland  Monaghan United FC (2pm)

    March 29             Wales vs England                                              Cardiff Metropolitan University FC (7pm)

    April 6                   Northern Ireland vs England                        Belfast (7pm)

    April 12                  Republic of Ireland vs Scotland                  Home Farm FC (2pm)


    April 19                 Scotland vs Wales                                             Queen of the South FC (7pm)

  • Allianz Football League 
    Division 1
    Dublin 2-14 Roscommon 1-12 

    Division 3
    Westmeath 2-12 Sligo 1-10 

    Division 4 
    Leitrim 1-09 London 0-07 

    Allianz Hurling League 
    Division 1B 
    Waterford P-P Galway 

    Division 2A
    Westmeath 2-12 Mayo 0-06 

    Division 3A
    Lancashire 2-13 Roscommon 1-06 

    Division 3B
    Sligo 3-15 Longford 0-03 

  • Connacht Rugby has announced a 30 million Euro redevelopement plan for the Sportsground in Galway.

    The development will include a new stadium with a 12,000 spectator capacity, a new high-performance centre and will maintain the existing greyhound racing track.

    The arrangement with their co-tenants Irish Greyhound Board will ensure that rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue at the venue

  • Connacht pro players and staff have undergone testing for Covid-19, as part of the return to train protocols put in place by the IRFU.

    The players first had their temperatures taken, and then underwent tests at the Sportsground in Galway yesterday, before they return to pre-season training from next Monday.


  • Connacht Rugby have announced a 30 million Euro redevelopment plan for the Sportsground

    The development will include a new stadium with a 12,000 spectator capacity, a new high-performance centre and will maintain the existing greyhound racing track.

    The arrangement with their co-tenants Irish Greyhound Board will ensure that rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue at the venue.

    The CEO of Connacht Rugby, Ballina native Willie Ruane today's announcement is the culmination of around three years assessment and planning.

    Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Hildegarde Naughton says that the new plans will result in both sporting and economic benefits to Galway and the broader region, with Connacht Rugby already estimated to be worth €34.4 million to the regional economy.