Galway

  • 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.

  • The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has gone below 200 for the first time since Christmas, while the number of people with the disease in hospital continues to fall.

    472 patients were on public wards last night, while 110 of those patients are in ICU.

    Last night, 25 additional deaths were reported from the virus - 5 of which occurred this week and the others on earlier dates.

    566 new cases were recorded by the Department of Health - including 17 in Galway and 8 in Mayo, while there were less than 5 new cases in each of counties Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim.

    The Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says key disease indicators continue on a positive trajectory, through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people.

    However, we're still seeing outbreaks in the community, including those linked to extended families, workplaces and funerals, and says we need to keep up our guard against the UK variant of the disease, which is dominant in Ireland at present and highly transmissible.

  • 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.

  • 18 further deaths have been reported this evening from Covid-19.

    The Department of Health says 15 of the deaths occurred in November, 1 in October and 2 are under investigation.

    269 new cases of the virus have been confirmed this evening also.

    This includes 16 new cases in Galway, 9 in Mayo and less than 5 in both Roscommon and Sligo.

    The 14-day incidence rate of the virus nationally is now at 87 per 100,000 people.

  • A further 18 deaths have been confirmed this evening from Covid-19, and 349 new cases.

    It's the second lowest number of daily cases so far this year.

    It includes 14 new cases in Co Galway, with less than 5 new cases in each of the other Connacht counties.

    355 people now are in hospital with the disease - down almost 60 percent compared to this day last month - while 88 people are in ICU.

    The country's 14 day incidence rate is now 148 cases per 100,000 people, while the 5-day moving average of new cases is 499.

     

  • NPHET will meet later to discuss nursing home visits and if there can be a 'vaccine bonus' for residents in the coming weeks.

    Any measures will likely form part of new recommendations to government ahead of the expected easing of restrictions in April.

    It comes as a further 631 new Covid-19 cases have been reported, along with 47 deaths - 14 of which occurred this month.

    Of the 631 new cases, there were 19 in Galway, 9 in Mayo, and less than 5 on both Roscommon and Sligo, with no new cases reported in Leitrim.

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

  • There has been a further 2,121 new Covid-19 cases and 8 additional deaths reported this evening.

    This includes 55 new cases in Mayo, 84 in Galway, 15 in Roscommon, 14 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.

    There are now 1,975 people in hospital with the virus and 200 of these patients are in  ICU.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says there are now more sick people in hospital than at any time in the course of this pandemic.

    He's appealing to people to continue to stay at home and drive down the infection in the community.

     

  • The five-day moving average of Covid-19 cases has fallen by 15% in the past week to 430.

    HSE figures show the number of patients in public hospitals with the disease has dropped by 19 percent over the last week to 220, with 56 of these patients in ICU.

    It comes as 5 additional deaths were reported last night - 4 of which occurred this month, and 423 new cases of the virus have been identified, including 20 in Galway.

    Elsewhere, new cases were low across Connacht, with less than 5 in both Mayo and Roscommon and no new cases in Sligo and Leitrim.

    All Connacht counties continue to have 14-day incidence rates that are lower than the national average, which is currently at 151 per 100,000 people.

    Dr Denis McCauley of the Irish Medical Organisation says the stabilisation of the numbers in the past few weeks is reassuring...

     

     

     

  • Galway is to receive a multimillion-euro investment from medical devices firm Veryan.

    The development will create 20 new roles in the city where it has been operating since 2006.

    The money will be used to further expand and diversify Veryan's product portfolio.

    Veryan makes stents that improve blood flow through arteries in the leg, which the company sells in Europe and the US.

  • 20 new jobs will be created at a company in Galway.

    PennEngineering, a global leader in innovative fastening technologies and solutions, has announced a major digital transformation of its Galway facility.

    This will involve up-skilling all its 200 staff based in Galway, and will create about 20 new jobs over the next 3 years.

    PennEngineering is celebrating its 20th year in Galway, and is based at the Mervue Business Park.

    Since 2001, the number of staff has increased from 80 to 200.

    IDA Ireland says today's announced demonstrates Penn Engineering's commitment to the West region.

    The company is now recruiting across a number of teams, including Engineering, Operations, Finance, Supply Chain and Managerial, and for more details visit www.pemnet.com

     

  • 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.

     

  • It’s emerged that a number of hospitals are routinely missing their targets for treating cancer patients within 15 days of diagnosis.

    As a result, hundreds of people were last year forced to wait for chemotherapy, according to figures published in the Irish Independent.

    The worst offender was The Mater Hospital in Dublin where one-in-three cancer patients got delayed treatment last year.

    The National Cancer Control Programme has set a target that 95% of cancer patients should receive IV treatment within 15 days of diagnosis, but at Galway University Hospital, 22% of patients did not receive IV treatment within the 15-day target last year, and this figure was 25% at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals fared better, with 99% of patients at both hospitals receiving chemotherapy treatment within 15 days of diagnosis.