• Participation and inter club rivalry the secret to The Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon series; more than 700 walkers, runners and cyclist of all abilities taking part in one or more events throughout a three month period, with events held in six key towns in Mayo (Claremorris, Hollymount, Ballinrobe and Westport, Sligo (Enniscrone) and Galway (Belclare) throughout the winter and spring months.

    Now in its fourth year the series sponsored for the past three years by Bridge Signs the Ballinrobe based print and design company has grown in strength year on year.

    The format works well for everyone especially during the winter months, people aren’t tied down to just training for one discipline they have the choice of either running or cycling. So if the weather is poor either a short run or an indoor spinning session works really well as the distances to complete are relatively short.

    Everyone gets a split time for their first run, their first transition, their bike leg, their second transition and their last run with a combined time for their overall. Every segment is seeded so very easy to see where one’s progress or weakness lie.

    Each event has its own prize fund and fanfare, friendships and rivalries build up from event to event.

    The club/team  and Corporate categories are well represented with squads from all over Connacht a massing at each event and great pride is shown by each when trying to defend their positions in the overall standing.

    Age category prizes means there are races within races with the over 40’s been the most competitive age group by far.

    Gender wise it’s pretty equal with the males just about tipping the balance; this is brilliant for the future development of the sport of Duathlon as Mammies and Daddies will hopefully transfer their love of sport down to their siblings.

    Brian Reilly director of Bridge Signs the Ballinrobe based print company; said “ We are delighted to be involved with the Ireland West Duathlon series from its inception,  seeing so many people take up the sport as a form of exercise and recreation firstly and then progressing on to be competitive in the various categories has been motivating and inspirational for us; showing with a bit of training and effort what one can achieve over a season or two.


    Aidan Kelly from Galway Triathlon club came under the radar to sneak off with the overall title of Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon Series champion 2019; missing out at the first round Aidan was always to the fore from round 2 on. Strong bike splits meant Aidan usually caught the fast runners and could hold on well to finish high up the ranks by the finish.


    In the Ladies Edel Reilly Hollymount Wheelers proved strongest out of all the female competitors, her running was the key, even surprising some of the male competitors. She was ably motivated as her Hollymount Wheelers team were at every event in big numbers securing their second win in the Team title race.


    Bridge Signs Overall Results 2019

    1st Aidan Kelly Galway Triathlon club

    2nd Jonathon Rowland Liquid Motion Triathlon club

    3rd John Mullin Headford

    4th Killian Dooley Galway City Harriers

    5th Darren Quinn Grainne Uaile Tri club



    1st Edel O Reilly Hollymount Wheelers

    2nd Laura O Connor Islandeady CC

    3rd Maggie Vahey Galway Tri Club

    4th Aoife O Connor Lough Key Tri club

    5th Michelle Reynolds Liquid Motion Tri Club


    Over 40

    1st John Mullin Headford

    2nd Killian Dooley Galway City Harriers

    3rd Chris Troy Grainne Uaile Tri club



    1st Maggie Vahey Galway Tri Club

    2nd Ann Mc Donnell Mayo AC

    3rd Niamh  Donovan Westport Leisure park


    O 50

    1st Jimmy Lawlor Multisport AM Westport

    2nd Sean O Boyle Liquid Motion Tri club

    3rd Brian Clarke Westport Leisure park



    1st Michelle Reynolds Liquid motion Tri club

    2nd Breege Morrin Western Lakes CC

    3rd Catherine Gibbons Westport Leisure park


    O60 male

    1st Mattie Donnellan Kilamine



    Joseph Walsh Hollymount Wheelers


    Relay team

    Hession Loughney Hollymount Wheelers

    Mixed Relay team

    Ann & Paddy Murray Mayo AC


    Most Improved

    Male David Keane Grainne Uaile Tri Club

    Female Sara Creighton Swinford Tri club


    Team/ Club Winners

    1st Hollymount Wheelers

    2nd Liquid Motion Tri club Ballina

    3rd Westport Leisure Park


    Corporate winners

    1st Ballina Beverages Coke cola.

    2nd The HSE

    3rd Allergan Westport


  • An apartment block in Galway was evacuated overnight after a fire broke out in an adjoining building.

    Residents of the Cúirt na hAbhiann apartments in the Liosban Industrial Estate were told to leave their properties shortly before 9pm.

    Units from Athenry, Tuam, Galway city and Loughrea attended the fire in an adjoining commercial premises.

    The fire was brought under control and nobody was injured in the blaze.

    The cause of the blaze has yet to be established.

  • The first Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland will be administered today.

    It's expected that will happen in one of four major hospitals,  Galway and Cork University Hospitals,  Beaumont  and St James' hospital in Dublin.

    Only the Netherlands is due to start it's vaccination programme after Ireland, some EU states began the process as soon as the doses arrived on Saturday.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin says the most vulnerable to Coronavirus will be receiving them first:

    The confirmed cases of Covid 19 are on the rise nationally, with  765 of the virus reported to the Dept of Health yesterday

    There were 9 cases of the virus detected in Mayo, 10 in Roscommon and 18 in Galway.

  • The first of several High Court actions over substandard audiology services for children in the west of Ireland has been settled. 

    The court approved a €450,000 settlement in the case of a 13-year-old boy who has a lifelong impairment because of inadequate treatment for hearing loss. 

    Callan Molloy, from Ballinderreen, Kilcolgan, Co Galway, did not have his hearing loss properly treated for the first eight years of his life.

    The Health Service Executive has previously apologised to more than 100 families for failings in audiology services after a review of a service provided by one audiologist from 2011 to 2015.

     The issue was uncovered by an RTÉ Investigates report in 2018.

  • The annual Esker Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help could not go ahead this Summer, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Redemptorists in Esker, near Athenry in Co Galway have traditionally held the annual Novena during the month of June for over 40 years but it could not go ahead this Summer.

    Instead, the novena will be held online, for the first time ever.

    The 9-day Novena starts tomorrow, with sessions at 10am each morning and 8pm each evening, and can be accessed on

  • The first site by site survey of facilities and conditions for Travellers in Galway has found widespread violations of human rights standards.

    The report, released today, was carried out by the Galway Traveller Community in cooperation with the county's Traveller Movement.

    It found the main problem areas are sanitation, water and power supply.

  • The father and son who rescued two paddleboarders last month have saved another life after plucking a man from the water in Galway yesterday morning.


    Patrick Oliver and his 18-year old son Morgan were hailed for their role in saving two cousins in Galway Bay last month.


    Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn drifted for 15 hours overnight after being swept out to sea in a storm but were rescued after the fisherman and his teenage son correctly worked out where they might be near the Aran Islands.


    Now the father and son have been hailed heroes again after rescuing a Fishermen who found paddleboarders involved in another rescue in Galwayman who was spotted in the water in the River Corrib around 9am yesterday morning.


    The alarm was raised by a pedestrian who saw the man in the water where the river meets the sea near the Claddagh.


    Galway RNLI and members of Galway Fire Brigade rushed to the scene, while fishing and leisure vessels in the area also responded.


    The Olivers, who were on their way out to sea in their fishing boat, turned back.

    They managed to reach the man and take him from the water close to Nimmo’s Pier before he was swept out to sea.


    The man was taken to University College Hospital. His condition has not been established.


    Last month the Olivers shot to fame when they correctly worked out using tidal and weather information where the paddleboard cousins might have drifted.

    They located them clinging to a lobster pot buoy south of the Aran Islands, almost 20 miles from where they had entered the sea in Furbo.


    The cousins went missing when they went paddleboarding at Furbo on the evening of August 12 and were rescued after a large scale search of the bay by the Olivers.


    Patrick’s brother David was also involved in a rescue in Galway on August 22 when he was part of a crew which helped save a kite surfer from England who got into difficulty in the bay.


  • Tributes have been paid to five Galway teenagers who rescued a man from the river Corrib during the Macnas parade in Galway on Sunday evening.

    14-year old Seán Oliver and four of his teenage friends pulled the man from the fast flowing waters shortly after 6pm as thousands of people had gathered for the Halloween street festival.

    The teenagers, who have sought to play down their actions, were in a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) and en route to tie up and watch the parade at the time.

    Seán Oliver is a trained boat handler and has been a member of Galway Sea Scouts.

    His uncle Dave Oliver, who works with the Galway Fire Service and is an RNLI lifeboat coxswain, had just come off duty when he was alerted to a man in the water.

    Mr Oliver ran down towards the pier and called out to his nephew in the Rib.

    He said it was dark, and they found it difficult to see the man at first, but then managed to haul him into their boat.

    Galway Fire Brigade and ambulance personnel were at the scene within minutes.

    The man was given emergency medical treatment and taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway, where he has made a recovery.





  • Five members of the All Ireland-winning Galway side have been rewarded with places on the Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards Hurling Team of the Year.

    This year's beaten finalists Kilkenny have four on the team, Tipperary have three, Dublin two, and there's a lone nod to Limerick in the form of Cathal O'Neill.

    Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Hurling Team of the Year

    1. Patrick Rabbitte – Galway, (St. Mary’s)
    2. Conor Whelan – Tipperary, (CJ Kickhams)
    3. Shane Jennings – Galway, (Ballinasloe)
    4. Jamie Young – Kilkenny, (O’Loughlin Gaels)
    5. Darragh Maher – Kilkenny, (St. Lachtain’s)
    6. Seán Neary – Galway, (Castlegar)
    7. Seán Phelan – Tipperary, (Nenagh Eire OG)
    8. Conor Kelly – Kilkenny, (O’Loughlin Gaels)
    9. Donal Leavy – Dublin, (Naomh Olaf)
    10. James Devaney – Tipperary, (Borris-Ileigh)
    11. Cathal O’Neill – Limerick, (Crecora-Manister)
    12. Ciarán Brennan – Kilkenny, (Bennettsbridge)
    13. Luke Swan – Dublin, (Castleknock)
    14. Donal O’Shea – Galway, (Salthill/Knocknacarra)
    15. Dean Reilly – Galway, (Pádraig Pearses)
  • Five people have been hospitalised following a crash in Co. Galway.

    The two-vehicle collision happened at 8:20am this morning at Castletown Cross, Kilkerrin.

    Two men and three women were taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway, where their conditions are not currently known.

    Gardai have launched an investigation into the crash.

  • Progress on delivering a new emergency department at University Hospital Galway is very slow, and five years down the line from when it was first promised, planning permission has not yet been sought for the development.

    In the meantime, demand on the department is increasing with more than 5,000 patients presenting themselves at the hospital’s ED in each of the months July, August and September of this year. That’s a 4 percent increase on the same period last year.

    The matter was raised at this week’s HSE West Forum Meeting in Merlin Park by two Galway based Councillors, Headford Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, and Galway city based Fine Gael Councillor Padraig Conneely.

    Both Councillors expressed concerns that the new ED plans are not moving quickly enough.

    Cllr Hoade says she is aware of many patients who have scheduled surgery in Galway, being told the evening before admission, that due to the volume of patients in the ED that their surgery has been postponed.

    Cllr Conneely told Teresa that he cannot understand why all the groups and agencies involved in progressing the delivery of an urgently required new ED in Galway cannot come together in one room and get things sorted.


  • Met Eireann is warning that several parts of the country could be hit by flooding today as storm Helene makes its way towards Ireland.

    Up to 40mm of rain is expected to fall.

    A yellow rainfall warning has already been issued for Mayo and Galway which is valid from noon to midnight tonight.

    Between 25 and 40 mm of rain is currently forecast to fall on the counties with a risk of flooding in places.

    Many other counties are expected to be hit by heavy rain tonight - Met Eireann says it's possible that yellow level warnings may be issued for Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Meath and Louth.

    Current forecasts show south to southeast winds will reach gale or strong gale force at Sea, but will be fresh to strong over land as the ex tropical storm tracks northeastwards close to the southeast tonight.

    Rain will spread eastwards quickly across the country and will be heavy in many areas for a time with a risk of spot flooding.

  • A former Ballybrack FC footballer says he is very much alive, and working in Galway, despite his club claiming he had died.

    The Dublin football club made a false claim that player Fernando LaFuente had died in a car crash last Thursday evening - in order to have a match postponed.

    A minute's silence has held in his honour at Leinster Senior Leadue fixtures over the weekend.

    Mr LaFuente, who had relocated to Galway for work two months ago, said other clubs started paying tribute to him online and the story began to spread. 

    He said he was aware they were going to try and have the match postponed but never realised they were going to fake his death....


    Former Galway footballer and TG4 analyst Máire Ní Bhraonáin has been named as the new presenter of TG4's Ladies Football Championship coverage.

    TG4 will broadcast 9 live games  - including the junior, intermediate and senior finals and Milltown native Máire Ní Bhraonáin will front the Peil na mBan Beo - having worked as an analyst on the programme since 2011.

    She will be joined by three analysts - Cork legend Rena Buckley, Dublin's Sorcha Furlong and Waterford's Michelle Ryan.


  • An All-Ireland winning hurling star has been forced to close down his fitness club after an insurance claim sent his premium soaring to €20,000.

    37-year old Colm Callanan, who retired from the Galway inter-county team last November and took up a coaching position with the squad, had run the Callanan Fitclub in Kinvara with his sister Colleen for the past six years.

    The club had about 100 members who took part in group classes and training while receiving advice on nutrition and exercise plans.

    Mr Callanan, who is married with two young children, also worked with Kinvara GAA club and Foróige as he passed on his experience in the field to local youth teams.

    But the Irish Independent reports that he was left reeling in April 2018 when someone using the club lodged a substantial claim against it.

    When he tried to renew his policy the following year, the reserve on his insurance meant he was receiving quotes of up to €20,000, when previously he had paid around €1,800.

    Mr Callanan said he hit a dead end when he shopped around for a better quote, and now believes there is no competitiveness in the sector any more.

    He says small businesses just cannot sustain the cost of insurance.

    The Kinvara native eventually made the difficult decision to pull the plug on the business around three weeks ago in a move that he said was "devastating".





  • Four Co Galway men, who were accused of cutting turf illegally, have been found not guilty by direction of a judge at Galway Circuit Court.

    The four were accused of breaking EU law regarding natural habitats on raised bogs during the summer of 2012.

    Michael D'Arcy, from Killimor in Co Galway; Pat McDonagh from Portumna, Tony Porter from Woodford - all in their 50's - and 64- year old Padraic Byrne from Killimor had denied the charges.

    Speaking outside court afterwards, Mr D'Arcy said he was "delighted it was all over" and described it as a "great day for rural Ireland".

    Independent Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice welcomed the verdict, saying the dispute regarding turf cutting on protected bogs can be "settled in an amicable way rather than bringing people to court".


  • Funding of half a million euro has been allocated to support local communities on non-Gaeltacht islands. 

    The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, Gaeltacht and Islands Sean Kyne has announced a grant of over €490,000 to support the work of community development companies on islands including Clare Island and Inisturk in Mayo, Inishbofin in Galway, Bere & the Sherkin Islands in Cork among others. 

    In addition €22,700 has been approved for Comhar na nOilean Teo to support its work across several islands including the Aran Islands. 

  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the late Tommy Varden from Tuam.

    Mr Varden was a well-known businessman and long time sponsor of the Galway senior footballers.

    He passed away on Tuesday night aged 79, following a short illness.

    Mr Varden’s remains will repose at Glynn’s Funeral Home, High Street, Tuam, on Friday evening from 5-8pm.

    He will be laid to rest on Saturday in Tuam Cemetery following 11am Funeral Mass i the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam.

  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the woman who died in a farm accident in the Headford area on Monday.

    54-year-old Patricia Newell from Curracuggeen died after she was injured while tending to cattle in a field.

    She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body removed to University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem examination took place.

    The Health and Safety Authority is investigating.

    Patricia’s remains will repose at Carey’s Funeral Home, Claran Road, Headford on Thursday evening from 5-8pm.

    She will be laid to rest on Friday in Donaghapatrick Cemetery following 11am Funeral Mass in St Patrick and Cuana Church Kilcoona.

  • The funeral of a Galway teenager who died after falling ill at a debs is taking place this afternoon.

    Jessica Moore was pronounced dead in hospital in the early hours of Monday morning, a short time after the event in Ballinasloe.

    The Loughrea woman was due to receive her Leaving Cert results the next day.

    The 19-year-old's funeral Mass will take place in St. Patrick's Church, Bullaun, near Loughrea, at one o'clock this afternoon.

    Local councillor Shane Curley says the area's still in shock.