Galway

  • The funeral will take place in Dublin on Saturday of Tuam-born playwright Tom Murphy, who passed away in hospital on Tuesday night.

    Many tributes have been paid to the Galway playwright, who worked closely with the Druid Theatre and Abbey Theatre.

    His remains will repose at his home in Rathgar, Dublin tomorrow evening from 4-8pm.

    A Humanist Service in celebration of his life will take place on Saturday morning at 11am at the Mansion House in Dublin, followed by private cremation.

    Tom Murphy is survived by his wife Jane and first wife Mary, two sons Bennan and Johnny, his daughter Nell, grand-daughter and extended family.

     

     

  • Parents will feel the brunt of flooding in the Midlands and West this morning as they try to drive their children to school.

    Along with the recent closure of the N65 between Portumna and Borrisokane - there are more than 30 minor roads closed by flooding across South County Galway.

    Fianna Fail TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte says the floods have been building since August, creating a huge economic and environmental challenge for the region.

  • The future of the Irish beef industry is at a critical juncture, according to farmers who will stage a protest later.

    Prices in the sector are down at least 40 cent per kilogram since this time last year.

    The Beef Plan Movement says it will hold a peaceful protest at an Irish Farmers Journal meeting in Ballinsaloe, Co.Galway this evening.

    The event will be attended by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.

    Adam Woods from the Irish Farmers Journal is encouraging farmers to engage with the Minister and other speakers this evening.

    52,000 full-time jobs and more than 14,000 suckler farms will be lost from Ireland’s beef industry in the next 10 years unless something is done, a leading academic has warned in the Irish Farmers Journal.

    Ireland’s suckler herd is worth at least €2.9bn to the economy and accounts for the equivalent of 52,000 full-time jobs, UCD’s professor of agriculture and food economics Michael Wallace has calculated. But it faces the loss of 1,400 farms and more than 14,000 cows every year unless a strategy to protect it is put in place. “The suckler herd is a critical part of the agricultural industry in Ireland but its suffering a silent decline Mr Wallace told the Irish Farmers Journal ahead of the Beef Summit in Ballinasloe on tonight.

    In counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon alone, sucklers are worth €700m and 12,400 jobs, his analysis shows, while they are worth €450m and 7,800 jobs in the midlands.

    Sucklers in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan generate €445m in direct and indirect economic output and 8,600 jobs. Even the more dairy-dominated eastern and southern counties rely on sucklers for €835m and 15,600 jobs. Prof Wallace said agri-environmental supports for extensive suckler beef and a targeted headage payment for high quality beef genetics could be among the solutions to avert the decline facing the suckler herd. His analysis shows that the western, midlands and border counties are particularly reliant on the suckler herd, but its positive effect on the economy is felt nationwide. To demonstrate just how much the suckler cow provides for rural Ireland, the professor looked in detail at counties Galway and Leitrim

  • Thousands of football fans from Mayo and Galway will be travelling to Limerick this Saturday for the round 4 All-Ireland football qualifier, and the replay of the Ladies Connacht final.

    Gardai and Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office are urging drivers to stay safe and stay back from the car in front, on the journey to Limerick.

    "Stay safe and stay back" is the message from the Road Safety Officer and Gardai, who are also urging motorists not to use mobile phones when driving.

  • GAA supporters travelling to the two games at Elverys MacHale Park this evening are being reminded that Mayo Co Council is carrying out road works outside Balla.

    A traffic management system is in place which could cause delays tonight.

    Please ensure you give yourself sufficient time to travel to the ground & take alternative routes where possible.

    Gardai are also asking supporters not to park on the N5 road into Castlebar for safety reasons. 

    They are also asking anyone who is walking any distance to the game to wear hi-viz vests so that they can be seen by motorists. 

  • A special investigation of data protection practices at 20 hospitals across the State has identified a catalogue of concerns - including sensitive patient records being left exposed in wards, and a lack of privacy when staff are speaking to patients.

    The investigation was carried out by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner at hospitals across the country – including University Hospital Galway and Sligo University Hospital.

    It found evidence that computer terminals were being left unattended for long periods, leaving patient data visible, and that sensitive records were not being disposed of securely.

    Hospitals are being urged to use this report as a tool to enable them to spot the significant data processing security risks that may feature at their facilities on a daily basis.

    The investigation was carried out last year and examined practices in 20 HSE facilities, voluntary hospitals and private facilities – although the report does not outline specific issues at individual hospitals.

    The report sets out 76 recommendations aimed at mitigating the risks identified.

  • Several thousand people gathered in Galway's Eyre Square yesterday evening for the launch of the 2020 Capital of Culture Programme.

    The year-long event gets underway in February, and will involve more than 1,900 events across 154 projects, 170 partnerships and collaborations with local, national, European and international artists and cultural organisations from mor than 30 countries.

    The opening week will include a large public spectacle in Galway city on February 8th, produced by Water Works, a company which has created events for the Olympics, including London’s.

     

    Galway 2020’s full programme was unveiled by Minister Josepha Madigan and the Chairman of Galway 2020 Arthur Lappin, and was marked with an aerial spectacle in Eyre Square.

     

     

  • Galway 2020 has announced the cancellation of this evening's Opening Ceremony in Galway city, due to the severe weather warnings.

    In the interests of public safety, the event has been deemed unsafe to go ahead.

    President Michael D Higgins was due to launch the event this evening at South Park, to mark the start of Galway's year as European Capital of Culture.

    Organisers say they're very disappointed at having to cancel the ceremony, particularly for the community cast, volunteers and the team who have worked so hard during the last weeks and months, but the weather warnings currently in place mean it has been deemed unsafe to go ahead.

     

     

  • The organisers of Galway 2020 have temporarily laid off staff because of the coronavirus crisis.

    Galway has been designated the European Capital of Culture for this year, but has significantly scaled back events.

    Because of the reduced programme, almost all staff have been let go for three weeks.

    The temporary lay-offs are effective from today, while organisers have also ended their contract with UK arts management company, Artichoke.

    The Board of Galway 2020 says it will continue to consult with stakeholders in the coming weeks to make longer-term decisions in light of funding and timing constraints, but hope to hold a shorter programme of events later in the year.

     

     

  • Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture has been awarded the European Commission's Melina Mercouri prize of €1.5 million.

    The European Commission announced the award of the prestigious prize yesterday evening, and the Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan says it's a wonderful endorsement of the work by the team at Galway 2020 in developing a strong European-focussed programme for the European Capital of Culture in Galway next year.

    The Galway 2020 programme will see over 1900 events across 154 projects, with the opening ceremony set to take place in February.

  • A well-known Galway actor and singer has been jailed for six years for raping a young student in his van while she was asleep.

    Garrett Phillips, who was in Ros na Rún and recently starred as Frank Sinatra in a West End show, claimed what happened was consensual but was found guilty in April.

    The court heard it happened in November 2015 after he found her crying on a park bench in Galway city and offered her a lift home.

    Sentencing him to 6 years in prison, the judge said there was a "predatory element" to what she described as the "callous rape of a young woman".

     

     

  • House prices are rising by one per cent year-on-year across the country.

     

     The latest Daft.ie Wealth Report shows the value of all Irish residential property is now 519 billion euro.

     

    The most expensive market in Connacht-Ulster is in Kinvara, where it'll set you back 317 thousand euro to buy a home followed by Oughterard (€239,000) and Westport (€234,000).

     

    In comparison, the two least expensive markets are in Roscommon and Donegal, with the average asking price in Ballaghaderreen (Roscommon) at €95,000,

     

    Author of the Daft Wealth Report, Ronan Lyons tells us where the most costly properties are in the country:

  • Sligo and Galway have named their teams for their Connacht SFC Semi Final this Sunday in Markeivicz Park at 3.30pm. The game will be preceded by the Connacht Junior Semi Final between the same two counties, throwing in at 1pm.

    Sligo: Eamonn Kilgannon in goal, Michael Gordon, Peter Laffey & Keelan Cawley in the full back line, Gerard O’Kelly Lynch, Darragh Cummins & Paul McNamara in the half back line, Adrian McIntyre & Paul Kilcoyne at midfield, Mikey Gordon, Sean Carrabine & Nathan Mullen in the half forward line and Paddy O’Connor, Adrian Marren & Niall Murphy in the full forward line. 

    Galway: Bernard Power in goal, Eoghan Kerin, Seán Andy Ó’Ceallaigh & Liam Silke in the full back line, Kieran Molloy, Gareth Bradshaw & John Daly in the half back line, Thomas Flynn & Fiontán Ó’Curraoin at midfield, Shane Walsh, Michael Daly & Johnny Heaney in the half forward line and Antoine Ó’Laoí, Ian Burke & Danny Cummins in the full forward line. 

     

  • Galway 4-13 0-5 Roscommon

  • A strong Irish team of 16 athletes have been selected for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow from March 1st to 3rd

    Among them is Cillin Greene from Galway City Harriers who will be in the 400m competition.

  • There should be a review into the decline in adoptions in Ireland.

    That's according to Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on children, Galway based TD Anne Rabbitte.

    A new report shows adoptions in Ireland have fallen by 40 per cent over the past five years.

    In 2013, there were 188 domestic and foreign adoptions into Ireland, but only 113 last year.

    Deputy Rabbitte's calling for a review to see why the numbers are dropping.

  • A Galway based Minister says that funding for a new water safety initiative will save lives in Galway.

    Minister for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Sean Kyne was reacting to news of funding of €24,000 for the initiative in the River Corrib in Galway.

    The funding is being provided for the ‘River Corrib Thermal Image Monitoring Project’ under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Digital Innovation Programme.

    Minister Kyne said the project will use thermal imaging technology along the banks of the Corrib in the city to detect persons entering the river and will issue an automated message to An Garda Siochana. By providing this early warning system the emergency and rescue services will be able to act faster to help persons who are in distress and ultimately save lives.

    “The River Corrib Thermal Image Monitoring Project is a great example of how technology can be harnessed for the benefit of people and communities, and in particular people who may be vulnerable.

    “When Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development I secured funding for the first Digital Innovation Programme and I’m delighted that Ministers Michael Ring and Seán Canney have today allocated funding of over €450,000 for new projects across the country.

    “Other projects being supported include free public wifi along the Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly, funding to tackle a mobile coverage blackspot in Dongeal, as well as funding to develop ‘Digital Discovery Points’ along the Wild Atlantic Way. All of the projects, including the River Corrib project, are pilot projects that will, it is hoped, provide a template from which to introduce similar projects in communities across the country.”

  • Supermac's has won its long running case against McDonald's to have the use of the "Big Mac" trademark cancelled throughout Europe.

    The European Union Intellectual Property Office has ruled that McDonald's had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as a burger, or as a restaurant name.

    The Irish fast food company had claimed that McDonald's engaged in "trademark bullying" by registering brand names only to store them away "in a war chest to use against future competitors."

  • The owner of Supermacs is looking at using robots and drones to tackle potential staff shortages.

    In an RTE interview, Pat McDonagh has said he's planning to automate certain tasks in order to expand the business.

    The Galway man says robots are already cooking pizzas and fries in the US "and that's the way it's going to go."

  • All-Ireland champions Galway lead the way with 14 nominations for the 2019 Camogie All-Stars.

    The final team will be announced at the 16th annual awards banquet, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, in Citywest Hotel on Saturday 19 October.

    This year's winning team will also have the added incentive of the second All-Stars Tour to New York in November to look forward to, where they will be joined by the 2018 winners.

    Galway manager Cathal Murray is nominated for manager of the year after guiding the tribeswomen to glory.

    Galway All-Star nominees

    Goalkeepers: Sarah Healy (Galway)

    Full-back line: Sarah Dervan (Galway), Shauna Healy (Galway), Tara Kenny (Galway),

    Half-back line: Heather Cooney (Galway), Emma Helebert (Galway), Lorraine Ryan (Galway)

    Midfield: Aoife Donohue (Galway) Niamh Kilkenny (Galway),

    Half-forward line: Carrie Dolan (Galway),

    Full-forward line:), Noreen Coen (Galway), Catriona Cormican (Galway), Niamh Hanniffy (Galway), Ailish O'Reilly (Galway),

    Manager of the Year: Cathal Murray (Galway)