Galway

  • The annual Esker Novena in Esker on Tuesday and runs until Wednesday June 12th.

    There will be daily sessions throughout the Novena at 8am, 10am, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm & 10pm on weekdays and at 8am, 10am, 12noon, 4.30pm, 6pm & 8pm on Sunday.

    Confessions will be heard before and after each session of the Novena in Esker, with the exception of Sunday.

    OnSaturday June 8th there is a Mass and Anointing of the Sick at 12 noon, while on Sunday June 9th there is the Blessing of Babies and Small Children at all sessions.

  • There has been another confirmed case of Covid-19 in an East Mayo School.

    Parents of children deemed to be close contacts have been contacted and given advice.

    In a letter from the HSE, parents were advised that children who are not close contacts do not require testing and can continue to attend school.

    This is the second confirmed case in a Mayo School.

    It comes after there were 263 new cases of the virus announced yesterday evening which includes 14 new cases in Galway and nine in Mayo.

  • Former Galway boss Anthony Cunningham has been installed as the favourite to become the new Dublin Senior Hurling manager.

    Pat Gilroy stepped down last night, citing work commitments for his decision.

    Having worked as one of Gilroy's selectors Cunningham could provide an easy transition.

    All Ireland winning Cuala manager Mattie Kenny is also said to be in the running for the role.

  • Anthony Nolan has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s Allianz National Football League Division 1 encounter between Mayo and Galway.

    The Wicklow man officiated, last year’s All-Ireland Quarter Final replay between Mayo and Roscommon.

    Sunday’s Round 3 clash in Salthill gets underway at 2pm.

    Galway have had a 100% record so far, whereas Mayo won their opener but lost by three points at the weekend to Kerry.

  • Any suggestion that an entry fee should be imposed on the general public to access Galway Museum must be resisted, according to Independent Galway Deputy Catherine Connolly.

    The Deputy says that Galway City Museum has become an integral part of the fabric of Galway city in the relatively short time since it has been established at the Spanish Arch. The number of visitors has gone up year on year, with annual figures of approximately 250,000 people.

    Significant enhancement and extension  to the Museum is now in progress, and the Deputy says the work involves Galway city council raising a €3.5 million loan, and Failte Ireland then matching that level of funding.

    The Deputy insists that this a substantial amount of public money and must be openly accounted for and every step of the drawdown of the money has to be publicly accounted for, particularly in light of the debacle, she says, of the Palas Cinema in the city.

    She is now seeking clarification on the welcome new development of the museum but wants answers from the City Council as to any new conditions that might be imposed under the co-funding scheme.

  • Apple is to scrap plans for a 850 million euro data centre in Athenry, County Galway.

    The project - which was set to create hundreds of jobs - has faced lengthy legal efforts to block it on environmental grounds.

    The tech giant says delays in the approval process has forced it to make other plans - and it will not be able to move forward with the data centre.

    Paul Keane from the group 'Athenry for Apple' says it's a massive loss.

  • The Aran Islands RNLI crew was launched this morning to come to the assistance of two people on board a yacht that had run into difficulties.

    The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 7.27am by the Irish Coast Guard.

    They headed straight for the 38ft yacht that had got tangled in lobster pots off Gorumna Island in the North Sound. 

    Weather conditions were choppy with moderate seas.

     Once on the scene, the lifeboat crew established contact with the two people aboard the yacht, and found that a local fisherman in the area had freed the yacht from the tangled lobster pots. 

     The lifeboat then escorted the yacht, which was under sail, as far as the mouth of Kilronan Harbour where a tow line between the lifeboat and yacht was established as it was having steering issues. The lifeboat guided the yacht alongside the pier in Kilronan Harbour.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning during Storm Lorenzo.

    The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 9.51am today at the request of the Irish Coast Guard.

    A woman on Inis Meain had sustained an injury from an earlier fall and required further medical attention.

     The lifeboat headed straight for Inis Meain in rough seas and took the patient abroad before heading for Rossaveal Harbour where the woman was handed over to a waiting ambulance crew.

     Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said the conditions at sea this morning were really challenging, and as Storm Lorenzo continues, he's reminding people of the Coastguard message to Stay Back – Stay Dry – Stay High.

     

     

  • The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer crew was called out on Saturday evening last, to come to the aid of a sailor whose yacht got into difficulty.

    The all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 5.30pm Saturday evening, as a yacht with one person onboard experienced engine difficulty north-east of Straw Island.

    Once alongside the yacht, the lifeboat crew established a tow line and towed the yacht back to Kilronan Harbour.

    Aran Islands RNLI coxswain Tommy Dirrane is urging anyone planning a trip at sea to always wear a lifejacket, carry a mobile phone or means of communication, and let someone ashore know where you're going and when you're due back.

     

  • Cape Clear off the coast of Cork and the Aran Islands have been selected by the European Commission for a new clean energy initiative.


    The islands will develop a plan to become self-reliant by harnessing wind, solar power and sea waves.

    24 other European islands inhabited by over 2,000 residents have been selected for the programme which will eventually benefit from EU funding.

    Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the initiative will see Cape Clear and the Aran Islands dramatically reduce their energy costs.

  • An estimated 12,000 people are still without power this morning after Storm Ali on Wednesday.

    Two people died during the storm.

    A full service on the Luas Green line in Dublin has resumed this morning.

    It is understood the majority of those without power are in the Tuam, Mullingar, Cavan and Longford areas.

    Up to 180,000 homes were without power at one stage on Wednesday. Repair efforts were hampered by Storm Bronagh, which followed Storm Ali yesterday, and brought heavy rain across the country yesterday evening and overnight.

    Met Éireann meteorologist Joan Blackburn says they are  monitoring a weather system that may develop into a third storm, Storm Callum, late on Saturday evening.

    She says this system has the potential to develop into something “nasty,” which would hit Ireland late on Saturday into Sunday morning and this weather system is being kept under review.

  • Arts organisations involved in Galway 2020 are holding a crisis meeting with local authority officials today.

    It follows major budget cuts to projects in the European Capital of Culture programme.

    The cuts have already led to Druid Theatre company shelving one of 2020's flagship productions.

    The project has already seen the replacement of the artistic director and CEO, due to resignations.

  • Donegal will enter level three Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight.

    Businesses in the county were given a little more than 24 hours to prepare for the change.

    It will be the same restrictions as are in Dublin - including a ban on indoor dining.

    However, pubs that don't serve food will be allowed to open with outdoor service only.

    Acting Chief Medical Officer, Ronan Glynn, says a high spread of Covid-19 in Derry has had an impact on Donegal:

    The 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in one area in Donegal is the highest in the country.

    The rate in Stranorlar is 336 per 100,000 population, which the Taoiseach says is particularly concerning.

    Dr Denis McCauley is a GP in the town - he says the current rate is alarming.

    The Taoiseach Micheal Martin warned last night of similar measures in other counties and cities where the incidence rate is  rising. “To be honest”, he said,  we could have similar announcements for other areas in the coming week, if the numbers keep rising”.

    Dr Glynn specifically warned of possible escalations in other counties urging people in Galway, Wicklow, Kildare, Waterford, Cork and Louth to pay particular attention to public health advice.

     

  • As Galway city continues to develop and grow, an integrated public transport system is now a priority, along with housing and health facilities.

    That's according to Galway Independent TD Catherine Connolly.

    She says that, 14 years after park & ride facilities were proposed for the east and west of the city, no progress has been made, and suitable sites have not yet been identified.

    Deputy Connolly says park and ride facilities, along with a light rail system, would help to take traffic off the congested roads in the city.

  • As the three teachers unions meet this week for their annual conferences, an internal report has shown that membership of the country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union has fallen to its lowest level in 15 years.

    The drop occurred last year during a dispute between the ASTI and Government, which triggered pay losses for thousands of members.

    The report shows ASTI membership fell by almost 2,000 last year to 16,440 – a 10% decrease.

    The West Mayo branch saw membership fall by 16%, with a 23% drop in Tuam and an 18% reduction in the East Galway branch.

    Meanwhile, 70 thousand teachers could go on strike this September if significant progress is not made on the restoration of pay.

    Over 20 thousand teachers are on a lower pay scale since cuts were introduced in 2011, and unions want the pay inequality reversed.

  • The author of a new book about the Tuam Mother and Baby Home says time is running out for truth and justice.

    'My Name is Bridget' documents the life of one woman who entered the home in her twenties, in 1946.

    Journalist Alison O'Reilly says Bridget Dolan died without answers - and delays to the final report of the Commission of Investigation are unacceptable.

  • The first baby of 2019 born at University Hospital Galway arrived into the world at 11.27 yesterday morning.

    Baby Tadhg O'hEochaidh was born to parents Clíodhna Griffin and Éinne Ó hEochaidh at the Galway hospital.

     

     

     

  • Former RTE producer Kieran Creavan has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for child sex offences.

    The 55 year old Ballinasloe native pleaded guilty to two offences at Leeds Crown Court.

    He was caught by a pedophile hunting vigilante group in England in November of last year after grooming a fictitious 13 year old girl.

    He admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming for a sexual purpose and attempting to cause a child to engage in kissing and cuddling.

    He was given bail in November and instructed to have no unsupervised access to children.

  • The N17 Ballindine to Milltown road remains closed to traffic this evening following a fatal collision overnight which claimed the life of a man in his 30's.

    Shortly after 1am this morning, a car and van collided at Carrownurlar, Milltown.

    The driver of the car, who's believed to be a foreign national, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the van, a man in his 50's, was taken to Mayo University Hospital as a precautionary measure.

    Gardai in Tuam are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at 093 - 70840 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

     

  • Beaches in Galway and Sligo have been included in TripAdvisor’s top ten best beaches in Ireland – this year’s list is dominated by the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry takes the top spot for 2018, followed Inchydoney strand near Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

    In third place is Dog's Bay Beach, Roundstone in Galway, while Strandhill Beach in Co. Sligo in number 9 on the list.

    TripAdvisor says its Travellers’ Choice awards are determined based on traveller reviews gathered over a 12-month period.