Galway

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council is advising customers in Co Mayo, and especially those supplied by the Lough Mask water supply, that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high usage, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with water supply demands. 

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    The Lough Mask supply is at capacity with high demand also being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, Erris, Louisburgh, Ballina, and Castlebar water supply schemes due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ homes and on farms.

    Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

    Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on www.water.ie and water supply updates are available at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to thank customers in advance for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Meanwhile Irish Water is advising customers in Carraroe that water supply has been restored to customers today following water restrictions on the scheme. The reservoirs have filled sufficiently to allow supply to return however, due to increased demand restrictions will be in place again tonight and for the next few nights until demand regularises and the water treatment plant can meet the demand needs. It may take several hours for all sections of the network to get water supply. 

    Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained at all times. Irish Water is grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe yesterday evening on behalf of the utility and the local fire service distributed it to vulnerable customers. Across Co Galway customers are being advised that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with supply demands. 

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    Night time restrictions on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies has enabled the reservoirs to refill to some degree and full supply has been restored this morning. Irish Water would like to thank customers supplied by these schemes for adhering to our water conservation notice yesterday. There will be further restrictions on this scheme tonight.

    Water levels on Inishbofin are critical following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew travelled to the island this morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water is available at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.

    Williamstown is suffering a major water supply issue and leak repair crews will be undertaking work in the town today to try to restore supply. Customers in some areas supplied from Kilnalag Reservoir have no water at present. 

    In East Galway customers are again urged to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Williamstown and Tuam.

    Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as possible. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Once further information is available we will issue another update. Updates will also be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Western Development Commission has today announced that Tomás O Síocháin has been appointed by the Board of the WDC as Chief Executive Officer.

    Tomás joins the organisation from NUI Galway, where he was External Engagement Programme Manager, having previously spent more than 14 years as an editor and journalist with RTE and TG4.

    The WDC, established in 1998, advises the Government on policy for the Western region and plays a key role in regional development.

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    It's a very wet and windy morning across the West, with a status yellow rainfall warning remaining in place until 2pm this afternoon, and a status yellow wind warning for western coastal counties until 3pm today.

    AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to slow down on wet roads, and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front.

    Motorists should also watch out for wind-blown debris on roads, and take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

    Met Eireann is warning of southeasterly winds strengthening this morning with gusts of up to 110 km/h - winds will be strongest along exposed coasts where a few higher gusts are possible.

     

     

  • Met Eireann is warning of a wet and windy night ahead for the south and west of the country - with wind speeds of up to 110 km/h.

    A yellow wind warning comes into effect at 10pm for Mayo, Galway, Donegal, Clare and Kerry - until 7am tomorrow.

    While a second yellow wind warning for Wexford, Cork and Waterford, comes into effect at 11pm and is valid until 11am tomorrow.

    A rain warning has also been issued for Galway and Mayo from 9pm tonight until 9am tomorrow morning.

  • Two separate wind warnings are in place for seven counties across the country this morning.

    A status yellow warning is valid for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry until eight o'clock.

    Meanwhile, Wexford, Cork and Waterford are under the same warning, but that's in place until eleven o'clock.

  • The winning ticket for last night’s Lotto draw was sold in Milltown.

    The winning ticket is worth almost €4.5m.

    The National Lottery confirmed that the shop that sold the golden Quick Pick ticket was Ryan’s Daybreak and Post Office in the small village of Milltown, Co Galway. The ticket was purchased on Thursday.

    The winning numbers are: 14, 24, 30, 38, 40, 45 and bonus number 36.

    The owners of the family owned shop and post office were stunned today when they were informed they had sold a mega winning Lotto ticket.

    One of the shop owners and granddaughter of its founder, Clare O’Connor, said the entire family is overjoyed at the news of the massive win.

    Clare’s grandfather started the shop which was then taken over by her parents, Joe and Anne, who are now semi-retired. The business, which also has a pub, is now run by Clare and her two brothers Tim and John.

  • A lucky Lotto player from Galway won the top prize of €250,000 on last night’s National Lottery Lotto Plus 2 Draw.

    This was the first Lotto Plus draw since exciting game changes were introduced which sees in excess of 50% more winners and the creation of more millionaires across Lotto and Lotto Plus.

    Last night’s winning ticket was bought in the busy Eason store on Shop Street, Galway. Manager David Boyce said today there is massive excitement in the city at news of the win.

    The new enhanced Lotto Plus game was launched last week with a nationwide brand campaign with the theme The Celebrations. The ad focuses on the Lotto house band, The Celebrations, who are exhausted after playing “Celebrations” for winners for the last 30 years – and they face being even busier with the new game changes promising more winners and more millionaires!

    Under the game enhancements there has been no change in the cost of playing the main Lotto game. But to facilitate the significant prize increases the price of a Lotto Plus line has risen by 50 cent to one Euro.

     

  • Connacht U17 Championship 
    Round 4
    Galway 0-15 
    Mayo 1-09 

    Leitrim 2-14
    Sligo 0-13 

  • There are 49 patients on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed again today at University Hospital Galway, yesterday there were 52 patients on trolleys at the facility and generally the numbers of patients presenting at the Emergency Department of the hospital continue to rise.

    The numbers are impacting on elective procedures at the hospital, according to Headford based Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade.

    HSE management confirmed last week that there has been a 4 percent rise in demand on the ED of University Hospital Galway in the first eight months of this year over last year.

    According to the INMO trolley Watch figures today there are 17 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 23 at Sligo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe.

    The ongoing overcrowding at the ED at Galway University Hospital and its impact on elective surgery in Galway has been highlighted by cllr Hoade at a recent HSE West Forum meeting.

    The Fianna Fail councillor says she is aware of many patients who have had their elective procedures cancelled at short notice due to the demands for beds at UHG.

    A new Emergency dept  at UHG to meet the increasing demands was approved by government almost five years ago, but to date, councillor Hoade says no planning has been sought for the development.

  • Met Eireann has described Storm Callum as "a very serious weather event" which people should be prepared for.

     The forecaster has issued an orange weather warning for coastal counties from 10pm tomorrow until Friday morning.

     Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Galway, Clare and Kerry are all included under the orange alert.

     They're expected to be affected by strong winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour, while winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour are being forecast for inland counties.

     Meteorologist with Met Eireann Joanna Donnelly is urging the public to be cautious while the weather warning is in place.

  • Mothercare’s retail business in the Republic, with stores in Galway and Sligo, is being placed into liquidation with the family that owns the franchise citing the “unprecedented” impact of Covid-19 on retail sales.

    This means its 14 stores in Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Cork, Drogheda, Dundalk, , Limerick, Newbridge and Portlaoise, and Tralee will not reopen, and that 197 staff will be made redundant.

    Staff were informed of the decision yesterday, with Tony McBride of FLC Frank Lynch & Co lined up as liquidator. A meeting of creditors will be held on June 22nd.

    The Mothercare business, which sold a range of products for babies and young children, has been operated in Ireland since 1992 by the Ward family, under franchise from the British business of the same name.

    It is understood that Mothercare expected its sales to decline by 40 per cent this year, leading to losses of about €3 million. The company had been selling products online following the introduction of lockdown restrictions but this stopped earlier this week, with the final orders fulfilled yesterday.

     

  • A woman has died after a house fire in County Galway.

    The alarm was raised at around 7 o'clock last night.

    Gardaí and Fire Services attended at the scene at Tullyvoheen in Clifden yesterday evening.

    They were called to the house at around 7 o'clock, and brought the blaze under control a short time later.

    The sole victim of the fire was a woman believed to be in her late 40s.

    Her body was located inside the house, and the scene is currently preserved for examination.

    Gardaí say foul play is not suspected at this time.

  • There was an unexpected arrival on the 3.04pm rail service from Galway to Dublin yesterday.

    The woman went into labour shortly after the train left Galway.

    After the alarm was raised, the train stopped at Kildare Station at around 5pm and emergency services were notified.

    A part of the carriage was sectioned off to ensure privacy for the woman and she gave birth in the area in between carriages.

    Glass doors were locked by staff and Irish Rail employees held up a blanket to protect her privacy.

    Ambulance services later arrived and helped to deliver the baby on board with the assistance of an off-duty doctor who was travelling on the train, and other passengers who were medically-trained.

    The baby and mother were taken to the Coombe Hospital are both said to be doing well.

     

     

  • A 52 year old pedestrian who was injured in a crash in Co. Galway on Christmas Eve has died.

    The woman was hit by a car while walking along a local road at Carrowmanagh in Oughterard at around quarter to nine on Tuesday night.

    She was in a critical condition when she was taken to Galway University Hospital  - and passed away yesterday.

     

     

  • A 26-year old woman reported missing from her home in Knocknacarra, Galway has been found safe and well.

    Galway Gardai had issued an appeal on Monday for information on the whereabouts of Andrea Mereuta who was missing from her home in Knocknacarra since the early hours of last Thursday morning.

    This morning, Gardai have confirmed that Andrea has been located safe and well, and have thanked the public and media for their assistance.

     

     

     

  • A woman who died following a fatal collision in Co Galway on Friday night has been named.

    Anne Hickey from Lissadyra, Tuam died after she was struck by a 4x4 on the M18 motorway on Friday night shortly after 9pm.

    Ms Hickey was nee Griffin and formerly of Ballindine.

    Her remains will repose at Carey’s Funeral Home, Ballindine on Monday evening from 6.30-8pm.

    She will be laid to rest in the new cemetery Ballindine on Tuesday following 12 noon Funeral Mass.

    Gardaí investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to contact Gort Garda Station 091-636400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

     

  • The woman who died after the caravan she was staying in was blown onto a beach in Clifden Co Galway yesterday has been named as Elvira Ferraii from Switzerland.

    She was staying on her own in the caravan at the Clifden ecoBeach Camping and Caravan Park when the incident occurred during Storm Ali.

    She was confirmed dead at the scene in Claddaghduff, Clifden, yesterday morning.

    Gardaí were alerted at 7.45am that a caravan had blown away.

    A search was carried out on the beach and the woman’s body was found a short time later.

    Her body was taken for a postmortem examination and the local coroner notified.

    Gardaí are investigating the incident.

  • Work is due to begin in the coming days on replacing ageing water mains in Roundstone, Cornamona and Clonbur in Co Galway.

    Irish Water and Galway County Council will begin work on Thursday in Roundstone to replace 160 metres of ageing water main.

    The existing pipes will be replaced with modern high density pipes which will allow improved flow of water to the town, securing supply for improving pressure for local business and residents.

    The work will take about 6 weeks to complete.

    On Monday next, work will get underway in Cornamona and Clonbur to replace and decommission sections of ageing water mains that are prone to bursts – this project is expected to take over 6 months to complete, due to the level of rock in the ground where the new water mains and service connections will be constructed.

    The works may involve some short-term water shut offs, and Irish Water says customers will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned shut-offs.

    The works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

     

     

  • Works of art from all over the world are being brought together in honour of the Tuam Babies.

    'Stay With Me' is an exhibition of work by people moved by the discovery of hundreds of babies' remains at the former Mother and Baby home in County Galway.

    It opens at Dublin's Inspire Gallery this coming Thursday.

    The exhibition's curator, Alison O'Reilly is the Irish Daily Mail journalist and author who first reported the story - she says it’s a stunning collection:

  • A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for three counties along the west coast.

    Heavy rain is expected in counties Galway, Mayo and Clare tomorrow morning and afternoon leading to excess surface water.

    Met Éireann says the warning will be in operation from 4am until 4pm tomorrow.