Glenamaddy

  • A Galway Councillor has raised concerns over the future of the Westdoc service in Glenamaddy.

    Ballinasloe area councillor Michael Connolly says the full service is not in operation since Christmas despite a lack of public consultation and prior notice.

    He says this means patients seeking care are now being advised to go to Tuam or Roscommon.

    The Fianna Fáil Councillor claims that no prior public consultation was carried out.

    He's questioning why, if there's been a change of policy in relation to the out-of-hours GP service, local communities have not been officially notified.

     

  • A Co Galway Parish is offering locals drive thru ashes once again this Ash Wednesday.

    St. Patrick's Church in Glenamaddy is making receiving the blessing easier for people in the area.

    Parishioners can drive their car, bike, truck or tractor into the church grounds this morning to receive their ashes from the local priest or a volunteer.

     

     

  • Emergency services have been attending a fire this morning at West-Bake bakery in Glenamaddy.

    Three units of the fire brigade attended the scene of the fire at the bakery on the Kilkerrin Road in Glenamaddy.

    It’s understood the blaze broke shortly before 10am and has since been brought under control.

    Midwest News understands that the staff have now re-entered the premises.

     

     

  • A French couple whose Co Galway cottage was destroyed in a fire last month have moved into a new home built by the local community.

    Melanie and Jeremy Zanni say they are overwhelmed by the generosity of tradesmen who worked around the clock to construct the house in Glenamaddy in a matter of weeks.

    The family settled here over ten years ago in a 300-year-old thatched cottage, and set up a bakery but their home was destroyed by a blaze last month, following a chimney fire.

    The Zanni's had been unable to afford insurance for the old thatch and their livelihood was in ruins, but the local community rallied around and constructed a new home, with tradesmen working day and night to complete the house.

    The initiative was led by Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice who worked alongside young apprentices and retired tradesmen.

    The Zanni family say they will cherish the kindness and friendship of the local community in Glenamaddy for providing a roof over their heads.

  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the 2018 LGFA Volunteer of the Year award winners.

    Administrators, coaches and media are among those honoured across eight categories.

    The LGFA scheme, in its second year, recognises winners from 2018, and they are as follows:

     

    • School Coach of Year – John Kennedy (Glenamaddy, Galway)
    • Youth Coach of the Year – Niamh Fox (Dromin-Athlacca Banogue, Limerick)
    • Journalist of The Year – Darren Kelly (Galway Bay FM)
    • PRO of the Year – Donal Fitzpatrick (Kildare)
    • Committee Officer of The Year – Nora Fealy (Kerry)
    • Coach of The Year – Jess Brennan (Blessington, Wicklow)
    • Overall Volunteer of The Year – Edel Conway (Doonbeg, Clare)
    • Volunteer Hall of Fame – Philip O’Hare (Down & Ulster)

     

    The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Edel Conway, will receive the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois.

    Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

    Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

    Edel, from the Doonbeg Ladies Football Club in County Clare, continues to play the sport as well as volunteering in various roles.

    She is the current Club secretary and has held this position for over 13 years.

    Edel, who is described as the backbone of the West Clare Club, has also trained county underage teams and she was a member of the management team when the Banner County won the 2012 Munster and All-Ireland Minor B titles.

    The Volunteer Hall of Fame winner is Philip O’Hare, who is synonymous with Ladies Football in county Down and beyond.

    Philip played an integral part in the formation of the Ulster Council in 1992, and he has held various positions on the provincial body.

    Philip, the first chairperson of the Down county board, was also heavily involved in the formation of the Iveagh Bosco club, and he was team manager when they won three Down Senior titles from 1994-1996.

    LGFA President Marie Hickey commented: “It is vitally important to recognise our volunteers, who undertake sterling work in their local communities on behalf of our Association.

    “As was the case last year, we received a large volume of nominations and whittling them down to settle on winners was an onerous task.

    “I would like to thank everybody who submitted nominations and we congratulate the winners.

    “The awards event on Friday, February 22, should be a night to savour and one we are already looking forward to.

    “This night will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by our volunteers at home and abroad.”  

  • There is a major power outage in the Glenamaddy, Ballindine and Ballyhaunis areas this afternoon.

    Over 2,500 ESB customers are affected and it’s anticipated that they should have power restored by 4.15pm this afternoon.

  • A man jailed for strangling a Glenamaddy factory worker to death almost eight years ago has lost an appeal against his conviction for murder.

    33-year old Latvian national Andrejs Krauze of Dudley Heights, Glenamaddy, Co Galway had pleaded not guilty to murdering his fellow countryman, 30-year old Juris Buls in July 2011.

    He was convicted after a three week trial in March 2017 and was jailed for life.

    The three-judge Court of Appeal yesterday rejected Mr Krauze's challenge to the fairness of the trial and safety of the verdict, and dismissed the appeal.

     

     

  • Westdoc has confirmed that Glenamaddy, Castlerea and Roscommon have merged since the start of this year, in terms of providing out-of-hours GP services.

    Yesterday, Galway County Councillor Michael Connolly told Midwest New that a Westdoc base had been in operation in Glenamaddy for a number of years, but since Christmas, people in the East Galway region who phone Westdoc for a GP at night or weekends are being advised to travel to Tuam or Roscommon.

    Westdoc has confirmed to Midwest News today that, due to the onerous rota expected of GPs due to the non-filling of vacant posts in rural areas, and the low numbers attending the service, the Glenamaddy, Castlerea and Roscommon cells have now merged.

    In a statement, Westdoc says the GPs are based in the new Primary Care Centre in Roscommon, while patients will also be seen in Glenamaddy or Castlerea as deemed appropriate by the doctor.

    New practice nurses have been employed to operate from the Primary Care Centre in Roscommon at weekends to further enhance the service.

    Westdoc says that, despite the merger, there will be no change in the hours of service provided to patients.