Galway

  • 1,244 patients over the age of 75 were left waiting over 24 hours to be seen in the Emergency Department at Galway University Hospital last year.

    The HSE has confirmed that, nationally, over 11,000 patients aged over 75 were not seen within 24 hours at hospital Emergency Departments in 2017.

    The situation has been described as “borderline criminal” by Galway Sinn Fein Councillor Mairéad Farrell, who says elderly patients are often the most vulnerable, and bring treated urgently can prevent escalation of injury.

    She says it’s unacceptable that anyone is left waiting on a trolley for over 24 hours- but particularly elderly people.

     

  • A 19-year-old man who died in a road collision in the early hours of yesterday morning outside Williamstown has been named.

    He was Evan Tully from Briarsfort, Williamstown.

    The collision occurred at 2.20am yesterday morning on the Williamstown to Castlerea Rd (R360), about a half a mile outside Williamstown.

    Mr Tully was seriously injured and later pronounced dead at the scene.

    Mr Tully’s remains will repose at Feeney’s Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 4-8pm.

    He will be laid to rest following 12 noon Funeral Mass on Monday in St Therese’s Church Williamstown, in Carraroe Cemetery.

  • It’s emerged that a number of hospitals are routinely missing their targets for treating cancer patients within 15 days of diagnosis.

    As a result, hundreds of people were last year forced to wait for chemotherapy, according to figures published in the Irish Independent.

    The worst offender was The Mater Hospital in Dublin where one-in-three cancer patients got delayed treatment last year.

    The National Cancer Control Programme has set a target that 95% of cancer patients should receive IV treatment within 15 days of diagnosis, but at Galway University Hospital, 22% of patients did not receive IV treatment within the 15-day target last year, and this figure was 25% at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals fared better, with 99% of patients at both hospitals receiving chemotherapy treatment within 15 days of diagnosis.

     

     

  • 522 people are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where 68 people are waiting for beds. 

    The second most-overcrowded is University Hospital Galway, where 37 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 16 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 12 in Sligo and 2 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

     

  • The overcrowding crisis continues at Galway University Hospital, with 43 patients on trolleys today.

    Yesterday there were 50 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital, and the full capacity protocol was put in place, with people urged to contact their GP before attending the Emergency Department.

    Today, there are 465 patients on hospital trolleys across the country, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Galway University Hospital is the third most overcrowded with 43 patients waiting for a bed, with 15 people on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 4 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • Despite the Summer season, overcrowding continues at hospitals across the country with 458 people on trolleys today, according to the INMO.

    Galway University Hospital is the second most overcrowded, with 50 patients waiting for admission to a bed.

    The busiest is University Hospital Limerick with 56 patients on trolleys.

    Elsewhere in this region, there are 16 on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital,  4 at Mayo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncla Hospital.

     

     

     

     

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

    Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

    He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

  • There are 649 people waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Yesterday, levels reached a new record high of 714.

    Today, there are 28 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 21 in Sligo, 19 at Mayo University Hospital and 13 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where there are 58 people waiting for a hospital bed.

    The HSE has announced that non-urgent elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the county, as they try and tackle the backlog of patients on trolleys.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta Hospital Group told Midwest News today that while non-urgent electives are cancelled at Mayo University Hospital, some urgent elective procedures are proceeding.

    The spokesperson said patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

    At Galway University Hospital , some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today have been deferred.

    Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.

  • There is good news for Galway on the jobs front with 75 new posts announced this morning.

    Quidel Corporation, which makes medical diagnostic equipment, is establishing a Business Centre in the city.

    The international company already employs approximately 1,200 people across the world.

    Quidel is currently recruiting professionals for its Galway operation in areas including Finance, Human Resources, Customer Service, and Technical Support.

  • Additional bus services from Galway to An Cheathrú Rua will come on stream from next September as a result of intense negotiations.

    That’s according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv.

    Deputy O Cuiv says currently, the last bus leaves Galway at around 6 o’clock in the evening; however there is demand for continuing services up until at least 11pm.

    Bus Eireann say they will introduce half hour frequency services on the An Cheathrú Rua to Galway service at peak commuter lines.

    There will also be three night services at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm.

  • All-Ireland champions Corofin have been rewarded with six players on the first ever AIB GAA Club Players’ football team of the championship.

    The new GAA initiative has reviewed the outstanding performances at provincial and All-Ireland level in the AIB Club Championships with a cross-section of GAA media voting on a final 15.

    Galway and Connacht champions Corofin had to show plenty of resilience en route to Croke Park, but cut loose on St Patrick’s Day where they produced a sensational shooting display against Nemo Rangers to capture the club’s third AIB All-Ireland senior club football title.

    The result is that Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Dylan Wall, Michael Farragher, Ian Burke and Martin Farragher have all been awarded a place on the inaugural football team of the championship.

    In an additional coup for the club, Corofin also completely dominate the short list for AIB GAA Club footballer of the year with Ian Burke, Michael Farragher and Liam Silke providing the short list.

    Inspirational dual club Slaughtneil have the next highest representation with four footballers from the Derry club selected. Antóin McMullan, Karl McKaigue, Chrissy McKaigue and Chris Bradley all feature after their exploits over the season.

    Stylish half back James Murray and sharp shooter Eanna O’Connor represent Kildare and Leinster champions Moorefield.

    Despite their misfire in the All-Ireland final, there was still much to admire about Nemo Rangers, particularly in a typically tough Munster campaign, and midfielder Alan O’Connor and full forward Luke Connolly represent the Cork and Munster champions.

    The team is completed by Donegal star Patrick McBrearty who was in sensational form for his club Kilcar over the course of their two matches in the Ulster club championship and was a class apart in the full-forward line.

    Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan said: “It’s a great honour for all of those players who have been selected – especially with this being the inaugural year of these awards – and I congratulate them all.

    “The AIB GAA Club Championships continue to grow from strength to strength and these awards are a reflection of that.

    “Every year the club campaign is responsible for some of the high points in the GAA season and it is fitting that we salute the star performers who go to such lengths for the pride of their club jersey. In recognising these outstanding performers we also pay tribute to the clubs who produced them.”

    Coman Goggins, AIB Sports Programme Manager said: “AIB is very proud to celebrate its 27th year sponsoring the club championships and we are delighted to partner with The GAA for the introduction of the AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards. The awards honour some of the greatest club players across Ireland, who have shown immense passion and commitment to their club throughout #TheToughest competition.

    Coman continued: “On behalf of AIB I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of the winners and to thank the national and regional sports media for taking the time to cast their votes and for their continued support for the AIB GAA Club Championships.”

    Specially commissioned awards by Jarlath Daly will be presented to the players at a banquet at Croke Park on Saturday, April 21 where the AIB GAA Club Footballer of the Year will be announced live on the night.

    The AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards for Hurling will be announced on April 18.

    The team in full is:

    AIB GAA CLUB PLAYERS’ AWARDS – FOOTBALL 2018

    1. Antóin McMullan (Slaightneil)
    2. Liam Silke (Corofin)
    3. Kieran Fitzgerald (Corofin)
    4. Karl McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
    5. James Murray (Moorefield)
    6. Chrissy McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
    7. Dylan Wall (Corofin)
    8. Alan O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
    9. Michael Farragher (Corofin)
    10. Eanna O’Connor (Moorefield
    11. Christopher Bradley (Slaughtneil)
    12. Ian Burke (Corofin)
    13. Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar)
    14. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
    15. Martin Farragher (Corofin)

    FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

    Ian Burke (Corofin), Michael Farragher (Corofin), Liam Silke (Corofin)

  • Anam Cara, an organisation that supports parents after the death of a child, will host an event for bereaved parents tomorrow (Wednesday 4th of April), from 7:30 to 9pm  in the Clayton Hotel, Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway.

     Anam Cara is a national organisation that provides bereaved parents with safe and comfortable forums where they can connect with other bereaved mothers and fathers.  

    The events, free of charge, are open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age a child dies, the circumstances of the death or whether this was recent or not.

     As well as face-to-face services, Anam Cara has produced an eight-booklet Information Pack, written by bereaved parents. The Information Pack is posted out free of charge on request.

     Also, on anamcara.ie, parents can watch short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents.

    For more information or to order a free copy of the Anam Cara Information Pack, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring their Information Line on 085 2888 888

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A body has been found in a search for a missing swimmer in Galway Bay.

    The Coast Guard helicopter based in Shannon (R115) spotted a body on the seabed in shallow water offshore at approximately 10:15am this morning, as part of the on-going search for a missing swimmer off Salthill. The body was recovered into the Galway Inshore Life boat for transfer to Galway University Hospital to facilitate identification procedures.

    Conditions for searching at the time were very good with excellent sub surface visibility leading to the successful search and recovery. Search units involved included Coast Guard, RNLI, An Garda Síochána and Civil defence teams on the water and volunteer divers provide by the CFT (Irish Underwater Council), with Coast Guard shore search units working with An Garda Síochána also. The maritime search was co-ordinated by Valentia Coast Guard Coordination Centre.

    Pending formal identification the search will be stood down.

    The 40-year-old man got into difficulty in the sea at Blackrock in Salthill just before 5 o’clock yesterday evening.

     

     

  • To raise awareness of melanoma in Ireland and to encourage a life-long habit among Irish people of regularly checking their moles, Boots Ireland are now offering an innovative mole scanning service in ten Boots pharmacies nationally.

    These stores include Castlebar and Shop Street in Galway.

    Developed in conjunction with ScreenCancer UK, the Boots Mole Scanning Service allows people aged 18 and over to have their moles or pigmented lesions scanned using a specialist device called a SIAscope.

    The scan is then assessed by a dermatology specialist, and each person will receive a report based on the specialist assessment.