Connemara

  • 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.

  • It’s emerged that up to 15 beds are closed at a Community Nursing Home in Connemara, at a time when Galway University Hospital is bursting at the seams, with 40-50 patients on trolleys regularly.

    Independent TD for Galway West Catherine Connolly says there’s something very wrong with the system that, despite increasing numbers of patients on hospital trolleys, up to 15 beds have been closed at the Public Nursing Home in Carraroe, due to staffing shortages.

    In addition, Deputy Connolly says the Day Centre in the same nursing home is closed since the 5th March, again due to lack of staff, and the HSE has confirmed it will remain closed for at least a month.

    Deputy Connolly says the Day Centre provides a vital service for elderly people in the South Connemara area, and its closure is a major setback in the Gaeltacht region.

  • Creggs and Connemara are involved in a crunch J1 Junior League Game on Sunday afternoon.

    The game kicks off at 2.30pm at Creggs Rugby Grounds.

    The winner of this clash on Sunday will be in pole position to win the league so the stakes are huge.

    It is 22 years since Creggs last won this title.

  • Gardai in Connemara are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a young woman over the bank holiday weekend.

    A 19 year old woman was reportedly assaulted in the village of Tully Cross near Clifden in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Gardai say they're following a number of lines of enquiry.

    No arrests have yet been made.

  • Gardai are investigating claims that a 15-year old girl was sexually assaulted at a Gaeltacht college in Connemara.

    The incident is alleged to have taken place on Saturday week last 21st July in the grounds of a school in the Inverin area of Galway.

    It's claimed the 15-year old girl was sexually assaulted by a male juvenile.

    Gardai say no arrests have yet been made, and investigations into the alleged assault are ongoing.

    There are several Irish colleges based in the Inverin and Spiddal areas, which are hugely popular with students from across the country.

     

     

  • The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross will visit Connemara this evening, to officially open a new element in the visitor experience at Kylemore Abbey & Gardens.

    The new experience, called "From Generation to Generation-The Story of Kylemore Abbey" was developed following a €1.7 million investment from Fáilte Ireland.

    The investment centres on the redevelopment of the historic Abbey's interior and a new multi-media presentation.

    Kylemore Castle was built in 1868, and became the home of the Benedictine nuns in 1920 after they arrived in Ireland when their Abbey in Belgium was destroyed during World War One.

    The nuns opened a girls' boarding school, which closed ten years ago, and the restored  Abbey, Church and Victorian Walled Gardens, which are open to the public 7 days per week, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

  • The parents of a Connemara teenager, who was killed in 1998, have urged the State to keep their daughter's killers in prison for the rest of his life.

    Siobhan Hynes was just 17 when she was raped and murdered at a remote beach near Carraroe, Co Galway in December 1998.

    Just over two years later, local man John McDonagh was sentenced to life in prison for her murder, plus a 10-year concurrent sentence for rape.

    However, Siobhan's parents Andy and Bríd Hynes are fearful that they could soon come face with face with their daughter's killer, after it emerged that Mr McDonagh's sentence could soon be coming to an end.

    In a new TG4 documentary which will be broadcast tomorrow night, Andy Hynes calls on the State to extend sentences for killers, to ensure that victims' families never have to meet them again.

    Siobhan's mother says the horrific manner of her daughter's death still haunts her, and her life will never be the same again.

    The documentary will be screened on TG4 at 10.20pm tomorrow night.

  • An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for a large wind farm in Co Galway.

    A number of strong objections were lodged against it.

    Arderroo Wind Farm asked the planning appeals board for planning permission for 25 wind turbines in rural Connemara - in the townlands of Arderroo, Letter and Finaun.

    Several residents objected.

    Their concerns included fears about the impact it would have on birds and bats, along with the noise and visual impacts.

    Galway County Council said the development was acceptable, and An Bord Pleanala granted permission, subject to 25 conditions.

    It said the most significant adverse affects of the wind farm could be mitigated against.

    Several other wind farms are located in the area.

  • A fisherman died when his boat overturned close to an island in south Connemara on yesterday afternoon.

     

    The body of the man, who is in his 60s and from the locality, was found close to Crow Island in Kilkieran Bay.

     

    The fisherman was alone on the boat when it overturned at about 4.30 pm yesterday.

    The alarm was raised and the man’s body was recovered by the RNLI and Coast Guard.

    He was taken by helicopter to University Hospital Galway where a postmortem is due to be carried out today.

    Gardai in Clifden are investigating.

     

  • President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to writer, broadcaster and journalist Liam Mac Con Iomaire, who has died at the age of 81.

    A native of Casla in the Connemara Gaeltacht, he worked as a primary school teacher before starting work in RTE in 1968, where he was a journalist and sub-editor in the newsroom, and Nuacht reader.

    He was appointed as Director of the Modern Irish Language Laboratory in UCD in 1979, where he taught until his retirement in 1996. 

    He was a noted translator and also wrote a number of books.

    President Higgins said Mr Mac Con Iomaire had a huge influence on Irish culture.

    He was predeceased by his daughter Nuala and survived by his wife Bairbre, daughter  Máirín and four sons, grandchildren and extended family.

    His funeral Mass will take place tomorrow at 12 noon in Foxrock, Dublin followed by burial in Deansgrange Cemtery.