• Searches continued in Galway over the weekend for a man seen entering the River Corrib in the City last week.

    It’s after a member of the public witnessed a man entering the water at O’ Brien’s Bridge on Wednesday night.

    A search was carried out by emergency services assisted by the Coast Guard, but no trace of the man has yet been found.

    Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit assisted by members of the public carried out a search of the coastline yesterday.

    Searches are expected to resume later today.

  • Galway comedian Stevo Timothy is attempting to complete a charity cycle tomorrow evening in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

    The Galway comic, who has incomplete paraplegia following a motorbike accident in 2015, uses a wheelchair and walks with the aid of crutches.

    Mr Timothy whose Mother is from Mayo, is known for his Farmer Michael sketches, said training for the 5km cycle saw him get back on a bicycle for the first time in "six or seven years".

    Stevo will undertake the cycle on a 400m track tomorrow, and so far he has raised over €46,000 through his GoFundMe page.

  • "Shocking, disturbing and repulsive" - some of the words used by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly yesterday evening, when speaking in the Dáil about the report from the Commission for Investigation into Mother & Baby Homes.

    The Independent TD addressed the Dail yesterday evening, following the Taoiseach's apology to the survivors of the homes.

    Deputy Connolly- the leas-Ceann Comhairle in the Dáil - described the 3,000 page report published this week as "disturbing and poorly written" and said she found the narrative repulsive.

    The Galway West TD questioned the report's findings that there was no evidence of women being forced into the homes by the Church or State, when she says "the testimonies of survivors jumped off the page".

  • Galway is set to receive Fáilte Ireland's biggest ever tourism investment.

    A new three-storey Atlantic Museum is expected to transform the Spanish Arch district of the city.

    The total cost of the project will be 10.2 million euro, and it is set to open in 2022.

  • Two kilos of cannabis herb destined for Galway have been seized by Revenue officers at Shannon Airport.

    The drugs, worth in the region of 44 thousand euro, were found in four different packages in a freight delivery which came from Milan in Italy.

    Officials say the drugs were destined for an address in Galway, and investigations are continuing into the find.


  • There's a significant funding boost today for counties across the West, under the Government's Rural Regeneration and Development Programme.

    Almost €5 million has been allocated for rural regeneration projects across Co Roscommon.

    This includes an allocation of over €1.5 million for the next phase of the Food Hub at An Cistin at the Castlerea Enterprise Centre.

    €1.7 million has been provided for a town regeneration project in Boyle, which will involve developing the old Royal Hotel in the town into an enterprise centre.

    Over €1.6 million has been provided for An Bealach in Ballaghadereen to create a social innovation and inclusion centre with integrated Family Resource Centre, while another €20,000 is being provided to Roscommon Integrated Development Company to develop three premises in Ballaghadereen town centre into creative studios.

    And Co Galway is to benefit from funding of over €6 million for rural regeneration & development projects.

    Athenry is to receive a grant of over three and a half million euro to establish the town as a food and tourism centre.

    Coole Park will receive funding under the allocation for National Parks, and a grant of half a million euro has been allocated for the proposed design for the Connemara Visitor Centre, while areas such as Tuam, Gort, Dunmore and Kinvara will all benefit from the funding announcement.

    Funding of €525,000 has been allocated to Galway County Council for street-widening works at Bridge Street in Dunmore, while another €175,000 is allocated to develop a master plan for Tuam town centre.

  • The winning ticket in last night's Euromillions Plus draw was sold in Galway city.

    The National Lottery has confirmed to Midwest News that the winning ticket, worth half a million euro, was sold in the XL newsagents in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre.

    The winning numbers last night were 8,9,11, 13, 35.

    There was no winner of the main Euromillions jackpot of €130 million.



  • 57,000 euro worth of heroin, cocaine and cash have been seized in Galway.

    The discovery was made after Gardai searched a car in the Newscastle area of the city last Thursday, as part of an intelligence-led operation.

    Gardai discovered €25,000 worth of heroin, €14,000 worth of cocaine and €18,000 in cash.

    A man in his mid 30s was arrested in connection with the investigation, and has since been released.

    A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.


  • The search is on in the west of Ireland for the winner of last night's €7.3m Lotto jackpot with the winning ticket sold in Co Galway.

    The winning numbers are: 3, 7, 18, 36, 40, 42 and the bonus number is 16.

    This is the eighth jackpot win so far this year, and the 96th Lotto jackpot to be won in Co Galway since the game began in 1988.

  • Gardaí have seized €70,000 worth of suspected Cannabis herb following the search of a house in Galway city on Saturday.

    Shortly after 4pm on Saturday afternoon,  Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit conducted a search of a house in the Doughiska area of Galway.

    During the course of the search, suspected cannabis herb worth €70,000 (subject to analysis) was seized, and an investigation is ongoing.

    This seizure forms part of Operation Tara, an enhanced national anti-drugs strategy, which was launched by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris earlier this month.

    The focus of Operation Tara is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, at all levels - international, national, local - involved in the importation, distribution, cultivation, production, local sale and supply of controlled drugs.


    A capital grant of €750,000 has been allocated for the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

    The funding is being provided through the Higher Education Authority, and will go towards refurbishment works at the GMIT campuses, and upgrading IT equipment.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the funding, and expects to see an allocation of this capital grant coming to the Castlebar campus

  • 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.


  • Seven further deaths were reported from Covid-19 last evening, and 418 new cases of the virus.

    This includes 10 new cases in Galway, while figures were low elsewhere across the region - less than 5 new cases were reported in Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim, and no new cases in Sligo.

    The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals is at the lowest level in over seven months.

    It dropped to 122 last night - the lowest since October 2nd - with 37 Covid patients  in intensive care yesterday, the lowest figure this year so far.

    At last night's NPHET briefing, the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that, as we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, the key objective is to maintain our course in coming weeks, and follow the public health advice in our daily activities.

    He said when planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer, and stay at a 2 metre distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas.

    Dr Holohan says we have seen outbreaks and clusters of the disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties, and he's urging people to avoid congregating in large groups.




  • 100 jobs are being created in Galway at a global wedding planning company. 

    The Knot Worldwide is setting up an operations centre in the city. 

    Through its global wedding planning brands, The Knot Worldwide has more than 40 years of experience and has helped more than 40 million couples plan their weddings.

    The new roles will come on stream over the next few years and will include content writers, community forum support and customer support staff.

  • 100 new jobs have been announced this morning for Galway city.

    Tech company Genesys - a global leader in cloud customer experience and contact centre solutions - has announced it's creating 100 new software jobs, as it expands its workforce in Galway.

    The company first set up in Galway in 2018 when it acquired local start-up Altocloud, and as a result of growth since then, Genesys is relocating to a larger location in the Bonham Quay development in the city later this year.

    IDA Ireland says today's announcement by Genesys demonstrates the company's confidence in the quality and availability of a highly-talented and skilled workforce in Ireland.

    Galway-based Senator Séan Kyne told Midwest News this morning that, "at a very difficult time for our country, the confirmation that tech company Genesys is expanding in Galway and creating 100 new jobs is hugely positive".

     He says it's a signal of confidence in Galway city and county, the local ICT sector, higher education institutes such as GMIT and NUIG, and most significantly, in the workforce in Galway.



    12 dogs and 5 puppies were seized by Gardai, after they searched a number of vehicles in the Kiltullagh area of Co Galway.

    The seizure was made shortly after10am on Monday, and it's believed the dogs may have been stolen.

    Golden labrador puppies, a black lurcher, two chihuahuas, three collie-crosses, two springer spaniels, a foxhound beagle, a terrier, a cocker spaniel and a setter were found in the back of three vehicles that were stopped in the area.

    Gardaí are hoping to reunite the dogs with their owners.

    Anyone who may be missing a dog or may have had a dog stolen recently matching the description of these is asked to contact Athenry Garda Station on 091-844016 or Galway Garda Station on 091-538000.



  • 125 jobs are being created through a national accountancy apprenticeship programme.

    The Accounting Technicians Ireland Apprenticeship is a two-year, work-based learning programme.

    It allows locally-placed apprentices to earn at least 19,890 euro a year.

    The apprenticeships will be based in Galway, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Monaghan, Waterford and Wicklow.

  • €125,000 worth of cannabis herb and cash were seized by gardai at a house in Galway yesterday evening and a man was arrested in relation to the seizure.

    Gardaí attached to the Divisional Drugs Unit in Galway carried out the search of a house in the Renmore area of the city at 7pm. 

    During the search, they located a large quantity of cannabis herb (pending analysis) worth approximately €90,000. They also seized more than €34,500 in cash at the house.

     One man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene in connection with the seizure, and was detained at the North Western Regional Garda Headquarters in Galway.

    He has since been released from custody. A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in this matter.


  • Ireland's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has fallen to its lowest rate since Christmas.

    The national 14-day incidence rate is now at 201 per 100,000 people.

    12 counties have rates higher than the national average, including Galway and Mayo.

    It comes as 359 new infections have been reported - the lowest daily number of cases since mid-December - and includes 21 new cases in Galway and 7 in Mayo, with less than 5 in both Roscommon & Sligo and no new cases in Leitrim.

    14 additional deaths have also been recorded -  of which 3 occurred this month.

    475 patients are receiving treatment in public hospitals, while of those, 115 are in ICU.


  • The Tánaiste insists Covid-19 is 'in retreat' across Ireland and the country is on the right track.

    575 new cases were confirmed here yesterday, along with 45 additional deaths.

    218 of the cases are in Dublin, while the second highest number- 38 new cases - are in Galway.

    Elsewhere across the West, there are 15 new cases in Mayo, 10 in Roscommon, 7 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.

    The 14 day incidence rate of the disease is now 240 per 100,000 of the population. 

    13 counties - including Galway and Mayo - have rates above the national average.

    Galway's 14-day rate is now 330 and Mayo's is 255 per 100,000 people.

    The  number of Covid patients in public hospitals has fallen to 642 - the lowest in over seven weeks - while 151 of these patients are in ICU.

    Tanaiste Leo Varadkar says the country is winning the battle against the disease...