• Connacht are set to install temporary terracing at the Sportsground for Saturday's Guinness PRO14 clash with Munster.

    It'll increase the capacity at the Galway venue to 8,129 and the western province say they've had a "huge demand" for tickets.

    The additional terracing will be at the Bohermore and College Road ends of the stadium.



  • Winners for the inaugural Irish SME Business Awards have been announced following an online campaign which saw nominations flood in from across the country.

    The awards celebrate the hard work and determination of the best professionals and businesses in the Irish SME business sector and follows the success of last year’s Scottish SME Business Awards and Welsh SME Business Awards.

    27 awards were presented on the night.

    Among the winners was Stephanie O’Malley of Education Desty in Westport who took the Social Leader of the Year award.

    Business of the Year for less than 50 staff in the west of Ireland went to JMB MERIT  in Galway, while Retail Business of the Year for less than 3 units went to Cahalan Jewellers in Ballinasloe.

  • A number of Mayo food businesses were among the winners at the third annual Food Awards Ireland 2018.

    The awards were announced in Dublin on Monday.

    Treanlaur Catering in Mayo won the Caterer of the Year overall award.

    The Restaurant General Manager of the Year award

     went to Rafal Tobiasz at The Pizza Bros in Castlebar.

    The award for best café / bistro in the West was won by Appetite Café in Castlebar, while The Cot and Cobble in Ballina was named Best Restaurant of the year in the West.

    The Pilot Bar in Sligo was named Gasto Pub of the Year in the West.

    And a number of Galway businesses were also among the award winners.

    Aniar Restaurant won the award for Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year.

    Dela Restaurant in Galway was named best Traditional Irish Restaurant, while Il Vicolo won the award for Best Italian Establishment .



  • A long-lost family album dating back to the 19th century provided the blueprint for the €3m restoration of Kylemore Abbey, in Connemara.

    A new RTÉ series, 'Great Irish Interiors', catalogues the painstaking restoration of the castle in Kylemore back to the full glory of its heyday in the late 1800s.

    Kylemore has been home to an aristocratic family, a duke and duchess, an order of Benedictine nuns and its last role as a famous boarding school for girls.

    The documentary follows the painstaking restoration of previously unseen rooms at the estate, which had been an international girls' boarding school until a decade ago.

    'Great Irish Interiors - Kylemore Abbey' will be shown at 8.30pm on RTÉ One tonight

  • Construction is to begin shortly on a new radiation oncology centre at University Hospital Galway.

    The three-storey facility will include seven radiotherapy treatment units, two CT rooms, on-treatment support and ancillary services and administration facilities.

    The radiation oncology centre is being built on the site of the former acute mental health units, and work has been taking place over the last 6 months to clear the site, to enable construction to begin.

    Chris Kane, general manager of Galway University Hospitals, says this is a hugely important development for cancer patients in the West.

    The tender process is currently being concluded, and the contractor will be appointed shortly with construction work expected to take about two years.



  • Hundreds of people are expected to brave the cold water tomorrow to take part in the annual Christmas Day swim for COPE Galway.

    This is the 29th year of the event, which takes place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm on Christmas Day.

    The swim raises funds to support COPE Galway's work with the homeless, those suffering from domestic abuse and with their senior support services.

    As 2018 draws to a close, COPE Galway is working with and supporting over 830 households, and funds from tomorrow's swim to directly towards keeping these services operating.

    Up to 500 people are expected to take part in tomorrow's swim, watched by thousands more.

  • COPE Galway has today launched a new booklet today, to remember the women who lived and worked in the former Magdalen Laundry in Galway.

    The Magdalen Laundry operated on Forster Street from 1870 to 1984.

    The convent building associated with the laundry is to become a new state-of-the-art centre for women and children who experience domestic abuse in Galway.

    The new facility is urgently needed as the Waterside House building - currently being used for COPE Galway's domestic abuse service - is unfit for purpose and does not provide enough space for those looking for safe refuge.

    Last year, the organisation was unable to accomodate 258 women and their 441 children who sought refuge.

    Jacqui Horan, CEO of COPE Galway, told Midwest News that - after years searching for a new facility - the Sisters of Mercy offered the charity a gift of the convent building in the heart of Galway City, which will now undergo a €4 million renovation to provide a domestic abuse refuge.

  • Galway senior club champions Corofin will meet Gweedore of Donegal next Saturday in the AIB All-Ireland senior club semi-final.

    That game has been fixed for Carrick-on-Shannon at 1.30 on Saturday.

  • Back-to-back All-Ireland Club Football champions Corofin are retaining their management team for the coming season.

    Kevin O'Brien's agreed to stay in charge of the Galway side as they bid for three successive national crowns.

    David Morris, Ger Keane, Terry Paine, David Comer, Joe Canney and Michael Comer will stay on board as backroom team.



  • The HSE says the Department of Health has not yet ruled out the building of a new hospital for Galway at the present overcrowded University Hospital Galway site in the city centre, despite a 150 acre site available at Merlin Park Hospital for the development.

    That position was confirmed by HSE West Management to Galway based Fine Gael councillor Padraig Conneely at a recent HSE West forum meeting.

    The councillor says he cannot believe that the deparment is even considering the city centre site for the new development, but HSE executive explained that all option continue to be explored.

  • It will be the end of this year, at the earliest, before modular operating theatres are put in place at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway to tackle the backlog of patients waiting for surgery.

    The existing orthopaedic theatre will then be closed, once the new modular theatres open.

    That's according to information provided at yesterday's meeting of the HSE West Regional Forum in Galway.

    The issue was raised again by Galway-based FG Councillor Padraig Conneely, who questioned the delay in providing the modular theatres - which were promised when two theatres at Merlin Park Hospital had to close over 18 months ago due to leaks in the roof.

    One theatre has since reopened, but two modular theatres - which were promised for orthopaedic procedures - have not yet been delivered on, after the project ran into some difficulties.

    Councillors were told at yesterday's meeting that, if planning permission is granted, the new modular theatres will be completed within 9 months.

    The planning application for the modular theatres was described as "a hames" by Councillor Conneely.

  • 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.


  • In Galway, seats in the Tuam electoral area were last to be filled at about 4am this morning - the 7 seats went to FG's Peter Roche, Donagh Killilea of FF, Joe Sheridan and Mary Hoade of FF, Independent Karey McHugh, Colm Keaveney of FF and Andrew Reddington, FG - five candidates were elected on the 7th and final count.

    Counting concluded yesterday in the Athenry/Oranmore, Ballinasloe and Loughrea areas.

  • Counting of votes is now underway across the region and across the country.

    It will be an interesting count, following the exit poll last night which shows a three-way tie between the main parties.

    The Ipsos MRBI poll for RTÉ, TG4 and the Irish Times shows the most fractured political landscape in recent memory.

    The exit poll of more than 5,000 people shows Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil all on 22 per cent support.

    The RTÉ/Irish Time survey has the Greens on 7.9, Labour on 4.6, the Social Democrats on 3.4, Solidarity People Before Profit on 2.8 and Independents and others with 14.5 per cent of the vote.

    In Mayo, 15 candidates are seeking the 4 Dail seats  -boxes are now being opened at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar, where Teresa O'Malley and her team of analysts are bringing us tally results as they're available.

    Also over the course of today, tonight and into tomorrow, we will bring you all the latest from the count centres in Roscommon-Galway, Galway East, Galway West and Sligo Leitrim.

  • The Court of Appeal has been told that a dispute between a woman and her stepson over a €3.3m winning lotto ticket has been resolved.

    Last year, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys ruled that Mary Walsh of Perrsepark, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, must pay €560,000 to her stepson David Walsh of Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe,  plus his legal costs after finding her stepson was part owner of and entitled to a one-sixth share of the winning ticket purchased in Ballinasloe in January 2011.

    Mrs Walsh appealed that decision, which was opposed.

    Yesterday, Mr Walsh's senior counsel told Ms Justice Mary Irvine at the Court of Appeal that the matter had been "resolved entirely".

    It was agreed there would be no order for costs and the plaintiff's High Court claim would be struck out.

    No other details of the settlement, which are understood to be confidential, were given to the court.

    In his action Mr Walsh sued his stepmother Mrs Walsh, and argued he was entitled to his share -approximately €560,000 - on the grounds that his signature was among six that were written on the back of the winning ticket. 

    He had claimed his late father had told him, shortly after the win, he would be looked after and would not have to worry about money again, but he claimed he did not get his share.

    Mrs Walsh, who was married to Mr Walsh's late father Peter who died in December 2011, denied this and had argued that the ticket was hers.

    Last year in his judgment, following a seven-day hearing, Mr Justice Humphreys rejected Mrs Walsh's arguments and found in favour of Mr Walsh.



  • A creche in Co Galway has been closed, following an outbreak of E-coli.

    The creche in the Dunmore area has been temporarily closed after three children were diagnosed with a serious form of gastroenteritis last week, while a further four cases have been detected this week.

    Two of the young children involved are being treated in hospital in Dublin, where it's understood they were placed on dialysis.

    The HSE says an investigation into the cause of the outbreak is continuing.

    It is understood that both staff and children at the facility have taken ill. All are being monitored and will not be allowed into other childcare centres until tests show they are completely free of infection and pose no risk to others.



  • Cura, the Catholic agency that assists women dealing with crisis pregnancies, is to close today (Friday).

    The agency, which was founded in 1977 by the late Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones, has offices in Galway and Sligo.

    Cura says it has been reviewing its situation since 2015, and will close its offices and helpline services from today - 15th June.

    The agency employs two fulltime and 14 part-time staff with over 70 counsellors proving services to clients at about 30 locations nationwide - many on a voluntary basis.

    In a statement, Cura said it was one of just two agencies providing advice on crisis pregnancies when it was set up in 1977.

    Today, there are 14 various services operating in a new regulatory environment.

    It said the decision was further reinforced by a recent announcement by the Health Minister Simon Harris on regulation the counselling and psychotherapy professions.

    Cura has extended thanks to their many volunteers and supporters, and says that, since records were collected in 1996, Cura has provided over 163,000 counselling sessions to clients.

  • The Dail will vote today to approve a cabinet re-shuffle by the Taoiseach.

    Richard Bruton will be confirmed as the new Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

    Donegal's Joe McHugh will become the Minister for Education and Séan Kyne from Galway West will take up the role of Government Chief Whip.

    While Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney is set to become a junior minister.

    The changes follow the resignation of Communications Minister Denis Naughten last week.



  • Three-time All Star Damien Hayes has retired from hurling after helping his club Portumna retain their status in the top flight of Galway hurling at the weekend.

    The 37-year-old played for the Tribesmen for 14 years and retired after the 2014 campaign, but he continued for another 5 seasons with his native Portumna, who won their first senior title in 2003.

    Damien Hayes won 27 senior titles in 21 seasons - including six Galway senior hurling championship crowns, four All-Ireland titles as well as All-Ireland Sevens, Connacht championships, county leagues and minor wins.



  • Thousands of people across the region will be up before dawn tomorrow morning for the annual Darkness Into Light walks.

    Over 5,000 people in Mayo took part in the event last year, to raise funds for suicide prevention.

    The pre-dawn walks get underway at 4.15am at 9 locations across Co Mayo - in Achill, Ballina, Castlebar, Clare Island, Claremorris, Belmullet, Inisturk, Swinford and Westport.

    Four walks are planned in Co Roscommon - in Ballaghadereen, Boyle, Castlerea and Roscommon Town, with four also in Sligo - in Ballymote, Banada, Dromore West and Sligo Town, and walks will take place at 18 locations across Co Galway.


    Darkness Into Light is the annual fundraising and awareness event for Pieta House, which now has 15 centres across Ireland, offering free counselling to those with suicidal tendencies and people engaging in self-harm.

    Pieta also operates a Suicide Bereavement Counselling Service for people and families bereaved by suicide, and also operates a free 24-hour suicide helpline on 1800 247 247.