• Thousands of football fans from Mayo and Galway will be travelling to Limerick this Saturday for the round 4 All-Ireland football qualifier, and the replay of the Ladies Connacht final.

    Gardai and Mayo County Council's Road Safety Office are urging drivers to stay safe and stay back from the car in front, on the journey to Limerick.

    "Stay safe and stay back" is the message from the Road Safety Officer and Gardai, who are also urging motorists not to use mobile phones when driving.

  • GAA supporters travelling to the two games at Elverys MacHale Park this evening are being reminded that Mayo Co Council is carrying out road works outside Balla.

    A traffic management system is in place which could cause delays tonight.

    Please ensure you give yourself sufficient time to travel to the ground & take alternative routes where possible.

    Gardai are also asking supporters not to park on the N5 road into Castlebar for safety reasons. 

    They are also asking anyone who is walking any distance to the game to wear hi-viz vests so that they can be seen by motorists. 

  • A special investigation of data protection practices at 20 hospitals across the State has identified a catalogue of concerns - including sensitive patient records being left exposed in wards, and a lack of privacy when staff are speaking to patients.

    The investigation was carried out by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner at hospitals across the country – including University Hospital Galway and Sligo University Hospital.

    It found evidence that computer terminals were being left unattended for long periods, leaving patient data visible, and that sensitive records were not being disposed of securely.

    Hospitals are being urged to use this report as a tool to enable them to spot the significant data processing security risks that may feature at their facilities on a daily basis.

    The investigation was carried out last year and examined practices in 20 HSE facilities, voluntary hospitals and private facilities – although the report does not outline specific issues at individual hospitals.

    The report sets out 76 recommendations aimed at mitigating the risks identified.

  • Several thousand people gathered in Galway's Eyre Square yesterday evening for the launch of the 2020 Capital of Culture Programme.

    The year-long event gets underway in February, and will involve more than 1,900 events across 154 projects, 170 partnerships and collaborations with local, national, European and international artists and cultural organisations from mor than 30 countries.

    The opening week will include a large public spectacle in Galway city on February 8th, produced by Water Works, a company which has created events for the Olympics, including London’s.


    Galway 2020’s full programme was unveiled by Minister Josepha Madigan and the Chairman of Galway 2020 Arthur Lappin, and was marked with an aerial spectacle in Eyre Square.



  • Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture has been awarded the European Commission's Melina Mercouri prize of €1.5 million.

    The European Commission announced the award of the prestigious prize yesterday evening, and the Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan says it's a wonderful endorsement of the work by the team at Galway 2020 in developing a strong European-focussed programme for the European Capital of Culture in Galway next year.

    The Galway 2020 programme will see over 1900 events across 154 projects, with the opening ceremony set to take place in February.

  • A well-known Galway actor and singer has been jailed for six years for raping a young student in his van while she was asleep.

    Garrett Phillips, who was in Ros na Rún and recently starred as Frank Sinatra in a West End show, claimed what happened was consensual but was found guilty in April.

    The court heard it happened in November 2015 after he found her crying on a park bench in Galway city and offered her a lift home.

    Sentencing him to 6 years in prison, the judge said there was a "predatory element" to what she described as the "callous rape of a young woman".



  • Sligo and Galway have named their teams for their Connacht SFC Semi Final this Sunday in Markeivicz Park at 3.30pm. The game will be preceded by the Connacht Junior Semi Final between the same two counties, throwing in at 1pm.

    Sligo: Eamonn Kilgannon in goal, Michael Gordon, Peter Laffey & Keelan Cawley in the full back line, Gerard O’Kelly Lynch, Darragh Cummins & Paul McNamara in the half back line, Adrian McIntyre & Paul Kilcoyne at midfield, Mikey Gordon, Sean Carrabine & Nathan Mullen in the half forward line and Paddy O’Connor, Adrian Marren & Niall Murphy in the full forward line. 

    Galway: Bernard Power in goal, Eoghan Kerin, Seán Andy Ó’Ceallaigh & Liam Silke in the full back line, Kieran Molloy, Gareth Bradshaw & John Daly in the half back line, Thomas Flynn & Fiontán Ó’Curraoin at midfield, Shane Walsh, Michael Daly & Johnny Heaney in the half forward line and Antoine Ó’Laoí, Ian Burke & Danny Cummins in the full forward line. 


  • A strong Irish team of 16 athletes have been selected for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow from March 1st to 3rd

    Among them is Cillin Greene from Galway City Harriers who will be in the 400m competition.

  • There should be a review into the decline in adoptions in Ireland.

    That's according to Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on children, Galway based TD Anne Rabbitte.

    A new report shows adoptions in Ireland have fallen by 40 per cent over the past five years.

    In 2013, there were 188 domestic and foreign adoptions into Ireland, but only 113 last year.

    Deputy Rabbitte's calling for a review to see why the numbers are dropping.

  • A Galway based Minister says that funding for a new water safety initiative will save lives in Galway.

    Minister for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Sean Kyne was reacting to news of funding of €24,000 for the initiative in the River Corrib in Galway.

    The funding is being provided for the ‘River Corrib Thermal Image Monitoring Project’ under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Digital Innovation Programme.

    Minister Kyne said the project will use thermal imaging technology along the banks of the Corrib in the city to detect persons entering the river and will issue an automated message to An Garda Siochana. By providing this early warning system the emergency and rescue services will be able to act faster to help persons who are in distress and ultimately save lives.

    “The River Corrib Thermal Image Monitoring Project is a great example of how technology can be harnessed for the benefit of people and communities, and in particular people who may be vulnerable.

    “When Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development I secured funding for the first Digital Innovation Programme and I’m delighted that Ministers Michael Ring and Seán Canney have today allocated funding of over €450,000 for new projects across the country.

    “Other projects being supported include free public wifi along the Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly, funding to tackle a mobile coverage blackspot in Dongeal, as well as funding to develop ‘Digital Discovery Points’ along the Wild Atlantic Way. All of the projects, including the River Corrib project, are pilot projects that will, it is hoped, provide a template from which to introduce similar projects in communities across the country.”

  • Supermac's has won its long running case against McDonald's to have the use of the "Big Mac" trademark cancelled throughout Europe.

    The European Union Intellectual Property Office has ruled that McDonald's had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as a burger, or as a restaurant name.

    The Irish fast food company had claimed that McDonald's engaged in "trademark bullying" by registering brand names only to store them away "in a war chest to use against future competitors."

  • The owner of Supermacs is looking at using robots and drones to tackle potential staff shortages.

    In an RTE interview, Pat McDonagh has said he's planning to automate certain tasks in order to expand the business.

    The Galway man says robots are already cooking pizzas and fries in the US "and that's the way it's going to go."

  • All-Ireland champions Galway lead the way with 14 nominations for the 2019 Camogie All-Stars.

    The final team will be announced at the 16th annual awards banquet, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, in Citywest Hotel on Saturday 19 October.

    This year's winning team will also have the added incentive of the second All-Stars Tour to New York in November to look forward to, where they will be joined by the 2018 winners.

    Galway manager Cathal Murray is nominated for manager of the year after guiding the tribeswomen to glory.

    Galway All-Star nominees

    Goalkeepers: Sarah Healy (Galway)

    Full-back line: Sarah Dervan (Galway), Shauna Healy (Galway), Tara Kenny (Galway),

    Half-back line: Heather Cooney (Galway), Emma Helebert (Galway), Lorraine Ryan (Galway)

    Midfield: Aoife Donohue (Galway) Niamh Kilkenny (Galway),

    Half-forward line: Carrie Dolan (Galway),

    Full-forward line:), Noreen Coen (Galway), Catriona Cormican (Galway), Niamh Hanniffy (Galway), Ailish O'Reilly (Galway),

    Manager of the Year: Cathal Murray (Galway)

  • TG4 Ladies Connacht Senior Football Final 
    Galway 0-17 
    Mayo 1-12 

  • A Galway City Councillor has expressed concerns about the high level of people presenting at the Emergency Department of Galway University Hospital with alcohol-related conditions.

    The issue was raised at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, where FG Councillor Padraig Conneely asked management for a breakdown of the figures in relation to those attending the Emergency Department - particularly at weekends and during festivals - with alcohol-related problems.

    Councillor Conneely was told those statistics are not available, but he says national and international trends would indicate that significant resources in Emergency Departments are being used to treat people who have over-indulged.

  • A drunk driver who killed a pedestrian and injured two Gardaí in Galway has been jailed for two years by the Court of Appeal.

    The court considered the sentence originally handed down to Adrian Nestor from Keamsella, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway to be "unduly lenient".

    In the early hours of February 1st 2016, two Gardaí found 66 year old Liam McDonnell on a stretch of the N18 in Ardrahan, Co. Galway.

    He'd been reported missing from a nearby nursing home and they were trying to get him into a patrol car when Adrian Nestor crashed into them.

    Mr. McDonnell was pronounced dead at the scene and the two Gardaí were hospitalised.

    Mr Nestor later admitted being drunk behind the wheel and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and serious injury.

    Liam McDonnell's widow didn't want him to go to jail and he was sentenced to 240 hours of community service in lieu of a four year prison term.

    The DPP appealed that decision and the Court of Appeal today agreed that it was unduly lenient.

    The court felt a suspension of the final 18 months of his prison sentence would have been more appropriate, but went further and suspended an additional six months due to the fact he's now going into custody for the first time.


    Total Valid Poll 33,707 - Spoiled 371

    Casey 11,227 Duffy 516 Freeman 1,545 Gallagher 1,379 Higgins 18,011 Ni Riada 1,029

  • The government now needs to enact the Information and tracing Bill. That’s the call today from Tuam based Fianna Fail deputy Anne Rabbitte.

    Nearly two thirds of children affected by yesterday’s adoption revelations are unaware that they are adopted.

    It was revealed yesterday that thousands of people may have had false birth certs issued by adoption agencies.

    Between the 1940s and 1960s St Patrick's Guild illegally listed some couples as birth parents, despite the fact that they had adopted children.

     Tusla is starting to contact those affected and an investigation is getting underway, with fears that the figures could run into the thousands.

    Deputy Rabbitte is the Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs.

    Speaking on the Tommy Marren Show this morning she said this government now needs to immediately enact the Information and Tracing Bill that would give everyone a right to acquire their birth cert.

    Tuam based historian, Catherine Corless who led the campaign that exposed the Tuam Mother and Baby home scandal, says that as disturbing as it is for those impacted by the present adoption scandal, some consolation can be taken from the truth finally being exposed.

     Speaking to Midwest News she acknowledged the work of the present Minister Katherine Zappone in taking action on the adoption scandal that is not "new news" to successive governments.

  • It's expected that Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte will be added to Fianna Fail's all-male European ticket for May's European elections.

     The party has selected three male candidates to contest the elections to date: TD Brendan Smith is running in the Midlands / North-West constituency, former minister Barry Andrews in Dublin, while Councillor Malcolm Byrne was selected by delegates to run in Ireland South.

    The Irish Independent reports that the Fianna Fail national constituency council will meet this week to decide where to add more candidates, and who.

    It is expected that Anne Rabbitte in Galway East will be added to the ticket in the Midlands/ Northwest constituency, and Billy Kelleher will be added in Ireland South.

    Deputy Rabbitte would be the only woman running for the party in the European elections.

    Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the party will field more than 20pc female candidates in the local elections.



  • An Irish estate agent has been arrested and charged in New York following the seizure of up to $46,000 dollars worth of cocaine - according to the Irish Independent.

    39-year old Fintan Russell, who is originally from Co Galway, has been accused of selling large amounts of cocaine across the Westchester area in New York and in Connecticut.

    New York State Police raided his home in the Port Chester area in June and found approximately half a kilogram of cocaine.

    Three vehicles were also seized following the search.

    Mr Russell has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and is facing up to 40 years in jail if convicted.

    He is currently being held in Westchester County Jail after bail was refused.

    His next court appearance is on October 2.

    According to his LinkedIn page, the Galway man works as an estate agent and also owns a car valeting business.