Galway

  • 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 195 farmers will be directly affected by the proposed Galway City ring road.

    The N6 ring road will run around the city from Barna in the west, to Ballybrit in the East.

     

    Last month, the Cabinet approved the Galway City ringroad development, and announced that - in total - 1,000 compulsory purchase order letters would be issued.

    The Irish Farmers Journal reports that an environmental impact assessment submitted to An Bord Pleanala shows 195 farms are directly affected by the proposed road development.

    The main farm enterprises along the proposed ringroad route are beef and sheep farms -with these lands assessed as having a low to medium sensitivity to the devleopent.

    However, there is one high-sensitivity beef enterprise and two high-sensitivity dairy enterprises along the route.

    Also, the Galway Racecourse is classified as very high sensitivity, due to the equine enterprise and its regional importance.

    In total, 6 dairy farms, 119 beef farms and 4 sheep farms are in some way affected by the proposed road.

    For the environmental impact assessment, the agricultural study area consisted of 195 land parcels and 1,096 hectares of land - of which 219 hectares is within the proposed development boundary.

     

  • There has been a further 2,121 new Covid-19 cases and 8 additional deaths reported this evening.

    This includes 55 new cases in Mayo, 84 in Galway, 15 in Roscommon, 14 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.

    There are now 1,975 people in hospital with the virus and 200 of these patients are in  ICU.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says there are now more sick people in hospital than at any time in the course of this pandemic.

    He's appealing to people to continue to stay at home and drive down the infection in the community.

     

  • Just under 2,000 women are waiting to see a gynaecologist at University Hospital Galway at present.

    There are more than 28,000 women nationally waiting for such appointments, with 5,000 waiting for more than a year.

    The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says the consultant recruitment and retention crisis is a major cause of the delays.

    Gynaecologist Dr. Nóirín Russell says women will have delayed cancer diagnoses as a result.

  • The 2018 EPA Bathing Water report, published today, sets out bathing water quality during the long hot summer of 2018.  Overall, 94 per cent of the 145 identified bathing waters met the minimum EU standards last year, with over 100 beaches classified as Excellent. 

    However the bathing waters described as poor quality include Clifden Beach in Co Galway.

    145 bathing waters were identified in 2018, an increase of three since 2017. 94 per cent of identified bathing waters (137 of 145) met at least the minimum EU standards. 103 of 145 bathing waters were classified as Excellent.  A further 22 were classified as Good and 12 were classified as Sufficient, meeting the mandatory requirement. 

    Five bathing waters were classified as Poor, down from seven in 2017. These include Clifden in Co Galway along with Lilliput in Co Westmeath and Sandymount Strand, Merrion Strand and Portrane (the Brook) Beach in Dublin. 

    Clifden has received a Poor classification for the past three years.  According to Galway County Council, the main problems are the public sewer network and a storm water overflow at the Clifden wastewater treatment plant. Other potential sources of pollution include discharges from domestic and non-domestic septic tanks in the areas.

    Galway County Council will continue to engage with Irish Water to help minimise leaks, spills or overflows of untreated sewage from the Clifden waterwater treatment plant. Irish Water also planning further rehabilitation works on the Clifden sewer network in 2019. Galway County Council will also continue to inspect septic tanks in the area and for any which are not operating correctly, will instruct owners to take specific action to fix them.

    Improvements were made in three bathing waters previously classified as Poor, which included Ballyloughane near Galway City.

    The majority of the bathing waters included in Co Mayo were described as Excellent, with Bertra Beach in Murrisk, Golden Strand on Achill Island and Old Head beach in Louisburg were classified as Good.

    In Sligo the majority of beaches were described as Excellent or Good, with Mullaghmore Beach Sufficient.

  • Over 500 artists, musicians and performers will take part in the Galway International Arts Festival, which gets underway today.

    It's one of Europe's leading international arts festivals, and this year's programme once again includes a mix of Irish and international artists and performers, with an impressive line-up of theatre, dance, comedy, music and visual art.

    This is the 41st year of Galway Arts Festival, which runs until the 29th July.

    Madness, Kodaline, The Stunning, Gavin James and the RTE Conert Orchestra are just some of the acts which will take to the stage at the Festival Big Top.

     

  • 2018 was a mixed year for house prices across the country.

    That's according to the Irish Independent, which has published its annual list of property prices.

    According to the study, prices in Kilkenny increased the most over the 12 months, up 22 percent.

    Property prices in Mayo were down 1% in the year. The average price of a house in the county is 175,000. There are big differences between different areas in the county.

    Increasing builders costs and the number of new homes being built were just some of the factors that impacted on prices in each area.

    Mark Keenan, Residential Property Editor, Irish Independent has details of the survey in Co Mayo.

    In Galway, prices in the city went up by 10% and by 3% in the county.

    Property prices in Roscommon were up 7% in the last year – where the average price is 160,000

    Prices in Sligo are up 3% in the year, where the aveage price of a home is also 160,000 euro.

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • A 24-year-old man has been found guilty of the manslaughter of Co Galway publican John Kenny in 2011. 

    Marian Lingurar Jnr, with an address at Blackpool, Co Cork, was charged with the unlawful killing of Mr Kenny at Kenny's Bar, Main Street, Oughterard, on 25 September, 2011.

    John Kenny, who was also a teacher, was found tied up and had suffered a violent and sustained assault. His body was discovered by his wife and daughter. 

    Marian Lingurar Jnr, who is originally from Romania, was found guilty at Galway Circuirt Court by a jury of seven men and four women in a trial that lasted three weeks.

    He was also found guilty of the second charge of trespass with intent to commit theft.

    He was remanded in custody and will reappear before Galway Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing on 8 May.

     

  • The trial of a 24 year old man charged in relation to the death of an Oughterard publican in September 2011 opened at the Galway Circuit Court yesterday.

    The body of John Kenny was discovered by family members at Kenny’s Bar, Main Street, Oughterard on the 25th of September, 2011.

    A post-mortem examination revealed he had died as a result of serious assault.

    Yesterday, a 24 year old man pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of John Kenny.

    The accused, who has an address in Co. Cork, was a juvenile at the time of the alleged offence and cannot be named.

    He also pleaded not guilty to a further charge of trespassing with intent to commit an offence.

    A jury of 8 men and 4 women was sworn in before Judge Rory McCabe and the trial at the Galway Circuit Court is expected to last around two weeks.

     

     

  • A further 25 people have died from Covid19 in the Republic, while 365 new cases have been confirmed.

    It brings the death toll here to 235. 

    The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus now stands at 6,074. 

    The total number of confirmed cases in Mayo is now 130.

    There are now 134 cases in Galway, 28 in Sligo and 22 in Roscommon.

  • The Health Minister Simon Harris is to meet representatives of Nursing Homes later today as concerns intensify about the number of cluster cases of Covid-19 in nursing homes.

    There are 17 cluster of cases in nursing home now across the country.

    The latest figures show nationally 2,615 confirmed cases of Covid 19 with 46 deaths.

    Health officials say we still haven't hit a peak in cases.

    The HSE says it's planning for the peak to come around April 10th to 14th.

    26 people in county Mayo have now been diagnosed with Covid-19, 68 in Galway, 10 in Roscommon and 12 in Sligo.

  • 28 more people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic.

    The death toll related to the disease now stands at 794.

    936 new cases have been detected in the past 24 hours, with the total number of positive tests standing at 17,607.

    There are 26 more cases of Covid-19 in Mayo, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 365.

    There are now 315 cases in Galway, 98 in Sligo, and 92 in Roscommon.

  • The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet this morning to analyse the spread of Covid-19 across the country.

    Health officials are monitoring Galway, Roscommon, Cork and Monaghan, but the Acting Chief Medical Officer says it is close to becoming 'a national issue'.

    429 cases of the virus were reported yesterday, with one new death.

    28 of the new cases were in Galway.

    The latest county by county breakdown shows Galway at 736 cases - that's an increase of 222 confirmed cases over the past month.

    Mayo's total number of confirmed cases now stands at 648 - an increase of 60 over the past month, with 445 cases in Roscommon, 180 in Sligo and 116 in Co Leitrim.

    Latest HSE figures show 121 patients with confirmed Covid-19 are now in hospitals across the country, with 22 patients in Intensive Care units.

    Dr Ronan Glynn says the 'window of opportunity' for this not to become a national issue is closing:

  • Minister for Health Simon Harris has warned that allowing complacency to set in, in efforts to combat Covid-19, could be disastrous and potentially fatal.

    In a video message on Twitter, the Minister says the progress made by the Irish people could be undone.

    Testing of staff and residents in nursing home will continue this week as the focus remains on extinguishing and preventing outbreaks in long term residential care.

    There are encouraging signs that the situation in Ireland is stabilising.

    Hospital admissions fell for the third day in a row yesterday and ICU admissions remain relatively stable.

    However, latest figures show 610 people have now died in the Republic from Covid 19, while there are more than 15 thousand confirmed cases.
    39 people with the virus died yesterday, 2 of those deaths were in the west.

    The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Mayo now stands at 312, in Galway there are 283 cases, and 76 confirmed cases in both Sligo and Roscommon.

    As of 8pm on Saturday evening last there were 27 patients with confirmed Covid 19 at Mayo University Hospital with a further 18 patients with suspected cases of the virus.

     

  • 35 new jobs are being created in Galway by financial services firm PwC.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday launched the company's new office at One Galway Central on Forster Street, which will allow PwC to double its workforce in the city over the next two years.

    Ken Johnson, Senior Partner and Assurance Leader at PwC Galway said it's a "strategic relocation" that reflects strong growth in the West.

    He said the company's expansion also gives graduates the opportunity to work and live locally, while having the benefit of developing a career in a global organisation.

    PwC provides financial services in 158 countries and employs a quarter of a million people worldwide.

     

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys has increased by 50 since yesterday.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 563 patients on hospital trolleys across the country today - up from 513 yesterday.

    Limerick University Hospital is again the most overcrowded with 64 patients waiting for a bed, followed by Galway and Cork University Hospitals - both with 44 patients on trolleys.

    There are 33 patients waiting for a bed today at Sligo University Hospital and 7 at Mayo University Hospital.

    Meanwhile the number of patients taking up beds on a long-term basis at Galway University Hospital who no longer need that level of medical care needs to be tackled, according to a local Councillor.

    There are currently 37 patients at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital who have been there for over two months - but only 14 of these are receiving active medical care.

    Galway-based Fianna Fail Councillor Donagh Killilea questioned HSE management on the issue of bed-blockers at yesterday's meeting of the HSE West Regional Forum.

    Councillor Killilea says the figure provided by the HSE include long-term care applicants waiting to move to other health facilities, as well as homeless people.

    He believes the HSE and Galway City Council can do more to find alternative accommodation for these patients, and free up beds for patients on trolleys.

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

  • A Galway-based recruitment firm has decided to introduce a four-day working week.

    i.c.e.  Group, located at Liosbain Industrial Estate on the Tuam Road in the city,  trialed the initiative for the past six months, and after productivity grew by 27 percent, it has introduced the system permanently.

    It comes as the new Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin is calling for a six-hour - four-day working week.

    HR Manager of ICE Group, Breann McGarry, told Midwest News this afternoon that the staff enjoy the extra day off work. 

    She said one of the company's Directors came up with the idea as he was keen to invest in staff.

  • 416 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in this country.

    While five more patients have died with the virus.

    The national 14 day incidence rate per 100-thousand population has dropped to 268.7.

    Of today's cases, there are 87 in Dublin, 62 in Cork, 41 in Mayo and 37 in Galway.

    The remaining 189 cases are spread across 20 other counties including eleven in Sligo, less than five in Roscommon and no new cases in Leitrim.