Galway

  • All-Ireland champions Corofin have been rewarded with six players on the first ever AIB GAA Club Players’ football team of the championship.

    The new GAA initiative has reviewed the outstanding performances at provincial and All-Ireland level in the AIB Club Championships with a cross-section of GAA media voting on a final 15.

    Galway and Connacht champions Corofin had to show plenty of resilience en route to Croke Park, but cut loose on St Patrick’s Day where they produced a sensational shooting display against Nemo Rangers to capture the club’s third AIB All-Ireland senior club football title.

    The result is that Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Dylan Wall, Michael Farragher, Ian Burke and Martin Farragher have all been awarded a place on the inaugural football team of the championship.

    In an additional coup for the club, Corofin also completely dominate the short list for AIB GAA Club footballer of the year with Ian Burke, Michael Farragher and Liam Silke providing the short list.

    Inspirational dual club Slaughtneil have the next highest representation with four footballers from the Derry club selected. Antóin McMullan, Karl McKaigue, Chrissy McKaigue and Chris Bradley all feature after their exploits over the season.

    Stylish half back James Murray and sharp shooter Eanna O’Connor represent Kildare and Leinster champions Moorefield.

    Despite their misfire in the All-Ireland final, there was still much to admire about Nemo Rangers, particularly in a typically tough Munster campaign, and midfielder Alan O’Connor and full forward Luke Connolly represent the Cork and Munster champions.

    The team is completed by Donegal star Patrick McBrearty who was in sensational form for his club Kilcar over the course of their two matches in the Ulster club championship and was a class apart in the full-forward line.

    Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan said: “It’s a great honour for all of those players who have been selected – especially with this being the inaugural year of these awards – and I congratulate them all.

    “The AIB GAA Club Championships continue to grow from strength to strength and these awards are a reflection of that.

    “Every year the club campaign is responsible for some of the high points in the GAA season and it is fitting that we salute the star performers who go to such lengths for the pride of their club jersey. In recognising these outstanding performers we also pay tribute to the clubs who produced them.”

    Coman Goggins, AIB Sports Programme Manager said: “AIB is very proud to celebrate its 27th year sponsoring the club championships and we are delighted to partner with The GAA for the introduction of the AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards. The awards honour some of the greatest club players across Ireland, who have shown immense passion and commitment to their club throughout #TheToughest competition.

    Coman continued: “On behalf of AIB I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of the winners and to thank the national and regional sports media for taking the time to cast their votes and for their continued support for the AIB GAA Club Championships.”

    Specially commissioned awards by Jarlath Daly will be presented to the players at a banquet at Croke Park on Saturday, April 21 where the AIB GAA Club Footballer of the Year will be announced live on the night.

    The AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards for Hurling will be announced on April 18.

    The team in full is:

    AIB GAA CLUB PLAYERS’ AWARDS – FOOTBALL 2018

    1. Antóin McMullan (Slaightneil)
    2. Liam Silke (Corofin)
    3. Kieran Fitzgerald (Corofin)
    4. Karl McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
    5. James Murray (Moorefield)
    6. Chrissy McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
    7. Dylan Wall (Corofin)
    8. Alan O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
    9. Michael Farragher (Corofin)
    10. Eanna O’Connor (Moorefield
    11. Christopher Bradley (Slaughtneil)
    12. Ian Burke (Corofin)
    13. Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar)
    14. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
    15. Martin Farragher (Corofin)

    FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

    Ian Burke (Corofin), Michael Farragher (Corofin), Liam Silke (Corofin)

  • Mayo face Cork while Galway await Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-finals in two weeks time.

    Kerry saw off the challenge of Tyrone by 1-12 to 0-9 to see them safely into the last four against Galway.

    Mayo now face the Rebels after they overcame Monaghan convincingly by 3-19 to 2-10.

    If both Western teams win their prospective semi's, a repeat of the Connacht finals on the cards.

    Likewise if Cork and Kerry can both win, a repeat of the Munster finals is on the cards.

  • Almost 150 swimmers will take the plunge today for the Galway Bay Swim.

    It'll start from Auginish in County Clare and competitors will swim around 13 kilometres to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill.

    The money raised will go towards the Cancer Care West charity.

    Galway Bay Swim Founder Kevin Thornton says Blackrock will be the best vantage point for spectators.

  • Passengers travelling by rail this weekend can expect some disruption to services,  due to track and construction works.

    The Westport and Galway services to Dublin have a number of alterations over Easter, due to the construction of an underpass on the Athlone to Mullingar greenway, and track works.

    From God Friday until Easter Monday, passengers on the Westport to Dublin train services will be transferred by bus between Roscommon and Tullamore, while there will be bus transfers between Ballinasloe and Tullamore for passengers on the Galway services.

    Passengers are advised to check times on the Irish Rail website before travelling this weekend.

  • A Galway GP claims that an ambulance had to travel 131 km from north Mayo to attend a heart attack case in south Connemara last week.

    Dr Peter Sloane, who has a general practise in Carraroe, said it was an “utter disgrace” that there was no closer ambulance available.

    According to the Irish Times, the case last Friday involved a patient with a heart attack, and the ambulance sent from Ballina took 90 minutes to arrive in Carraroe, via Maam Cross.

    Dr Sloane needed to see an elderly patient who was very unwell, but could not leave the patient with the heart attack until the ambulance arrived.

    Carraroe has an ambulance base, and Galway city provides back-up cover, but  Dr Sloane said he understood there were insufficient ambulance crews available.

    Pressure on University Hospital Galway’s emergency department can also delay crews taking in patients.

    Dr Sloane said the round-trip by the ambulance to and from north Mayo was equivalent to an ambulance in Athlone being sent to an area of Dublin and back.

    He's highlighted the urgent need to provide more ambulances and more emergency medical technicians.

    The HSE says the call was triaged, using the internationally-recognised advanced medical priority dispatch system, and the closest emergency ambulance was immediately dispatched to the scene.

     

  • Connacht Intermediate Club Football Final 
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  • Anam Cara, an organisation that supports parents after the death of a child, will host an event for bereaved parents tomorrow (Wednesday 4th of April), from 7:30 to 9pm  in the Clayton Hotel, Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway.

     Anam Cara is a national organisation that provides bereaved parents with safe and comfortable forums where they can connect with other bereaved mothers and fathers.  

    The events, free of charge, are open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age a child dies, the circumstances of the death or whether this was recent or not.

     As well as face-to-face services, Anam Cara has produced an eight-booklet Information Pack, written by bereaved parents. The Information Pack is posted out free of charge on request.

     Also, on anamcara.ie, parents can watch short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents.

    For more information or to order a free copy of the Anam Cara Information Pack, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring their Information Line on 085 2888 888

  • The annual Esker Novena in Esker on Tuesday and runs until Wednesday June 12th.

    There will be daily sessions throughout the Novena at 8am, 10am, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm & 10pm on weekdays and at 8am, 10am, 12noon, 4.30pm, 6pm & 8pm on Sunday.

    Confessions will be heard before and after each session of the Novena in Esker, with the exception of Sunday.

    OnSaturday June 8th there is a Mass and Anointing of the Sick at 12 noon, while on Sunday June 9th there is the Blessing of Babies and Small Children at all sessions.

  • Former Galway boss Anthony Cunningham has been installed as the favourite to become the new Dublin Senior Hurling manager.

    Pat Gilroy stepped down last night, citing work commitments for his decision.

    Having worked as one of Gilroy's selectors Cunningham could provide an easy transition.

    All Ireland winning Cuala manager Mattie Kenny is also said to be in the running for the role.

  • Anthony Nolan has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s Allianz National Football League Division 1 encounter between Mayo and Galway.

    The Wicklow man officiated, last year’s All-Ireland Quarter Final replay between Mayo and Roscommon.

    Sunday’s Round 3 clash in Salthill gets underway at 2pm.

    Galway have had a 100% record so far, whereas Mayo won their opener but lost by three points at the weekend to Kerry.

  • Any suggestion that an entry fee should be imposed on the general public to access Galway Museum must be resisted, according to Independent Galway Deputy Catherine Connolly.

    The Deputy says that Galway City Museum has become an integral part of the fabric of Galway city in the relatively short time since it has been established at the Spanish Arch. The number of visitors has gone up year on year, with annual figures of approximately 250,000 people.

    Significant enhancement and extension  to the Museum is now in progress, and the Deputy says the work involves Galway city council raising a €3.5 million loan, and Failte Ireland then matching that level of funding.

    The Deputy insists that this a substantial amount of public money and must be openly accounted for and every step of the drawdown of the money has to be publicly accounted for, particularly in light of the debacle, she says, of the Palas Cinema in the city.

    She is now seeking clarification on the welcome new development of the museum but wants answers from the City Council as to any new conditions that might be imposed under the co-funding scheme.

  • Apple is to scrap plans for a 850 million euro data centre in Athenry, County Galway.

    The project - which was set to create hundreds of jobs - has faced lengthy legal efforts to block it on environmental grounds.

    The tech giant says delays in the approval process has forced it to make other plans - and it will not be able to move forward with the data centre.

    Paul Keane from the group 'Athenry for Apple' says it's a massive loss.

  • The Aran Islands RNLI crew was launched this morning to come to the assistance of two people on board a yacht that had run into difficulties.

    The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 7.27am by the Irish Coast Guard.

    They headed straight for the 38ft yacht that had got tangled in lobster pots off Gorumna Island in the North Sound. 

    Weather conditions were choppy with moderate seas.

     Once on the scene, the lifeboat crew established contact with the two people aboard the yacht, and found that a local fisherman in the area had freed the yacht from the tangled lobster pots. 

     The lifeboat then escorted the yacht, which was under sail, as far as the mouth of Kilronan Harbour where a tow line between the lifeboat and yacht was established as it was having steering issues. The lifeboat guided the yacht alongside the pier in Kilronan Harbour.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning during Storm Lorenzo.

    The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 9.51am today at the request of the Irish Coast Guard.

    A woman on Inis Meain had sustained an injury from an earlier fall and required further medical attention.

     The lifeboat headed straight for Inis Meain in rough seas and took the patient abroad before heading for Rossaveal Harbour where the woman was handed over to a waiting ambulance crew.

     Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said the conditions at sea this morning were really challenging, and as Storm Lorenzo continues, he's reminding people of the Coastguard message to Stay Back – Stay Dry – Stay High.

     

     

  • The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer crew was called out on Saturday evening last, to come to the aid of a sailor whose yacht got into difficulty.

    The all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 5.30pm Saturday evening, as a yacht with one person onboard experienced engine difficulty north-east of Straw Island.

    Once alongside the yacht, the lifeboat crew established a tow line and towed the yacht back to Kilronan Harbour.

    Aran Islands RNLI coxswain Tommy Dirrane is urging anyone planning a trip at sea to always wear a lifejacket, carry a mobile phone or means of communication, and let someone ashore know where you're going and when you're due back.

     

  • Cape Clear off the coast of Cork and the Aran Islands have been selected by the European Commission for a new clean energy initiative.


    The islands will develop a plan to become self-reliant by harnessing wind, solar power and sea waves.

    24 other European islands inhabited by over 2,000 residents have been selected for the programme which will eventually benefit from EU funding.

    Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the initiative will see Cape Clear and the Aran Islands dramatically reduce their energy costs.

  • An estimated 12,000 people are still without power this morning after Storm Ali on Wednesday.

    Two people died during the storm.

    A full service on the Luas Green line in Dublin has resumed this morning.

    It is understood the majority of those without power are in the Tuam, Mullingar, Cavan and Longford areas.

    Up to 180,000 homes were without power at one stage on Wednesday. Repair efforts were hampered by Storm Bronagh, which followed Storm Ali yesterday, and brought heavy rain across the country yesterday evening and overnight.

    Met Éireann meteorologist Joan Blackburn says they are  monitoring a weather system that may develop into a third storm, Storm Callum, late on Saturday evening.

    She says this system has the potential to develop into something “nasty,” which would hit Ireland late on Saturday into Sunday morning and this weather system is being kept under review.

  • Arts organisations involved in Galway 2020 are holding a crisis meeting with local authority officials today.

    It follows major budget cuts to projects in the European Capital of Culture programme.

    The cuts have already led to Druid Theatre company shelving one of 2020's flagship productions.

    The project has already seen the replacement of the artistic director and CEO, due to resignations.

  • As Galway city continues to develop and grow, an integrated public transport system is now a priority, along with housing and health facilities.

    That's according to Galway Independent TD Catherine Connolly.

    She says that, 14 years after park & ride facilities were proposed for the east and west of the city, no progress has been made, and suitable sites have not yet been identified.

    Deputy Connolly says park and ride facilities, along with a light rail system, would help to take traffic off the congested roads in the city.

  • As the three teachers unions meet this week for their annual conferences, an internal report has shown that membership of the country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union has fallen to its lowest level in 15 years.

    The drop occurred last year during a dispute between the ASTI and Government, which triggered pay losses for thousands of members.

    The report shows ASTI membership fell by almost 2,000 last year to 16,440 – a 10% decrease.

    The West Mayo branch saw membership fall by 16%, with a 23% drop in Tuam and an 18% reduction in the East Galway branch.

    Meanwhile, 70 thousand teachers could go on strike this September if significant progress is not made on the restoration of pay.

    Over 20 thousand teachers are on a lower pay scale since cuts were introduced in 2011, and unions want the pay inequality reversed.