Galway

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council will be assessing water supply schemes across the county today to monitor usage levels which will inform decisions about which supplies need to be restricted overnight. By restricting schemes where demand is outstripping supply, reservoirs have the opportunity to replenish over night and therefore ensuring customers receive a water supply during the day.

     

    Customers are being asked to conserve water by turning off taps, both inside and outside, limiting usage of washing machines and dishwashers where possible and taking showers instead of baths, to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

     

    In Carraroe night time restrictions will continue over the coming days. This will be managed locally to ensure water supply is rotated around the scheme. Irish Water would like to thank Galway Fire Brigade and the local fire service for distributing bottled water to vulnerable customers in Carraroe who have registered with Irish Water.

     

    A repair crew returned to Inishbofin this morning (Sunday) to carry out further repairs to a mechanical fault at the plant. The plant is in production with limited capacity. There will be water restrictions in place tonight. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water was delivered to the island yesterday.

     

    Demand has increased significantly once again on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies and last night’s restrictions will continue until this afternoon to allow the reservoirs refill. There will be more restrictions on this scheme tonight.

     

    Customers in Tir an Fhia are receiving intermittent supply due to issues at the water treatment plant. There will be further restrictions on this supply as a result. Repairs are currently being carried out at the plant. Customers are urged to conserve water as much as possible.

     

    Night time restrictions were imposed on the Carna/Kilkieran, Roundstone, and Rós Muc water supplies last night from 10pm until 9am this morning. Unprecedented demand due to taps being left running is causing reservoir levels to drop. This scheme will be monitored throughout the day and a decision on further restrictions will be taken this evening.

     

    Leak repair crews are still trying to find a leak in Williamstown which is causing a major water supply issue in the town. Supply will be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days and customers will experience intermittent disruptions and/or loss of supply.

     

    Across Galway there are issues with high demand. Irish Water is appealing to customers to turn off taps and check for leaks on their own properties and in holiday homes and unoccupied premises and to report them to Irish Water’s customer care helpline on 1850 278 278. Irish Water is appealing to any customers with external taps to ensure that these are securely turned off as we try to protect the levels of our reservoirs and secure drinking water for local communities. A continuous flow from an external tap over a 24 hour period could use the equivalent of the daily water usage of 40 households.

     

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe and Tuam.

     

  • Water restrictions are in place this evening in the Co Galway area of Carraroe.

    Irish Water is advising customers supplied from the Carraroe public water supply that, due to exceptional demand and mechanical issues at the plant water, restrictions are now in place.

    Water supply will be restored from tomorrow morning with further restrictions expected to be imposed again tomorrow afternoon.

    Irish Water says the extremely cold weather is causing issues for water processing at the plant and is also hampering repairs. This situation could continue for a number of days and a further update will be issued tomorrow.

     In the meantime, Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council is working to maintain a supply to the village centre and nursing home.

    Across Co Galway, Customers are asked not to run their taps as it is causing difficulties in many areas with water treatment plants struggling to keep up with demand.

    The following areas will experience reduced pressure and/or loss of supply due to this increase in demand over the coming days: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Williamstown, Tír an Fhia, Letterfrack, Tully, Clifden and Clonbur.

     

     

     

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to advise customers on the following public water supplies that restrictions will be in place again tonight to allow reservoirs replenish and to ensure water supply tomorrow: Tír an Fhia, Carraroe (supply being maintained in the village and to the nursing home), Williamstown, Moylough, Clonbur/Cornamona, Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Kiltormer and Clonfert.

    Customers are being asked to conserve water by turning off taps, both inside and outside, limiting usage of washing machines and dishwashers where possible and taking showers instead of baths, to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    Approximately 3,000 customers in the Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Kiltormer and Clonfert areas are still without a water supply. This has reduced from 4,000 yesterday. Consumption has increased by 50 per cent in this area and customers are urged to conserve water in every way possible. Water supply is being maintained to Ballinasloe town and Portiuncula Hospital.

    Alternative water supplies are available in Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Clonfert and Kiltormer and bottled water was distributed to vulnerable customers who have self-registered with Irish Water.

    Alternative supplies are available at the following location:

    The Square, Eyrecourt.

    The Community Hall Laurencetown, Clonfert Church and Kiltormer Church.

    Kiltormer Nursing Home will also be attended to.

    Bottled water was delivered to Eyrecourt, Kiltormer and Laurencetown yesterday afternoon.

     Irish Water makes every effort to ensure that the alternative drinking water supply provided, including the tanker/bowser, and dispensing tap, are adequately disinfected. However, as it is not practical to provide sterilised containers for the public to transport drinking water from the tanker to their homes and we cannot guarantee that any containers used by the public do not negatively impact or contaminate the drinking water. Therefore people are advised to boil this water before use.

    In Carraroe night time restrictions will continue over the coming days. This will be managed locally to ensure water supply is rotated around the scheme.

     

    Some customers are receiving intermittent supply in Tír an Fhia due to excessive demand. Restrictions will continue over the coming days.

     

    Restrictions will be in place in Moylough again tonight due to excessive demand on the scheme. Some customers in outlying areas of Rós Muc are receiving an intermittent supply.

     

    Leak repairs are still being undertaken in Williamstown. High leakage on customers’ properties is also being addressed. Supply will continue to be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days and customers will experience intermittent disruptions and/or loss of supply.

      

     

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is urging residents, businesses and visitors to Inis Oirr to conserve water, due to low raw water levels in the reservoirs. Irish Water has commenced tankering of water to Inis Oirr and night-time restrictions will commence after the June Bank Holiday weekend.
     
    Commencing Tuesday, June 5 water supply will be restricted each night from 11pm to 7am in order to ensure a consistent daytime supply on the island.
     
    Tankering is not a sustainable option and Irish Water is appealing to residents, businesses and visitors to reduce their usage to ensure a consistent supply of water for all.
     
    Residents, businesses and visitors to Inis Mór and Inis Meain are also being asked to conserve water, in order to maintain raw water levels in the reservoirs and prevent any supply shortages later in the summer.
                            
    To help conserve water customers are also being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network.  Customers can report any public side leaks online at www.water.ie or by calling the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. Leak detection crews have been working on the islands and efforts are being made to reduce the wastage of treated water through leaks. 
     

  • Demand for water right across Co Galway is increasing and as a result Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, will be imposing night time restrictions on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.

    Due to a major increase in demand, supply to Clarenbridge Water Tower is not sufficient to meet demand and customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Night-time restrictions will be imposed if the situation does not improve.

    Water restrictions are also in place in Inis Oirr nightly from 11pm to 7am.

    Irish Water is appealing to the Galway public, particularly people working and living in Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Williamstown, Tuam, Athenry, Oranmore, Tir an Fhia, Letterfrack, Leitir Mór, Carraroe, and Ballinasloe to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

    Meanwhile Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and the two at-risk schemes that have been identified are the Castlerea and Grangemore/Cavetown public water supplies. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.

     

     

     

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    Irish Water is advising customers in Carraroe that due to exceptionally high water demand and ongoing mechanical issues at the water treatment plant restrictions to water supply will continue unbroken until tomorrow morning. Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained. It is intended to restore water supply to all areas in the morning.

     

    Last night Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, was able to lift the restrictions for a couple of hours to allow water storage tanks in attics refill. However, reservoirs have not sufficiently filled today to enable a repeat of that tonight.

     

    We are grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe this evening on behalf of Irish Water and the local fire service will distribute it to vulnerable customers. A further update will issue tomorrow.

     

    Across Co Galway customers are being advised that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with supply demands. 

     

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

     

    Customers in Tír an Fhia were without water this morning however, water supply was restored shortly after lunch.

     

    There is huge demand being registered on the Tully and Letterfrack water supplies due to taps being left running in people’s homes and on farms. Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water. Restrictions will be in place on these schemes from 10am today until 6pm with supply due to be restored at 6pm for a couple of hours. Water will be restricted again overnight to fill the reservoirs.

     

    Water levels on Inishbofin are very low following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew will travel to the island tomorrow morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water will be ferried to the island tomorrow and available to the public for collection at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.

     

    In East Galway customers are again urged to conserve water by not running taps, taking showers instead of baths and to refrain from using dishwashers and washing machines.

     

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Williamstown and Tuam.

     

    Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as possible. 

     

    Once further information is available we will issue another update. Updates will also be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

     

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council is advising customers in Co Mayo, and especially those supplied by the Lough Mask water supply, that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high usage, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with water supply demands. 

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    The Lough Mask supply is at capacity with high demand also being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, Erris, Louisburgh, Ballina, and Castlebar water supply schemes due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ homes and on farms.

    Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

    Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on www.water.ie and water supply updates are available at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to thank customers in advance for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Meanwhile Irish Water is advising customers in Carraroe that water supply has been restored to customers today following water restrictions on the scheme. The reservoirs have filled sufficiently to allow supply to return however, due to increased demand restrictions will be in place again tonight and for the next few nights until demand regularises and the water treatment plant can meet the demand needs. It may take several hours for all sections of the network to get water supply. 

    Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained at all times. Irish Water is grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe yesterday evening on behalf of the utility and the local fire service distributed it to vulnerable customers. Across Co Galway customers are being advised that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with supply demands. 

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    Night time restrictions on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies has enabled the reservoirs to refill to some degree and full supply has been restored this morning. Irish Water would like to thank customers supplied by these schemes for adhering to our water conservation notice yesterday. There will be further restrictions on this scheme tonight.

    Water levels on Inishbofin are critical following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew travelled to the island this morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water is available at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.

    Williamstown is suffering a major water supply issue and leak repair crews will be undertaking work in the town today to try to restore supply. Customers in some areas supplied from Kilnalag Reservoir have no water at present. 

    In East Galway customers are again urged to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Williamstown and Tuam.

    Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as possible. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Once further information is available we will issue another update. Updates will also be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Western Development Commission has today announced that Tomás O Síocháin has been appointed by the Board of the WDC as Chief Executive Officer.

    Tomás joins the organisation from NUI Galway, where he was External Engagement Programme Manager, having previously spent more than 14 years as an editor and journalist with RTE and TG4.

    The WDC, established in 1998, advises the Government on policy for the Western region and plays a key role in regional development.

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    It's a very wet and windy morning across the West, with a status yellow rainfall warning remaining in place until 2pm this afternoon, and a status yellow wind warning for western coastal counties until 3pm today.

    AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to slow down on wet roads, and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front.

    Motorists should also watch out for wind-blown debris on roads, and take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

    Met Eireann is warning of southeasterly winds strengthening this morning with gusts of up to 110 km/h - winds will be strongest along exposed coasts where a few higher gusts are possible.

     

     

  • Two separate wind warnings are in place for seven counties across the country this morning.

    A status yellow warning is valid for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry until eight o'clock.

    Meanwhile, Wexford, Cork and Waterford are under the same warning, but that's in place until eleven o'clock.

  • The winning ticket for last night’s Lotto draw was sold in Milltown.

    The winning ticket is worth almost €4.5m.

    The National Lottery confirmed that the shop that sold the golden Quick Pick ticket was Ryan’s Daybreak and Post Office in the small village of Milltown, Co Galway. The ticket was purchased on Thursday.

    The winning numbers are: 14, 24, 30, 38, 40, 45 and bonus number 36.

    The owners of the family owned shop and post office were stunned today when they were informed they had sold a mega winning Lotto ticket.

    One of the shop owners and granddaughter of its founder, Clare O’Connor, said the entire family is overjoyed at the news of the massive win.

    Clare’s grandfather started the shop which was then taken over by her parents, Joe and Anne, who are now semi-retired. The business, which also has a pub, is now run by Clare and her two brothers Tim and John.

  • A lucky Lotto player from Galway won the top prize of €250,000 on last night’s National Lottery Lotto Plus 2 Draw.

    This was the first Lotto Plus draw since exciting game changes were introduced which sees in excess of 50% more winners and the creation of more millionaires across Lotto and Lotto Plus.

    Last night’s winning ticket was bought in the busy Eason store on Shop Street, Galway. Manager David Boyce said today there is massive excitement in the city at news of the win.

    The new enhanced Lotto Plus game was launched last week with a nationwide brand campaign with the theme The Celebrations. The ad focuses on the Lotto house band, The Celebrations, who are exhausted after playing “Celebrations” for winners for the last 30 years – and they face being even busier with the new game changes promising more winners and more millionaires!

    Under the game enhancements there has been no change in the cost of playing the main Lotto game. But to facilitate the significant prize increases the price of a Lotto Plus line has risen by 50 cent to one Euro.

     

  • Connacht U17 Championship 
    Round 4
    Galway 0-15 
    Mayo 1-09 

    Leitrim 2-14
    Sligo 0-13 

  • There are 49 patients on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed again today at University Hospital Galway, yesterday there were 52 patients on trolleys at the facility and generally the numbers of patients presenting at the Emergency Department of the hospital continue to rise.

    The numbers are impacting on elective procedures at the hospital, according to Headford based Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade.

    HSE management confirmed last week that there has been a 4 percent rise in demand on the ED of University Hospital Galway in the first eight months of this year over last year.

    According to the INMO trolley Watch figures today there are 17 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 23 at Sligo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe.

    The ongoing overcrowding at the ED at Galway University Hospital and its impact on elective surgery in Galway has been highlighted by cllr Hoade at a recent HSE West Forum meeting.

    The Fianna Fail councillor says she is aware of many patients who have had their elective procedures cancelled at short notice due to the demands for beds at UHG.

    A new Emergency dept  at UHG to meet the increasing demands was approved by government almost five years ago, but to date, councillor Hoade says no planning has been sought for the development.

  • Met Eireann has described Storm Callum as "a very serious weather event" which people should be prepared for.

     The forecaster has issued an orange weather warning for coastal counties from 10pm tomorrow until Friday morning.

     Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Galway, Clare and Kerry are all included under the orange alert.

     They're expected to be affected by strong winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour, while winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour are being forecast for inland counties.

     Meteorologist with Met Eireann Joanna Donnelly is urging the public to be cautious while the weather warning is in place.

  • Mothercare’s retail business in the Republic, with stores in Galway and Sligo, is being placed into liquidation with the family that owns the franchise citing the “unprecedented” impact of Covid-19 on retail sales.

    This means its 14 stores in Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Cork, Drogheda, Dundalk, , Limerick, Newbridge and Portlaoise, and Tralee will not reopen, and that 197 staff will be made redundant.

    Staff were informed of the decision yesterday, with Tony McBride of FLC Frank Lynch & Co lined up as liquidator. A meeting of creditors will be held on June 22nd.

    The Mothercare business, which sold a range of products for babies and young children, has been operated in Ireland since 1992 by the Ward family, under franchise from the British business of the same name.

    It is understood that Mothercare expected its sales to decline by 40 per cent this year, leading to losses of about €3 million. The company had been selling products online following the introduction of lockdown restrictions but this stopped earlier this week, with the final orders fulfilled yesterday.

     

  • A woman has died after a house fire in County Galway.

    The alarm was raised at around 7 o'clock last night.

    Gardaí and Fire Services attended at the scene at Tullyvoheen in Clifden yesterday evening.

    They were called to the house at around 7 o'clock, and brought the blaze under control a short time later.

    The sole victim of the fire was a woman believed to be in her late 40s.

    Her body was located inside the house, and the scene is currently preserved for examination.

    Gardaí say foul play is not suspected at this time.

  • There was an unexpected arrival on the 3.04pm rail service from Galway to Dublin yesterday.

    The woman went into labour shortly after the train left Galway.

    After the alarm was raised, the train stopped at Kildare Station at around 5pm and emergency services were notified.

    A part of the carriage was sectioned off to ensure privacy for the woman and she gave birth in the area in between carriages.

    Glass doors were locked by staff and Irish Rail employees held up a blanket to protect her privacy.

    Ambulance services later arrived and helped to deliver the baby on board with the assistance of an off-duty doctor who was travelling on the train, and other passengers who were medically-trained.

    The baby and mother were taken to the Coombe Hospital are both said to be doing well.

     

     

  • A 52 year old pedestrian who was injured in a crash in Co. Galway on Christmas Eve has died.

    The woman was hit by a car while walking along a local road at Carrowmanagh in Oughterard at around quarter to nine on Tuesday night.

    She was in a critical condition when she was taken to Galway University Hospital  - and passed away yesterday.

     

     

  • A 26-year old woman reported missing from her home in Knocknacarra, Galway has been found safe and well.

    Galway Gardai had issued an appeal on Monday for information on the whereabouts of Andrea Mereuta who was missing from her home in Knocknacarra since the early hours of last Thursday morning.

    This morning, Gardai have confirmed that Andrea has been located safe and well, and have thanked the public and media for their assistance.