Galway

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  • 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.

     

     

     

  • A woman who died following a fatal collision in Co Galway on Friday night has been named.

    Anne Hickey from Lissadyra, Tuam died after she was struck by a 4x4 on the M18 motorway on Friday night shortly after 9pm.

    Ms Hickey was nee Griffin and formerly of Ballindine.

    Her remains will repose at Carey’s Funeral Home, Ballindine on Monday evening from 6.30-8pm.

    She will be laid to rest in the new cemetery Ballindine on Tuesday following 12 noon Funeral Mass.

    Gardaí investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses to contact Gort Garda Station 091-636400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

     

  • The woman who died after the caravan she was staying in was blown onto a beach in Clifden Co Galway yesterday has been named as Elvira Ferraii from Switzerland.

    She was staying on her own in the caravan at the Clifden ecoBeach Camping and Caravan Park when the incident occurred during Storm Ali.

    She was confirmed dead at the scene in Claddaghduff, Clifden, yesterday morning.

    Gardaí were alerted at 7.45am that a caravan had blown away.

    A search was carried out on the beach and the woman’s body was found a short time later.

    Her body was taken for a postmortem examination and the local coroner notified.

    Gardaí are investigating the incident.

  • Work is due to begin in the coming days on replacing ageing water mains in Roundstone, Cornamona and Clonbur in Co Galway.

    Irish Water and Galway County Council will begin work on Thursday in Roundstone to replace 160 metres of ageing water main.

    The existing pipes will be replaced with modern high density pipes which will allow improved flow of water to the town, securing supply for improving pressure for local business and residents.

    The work will take about 6 weeks to complete.

    On Monday next, work will get underway in Cornamona and Clonbur to replace and decommission sections of ageing water mains that are prone to bursts – this project is expected to take over 6 months to complete, due to the level of rock in the ground where the new water mains and service connections will be constructed.

    The works may involve some short-term water shut offs, and Irish Water says customers will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned shut-offs.

    The works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

     

     

  • Works of art from all over the world are being brought together in honour of the Tuam Babies.

    'Stay With Me' is an exhibition of work by people moved by the discovery of hundreds of babies' remains at the former Mother and Baby home in County Galway.

    It opens at Dublin's Inspire Gallery this coming Thursday.

    The exhibition's curator, Alison O'Reilly is the Irish Daily Mail journalist and author who first reported the story - she says it’s a stunning collection:

  • A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for three counties along the west coast.

    Heavy rain is expected in counties Galway, Mayo and Clare tomorrow morning and afternoon leading to excess surface water.

    Met Éireann says the warning will be in operation from 4am until 4pm tomorrow.

     

  • The Red level snow-ice warning has been updated and extended until tomorrow morning - with more snow forecast tonight in Dublin, Kildare, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

    Munster, the rest of Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Galway have a status orange warning - which is valid until 9 am tomorrow.

    While a yellow warning is in place for the northwest- that includes Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

  • A yellow wind warning has been issued for Galway and Mayo this afternoon.

    Gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour are expected in parts of the west coast.

    Met Éireann has issued the warning from 2pm until 7pm this evening.

  • Met Eireann has issued a yellow wind warning for counties Galway, Mayo and Donegal.

    It's in effect until three am tomorrow morning.

    A yellow rainfall warning has also been issued for Leinster and Munster.

    That comes into effect at 6 am tomorrow and will be in place until 6 in the evening.

  • A young Garda, who died while on duty at Clifden Garda Station, will be laid to rest on Thursday.

    Garda Shane Cuffe from Woodlands Park, Moycullen, who was in his late 30’s, was found by colleagues in Clifden garda station at about 7am yesterday morning after working the night shift.

    His tragic death is not being treated as suspicious, and it’s believed he may have suffered a heart attack.

    Garda Cuffe was a member of An Garda Síochána for 13 years and had served in a number of Garda stations in Mayo and Galway.

    He was a nephew of Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin, and is survived by his wife Eimear, two young sons Conor and Evan, his mother Anne, brothers and extended family.

    His remains will repose at Aiséiri, Moycullen tomorrow (Wed)  from 4pm to 7pm.

    Funeral arriving at Galway Cathedral on Thursday for 12 noon Requiem Mass followed by burial in Moycullen Cemetery.

     

     

  • A young man was rescued from the river Corrib by members of the emergency services in Galway in the early hours of this morning following a major rescue operation involving the Galway RNLI Lifeboat, Galway Fire Brigade, Galway Gardai, the HSE and the Irish Coastguard.

    The young man got into difficulty in a canal beside the river at about 3.30am.

    The Gardai and Galway Fire Brigade arrived on the scene and during the rescue operation both the fire personnel and the casualty ended up going down the canal and entering the fast flowing river Corrib.

    They made their way down to the Spanish Arch under O’Brien’s Bridge and Wolfe Tone Bridge, where the lifeboat was on standby and recovered the casualty.

    The lifeboat ferried the young man back to the station where three ambulances were waiting. He was administered first aid and transported to Galway University Hospital.

    Mike Swan, Galway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, says: “It was a lengthy and difficult rescue and all services should be commended for their quick response and help in rescuing this young man and bringing him to safety. It was a great result.”

    “We would encourage all members of the public to respect the water at all times regardless of their activity. Be wary of all edges around the sea and watersides. Slips and falls happen in all locations.”

  • The body of a young man has been discovered in Galway. 

    The remains of the man in his late 20s were discovered at City Hall on the College Road at around 9:30 this morning. 

    Gardai were called to the scene around mid-day when the discovery made in an area of shrubbery near City Hall.

    His body was taken to University Hospital Galway for post mortem examination.

    Gardai say the results of the post mortem will determine the course of the investigation.

    Today's scheduled meeting of Galway City Council has been deferred as a result.