“Downgrade by default” - concern over lack of stroke services at Portiuncula

 

Deputy Denis Naughten has raised concerns about the lack of stroke services at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, saying the hospital is being “downgraded by default”.

A consultant geriatrician post has been vacant at the hospital for the past year and a half, meaning there have been no stroke services available at the hospital for this time. Ambulances currently have to transport patients at least 40 minutes to University Hospital Galway for life-saving treatment after a stroke.


Business

Search is on for ten seasonal workers at Argos in Athlone this Christmas

Leading high street retailer Argos is looking for 10 seasonal workers in Athlone to join existing store teams in the run-up to the peak Christmas shopping season. Argos is recruiting 500 seasonal workers in total across the Republic of Ireland for the Christmas period.

Model Alice wearing Betty Barclay at the announcement that Burgess Department Store will host a charity fashion show in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel on Thursday October 8. 
Photo: Ken Byrne

Lifestyle

Desirable for Dracula this Hallowe’en!

Hallowe’en is a time when Dracula and vampires ‘vant’ your blood - so when we are caught we want to make sure that our blood is top quality! Your diet can affect many aspects of good blood health - here are a few tips to ensure you have healthy blood this Hallowe’en.

Agnes now

Motoring

Refreshed new Audi A6 on the way

Audi Ireland has passes on some details of the new generation Audi A6 range which was unveiled recently at the Paris Motor Show. The A6 has been refreshed with new engine configurations, transmissions, headlights and tail lights and upgraded infotainment systems. It will arrive in Ireland this November, in time for January 2015 delivery.


Opinion

O’Rourke invites Athlone to book launch “party”

Former Minister and TD, Mary O’Rourke is hoping to use the launch of her memoir on Sunday to provide “a bit of a party for Athlone”.


Property

Starter home opportunity in Sarsfield Square

Where: 110 Sarsfield Square, Athlone, Co Westmeath


Sport

Dolans drive Garrycastle to championship glory

For over an hour after the final whistle on Sunday at Cusack Park Garrycastle players, management, and supporters stood chatting happily, taking photographs, discussing events, and simply basking in the glory of arguably their sweetest Westmeath SFC victory.

Seventh county medal for Dessie Dolan

The Week

The little theatre presents The Country Boy

Athlone Little Theatre is staging the fantastic John Murphy play The Country Boy, starting on Sunday November 9.


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