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Clean getaway for washing machine thieves

Gardai in Tuam are investigating a break-in at an unoccupied house in which a washing machine and dryer were stolen.

The raid took place between Wednesday May 24 and Sunday May 28 at the unoccupied house at Cloondahamper, Lavally.

The thieves made away with a Whirlpool washing machine and dryer, both white in colour.

Anybody who witnessed anything out of the norm in Cloondahamper on those days is asked to contact Tuam Gardai, 093 70840, where Garda Noelle Kilduff is leading the investigation.

NUI Galway Academics new members of the Royal Irish Academy

Professor Noel Lowndes from the Centre of Chromosome Biology and Biochemistry and Professor Paul Crowther, Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus ) at NUI Galway, have received the honour of being elected as a Members of the Royal Irish Academy during a special admittance ceremony at Academy House in Dublin last Friday.

The Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities, admitted 18 new Members that included the two NUI Galway Professors.

Since 1785 membership of the Academy has been awarded to persons who have attained distinction by their unique contributions to education and research. Professor Noel Lowndes and Professor Paul Crowther were elected as members due to their outstanding contribution to Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Anti social behaviour at Kiltrogue

Gardai in the county have received reports of anti-social issues in the Kiltrogue area of Claregalway late at night

There have been issues over trespassing and antisocial behaviour where properties and farms have been entered and property moved around deliberately.

While no property has been reported stolen, these incidents are causing concern and annoyance to the local community.

If you have any information in relation to these incidents, please contact Loughgeorge or Oranmore Garda Station on 091 798122 or 091 388030.

Salthill woman appointed fundraising co-ordinator of breast cancer charity

A Salthill woman has been appointed the fundraising and communications co-ordinator of Breast Cancer Research.

Jennifer Skeffington will be responsible for fundraising development and creating and implementing communications strategies with the national charity.

The organisation funds a comprehensive research programme at the Lambe Institute for Translational Research, NUI Galway led by Professor Michael Kerin. It aims to help improve treatments and outcomes for women with breast cancer in Ireland and around the world.

Ms Skeffington brings extensive experience to the charity from the corporate sector. Prior to joining Breast Cancer Research she held a variety of senior positions in business development and marketing in both the UK and Ireland. She holds a Masters in International Banking and Finance from Heriot Watt University and a degree in Financial Mathematics and Economics from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Her role will also involve raising the public profile of the charity nationally. To learn more about Breast Cancer Research log on to



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