Five fishermen plucked from stormy sea after trawler sinks

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Four Galway based fishermen and a Romanian crewman are making their way home after a terrifying experience when the trawler they were fishing on sank off the west coast of Scotland on Tuesday. The men had a lucky escape as they all managed to be dramatically saved by the Scottish coastguard rescue helicopter.

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City and county council merger a possibility under new report

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Environment Minister Alan Kelly TD.

Galway city and county councils may cease to exist as separate entities and instead be merged into one local authority for the entire county under a major new review of local government arrangements.

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Fitness to practice enquiry hears Galwaywoman had both fallopian tubes clipped without consent

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Dr Declan Egan.

Consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr Declan Egan, who practises at University Hospital Galway and runs the private Galway Fertility Unit in Rahoon, should have sought the consent of a Galwaywoman before he clipped both her fallopian tubes but argues his action was medically justified, a fitness to practice enquiry was told this week.

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Four-fold increase in one-teacher schools in last four years , says O Cuiv

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

FF Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív.

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív says the number of one-teacher schools has increased four-fold since this Government came into power, wuth budget changes have seen the number of single teacher schools rise dramatically from 11 in September 2011 to 44 currently.

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Limerick objections to Galway Port redevelopment ‘spurious’ says Grealish

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Galway Harbour.

The Shannon Foynes Port Company’s objections to the expansion of Galway Port are “spurious”, “without any sound basis”, and motivated by “self-interest”, according to Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish.

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Remembering Anne Kirkbride’s trip to discover her south Galway roots

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Anne Kirkbride.

As millions of Coronation Street fans this week mourned the passing of Anne Kirkbride, we remember her roots in south Galway, and the time she visited the area to learn more about the life of her great grandfather, a farm labourer from near Gort.

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Possibility of strike action by staff at Dunnes Stores

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

The threat of a strike by Dunnes Stores staff in Galway remains after workers balloted for industrial action. Mandate Trade Union shop stewards in Dunnes voted overwhelmingly in favour of commencing a process of balloting for industrial action at the company. The balloting process will begin in the coming weeks.

The action is due to a number of issues including zero-hour contracts. These contracts, which many Dunnes employees work under, force staff to be always available for work without a guarantee of a fixed number of hours.

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Connaughton calls for Knockma lands to be bought and developed

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Enhanced walking amenities on Knockma near Tuam could be developed if land at the top of the 170-metre hill is purchased by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Higgins proposes boardwalk from Kinvara to Dunguaire

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Sen Lorraine Higgins.

Labour senator Lorraine Higgins is proposing that road safety concerns in Kinvara could be remedied by the introduction of a boardwalk for pedestrians from the town to Dunguaire Castle.

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Renmore native presenting a new show on The Discovery Channel

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

A Galway man has found fame in the US presenting a show on the Discovery Channel. Michael Craughwell from Renmore is currently the face of Big Giant Swords, which premiered on the channel last week.

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Olwen Dawe appointed President of Network Ireland

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Olwen Dawe.

Galway native, Olwen Dawe has just been appointed President of Network Ireland for 2015. Olwen is a strategy and communications advisor, working predominantly in the economic development sector.

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Arts Council is set to invest €2.6 million in Galway arts organisations

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

The Arts Council is to invest €2.6 million in Galway based arts organisations in 2015, with the Galway county and city council also to receive a grant of more than €76,000 for their arts services.

A total of 19 organisations have successfully applied for funding, including Druid Theatre Company, the Galway International Arts Festival, and Clifden Community Arts Week. The Arts Council added it will also make “significant funding” available throughout the year for touring, projects, and bursaries.

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Workshop on how to handle difficult situations

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

A series of workshops, being organised by a city based family group, aim to help people handle difficult situations and enhance their communication and interaction skills.

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Own a bit of Ashford’s history as castle furnishings go under hammer next month

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

One thousand lots of furniture and furnishings from Ashford Castle go under the hammer on February 7 and 8 by public auction.

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Flu is circulating in the community, warns health authority

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

People in high risk groups, such as the over 65s and pregnant women, are being urged to get vaccinated against flu. The appeal from health authorities comes as the number of reported cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) nationally has increased in the past week.

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Bon Secours Hospital first hospital in Ireland to receive ISO certification for its clinical sterile service department

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

A local private hospital with a “very robust” and “mature management system” is the first hospital in Ireland to receive ISO certification for its clinical sterile service department.

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Clothed classical nudes not classy enough, says artist

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

I am an artist from Spiddal living in Westport and last year I created a series of works titled 'Neon Classical'. It involved Penneys’ underwear, Irish society’s no.1 choice in knickers and padded bras.

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MADRA Puppy Adoption Day this Sunday

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

 A selection of some of the adorable pups that will be looking for their forever homes at the MADRA Puppy Adoption Day.

Local dog rescue charity MADRA will hold a Puppy Adoption Day at their charity shop in An Fiontarlann, Westside this Sunday, January 25, from 12 - 4pm.

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Mentoring masterclasses for SCCUL participants

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Businesses participating in the fifth annual SCCUL Enterprise Awards and Business Expo will have the opportunity to attend a series of mentoring masterclasses on key business management issues in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway on Thursday January 29.

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Public information day on cultural and linguistic exchange programmes

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Aventuro.org which specialises in family exchanges for children is offering children and teenagers in the west of Ireland the chance to travel and to learn or brush up on their language skills. To this end, Aventuro.org will host a public information meeting on this Saturday (January 24) in The West Wing on the Galway Road in Tuam from 2pm to 5pm.

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