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28 minutes ago

A local councillor is claiming hundreds of Vodafone customers in Headford are still impacted by a disrupted service. In July, councillor Andrew Reddington raised the issue, and has now been told that service will be back to normal next week. It was originally thought that a mast would solve the issue, but councillor Reddington was then told there was external interference in the area. Speaking to Galway Talks, councillor Reddington said he was informed the interference was sorted but Vodafone are now looking at other issues. He has this advice for people in the area who are impacted:

3 hours ago

Local councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn has been elected to the Fianna Fail National Executive.  The Athenry-Oranmore councillor was elected to the 15 person committee at the party Ard Fheis over the weekend.  The National Executive - or Ard Chomhairle - is the oversight committee of the party.  Councillor Herterich Quinn outlines her priorities for her multi-year term.

3 hours ago

Concerns are being raised over the number of vacant consultant psychiatrist posts across the Western region.  The matter was raised at a meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor John Connolly.  It was admitted by officials that there are ongoing difficulties in the recruitment of consultant psychiatrists - with many posts are proving very difficult to fill.  An assurance was given that a new focus group is looking at how certain regions are being marketed as a place to work and live.  Councillor Connolly is hopeful that will lead to results. 

5 hours ago

The hunt is on for the Galway winner of a prize bonds jackpot worth €250 thousand.  It was won in the monthly Ireland State Savings Prize Bonds draw at the end of September.  Speaking to Galway Talks, Anna McHugh of An Post had this advice. 

6 hours ago

The HSE is being urged to make agricultural lands at the Toghermore campus on the outskirts of Tuam available for local use.  Local councillor Donagh Killilea told a meeting of the Health Forum West that it's a "fine bank of land" lying idle.  Toghermore House currently houses mental health services, which will move to the Old Grove Hospital once ongoing redevelopment of that site is completed.  Councillor Killilea says there's a significant parcel of agricultural land at Toghermore that local farmers could make good use of. 

22 hours ago

Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Francis Duffy has received his Pallium from Primate of All-Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin. The Pallium is a woollen liturgical vestment worn only worn by Archbishops, Cardinals and Popes and was given to Archbishop Duffy as part of a Investiture Mass that took place in Tuam Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. Present at the mass were the bishops of the Connacht province, the priests and religious of Tuam Archdiocese and representatives from the 56 parishes of the Archdiocese. This is the moment the Pallium was conferred on Archbishop Duffy by Archbishop Martin...

2 days ago

A team of boxers who are based in Ukraine are in Galway for a tournament that has been organised by the Olympic Boxing Club in Galway along with Smithfield Boxing Club from Dublin. The boxers will face a select team made up of Olympic and Smithfield boxers and some invited guests and will get underway at 2.30pm following the opening ceremony at 2. All the visiting boxers had to make their way from the war torn country and have been involved in a camp ahead of their tournaments today in Galway and next weekend in Dublin. The tournament has been organised by John and Mike Mongan in Olympic and Igor Kamil from Smothfield, himself a Ukrainian national. Igor explained the background to the tournament when speaking to John Mulligan.

2 days ago

Local TD Mairead Farrell says repeated breaches of ethics in our planning system is seriously damaging public trust. Speaking in the Dáil, she asked how we can still be asking the same questions years after the infamous Mahon Tribunal on planning corruption. Deputy Farell was contributing to a discussion on recent controversies at An Bord Pleanala. The Sinn Fein TD asked how we can expect communities to have faith in our planning system in light of what's going on.

3 days ago

A journey that started nearly sixteen weeks ago and featured a distance of almost 5000 kms across one of the most ferocious and unforgiving stretches of water on the planet is nearing the end with the news that adventurer Damian Browne is now within sight of Ireland after leaving New York last June. Known as the Project Empower Row, it featured Damien and Fergus Farrell with the plan of rowing unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean. A row of this type to Galway has never been attempted before and if successful will also make Browne the first ever man in history to row across the Atlantic in both directions and climb Mount Everest. The row began on June the 15th when passing waypoint 1 at 4.12am and there had been a fear yesterday that the Row would not finish in Galway as currents had driven him south eastwards. However, conditions improved and with Damian passing waypoint number 290 just off the coast of Kerry, there is now a real hope that he will be able to go up the coast to the finish.Macdara Hosty is assisting Damian in managing the Project Empower Row and he told John Mulligan that the next nine hours will be critical if Damian is to finish the row in Galway.

3 days ago

Groups and individuals across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon have been taking part in the Galway Simon Sleep Out to raise awareness and vital funds for Galway Simons homelessness prevention services. In 2021 A staggering 1,511 people, which included 563 children were supported by Galway Simon's Services and the organisation is are themselves for the winter ahead and an even greater demand for their services.Ronan Lardner was with the sleep out that took part in shop street overnight and this morning as the sleep out came to a close he spoke to CEO of Galway Simon Karen Golden who started by saying that it was an incredible night.


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