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Galway Bay fm News brings you the day’s top local, national, and international stories with in-depth analysis.

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3 days ago

Nineteen new special classes have been announced for Galway for the upcoming school year.
It brings the total number of special classes in Galway city and county to 168 - 102 at primary, and 66 at post-primary. The additional classes will be spread out across a number of schools in the city, along with in Ballinasloe, Tuam, Headford, Renvyle  and Kinvara.
Sharing the news, Minister Hildegarde Naughton says she hopes this will provide some relief to families:

3 days ago

People in Galway recycled almost 3,000 tonnes of e-waste - or nearly 10kg per person - in 2023 
Ireland had a record-breaking recycling year - with 41,730 tonnes of electronic and electrical waste recycled last year.
That's the equivalent of 200 forty-foot containers more than the previous year, according to the annual report.
Leo Donovan, CEO, WEEE Ireland, says this is a major achievement, but more can be done:

3 days ago

 
The number of Galway dentists contracted under the medical card scheme has halved over the past year - dropping from 111 to 56. 
The Irish Independent reports this is in line with the national trend, with 252 fewer dentists available to medical card holders since May 2023.  
Proposed solutions to the mass exodus of dentists includes a new voucher scheme with credit of up to €500 to be used on a wide range of procedures. 
Irish Dental Association CEO Fintan Hourihane firmly believes a new scheme is needed. 

4 days ago

Taylor Swift's dreams of a 'quiet pint' in the The Banshees of Inisheerin Pub could soon come true. 
The owner of the re-built bar in Kilkerrin has invited the singer to his pub, and says the first three pints are reserved for her. 
In an interview with the film's director, Martin McDonagh, Taylor expressed her love for the film and how she was desperate to visit the pub. 
Luke Mee says they'll need to prep the town and pub to host the popstar:

5 days ago

Discussions and plans around banning dangerous dog breeds are important - but willprove ineffective unless there's real enforcement.
That's according to Ballinasloe-based Senator Aisling Dolan, who's raised the matter in the Seanad.
She outlined how at the moment, several different state agencies are responsible for the ownership and monitoring of dogs.
Senator Dolan said currently, there's no way for wardens on the street to access the various databases to issue fines for not having microchips or licenses.

5 days ago

Independent TD Sean Canney has expressed concern following confirmation from the CEO of Pieta House that they intend to close the existing therapy centre in Bishop Street in Tuam.
The centre has been delivering therapy services to the people of Tuam and surrounding areas for the past eleven years and was funded due to the efforts of a committee lead by John Concannon and supported by people across the West of Ireland.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said that he has been in contact with CEO of Pieta House Stephanie Manahan to discuss this issue.

6 days ago

The ‘Fast and Furious’ luxury car run, which boasts everything from Lamborghinis to McLarens, will reach Loughrea tomorrow.
Named The Bumblebee1000 after the children's ambulance the car run supports the Little Blue Heroes charity.
This charity supports families who have seriously ill children undergoing long-term medical treatment by making them 'honorary' Gardaí.
The multimillion-euro car convoy will reach the Galway Plaza at 12.30 tomorrow afternoon, before arriving at Loughrea Hotel at 1.30pm. 
PJ Harte, founder of the Bumblebee1000 car run, explains the importance of these events to help charities:

6 days ago

As part of the Think Before You Flush campaign, Clean Coasts are hosting free yoga classes in Salthill all this month. 
Classes will be held on at Ladies Beach tomorrow and at Grattan Beach tomorrow week.
These family-friendly classes will be followed by a beach clean, and a presentation on water quality.   
Clean Coast's Development Officer for Clare and Galway Ollie O’Flaherty says the aim is to educate people on the damaging effects of flushing unsuitable objects down the toilet.   

6 days ago

Carrabane National School has claimed two titles at this week's Irish Aid Awards in Dublin Castle 
The 5th class students won the Activity Award for their contribution which included a rap about Sustainable Development Goals. 
Their teacher, Bláthnaid Burke, also came away with the Teacher of the Year award
Bláthnaid talks about the school's success in both categories: 

6 days ago

A Traveller Pride Open Day is taking place tomorrow in Ballybrit to celebrate the Community's name as the 'Original Recyclers'. 
Bounce Back Enterprises is hosting the family friendly event from 12-4PM, which will include live music, traditional games, bread making, tin-smithing and demonstrations.  
The theme of the event is ‘Reclaiming Spaces as the Original Recyclers’, and it aims to promote responsible recycling in aid of a circular economy. 
Keith McDonagh, Manager of Bounce Back Recycling explains the impact of their work:

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