Galway

  • 1,244 patients over the age of 75 were left waiting over 24 hours to be seen in the Emergency Department at Galway University Hospital last year.

    The HSE has confirmed that, nationally, over 11,000 patients aged over 75 were not seen within 24 hours at hospital Emergency Departments in 2017.

    The situation has been described as “borderline criminal” by Galway Sinn Fein Councillor Mairéad Farrell, who says elderly patients are often the most vulnerable, and bring treated urgently can prevent escalation of injury.

    She says it’s unacceptable that anyone is left waiting on a trolley for over 24 hours- but particularly elderly people.

     

  • A group of sixteen puppies found in Athenry earlier this week were being kept in what has been described as appalling conditions.

    Rte.ie are reporting that the dogs were rescued after a member of the public heard sounds coming from an abandoned horsebox in the Ballydavid area of the Co Galway town on Tuesday 17 July.

    Gardaí and the local dog warden attended the scenes.

    The dogs have been described as being emaciated and severely dehydrated. Many were also diseased.

    They received emergency veterinary attention before being transferred to a local animal welfare organisation.

    Seven of the dogs have died since died.

    It is suspected that they were being bred illegally for sale.

  • A 19-year-old man who died in a road collision in the early hours of yesterday morning outside Williamstown has been named.

    He was Evan Tully from Briarsfort, Williamstown.

    The collision occurred at 2.20am yesterday morning on the Williamstown to Castlerea Rd (R360), about a half a mile outside Williamstown.

    Mr Tully was seriously injured and later pronounced dead at the scene.

    Mr Tully’s remains will repose at Feeney’s Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 4-8pm.

    He will be laid to rest following 12 noon Funeral Mass on Monday in St Therese’s Church Williamstown, in Carraroe Cemetery.

  • It's emerged that 195 farmers will be directly affected by the proposed Galway City ring road.

    The N6 ring road will run around the city from Barna in the west, to Ballybrit in the East.

     

    Last month, the Cabinet approved the Galway City ringroad development, and announced that - in total - 1,000 compulsory purchase order letters would be issued.

    The Irish Farmers Journal reports that an environmental impact assessment submitted to An Bord Pleanala shows 195 farms are directly affected by the proposed road development.

    The main farm enterprises along the proposed ringroad route are beef and sheep farms -with these lands assessed as having a low to medium sensitivity to the devleopent.

    However, there is one high-sensitivity beef enterprise and two high-sensitivity dairy enterprises along the route.

    Also, the Galway Racecourse is classified as very high sensitivity, due to the equine enterprise and its regional importance.

    In total, 6 dairy farms, 119 beef farms and 4 sheep farms are in some way affected by the proposed road.

    For the environmental impact assessment, the agricultural study area consisted of 195 land parcels and 1,096 hectares of land - of which 219 hectares is within the proposed development boundary.

     

  • Over 500 artists, musicians and performers will take part in the Galway International Arts Festival, which gets underway today.

    It's one of Europe's leading international arts festivals, and this year's programme once again includes a mix of Irish and international artists and performers, with an impressive line-up of theatre, dance, comedy, music and visual art.

    This is the 41st year of Galway Arts Festival, which runs until the 29th July.

    Madness, Kodaline, The Stunning, Gavin James and the RTE Conert Orchestra are just some of the acts which will take to the stage at the Festival Big Top.

     

  • It’s emerged that a number of hospitals are routinely missing their targets for treating cancer patients within 15 days of diagnosis.

    As a result, hundreds of people were last year forced to wait for chemotherapy, according to figures published in the Irish Independent.

    The worst offender was The Mater Hospital in Dublin where one-in-three cancer patients got delayed treatment last year.

    The National Cancer Control Programme has set a target that 95% of cancer patients should receive IV treatment within 15 days of diagnosis, but at Galway University Hospital, 22% of patients did not receive IV treatment within the 15-day target last year, and this figure was 25% at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals fared better, with 99% of patients at both hospitals receiving chemotherapy treatment within 15 days of diagnosis.

     

     

  • 522 people are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where 68 people are waiting for beds. 

    The second most-overcrowded is University Hospital Galway, where 37 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 16 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 12 in Sligo and 2 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

     

  • The overcrowding crisis continues at Galway University Hospital, with 43 patients on trolleys today.

    Yesterday there were 50 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital, and the full capacity protocol was put in place, with people urged to contact their GP before attending the Emergency Department.

    Today, there are 465 patients on hospital trolleys across the country, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Galway University Hospital is the third most overcrowded with 43 patients waiting for a bed, with 15 people on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 4 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • Despite the Summer season, overcrowding continues at hospitals across the country with 458 people on trolleys today, according to the INMO.

    Galway University Hospital is the second most overcrowded, with 50 patients waiting for admission to a bed.

    The busiest is University Hospital Limerick with 56 patients on trolleys.

    Elsewhere in this region, there are 16 on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital,  4 at Mayo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncla Hospital.

     

     

     

     

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

    Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

    He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

  • There are 649 people waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Yesterday, levels reached a new record high of 714.

    Today, there are 28 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 21 in Sligo, 19 at Mayo University Hospital and 13 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where there are 58 people waiting for a hospital bed.

    The HSE has announced that non-urgent elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the county, as they try and tackle the backlog of patients on trolleys.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta Hospital Group told Midwest News today that while non-urgent electives are cancelled at Mayo University Hospital, some urgent elective procedures are proceeding.

    The spokesperson said patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

    At Galway University Hospital , some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today have been deferred.

    Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.

  • There is good news for Galway on the jobs front with 75 new posts announced this morning.

    Quidel Corporation, which makes medical diagnostic equipment, is establishing a Business Centre in the city.

    The international company already employs approximately 1,200 people across the world.

    Quidel is currently recruiting professionals for its Galway operation in areas including Finance, Human Resources, Customer Service, and Technical Support.

  • Additional bus services from Galway to An Cheathrú Rua will come on stream from next September as a result of intense negotiations.

    That’s according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv.

    Deputy O Cuiv says currently, the last bus leaves Galway at around 6 o’clock in the evening; however there is demand for continuing services up until at least 11pm.

    Bus Eireann say they will introduce half hour frequency services on the An Cheathrú Rua to Galway service at peak commuter lines.

    There will also be three night services at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm.

  • All-Ireland champions Corofin have been rewarded with six players on the first ever AIB GAA Club Players’ football team of the championship.

    The new GAA initiative has reviewed the outstanding performances at provincial and All-Ireland level in the AIB Club Championships with a cross-section of GAA media voting on a final 15.

    Galway and Connacht champions Corofin had to show plenty of resilience en route to Croke Park, but cut loose on St Patrick’s Day where they produced a sensational shooting display against Nemo Rangers to capture the club’s third AIB All-Ireland senior club football title.

    The result is that Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Dylan Wall, Michael Farragher, Ian Burke and Martin Farragher have all been awarded a place on the inaugural football team of the championship.

    In an additional coup for the club, Corofin also completely dominate the short list for AIB GAA Club footballer of the year with Ian Burke, Michael Farragher and Liam Silke providing the short list.

    Inspirational dual club Slaughtneil have the next highest representation with four footballers from the Derry club selected. Antóin McMullan, Karl McKaigue, Chrissy McKaigue and Chris Bradley all feature after their exploits over the season.

    Stylish half back James Murray and sharp shooter Eanna O’Connor represent Kildare and Leinster champions Moorefield.

    Despite their misfire in the All-Ireland final, there was still much to admire about Nemo Rangers, particularly in a typically tough Munster campaign, and midfielder Alan O’Connor and full forward Luke Connolly represent the Cork and Munster champions.

    The team is completed by Donegal star Patrick McBrearty who was in sensational form for his club Kilcar over the course of their two matches in the Ulster club championship and was a class apart in the full-forward line.

    Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan said: “It’s a great honour for all of those players who have been selected – especially with this being the inaugural year of these awards – and I congratulate them all.

    “The AIB GAA Club Championships continue to grow from strength to strength and these awards are a reflection of that.

    “Every year the club campaign is responsible for some of the high points in the GAA season and it is fitting that we salute the star performers who go to such lengths for the pride of their club jersey. In recognising these outstanding performers we also pay tribute to the clubs who produced them.”

    Coman Goggins, AIB Sports Programme Manager said: “AIB is very proud to celebrate its 27th year sponsoring the club championships and we are delighted to partner with The GAA for the introduction of the AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards. The awards honour some of the greatest club players across Ireland, who have shown immense passion and commitment to their club throughout #TheToughest competition.

    Coman continued: “On behalf of AIB I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of the winners and to thank the national and regional sports media for taking the time to cast their votes and for their continued support for the AIB GAA Club Championships.”

    Specially commissioned awards by Jarlath Daly will be presented to the players at a banquet at Croke Park on Saturday, April 21 where the AIB GAA Club Footballer of the Year will be announced live on the night.

    The AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards for Hurling will be announced on April 18.

    The team in full is:

    AIB GAA CLUB PLAYERS’ AWARDS – FOOTBALL 2018

    1. Antóin McMullan (Slaightneil)
    2. Liam Silke (Corofin)
    3. Kieran Fitzgerald (Corofin)
    4. Karl McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
    5. James Murray (Moorefield)
    6. Chrissy McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
    7. Dylan Wall (Corofin)
    8. Alan O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
    9. Michael Farragher (Corofin)
    10. Eanna O’Connor (Moorefield
    11. Christopher Bradley (Slaughtneil)
    12. Ian Burke (Corofin)
    13. Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar)
    14. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
    15. Martin Farragher (Corofin)

    FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

    Ian Burke (Corofin), Michael Farragher (Corofin), Liam Silke (Corofin)

  • Almost 150 swimmers will take the plunge today for the Galway Bay Swim.

    It'll start from Auginish in County Clare and competitors will swim around 13 kilometres to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill.

    The money raised will go towards the Cancer Care West charity.

    Galway Bay Swim Founder Kevin Thornton says Blackrock will be the best vantage point for spectators.

  • A Galway GP claims that an ambulance had to travel 131 km from north Mayo to attend a heart attack case in south Connemara last week.

    Dr Peter Sloane, who has a general practise in Carraroe, said it was an “utter disgrace” that there was no closer ambulance available.

    According to the Irish Times, the case last Friday involved a patient with a heart attack, and the ambulance sent from Ballina took 90 minutes to arrive in Carraroe, via Maam Cross.

    Dr Sloane needed to see an elderly patient who was very unwell, but could not leave the patient with the heart attack until the ambulance arrived.

    Carraroe has an ambulance base, and Galway city provides back-up cover, but  Dr Sloane said he understood there were insufficient ambulance crews available.

    Pressure on University Hospital Galway’s emergency department can also delay crews taking in patients.

    Dr Sloane said the round-trip by the ambulance to and from north Mayo was equivalent to an ambulance in Athlone being sent to an area of Dublin and back.

    He's highlighted the urgent need to provide more ambulances and more emergency medical technicians.

    The HSE says the call was triaged, using the internationally-recognised advanced medical priority dispatch system, and the closest emergency ambulance was immediately dispatched to the scene.

     

  • Anam Cara, an organisation that supports parents after the death of a child, will host an event for bereaved parents tomorrow (Wednesday 4th of April), from 7:30 to 9pm  in the Clayton Hotel, Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway.

     Anam Cara is a national organisation that provides bereaved parents with safe and comfortable forums where they can connect with other bereaved mothers and fathers.  

    The events, free of charge, are open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age a child dies, the circumstances of the death or whether this was recent or not.

     As well as face-to-face services, Anam Cara has produced an eight-booklet Information Pack, written by bereaved parents. The Information Pack is posted out free of charge on request.

     Also, on anamcara.ie, parents can watch short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents.

    For more information or to order a free copy of the Anam Cara Information Pack, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring their Information Line on 085 2888 888

  • Former Galway boss Anthony Cunningham has been installed as the favourite to become the new Dublin Senior Hurling manager.

    Pat Gilroy stepped down last night, citing work commitments for his decision.

    Having worked as one of Gilroy's selectors Cunningham could provide an easy transition.

    All Ireland winning Cuala manager Mattie Kenny is also said to be in the running for the role.

  • Anthony Nolan has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s Allianz National Football League Division 1 encounter between Mayo and Galway.

    The Wicklow man officiated, last year’s All-Ireland Quarter Final replay between Mayo and Roscommon.

    Sunday’s Round 3 clash in Salthill gets underway at 2pm.

    Galway have had a 100% record so far, whereas Mayo won their opener but lost by three points at the weekend to Kerry.

  • Apple is to scrap plans for a 850 million euro data centre in Athenry, County Galway.

    The project - which was set to create hundreds of jobs - has faced lengthy legal efforts to block it on environmental grounds.

    The tech giant says delays in the approval process has forced it to make other plans - and it will not be able to move forward with the data centre.

    Paul Keane from the group 'Athenry for Apple' says it's a massive loss.