The Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Donal Lyons launching Galway Hospice Sunflower Day, which takes place on Friday, June 5. He is joined by (from left) Neil McKinnon, Fiona McKinnon of Galway Hospice Ronan McKinnon, Michael Craig of Galway Hospice and Derri McKinnon. The Hospice is looking for volunteers to help sell Sunflowers on the day across the city and county. If you are interested in helping please contact the Hospice fundraising department on 091-770868 or e-mail

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