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20 per cent rise in people availing of support from COPE Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

COPE Galway experienced a 20 per cent rise in the number of vulnerable people it supported last year – compared to 2018.

According to the organisation’s annual report, which launched today, nearly 3-thousand people in Galway availed of its services in 2019.

COPE Galway is a local organisation which aims to improve the quality of life for older people, people who are affected by homelessness, and those who experience domestic abuse.

The number of people supported by the charity last year include 1,189 adults and 433 children affected by homelessness, 638 women and their children who were experiencing domestic abuse, and 724 older people who availed of social and nutritional supports.

In the 12 month period, COPE Galway produced and delivered over 60-thousand meals to older people in Galway, and worked up over 20,000 volunteering hours with more than 200 volunteers.

The 2019 report aims to shift the narrative around older people from frailty and sickness to their contribution to society and at this afternoon’s launch, UN Special Rapporteur for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin spoke about the dangers of diminishing the autonomy and dignity of older people.

Professor Ní Aoláin says the work COPE Galway does with older people helps them stay in their own homes and live a fruitful life as an older person.

She continued to say they’re the heartbeat of COPE – with 31 per cent of the volunteers aged over 65.

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Investigation underway following plane crash near Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An investigation is being carried out following a plane crash near Athenry yesterday.

A man and a woman – both aged in their 60s – were taken to University Hospital Galway following the light aircraft crash in a field near Killimordaly GAA club around 1.30pm.

It’s understood the pilot was attempting to make an emergency landing in the Cessna 172 following engine trouble when the crash happened.

One person was airlifted via Air Corps helicopter 112 to UHG while another was taken via ambulance.

Personel from the Air Accident Investigation Unit attended the scene and will carry out an investigation into the incident.

Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Albert Dolan says investigators need time to establish what exactly happened…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

Stock Image: Cessna 172 light aircraft

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Two people taken to UHG following plane crash near Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two people have been taken to University Hospital Galway following a light aircraft crash near Athenry.

It’s understood a small plane made an emergency landing at a GAA pitch near Killimordaly shortly after lunchtime.

One person was airlifted via Air Corps helicopter 112 to UHG while another was taken via ambulance.

Emergency services – including units of Galway Fire Brigade – remain at the scene this afternoon.

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Man dies following house fire in Moylough

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has died following a house fire in Moylough.

It’s understood the fire broke out at around 5am at a two storey house in the Moate area.

It’s believed the man, who is aged in his 60’s, was living alone at the house.

Emergency services – including several units from Mountbellew and Tuam – remain at the scene this morning.

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