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Step forward for works on new elective surgical hub at Merlin Park

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Step forward for works on new elective surgical hub at Merlin Park

There has been a step forward for works on the building on a new elective surgical hub at Merlin Park.

Enabling works for the hub have now commenced, and it is intended that it will be operational next year.


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The hub will help take pressure off waiting lists at UHG by performing a large amount of surgeries that are low to medium complexity.

The Merlin Park facility is one of six planned for across the country – all modelled on the successful Reeves Centre at Tallaght Hospital.

Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton says the hub will provide valuable services as people await progress on a new Elective Hospital.

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University of Galway to collaborate on €1m cross-border health surveillance project

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University of Galway to collaborate on €1m cross-border health surveillance project

University of Galway researchers are collaborating on a one million euro cross-border health surveillance project.

The research will set up a coordinated surveillance system using the One Health approach for cross-border pathogens.


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Minister Charlie McConalogue says the project will help develop a framework in response to recent international health emergencies, such as COVID-19.

University of Galway will team up with University College Dublin and the Department’s National Veterinary laboratory.

There will also be input from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, The Health Protection and Surveillance Centre, the Irish Equine Centre, and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland.

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Sport of cricket hopes to expand its boundaries

The Connacht Cricket Union (CCU) has warned that apathy from the people and clubs involved in the sport in the region, never mind the general public, is a major threat to the existence of the sport in the West of Ireland.

The CCU has recently launched its first-ever strategic plan in an effort to not only secure the future of the sport, but to attract more people to the game, and it took its first step in that regard this week when it held its first representative game since the 1890s with a match against a Munster XI Select.

That historic game, held at the cricket grounds at Lydican (between Oranmore and Claregalway), was decided by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after rain affected the planned 50-vers game, and it was the home side that was celebrating, claiming a seven-run win under the DLS method.

Galway is the proud home of the first-ever formally founded cricket club in Ireland, which was in Ballinasloe in 1825; and at present there are nine clubs under the umbrella of the Connacht Cricket Union, six of which actively take part in competition.

The CCU was formed in Roscommon in October 2010 and is one of the five provincial governing bodies overseeing cricket in Ireland, alongside Cricket Leinster, Munster Cricket Union, Northern Cricket Union, and North West Cricket Union, collectively forming Cricket Ireland (formerly the Irish Cricket Union).

It revitalised itself in March 2021 with a new Constitution and Governance structure and was formally recognised as an Associate Member of Cricket Ireland, and last year launched a consultation process to plan for the future of the sport.

The sub-committee tasked with drawing up the plan didn’t pull any punches in its warnings as to the obstacles facing the sport, and there are the usual suspects, such as a lack of facilities and a lack of funding.

However, the Strategic Plan also highlighted “persistent apathy from clubs and their members”, “limited buy-in from clubs and their members for volunteering, officiating, and coaching”, and “lack of commitment and accountability from members who take on roles within club committees” as three of the nine main threats to the sport.

The consultation process was held to gather insights from the board members, affiliated club committees, and club members within the union. Board members and club committees were provided with a survey to be submitted via email to the chairperson of the board, while club members were invited to complete an anonymous online survey.

The surveys were conducted between September 2023 and February 2024 to capture the perspectives of CCU-affiliated clubs and their members, and it also highlighted a lack of suitable sports facilities for cricket in Connacht which in turn has led to a decline in interest; insufficient financial resources to develop facilities and the sport; and a lack of knowledge or awareness of cricket due to being a minority sport.

All of those can be addressed, though the final threat listed in the report – ‘adverse weather conditions in the West of Ireland impacting fixtures and training’ – cannot be fixed by even the most ardent fan of the sport.

There were also plenty of positives highlighted, such as the fact that there are also very supportive clubs within the union; the existence of a diverse community with experience from other sports organizations and business sectors; and the chance to develop the sport, such as collaborating with schools to promote the sport.

As of this year, the CCU has nine registered clubs: County Galway, Kilconnell, University of Galway, Shamrock CC, Merlin Cricket Club, as well as Roscommon Town and Ballaghaderreen; and Ballyhaunis and Mayo.

“The CCU aims to expand its offerings to include under-age and women’s league structures, integrating these into the existing competition framework,” the plan states.

“Achieving this expansion will necessitate the establishment of improved support structures and the development of additional cricket-friendly facilities throughout Connacht. These efforts are crucial to accommodating a more diverse and inclusive range of participants and ensuring the sustainable growth of cricket in the region.”

■ For more information on cricket in Galway, and in Connacht, contact CCU chairperson, John Smith, on 087 2522309, or check out the Connacht Cricket Union page on Facebook.

Pictured: The Connacht Cricket XI that played the province’s first-ever interprovincial; since the 1890s when they took on a Munster League XI in Lydican, Oranmore, on Wednesday. Back row, from left: Kevin O’Brien (manager), Swaroop Burra, Nikhil Bhardwaj, Sufyan Mohammad, Khizar Mehmood, Asad Abbas, Jayesh Juneja, and president of Cricket Ireland, Stella Downes. Front: Thomas Mahon, Abdul Shafique, Shariq Nasim, Osama Syed, Mohammad Abbas, and Iliff Sumit. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy

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Fantastic line-up featured at South Galway Bay Music Festival

The South Galway Bay Music Festival is set to return for its third year, promising three nights of music and dance from July 26th to 28th, 2024. Hosted by the Ballinderreen GAA Club, the festival will feature a fantastic line-up suitable for all ages.

Festival organizer Mattie Larkin commented, “The South Galway Bay Music Festival is fast becoming one of the highlights of the summer calendar in Galway. The 2023 festival was a testament to the resilience and enthusiasm of our attendees and performers, and 2024 promises to be even bigger and better.”

Event Highlights:

  • Outdoor and Covered Wooden Dancefloors & Bars: Ensuring a fantastic experience regardless of weather.
  • Headline Acts for 2024: The Whistlin’ Donkeys, Johnny Brady, Derek Ryan, Olivia Douglas, Clodagh Lawlor, Gavin Gribben, and Jack Keogh.
  • Volunteer-Driven: Organized by energetic volunteers from Ballinderreen GAA, with proceeds supporting the development of a new multipurpose gym facility.
  • Festival Bus for all nights from Oranmore, Gort and Kinvara. Seats must be booked in advance
  • Fully licenced Bar
  • Food Trucks

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Tickets (18+): €25-€30
  • 2 night Country Music Ticket Saturday & Sunday €50
  • Youth Tickets (13-17): €30 Friday night €15 Saturday/Sunday night

Children (12 and under): Free, with a supervising adult (maximum of 4 children per adult). ALL IRELAND FOOTBALL FINAL SHOWN ON THE BIG SCREEN

For more details and ticket purchases, visit Eventbrite or the festival website at www.southgalwaybaymusicfestival.ie.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune:

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

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The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

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Inspection finds perfect compliance at Nightingale Nursing Home in Ballinasloe

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Inspection finds perfect compliance at Nightingale Nursing Home in Ballinasloe

A HIQA inspection of Nightingale Nursing Home near Ballinasloe has found high standards.

The centre was deemed fully compliant with regulations in sixteen categories – ranging from premises and staffing, to food, care and residents rights.


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Inspectors on the day said it was clear from the outset that residents enjoyed a good quality of life and received a high standard of care.

Some residents who spoke with inspectors emphasised the cleanliness of the centre, with one describing it as ”spick and span”.

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Pat McDonagh says “danger on the horizon” for small businesses if 9% VAT rate isn’t reintroduced

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Pat McDonagh says “danger on the horizon” for small businesses if 9% VAT rate isn’t reintroduced

Supermacs boss Pat McDonagh says there is “danger on the horizon” for small businesses unless the 9 percent VAT rate is reintroduced.

He is refreshing calls on the Government to make the right decision and bring back that rate for the hospitality sector in the upcoming budget.


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It comes as the RAI estimates that a food business with a total turnover of €1m will face increased costs of almost €100 thousand this year.

Pat McDonagh says the industry is struggling with rising costs, including increases in energy bills and the minimum wage.

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New investigation reveals four complaints of sexual abuse against former Bishop of Galway

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New investigation reveals four complaints of sexual abuse against former Bishop of Galway

A new investigation has revealed the church received four separate complaints of childhood sexual abuse against former Bishop of Galway, Eamonn Casey.

It also found one further ‘child safeguarding concern’, and the Vatican has confirmed Bishop Casey was removed from public ministry in 2007 following the allegations.


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One of his accusers, his niece, Patricia Donovan, has spoken out, and claims that Bishop Casey raped her at the age of five, and abuse continued for years.

A documentary, which airs at 9:35pm on RTÉ One, examines the Catholic Church’s handling of allegations against Bishop Casey, who died in 2017.

Speaking to Galway Talks, reporter with the Irish Mail on Sunday, Anne Sheridan, explains what happened in the years following Bishop Casey’s ban:

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All Ireland Football Final to be screened at Pearse Stadium in Salthill

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All Ireland Football Final to be screened at Pearse Stadium in Salthill

The All Ireland Football Final is to be screened live at Pearse Stadium in Salthill on Sunday.

The fanzone is being organised by the City Council and the GAA, and it will be a free, ticketed event.


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Galway versus Armagh will be shown on a 10 by 6 metre fully HD screen with a state-of-the-art stadium sound system installed for the event.

Fans will be accommodated both on the pitch at Pearse Stadium, and in the stand depending on their ticket.

Doors will open at 1:30pm and only ticket holders will be admitted, with tickets to be available shortly.

A limited amount of car parking will be available at Coláiste Éinde on Threadneedle Road.

Patrons should note that:

  • Doors open at 1:30pm – only valid ticket holders will be admitted
  • TV coverage will be shown from 2:15pm. Throw in at 3:30 PM
  • All under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult
  • Consumption of alcohol is not permitted
  • Patrons must obey event stewards and Gardaí
  • Please respect neighbours around the stadium and do not park illegally
  • Dress for the weather – no umbrellas allowed in the Fanzone.
  • Enjoy the game!

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Penn Engineering to create 70 jobs at Mervue plant

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Penn Engineering to create 70 jobs at Mervue plant

Penn Engineering is creating 70 jobs and investing €14m in its facility in Mervue.

The investment will involve the construction of a new building, a new technology and training centre, as well as testing laboratories and customer experience centre.


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The expansion will enhance its capacity to meet the increasing demand for its engineering fastening solutions.

The new jobs will cover a variety of positions, including manufacturing, engineering, training and more, and will be created over the next five years.

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