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Awards for three Galway photographs in national competition

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A photograph taken on the Aran Islands has been named the overall winner of the Love Your Coast Photography Competition, with further pictures taken in Kinvara and Mace Head also winning awards.

An integral part of the Clean Coasts programme for the past ten years and organised by An Taisce, This competition for amateurs had four categories: Coastal Heritage, Coastal Landscape, People & the Coast and Wildlife & the Coast and had a prize fund of €5,000.

This year, Clean Coasts received over 1,000 entries and the 40 best shots were shortlisted for an online gallery which showcased the stunning coastlines of Mayo, Wexford, Donegal, Galway and Sligo.

Ivan Donoghue was named overall winner with his picture ‘Jellyfish & Diver’ that was taken off the Aran Islands. It also won the Wildlife and the Coast Category. Third in that Category was Sean O’Callaghan and his picture ‘Limp Leviathan’ taken on Mace Head.

Dara Vaughan and his picture ‘Blue Hour at Dunguaire Castle’ taken in Kinvara, won first prize in the Coastal Heritage Category and the picture Limp

A gallery of the winning photographs can be found on www.cleancoasts.org

Photo – 1st place – Ivan Donoghue, Jellyfish and Diver
Aran islands, Co. Galway

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Three confirmed cases of Covid-19 being treated at Galway Hospitals today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are three confirmed cases of Covid-19 receiving treatment at Galway hospitals today.

Two cases are being treated at UHG, while another is receiving treatment at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There’s been no confirmed cases of the virus at either hospital in the past 24 hours, but a number of suspected cases are being treated.

Of five suspected cases in total, four are at Portiuncula, with one at UHG.

Meanwhile, there are no Covid-19 patients at ICUs in either hospital.

Nationally, 253 people with the virus are being treated in Irish hospitals today – 36 of them in intensive care units.

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City planners back proposal for Woodquay apartment complex

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City planners have backed a proposal to add apartments to a previously granted plan for three new apartment blocks in Woodquay in the city.

K. King Construction Limited received permission in 2018 to construct 19 housing units, in three apartment blocks at Saint Brendan’s Avenue.

The company later sought to alter the plans and add a further eight units to the development, for a total of 27 apartments across a 4 storey, 3 storey and 2 storey set of apartment blocks.

City planners have approved the amended development subject to eight conditions.

One states a detailed landscape plan is to be submitted for the development.

It’s also stipulated that units 1 to 3 of the six-storey apartment building will have direct access to the external amenity space at the rear of the building.

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City Councillor calls for Post Office network to be given PSO contract

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A City Councillor is calling for the Post Office network to be given a Public Service Obligation contract to ensure the entire network can remain viable.

PSO’s provide subsidies to ensure services that are in the interest of the public can remain in operation, even if they are not profitable.

Councillor Niall McNeilis says many industries in Ireland already receive PSO contracts – such as agriculture, aviation, rail, bus, housing and energy.

He argues the Post Office network provides essential services in communities across the country and helped support local economies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor McNeilis is seeking the support of his colleagues to send a motion to Minister Eamon Ryan to operate the network with a PSO.

Labour Councillor McNeilis says the Post Office network could play a vital role in communities post Covid-19.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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