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Barna to Moycullen road closes again as gorse fire flares up

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Galway bay fm newsroom:
Emergency services have been forced to close the Barna to Moycullen road again as a gorse fire has reignited in the Truskey West area.
It’s the latest in a series of flare-ups that have seen the road closed several times in recent days.
Niamh Delmer has more details:
At around half past 3 this afternoon, several units of Galway Fire Brigade returned to the scene of a gorse fire a mile or two north of Barna.
It’s the latest in a series of flare-ups that have affected the site since a major blaze erupted near the village on Tuesday.
While the fire was contained earlier this week, fire crews say difficult conditions make it extremely challenging to fully extinguish the fire.
As a result, there’s been a series of re-ignitions and flare-ups since Tuesday that have seen the Barna to Moycullen road closed a number of times.
The road is now closed again this evening to facilities emergency services and motorists are once again advised to avoid the area if possible.
Heavy smoke is present in the area and local residents are being advised to close their windows and doors while the incident is being dealt with.
However, emergency services say there is no current threat to commercial property or residential areas.

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Connacht Senior Football Final: Galway V Mayo, Croke Park 1.30pm

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There are no changes on either team ahead of today’s game with both sides lining out as selected.

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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.

The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.

Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.

According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.

Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.

CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.

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€1.2m for NUIG to lead EU project on third level innovation

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A team at NUI Galway has been awarded €1.2m in funding to lead a European project on building innovation in higher education.

Idea to Impact – or i2i – aims to train students and staff enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of Universities and colleges.

The project will train more than 800 students and 300 staff across a range of European educational institutes over a two year period.

It gets underway this month – with the ultimate aim of developing a more entrepreneurial mindset in disciplines including heath, technology, climate, culture and creativity.

NUI Galway, working with partner institutions in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria, has been awarded €1.2m to lead the project.

The research team says it looks forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the Entrepreneurial domain – and working with like-minded partners to build innovation capacity and create a foundation for future funding in the field.

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