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Bids sought for operation of Aran passenger ferry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Expressions of interest are being sought for the operation of a passenger ferry between the Aran islands and the mainland.
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has advertised the contract which will also include a connecting road transport service to and from Galway city.
The contract term will commence in November and run until the end of October 2017.
The deadline for all interested bids is next Monday (Aug 18th).

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Misleór festival starts in Galway tonight

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From Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Misleór, the only Irish festival dedicated to nomadic cultures, opens in Galway tonight.

The festival runs from today until Sunday and features music, art, film, theatre, and storytelling from minority communities.

Started in 2019, Misleór is a unique collaboration between local artists and community activists working at local, regional, national and international levels.

The artistic directors are Alice McDowell, an independent filmmaker, and Lee Anna Ward a young Traveller woman and Community Development Worker with GTM.

Both tomorrow and Sunday night, city buildings will be illuminated with images from nomadic artists, cultures and communities.
Projections will take place at 7pm and 10pm at the Galway City Museum, and at some surprise locations

On Sunday at 2pm at the Galway City Museum, a powerful community art project, created by Traveller and Mongolian communities in Ireland, in collaboration with artist Tommy Casby will be unveiled

This open-air event celebrates the importance of horses in Traveller and nomadic cultures, and features Traveller singer Thomas McCarthy, Romani storyteller Richard O’Neill, dancers and musicians from the Mongolian community in Ireland, traditional paper flower-maker John Corcoran, and local Traveller singer Kathleen Keenan.

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Bishop of Galway puts Gort priest on indefinite leave over TikTok posts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Bishop of Galway Brendan Kelly has put a Gort priest on indefinite leave over a number of TikTok posts.

In a statement to be read to parishioners in Gort this weekend, Bishop Kelly refers to ‘upsetting information’ regarding 44-year-old curate Fr Michael King.

In the statement Bishop Kelly confirms that Fr King is on indefinite leave from all duties, and will be absent from the parish for the foreseeable future.

The Bishop says ‘I fully understand that you feel hurt and let down at this time.’

Fr King, who is from Renmore, was ordained in 2016.

Bishop Kelly concludes the statement to parishioners by assuring them that Father King is receiving all the help and support that he requires, and he asks that they join with him in praying for the priest.

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Highest number of COVID-19 cases in nine months reported this evening at 2,466

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The highest number of Covid-19 cases in nine months has been reported this evening.

2,466 people have tested positive, bringing the five-day moving average to 2,123.

457 Covid patients are in hospital – up nine from yesterday – with 90 in intensive care, up two.

The Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, is urging people to be cautious over the bank holiday weekend, as the Covid situation worsens.

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