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Bodybuilder died due to over exertion, Inquest finds

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Galwayman died after gym session lifting weights.

A 24 years-old bodybuilder died when he suffered a bleed on the brain when a blood vessel burst due to over exertion, an Inquest into his death heard.

David Keane, from Glen Dara, Rahoon, had complained of “the worst headache in the world” before leaving his gym on the evening of February 4 last year.

He had suffered a one-in-100,000 chance of a spontaneous bleed due to a rigorous activity – the few incidents that have occurred were among, otherwise healthy, weightlifters and elite athletes.

John Thomas, owner of the Warehouse Gym in Mervue, recalled that the young man had approached him asking for a pain killer for a thumping headache. He had not wanted to go to hospital, but asked that his mother, Siobhan, be contacted instead.

Mr Thomas walked David to his mother’s car when she arrived, and recalled that the last thing he had said was: “I don’t want to lose my (muscle) gains, can I come back tomorrow?”

His mother told the inquiry that he would go to the gym purely to get fit and stay healthy.

“He wanted his six-pack,” she said.

The Inquest at Galway Courthouse heard that he was unarousable by the time she got him home, and an ambulance was called. However, by the time he arrived at UHG his Glasgow Coma Scale – used to determine the level of consciousness – was just three out of 15. A CT scan showed a fatal brain haemorrhage, and his family made the decision to harvest his remaining organs.

Consultant pathologist, Dr Mary Casey said that she had never come across a case such as this – the unusual nature of spontaneous haemorrhage due to rigorous activity, particularly from weightlifting, was confirmed by the lack of medical literature available.

She said that this can happen when the neck is manipulated by certain exercises, or interferes with the blood vessels or bony anatomy in that part of the body.

“There are limited reports, but it is documented, and some are caused by weightlifting. It can happen to elite athletes taking anabolic steroids – there is no evidence that David was taking them, but I needed to exclude them.”

Coroner for West Galway, Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin, returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence that death was due to a subarachnoid haemorrhage during weight lifting.

Dr MacLoughlin also paid tribute to Mr Keane, who worked as a sales assistant in Mr Price, and his family for donating his organs.

“On behalf of people unknown to me, who have been recipients of his organs, somebody is walking along today – probably in very good health, because of your generosity,” he concluded.

Coroner for West Galway, Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin, returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence that death was due to a subarachnoid haemorrhage during weight lifting.
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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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