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Book of condolence opened at County Hall for Tuam native playwright Tom Murphy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A book of condolence has been opened (2pm) at Galway County Council for the late playwright and Tuam native, Tom Murphy.
Cathaoirleach of the county council, Eileen Mannion says people can sign the book until 5 o’ clock this evening at Tuam Library and until 4 o’ clock at County Hall, Prospect Hill in the city.
Tomorrow, Saturday, the book of condolence will be open at Tuam Library from 10.30a.m to 1p.m and 2p.m to 5p.m and again at County Hall on Monday until 4p.m.
Writer of plays such as a Whistle in the Dark and Conversations on a Homecoming, Tom Murphy, passed away earlier this week at the age of 83.

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Public health emergency team to meet over exit plan for Level 5

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NPHET will meet this morning to consider how the country should exit Level 5 restrictions next week.

The meeting is taking place a day earlier than usual, with Cabinet set to consider its recommendations ahead of an announcement tomorrow or Friday.

It’s expected Ireland will move to a modified Level 3 next week with retail reopening – however, hotels and restaurants will be later in the month, and wet pubs will stay closed.

226 new cases of the virus were confirmed last evening – this includes six new cases which were notified for Galway.

The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said a third lockdown may be needed in January because of celebrations over Christmas.

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Several million in funding for East Galway under ‘Just Transition’ fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Several million euro has been awarded to projects in East Galway under the Government’s Just Transition Fund, which has been approved today.

The awards are part of a national pot worth €28m, designed to assist communities transitioning out of peat harvesting.

Projects that will directly benefit East Galway include the Ballyforan Greenway Loop, which has received almost €1m.

While half a million euro has been allocated to the Pulse Hub in Ballinasloe.

East Galway will also benefit from a large number of well-funded initiatives that are not county specific, but will benefit the area.

These include the Shannonbridge Action Group, which is to receive €400 thousand for the implementation of a strategic area response plan.

Galway East Fianna Fail Junior Minister Anne Rabbitte says all of the projects will create green and sustainable employment opportunities.

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6 further deaths nationally from COVID-19, 226 new cases, 6 in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,028 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday 23rd November, the HPSC has been notified of 226 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 70,930 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 115 are men / 109 are women
  • 56% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 42 years old
  • 64 in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 23 in Tipperary, 13 in Limerick, 12 in Louth, 12 in Wicklow, and the remaining 61 in 16 other counties.

As of 2pm today 292 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 36 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 23 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 23NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (10NOV2020 to 23NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days (10NOV2020 to 23NOV2020)
Ireland226107.85,131
Donegal41240.0382
Louth12211.8273
Limerick13192.4375
Waterford7150.6175
Roscommon0131.785
Dublin64118.01,590
Meath** (<5)116.9228
Offaly0116.791
Monaghan** (<5)112.469
Westmeath** (<5)111.599
Kilkenny8107.8107
Longford** (<5)97.940
Tipperary2390.9145
Cavan** (<5)89.368
Mayo** (<5)88.9116
Clare** (<5)83.399
Cork681.2441
Kildare** (<5)80.0178
Carlow** (<5)79.045
Wicklow1272.3103
Sligo071.747
Galway665.1168
Leitrim062.420
Kerry** (<5)60.990
Laois** (<5)49.642
Wexford** (<5)36.755
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