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Botox clinic planned for kids with palsy

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Enable Ireland is bidding to establish the country’s first botox clinic dedicated solely to the treatment of children with spasticity – a common symptom of cerebral palsy.

The provision of such a service would be of benefit to over 30 children who currently receive care at the organisation’s Galway services centre, as well as an estimated 150 in the wider Connacht region.

The clinic, which would be based at their children’s services centre on the Seamus Quirke Road, would mean that families currently having to travel to Temple Street, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, or the Central Remedial Clinic in Dun Laoghaire – for a treatment that takes under five minutes to complete – could be cared for on their own doorstep.

To provide this service, the charity needs to raise €50,000 to purchase an ultrasound machine which enables those administering the injections to do so precisely and accurately.

Spasticity is the severe tightening of muscles and joints. It causes extreme discomfort and restricts mobility for those with the condition.

The injection of botulinum toxin injections into the muscles of children suffering with spasticity is life-enhancing and provides enormous relief by easing muscle contracture and preventing bone deformities.

Mary O’Gorman, an Enable Ireland volunteer, explained that the transportation of children with poor mobility to Dublin can be very distressing, especially given that they are not guaranteed that they will have the treatment when they get there.

This is due to the heavy caseload of these clinics, something which could be greatly reduced by the opening of a Galway centre.

“I believe that services should be available locally if at all possible and these families could benefit from reduced waiting times,” she said.

Children usually have this treatment done on a monthly or bi-monthly basis by a doctor. Mary pointed out that it is common practice in other countries to have the injections administered by specialised physiotherapists – with one such physiotherapist already based at the Galway centre.

“It has been the case in the past where various organisations in Galway have had the equipment first and then they don’t have the staff – we’re the opposite here in that we have the staff; we just need the ultrasound machine,” she said.

Some of the services provided by the organisation in Galway include a consultant paediatrician, an occupational therapist, a psychologist, a social worker and a speech and language therapist.

Adding a botox clinic to this would only improve the already outstanding standard of care they provide, but also allow medical professionals and families involved gain familiarity and build relationships.

Botox has been used in the treatment of medical conditions for over 20 years, for everything from migraines to, in this case, the relief of muscle contracture.

The €50,000 needed to purchase the ultrasound machine will be acquired through fundraising and it is hoped that people will give generously to improve lives and give comfort to children with disabilities.

“In the year of the 1916 commemorations, it would be great to help children with disabilities; let’s make Galway proud in 2016,” Mary said.

Donations can be made by dropping into Enable Ireland on the Seamus Quirke Road, in the Enable Ireland Charity Shop on High Street, or by visiting enableireland.ie and clicking on ‘donate now’.

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Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway

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Officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit seized more than €73,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and drugs after a car and residence were searched in Galway today.
As part of Operation Tara – which is targeting the sale and supply of drugs and related criminal activity in the Galway area – Gardaí  searched a car in the Knocknacarra area. Cash and cannabis were seized.

A follow up search was carried out at a residence in Salthill, where cigarettes worth €70,000, along with €3,100 in cash and a small quantity of suspected amphetamine were recovered.

No arrests were made, but Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry.

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Eyrecourt tune makes it to Hollywood in Jig time

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A tune composed to celebrate the twinning of Eyrecourt in south-east Galway with Gouesnach in France is to feature in a new film.

Written by Niall Crehan, ‘The Eyrecourt Jig’ made quite a splash when it was released in 2013 and is still popular in music sessions up and down the country.

Niall had been commissioned to write the tune for the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the two villages, Eyrecourt and Gouesnach.

So, when he had a small part as a fiddler in a TV film called Royal Rendevouz, he started playing the jig.

The producers were so impressed, they added it to the movie soundtrack and it will appear in the credits.

Niall is a member of a celebrated traditional Irish musical dynasty hailing originally from County Clare.

He is the youngest son of whistle and concertina player Vincent Crehan and nephew of renowned fiddler Junior Crehan.

Niall and his brother Kieran ran the Dublin shop Crehan Musical instruments until his early retirement.

Now living in Kildare, Niall is a cousin of publican Mick Crehan, who runs the renowned folk pub in the west end of Galway, The Crane.

Niall and the large army of musicians in the extended family are regular guests.

His brother Dermot got music playing parts on films such as the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and he managed to get Niall onto the likes of Downton Abbey.

This latest TV project is the latest foray into the world of film, explains his son Brian.

The story centres on an American chef who is invited to an Irish manor to cook a feast in order to convince the matriarch not to sell the home.

It premieres on Sunday, February 26 at 9pm on the E! Network starring Isabella Gomez, Ruairi O’Connor and Ronan Raftery.

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‘No show’ TDs criticised at County Galway policing committee meeting

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A county councillor has launched a stinging criticism of Oireachtas members for their repeated failure to attend County Galway Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meetings.

At a meeting of the JPC on Monday, Cllr Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher (photographed) said he believed it was time the three TDs on the committee decided if they wanted to remain, or give their place up to someone who would make use of it.

“I am asking the Council to write out to our Oireachtas members and ask them do they want to be on this JPC or not, and if not, let someone else be on it,” blasted the Fine Gael councillor.

This followed repeated non-appearances from TDs representing the Oireachtas on the committee – the three representatives are Deputy Noel Grealish (Ind), Deputy Anne Rabbitte (FF) and Deputy Catherine Connolly (Ind).

Cllr Maher said the JPC, which sits around five times per year, was deliberately held on a Mondays to facilitate Oireachtas members who were in the Dáil later in the week. He said there were issues being raised regularly that required raising at a national level and it was incumbent on national representatives to bring those matters back to Dublin.

One such issue was the use of CCTV in the pursuit of illegal dumpers and travelling crime gangs, said Cllr Maher who is Cathaoirleach of the County Council.

“I would like our members of the Oireachtas to be taking the message back on CCTV,” he added, as representatives locally were getting no further as a result of data protection laws.

None of the three Oireachtas members were present for this week’s meeting. Chair of the JPC, Cllr Jim Cuddy, confirmed he had received an apology from Deputy Catherine Connolly.

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