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Breast Cancer Research to host fashion show

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A group of inspirational cancer survivors – now known as the Pink Ladies – are taking to the catwalk for a very special evening of fashion and fun, all in aid of Breast Cancer Research (formerly NBCRI).

This very special fashion show takes place on Thursday, April 21, at 7pm at the g Hotel, Galway with RTÉ’s Teresa Mannion as MC.

The show features modelling debuts from the Pink Ladies, a group of inspirational women from each decade of life who have experienced breast cancer.  And the aim of the event is to increase breast awareness and raise much needed funds for world-class breast cancer research.

In addition, the event will provide an opportunity for The Pink Ladies to receive pampering, connect with one another, and feel empowered walking the catwalk.

“I am grateful to everyone who is supporting one of the most unique fundraising events we’ve hosted in our charity’s 25 years. Many thanks to The Pink Ladies, Teresa Mannion, the generous businesses involved, and all those who will be attending the event,” said Christine Costelloe, Development Director of BCR at last week’s launch of the event.

Teresa Mannion said she was delighted to be involved in the Breast Cancer Research Fashion Show which will help raise vital funds for the charity.

“The fact that The Pink Ladies are strutting the catwalk with professional models is testament to their triumph over adversity. They are remarkable women and great role models for people currently in the midst of their own cancer journey,” she said.

Catherine Masterson, event committee member and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Breast Care at the Symptomatic Breast Unit, University Hospital Galway and the Bon Secours Galway concurred.

“While everyone’s breast cancer journey is unique, knowing that others before you have been through something similar can give you the strength and inspiration to move forward with your life,” she said.

The event, produced by Catwalk Model Agency, will showcase designs and collections from Áil Rúin, Anthony Ryans, Brown Thomas, Colette Latchford Fashions, Don’t Call Me Dear, Ellie & Dal, Harper, The Kilkenny Shop, Suzie Mahony Designs, Niamh O’Neill, The Treasure Chest, and Willow.

It is also guaranteed to include style ideas for every age and budget and will be a perfect girl’s night out!

Proceeds from the event will support Breast Cancer Research, a national charity that raises funds in support of world-class breast cancer research at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Donations to Breast Cancer Research are currently helping the research team at the Lambe Institute for Translational Research advance its work focused on personalised medicine, breast regeneration, and innovative diagnostics and therapeutics.  By funding this research, Breast Cancer Research aims to positively impact future outcomes for breast cancer patients.

To purchase tickets, see the website, email Hello@BreastCancerResearch.ie, or call 091 863 917.

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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!

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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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