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Budding young author pens book for charity



A budding young Galway author has just released her debut book – with half of the proceeds going to a charity that helped her cousin when she was ill with cancer.

Twelve year old Caoimhe May O’Rourke wanted to do something to thank Barretstown – the not for profit camp for children with cancer and other serious illnesses located at Barretstown Castle in Co Kildare.

Her cousin Aoife has now fully recovered from cancer – but Caoimhe May said that Barretstown was ‘so good’ to her when she was ill that she wanted to do something for them in return.

Caoimhe May from Corofin had originally written and illustrated A Trip to the Hospital when she was just nine – but rewrote it to a more mature level in recent months.

The title has now been published by Emu Ink and will be officially launched this Friday in the Galway Education Centre at 6pm.

Fifty per cent of the profits from sales of the title will go to Barretstown, and the other 50 per cent will go to Caoimhe May’s own college fund.

“I wrote this book because I wanted people to know that the hospital isn’t really a bad place and that they should stop worrying. And also that breaking a bone really isn’t the end of the world!” said Caoimhe May.

“What I am hoping, is that this book will help out children who are in hospital and don’t know what to expect; as well as the charity that was so good to my cousin when she was ill. I also hope it helps to get me into college so I can write more books and help more people!”

A Trip to the Hospital is the story of Molly who is having the time of her life at her best friend’s birthday in the park – until disaster strikes.

Poor Molly is rushed to hospital in an ambulance. She knows it’s the best thing for her but she’s never been before and she’s scared. Molly soon sees it as an adventure, however, and learns many lessons along the way.

Caoimhe May lives in Corofin with her twin brothers and her parents, Mike and Anna – and her dog, Joe Joe.

A student at St. Colman’s N.S, Cummer, Caoimhe May has been penning short stories since she could write.

At three years old she compiled her first picture book, which depicted the story of a mermaid and her dolphin. It was then that her love of all things books began.

An avid reader, Caoimhe May is rarely seen without a book and loves to write stories and poems in her spare time. At school she likes to be different to her classmates and always does things in her own way.

Emu Ink is Ireland’s first online library for new Irish writers. As part of this the independent publishing house allows each of its titles to be rented, digitally, as well as bought in eBook and paperback formats.

“A Trip to the Hospital is a very special book, written by a very special girl. Like all good writing it comes from the heart and the intentions for which it came about are as impressive as they are heartfelt. It’s a beautiful book and a lovely story, which showcases both the writing and illustrating talents of a kind-hearted young girl,” said Emu Ink founder Emer Cleary.

A Trip to the Hospital is now available, for pre-sale in the fiction section of the library, at


Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain



Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain

The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir

The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete

Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.

Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.

Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.

Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.

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Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square



Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.

It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.

The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.

Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.

In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.

This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.

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Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.

It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.

Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.

“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.

He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.

Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.

In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.

“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.

(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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