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CITY BASED RED CROSS ORGANISER NAMED AS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

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Long-serving Red Cross organiser, Dominick Burke, has been named as Galway City Credit Union’s Volunteer of the Year.

The award was presented by City Mayor Terry O’Flaherty in recognition of his fifty years of dedicated service as a volunteer in Galway City.

The 10th Annual Mayor’s Awards took place last night in the Black Box Theatre.

Over 100 individuals and groups received certificates from the Mayor at the ceremony.

The St Anthony’s and Claddagh Credit Union Arts, Culture, Heritage and Cursai Gaelige Award went to Peter Connolly and the Claddagh Boatmen, in recognition of their committment to ensure that an iconic symbol of Galway life will remain into the future.

The St Columba’s Credit Union Residents’ and Local Areas Award was given to Sean Connell for his life-long committment to his environment and local community in Menlo.

Brendan Coffey received the Naomh Padraig Credit Union Social and Community Award for his fundraising activities and willingness to help people in all sections of society.

The Older Volunteer of the Year award went to Pat Conroy, for his committment and dedication to improving the quality of life for people in the Tirellan area.

Mary Arrigan-Langan got the Sports Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of her dedication to bringing the benefits of swimming to people with physical disabilities.

The Children and Youth Award went to Nicola Corcoran for her vision and committment to working with and supporting young people in Renmore, and the Young Volunteer of the Year Award was given to David Finnerty, for ensuring that young people with intellectual difficulties have wider opportunities.

Each of the winners received a Galway Crystal trophy and a cheque for €700 for their hard work and volunteering efforts in 20-12.

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Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.

Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.

A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.

Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.

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1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.

There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.

Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.

18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.

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Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.

Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.

However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.

Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.

Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.

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