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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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Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)

The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.

It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.

Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.

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City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.

Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.

Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.

Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.

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Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.

That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.

He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.

Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.

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