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City house prices jump by 13 percent

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – House prices in the city have jumped by 13 percent.
New data compiled by property website Daft.ie shows prices in the second quarter of 2017 were 13% higher than a year previously.
The average house price in the city is now €269,000, 67% above its lowest point.
In the county, prices in the second quarter of 2017 were 9% higher than a year previously.
The average house price in the county is now €182,000, 44% above its lowest point.
Nationally, house prices have risen by more than €2,000 a month.

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Digital hub set to be established on Inis Meáin

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A digital hub is to be established on Inis Meáin.

The Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved a capital investment of up to €62,000 to develop the hub as part of the growth of the gteic network.

Under the plan, the hub is to be set up in the new Community and Enterprise Centre that is currently under development on the Aran island.

It will involve an open space of over 20 square metres in a hub with five hotdesks as part of the initial phase.

The initiative is all in a bid to serve the community and businesses and to provide remote working opportunities on the Island.

There are 16 gteic hubs open throughout the Gaeltacht at the moment, with four in county Galway located in Furbo, Spiddal, Carraroe and Carna.

It is hoped that the gteic hub at Tír an Fhia and at Inis Mór will open in the weeks ahead.

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Gardaí renew appeal concerning disappearance of Carna woman in 1985

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information on the disappearance of Barbara Walsh from her Carna home 36 years ago.

The appeal has been renewed today as her family mark 36 years since she went missing from her home in Rusheenamanagh on June 22nd 1985 at approximately 4am.

Tuesday June 22, 2021 marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Barbara, who was a mother of seven.

Today An Garda Síochána are issuing an appeal with Crimestoppers as part of the ongoing investigation.

In particular An Garda Síochána are appealing to the wider Carna community for their assistance, and believe that individuals in this Gaeltacht community have information which may provide Barbara’s family with some answers.

On Friday June 21, 1985 Barbara held a party at her house in Rusheenamanagh in Carna.

She was last seen at her home at 4am on June 22, 1985.

Her family have not seen or heard from her since.

A full case review was conducted in January 2015 and a series of planned searches were also carried out at that time, and since, by investigating Gardaí with the assistance of the Garda Technical Bureau, a cadaver dog from the UK and also a forensic anthropologist.

Detective Sergeant Colm Mac Donnachadha says Carna is a close-knit Gaeltacht community and Gardaí believe there are people in this community who may have information that can help their investigation.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025, Salthill Garda Station on 091-514720, any Garda Station, or the confidential line 1800 666 111.

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Concern over level of lifeguard cover at popular Connemara beaches

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara County Councillors have been advised there are two constraints to providing more lifeguards at beaches in the area.

Director of Services Michael Owens explained it is sometimes difficult to find qualified lifeguards and there is the added challenge with financial resources.

Councillor Eileen Mannion said that there is only one lifeguard at beaches at the weekends all along the west and north Connemara coastline.

That lifeguard is at the Gurteen and Dog’s Bay beaches in Roundstone and she argued that more are needed.

Councillor Gerry King reminded the meeting that the Roundstone lifeguard service was put in place three weeks earlier than usual this year and the period of duty had been extended from six hours to eight hours per day.

Council executive Michael Owens said they had 50 on the books but availability is a factor and so is money.

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