- There were 40 outbreaks of COVID in schools last week – a threefold increase. There were also 22 outbreaks in childcare facilities, four in nursing homes and10 in hospitals.
- There are renewed calls for the runway at the former Galway Airport site at Carnmore is preserved, fueled by reports that Intel is considering a site near Oranmore.
- There was heated debate at County Hall this week over discussion about the potential for the National Cycleway to pass through Athenry.
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- Permission has been secured to build a major sports facility at Renville West in Oranmore. This was a second bid to bring the amenity to Oranmore, led by Renville Sports Project Committee.
- The Foreign Affairs Minister says he wants to repair the ‘very stained’ relationship between the government and the unionist community. Simon Coveney will travel to Belfast next week and hold more talks over the Northern Ireland protocol.
- One of the largest lotto jackpots is up for grabs this weekend. The top prize is expected to hit 18 million euro tomorrow evening.
NUI Galway Irish language academy to get three million euro government funding
Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway’s Irish language academy is to get three million euro in government funding
The Department of the Gaeltacht has allocated the money to Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge
The funding of 1 million euro a year for the next three years will allow for the continuation of a range of courses through the medium of Irish in its three Gaeltacht centres – Carna and An Cheathrú Rua in Connemara, and the third one in Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal
Up to 2,000 students attend courses in the three centres
President of NUI Galway Professor Ciarán O hOgartaigh explains that this latest funding will also be used to develop Irish in early education – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5
Galway Funeral Director warns families of importance of home security
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway Funeral Director is warning families about the importance of home security at times of bereavement.
Tony Williams of Dignity Funeral Care in Loughrea and Portumna says criminals are always looking for opportunities to capitalise on people’s bereavement.
It’s been reported this week that burglars in south Dublin were found to be going through the RIP.ie website to target dead people’s empty homes while grieving families attend funerals.
The incident has prompted warnings for those who are bereaved to be aware of providing too much detail when it comes to online notices.
Tony Williams says undertakers have been aware of this issue for quite some time and try to warn families of their vulnerability – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour