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Community in shock after man dies in Portumna swimming tragedy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A post mortem examination is due to be carried out after a man died while swimming in Portumna.
The local man, aged in his early 40s, got into difficulty while swimming in the pier area shortly after 6pm last evening.
Emergency services were drafted in and after a search, the man’s body was recovered.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to Portiuncula Hospital where a post mortem exam is due to take place.
Local Fianna Fail Deputy Ann Rabbitte told Keith Finnegan the man had been travelling home from the bog and decided to go for a swim.
She says the community is in shock.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan

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Young people play on ice in the field between Grattan Road and Dr Colohan Road in the 1970s. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

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Cardinal’s condemnation

His Eminence Cardinal Logue has issued a Pastoral Letter in which he denounces competition in murder between miscalled patriots and the forces of the Crown.

His eminence, referring to the tragedies in Dublin, says the assassination of individuals is a terrible crime, and an outrage against God’s law.

It is a greater shock to humanity and a graver outrage against the divine ordinance to turn lethal weapons against an unarmed, closely-packed multitude, reckless of the lives of innocent people who may fall victims.

His Eminence refers in strong terms to the action of the forces in Ireland, and declares that no path of lies can screen or conceal the guilt of their proceedings. He solemnly appeals to his flock to avoid action which would bring them into conflict with God’s law.

His Eminence adds that if the people appeal to God with full earnestness and perseverance for the spiritual and temporal wants of their country, they may rest assured that the appeal will not be made in vain.

Bitter fruits

In the horrors through which Ireland is passing to-day we are witnessing the bitter fruits of government by minority. Had the Cabinet of Britain the wisdom and foresight to perceive that an effort to impose the will of North-East Ulster upon the overwhelming majority of the Irish people must inevitably result in disaster, the terrible tale of these tragic days might never have been written.

As it is, the failure to ensure that a peaceable constitution should run without trammel or hindrance in Ireland has cost the British Government as much as did the South African war.

Yet the present Premier had once to escape from the Birmingham Town Hall disguised as a policeman because he denounced that war, and his one-time chief, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, granted a full measure of freedom to the Boer whilst yet he held the smoking rifle in his hands.

The results of that enlightened policy have been mutually satisfactory to the two peoples. Yet South Africa had an “Ulster” question, as had Canada. The difference was that the recalcitrant in these lands had not the ear of Cabinet leaders.

If to-day Ireland stands in unhappy contrast, the real blame lies with those who have stifled statesmanship and imposed the disastrous substitute of a miserable provincial expediency.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Wind farms help inflate community on the doorstep

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Eileen Welby receiving her Galway Wind Park Scholarship from SSE representative Michelle Donnelly last year.

Galway is leading the way with community benefit investment from wind farms – receiving €831,860 out of the national total of almost €3.5m last year.

That’s according to the second annual community benefit report from the Irish Wind Energy Association shows Galway moving to the top of the pile, having been second nationally in 2018 with communities benefitting to the tune of €383,500.

Across the country, energy efficiency projects and third level scholarships, sports clubs, active retired groups and local festivals were just some of the schemes to benefit from almost €3.5 million in community investment from Irish wind farms in 2019. The figures were released this week in a new report from the Irish Wind Energy Association.

The report identified the top five counties for wind energy community benefit funding.

Galway leads the way with €831,860, followed by Cork on €424,740, Roscommon on €334,600, Tipperary on €258,700 and Limerick on €243,250.

Part of that comes from Galway Wind Park, managed by SSE Renewables in conjunction with their partners Greencoat Renewables, which runs a third-level scholarship fund for students from the locality.

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Ireland must examine new alternatives to lockdowns

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Professor Martin Cormican....social distancing the key.

World of Politics with Harry McGee

As of this week, Ireland had the lowest 14-day rate of Covid-19 in the EU. Our rate of 88.5 cases per 100,000 people beats the next lowest, Finland, which is at 96 cases. Iceland, which is not in the EU, is lower but there are extenuating circumstances there, given that it’s a little like New Zealand and Australia – literally places apart.

Being an island nation is certainly a help to us. But being a small mixed economy, and a huge base for global pharma, agriculture and technology, we had some of the busiest sea and air routes in Europe.

A lot of people come in and leave the country each day in normal times, tens of millions of journeys in and out each year.

Of course, that traffic has subsided greatly. We still have flights and sailings, but the great bulk is freight or essential journeys.

The air industry has claimed there is little connection between travel and Covid-19, as most of the transmission was community. But community transmission must start somewhere.

The first cases in Ireland came mainly from people coming back from skiing holidays in Austria and northern Italy. Many thousands of Irish people went on holidays to the Continent during the Summer – including a substantial number who went to countries like Spain, which were not on the ill-fated green list.

Some of the cases identified here in the Autumn came from a particular Spanish strain of the virus.

It remains to be seen if the new EU traffic light system works and if people take the (relatively expensive) tests before flying – or just ignore it, knowing there will be little chance of being sanctioned.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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