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Connemara drivers angry over roadside shrubbery

Dara Bradley

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Overgrown bushes have become a serious hazard for road users in West County Galway.

Locals claim that hedgerows are so wild and bushy along regional and local roads in Connemara they are putting lives at risk.

“Safety and visibility is our main concern,” said N59 Action Campaign spokesperson Gerry King of Erris Lannan, near Clifden.

“Bushes along the side of the road have become so overgrown they have grown out a metre either side onto the road. It is no longer safe,” he said.

There has been a recent growth spurt this August, which has made the problem worse than other years.

“There wasn’t much growth in the Spring and then we had the hot Summer, but all of a sudden there’s been a lot of greenery along the side of roads that is encroaching onto the road and is impacting on visibility. They need to be cut right back to the stone walls,” he said.

Mr King said the Wild Atlantic Way is becoming ever-more popular with visitors but that has increased the traffic along the smaller roads of Connemara and they are not in a safe state to accept that traffic, he said.

Roads in Moyard, Clifden, Ballyconneely, Letterfrack and Renvyle are particularly overgrown, he said.

“It’s the usual suspects, but all roads in Connemara, both local and regional, are experiencing this problem. It is Galway County Council’s responsibility to cut the bushes, but I suppose they’ll say that they do not have the money,” said Mr King.

Two cars cannot pass each other along many of the roads, which are narrow enough anyway. It is unsafe, too, for cyclists who meet cars along the road, and worse again if buses or heavy goods vehicles have to pass.

“What you’re getting is a lot of mirrors being clipped and banged and it’s almost impossible to drive along the road without getting clipped,” he said.

Mr King said the cutting season reopened on September 1 and he called on the local authority to put in place a schedule for bush-cutting of the worst affected roads in Connemara.

“Some roads out here haven’t been cut back properly in a couple of years. This is all about visibility and safety,” added Mr King.

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Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward

Dara Bradley

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Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.

All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.

Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.

“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.

“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?

“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”

Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.

A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.

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Island museum gets the green light

Declan Tierney

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An artist's impression of the proposed Inishbofin museum.

Work is expected to begin shortly on the construction of a museum on Inishbofin after planners gave the green light to the project.

The museum at Middlequarter is being developed by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne – and when completed, it will be home to items of historical significance from both Inishbofin and Inishark.

There is an existing museum on the island but it is too small to house the amount of artefacts, photographs and family histories that have been assembled over the years.

The new building will also include a photographic exhibition room, restoration workshop along with a gift shop and coffee dock. It is proposed that the new 3,400 square feet museum will be built on a site at the rear of Ms Coyne’s home.

Eamon Gavin of Eamon Gavin Architects based in Cornamona told the Connacht Tribune that this was an important project for the island and it was a welcome decision.

And he said that the green light would kickstart the process of conserving the vast and unique artefacts and archives built up over the years.

“As a practice, we have a long history of dealing with planning consultancy on unique rural sites in Connemara and the islands, therefore we fully understood how sensitive the proposed location of the project would be – the site is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and National Heritage Area,” he said.

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Tuam woman a picture of health a year after Covid crisis

Declan Tierney

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Tuam's Kitty Farrell with her dog Lulu a year after her Covid diagnosis.

Last year was a Mother’s Day like no other for Kitty Farrell who spent it in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital with Covid – but the 80 year old Tuam woman can look forward to a more sedate celebration this time out….thankfully restored back to full health.

Kitty, from Ballygaddy Road, had developed a debilitating cough the previous week – and when she was admitted to UHG on Mother’s Day, she tested positive for the coronavirus despite a lack of symptoms.

The retired businesswoman spent the next nine days seriously ill in isolation – and all alone as her four children could not visit her.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come through it but I was so sick that at times, it didn’t really matter. But the thought of passing away in isolation made a bad situation even worse,” Kitty said at the time.

A year on, she is back to full health, and while she restricts her movements, Kitty told The Connacht Tribune that she is just happy to be alive and she spends her days ‘pottering about’ and looking forward to the arrival of family members.

“Even though I don’t particularly agree with the current lockdown because everyone should be responsible for their own behaviour, I am living a life of relative isolation at the moment,” she said.

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