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Connemara man and Oranmore man named Volunteers of the Year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Connemara man and an Oranmore man have been named the joint winners of the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards.
The ceremony took place at the Station House Hotel in Clifden last night. (31/5)
John Bhaba Jeaic O’ Chonghaile from Lettermullen and Tom Broderick from Oranmore were recognised for their huge community efforts.

John Bhaba Jeaic O’ Chonghaile is Director of Lettermullen Heritage Centre and travels the country giving talks about Ireland’s land and sea culture, history and heritage.
Tom Broderick is well-known in Oranmore for his long-standing dedication to volunteering and working tirelessly for over 35 years for facilities and amenities.
They were both named as Volunteers of the Year.
Other awards presented last night were the Community Facilities Award which was won by Ballinderreen Community Centre Committee and the Environment Award which went to Cuan Beo.
Meelick-Eyrecourt Kayak Club took home the Sports Award while the winners of the Arts & Culture Award was Kinvara Area Visual Arts – KAVA.
Padhraic Ó Biadha won the Heritage Publication Award for his book, Oidhreacht na nOileán.
The Best Contribution to Heritage Award went to Moycullen Historical Society while Athenry Men’s Shed were the winners of the Social Inclusion Award.
Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta won an award recognising its efforts to promote and increase the use of the Irish language in either the Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht areas of the county.
Cathaoirleach Eileen Mannion said she is truly humbled by the dedication and hard work that communities and individuals are involved in.

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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.

His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.

Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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