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Councillor Seamus Walsh and Gerry King selected to contest Connemara North local election for Fianna Fáil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Séamus Walsh and farmer Gerry King have been selected to contest the local election in Connemara North for Fianna Fáil.

At a selection convention in Maam Cross last night, Councillor Séamus Walsh was automatically chosen for the ticket without a vote.

A close contest too place for the second position on the ticket between Mannin businessman Josie Conneely and farmer Gerry King from Errislannan.

Around 200 members of the party voted and Gerry King, who works in the fish farm industry was selected to join Councillor Séamus Walsh on the ticket.

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6 new COVID-19 cases in Galway – 200 new cases nationwide, no further deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 6 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Galway of the 200 new cases reported nationwide today.

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,774 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday 14th August, the HPSC has been notified of 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 27,191* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 103 are men / 96 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • 68 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 25 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 56 in Dublin, 81 in Kildare, 13 in Tipperary, 8 in Limerick, 6 Laois, 6 in Galway, 5 in Kilkenny, 5 in Meath and the rest of the 20 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Louth, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Waterford, Wicklow. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This is the largest number of cases in a single day since the beginning of May. We now have multiple clusters with secondary spread of disease and rising numbers of cases in many parts of the country. This is deeply concerning. NPHET will monitor this extremely closely over the coming days.”

“This virus is still out there and has not gone away. COVID-19 seeks to capitalise on complacency and is just waiting for the opportunity to spread. I am asking everyone, especially those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable, to limit your contacts, keep your distance from other people and take extra care to heed public health advice.”

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Status yellow thunder warning in place for Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow thunder warning is in effect in Galway.

It’s valid until 9pm tonight for Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Offaly, and Munster.

Met Eireann says there’s a risk of thunderstorms bringing localised heavy downpour, hail and localised flooding.

There’s also a yellow rainfall warning for Wexford, Cork and Waterford.

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Michael D. Higgins praises Oliver family after miracle rescue at Galway bay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – President Michael D. Higgins has tweeted words of praise for the Oliver family following the rescue of two Knocknacarra girls who were lost at sea for 15 hours.

On Wednesday night, Ellen Glynn and Sara Feeney, aged 17 and 23, drifted 20 miles out from the shore when they were paddleboarding at Furbo beach.

Galway city fishermen and father and son, Patrick and Morgan Oliver rescued the cousins on Thursday afternoon during a major search and rescue operation.

The two girls from Cappagh Road in Knocknacarra had been in the water for 15 hours and were found clinging to a lobster pot bouy.

They were taken to UHG but did not require serious medical attention.

Sara returned home on Thursday evening while Ellen is expected to be discharged from hospital shortly.

Michael D.Higgins has since tweeted to say he is absolutely delighted at the happy outcome. He said the girls’ famillies have given a lot to the community, particularly sportsman and Ellen’s father John Glynn.

He continued to say he is lost in admiration for the Oliver family – who rescued the young women – and added they represent generations of wisdom in relation to the sea.

President Higgins committed to paying tribute to Patrick and Morgan Oliver, when opportunity allows it.

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