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County areas to get 6 million euro for regeneration projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county area of Galway is to get 6 million euro for a wide range of regeneration projects.

Areas such as Athenry, Tuam, Gort, Dunmore and Kinvara are all set to benefit from allocations under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

Athenry will receive a grant of 3.5 million euro for the development of the BIA Innovator project and to establish Athenry as a food and tourism centre.

The grant will also provide for upgrades to Athenry Town Centre to create a new, dynamic, public realm.

The Joyce Country and Western Lakes Geopark in Clonbur has been awarded just under a million euro for its future development.

Half a million euro has been allocated to Galway County Council for street widening works at Bridge Street, Dunmore, while another €175,000 has been allocated to the council to develop a master plan for Tuam Town Centre, the Railway Station site, the Fire Station site and the Town Hall.

Coole Park Visitor Experience has been awarded a quarter of a million euro to progress its design to construction stage.

The proposed design for the Connemara Visitor Centre has been boosted by a grant of half a million.

Kinvara will receive 125 thousand euro to bring forward a full design for the implementation of its board walk project, which will provide access from the village to Dunguaire castle.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Sean Canney says this vital funding will provide a major boost to the regeneration of our towns and villages.

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Man in his 80s dies in M6 collision near Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí remain at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision involving three cars, on the M6 westbound near Athenry between Junction 18 and Junction 19.

The driver of one of the cars, a man in his 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision which took place at 2pm.

A male in his 70s and female in her 20s were taken to University Hospital Galway to be treated for their injuries which are understood to be non-life threatening.

The road is currently closed to allow for a technical examination to be undertaken by Forensic Collision Investigators.

Local diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward and any road users with video footage are asked to make this available to investigating Gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Galway Garda station on 091 538 000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Spiddal to be affected by water outages until tomorrow

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Residents in the Spiddal area are being advised to expect continued water outages overnight and into tomorrow.

It follows a technical fault at Spiddal Water Treatment Plant this morning that’s affecting part of Spiddal village, as well as an area between Furbo and Inverin.

Irish Water says every effort is being made to resolve the situation, but it will be later tomorrow before a supply is restored

Earlier, the utility had anticipated that water would be restored this afternoon.

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Oranmore native Joe Mag Raollaigh appointed RTE’s new Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Correspondent

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Oranmore native Joe Mag Raollaigh has been appointed RTE’s new Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Correspondent.

Currently the Editor of RTÉ’s flagship political programme The Week in Politics, Joe has worked with RTÉ News across radio, television and online since 2008.

A fluent Irish speaker, Joe will report in both English and Irish.

Joe was born in Boston, where his parents had emigrated in the 1960s, but the family returned in the early 70s and settled in Oranmore.

He attended NUI Galway where he earned a BA, an MA in Modern Irish and a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications.

He started his broadcasting career in Clare FM, hosting current affairs and farming radio shows before moving to TG4, Nuacht RTÉ, and RTÉ News.

Joe will be commencing his new role in February.

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