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Croí announces new chairman of the board

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Kevin O Reilly.

Local heart and stroke charity Croí, which is governed by a voluntary board of directors, has announced the appointment of Kevin O Reilly as its new Chairman.

Galway businessman Kevin O’Reilly of Beechdale Consulting has been appointed as Chairman of the board of directors following the retirement of Prof Kieran Daly, Consultant Cardiologist who has served as chairman of the organisation for the past five years.

Mr O’Reilly has served as a member of the board since 2011, but his involvement with Croí goes back many years before that when as director of human resources with Boston Scientific in Galway he was responsible for establishing strong local corporate support for the organisation.

“Kevin has made an enormous contribution to Croí since he joined the board,” says Neil Johnson Croí CEO.

“He has been heavily involved in many areas, but in particular, strategic planning for the organisation to enable us to continue to evolve and develop in line with the changing needs of the communities we support. His leadership will be incredibly valuable to us.”

“It’s an honour for me to contribute to the great work of Croí as chairman” says Kevin O’Reilly.

“Croí continues to contribute enormously to the needs of our communities throughout the region in relation to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity and we are helping thousands of people every year to live longer healthier lives, which is something I am very proud to be a part of.

“Croí is constantly developing innovative and progressive solutions to the challenges it faces but it’s successes are heavily influenced by the fact that it is grounded in the community based principles and values that have been, and continue to be, its cornerstone”

Mr O’Reilly who is originally from Tuam, and a graduate of NUI Maynooth, has in excess of 25 years experience as a senior executive with both large multi-national and domestic companies.

During this time as Director of Human Resources he oversaw the start up of Boston Scientific to become the largest multinational employer in the West of Ireland, became Vice President of Human Resources for the company’s International commercial operations and more recently was acting Group Head of Human Resources at Bank of Ireland.

He has worked and lived in the UK, Switzerland & France and gained considerable business and cultural experience. He now operates his own HR Consultancy practice bringing using his vast experience to the benefit of local companies and enterprises.

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€900,000 for great outdoors

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Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton

Government funding of almost €435,250 has been approved for the upgrade of the Western Way Trail – one of four Galway projects to share funding of €929,200 under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme this week.

Local Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, said this vital investment is needed to ensure that the trail capitalises on the natural and historic beauty of the setting, and would prove extremely popular for visitors on the Wild Atlantic Way.

“This route has proved very popular for local and tourists alike with its natural beauty well-known to most people from the area,” the Galway TD said.

“This investment will result in significant improvements and will ensure that this wonderful facility is made accessible to an even greater number of people,” Minister Naughton noted.

“There has been large growth in the recreational tourism sector, and an increasing number of visitors to Ireland are particularly interested in walking, cycling and exploring natural settings and activities” the Minister said.

The scheme, which finances the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as greenways and walking trails, also sees The Walks in Loughrea receive €200,000 to upgrade the present route, with an additional €200,000 allocated to develop the Creggs Mountain walk, an element of the Beara – Breifne & Suck Valley Way.

And the Killarainy Woods trail in Moycullen, is being allocated €103,950 to enhance the route.

“The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme contributes to the Governments objective of strengthening rural economies,” said Minister Naughton.

“The objective of the Scheme is to provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary repair, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreation infrastructure in rural Ireland,” added the Minister.

 

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Galway medtech firm awarded €3.6m to develop revolutionary stroke treatment

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Ceroflo co-founder Dr. Paul Bhogal and CEO Chloe Brown.

A Galway medical device company is working with a consortium to help develop disruptive technology in the treatment of stroke – after it was awarded awarded €3.6m in funding.

Ceroflo is partnered on the project with manufacturing firm Advant Medical and the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre at Atlantic Technological University (ATU).

Cereflo secured the funding on foot of its development of a revolutionary new type of stent technology that promises to be vastly more effective than existing treatments to treat Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD), a leading cause of stroke.

Up to 50% of strokes are caused by a build-up of plaque in an artery in the brain known as Intra-Cranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD).

Pharmaceutical therapies aimed at reducing the stroke rate are currently deemed the most effective form of treatment for the condition but more than 20% of patients with significant ICAD still suffer recurring stroke within twelve months.

Technological solutions have so far proved sub-optimal, leaving this large population of patients with the ongoing risk of devastating strokes.

The Ceroflo SubMax Stent represents a game-changer in the treatment of ICAD as its shape and structure has been developed to suit the unique challenges of this disease.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway Science and Technology Festival’s breaks new record

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John (6) and Millie Caffrey (8) from Doughiska at the Medtronic operation stand at the Galway Science and Technology Festival’s annual exhibition.

More than 22,000 people attended last Sunday’s Galway Science and Technology Festival exhibition in the University of Galway – breaking all previous records.

Celebrating 25 years of STEM Education, the exhibition was the opening event for the two week annual Galway Science and Technology Festival, which is the largest event of its kind in Europe. It showcases Galway as the MedTech capital of Europe and a growing IT Hub, bringing science and technology to over 35,000 students in schools across Galway city and county. This year there will be over 200 STEM demonstrations, shows and workshops in 140 primary schools and 40 post-primary schools.

The exhibition was a hive of activity with 25 shows and hands-on workshops and over 80 demonstrations and interactive exhibitions created by sponsor companies and agencies, universities and schools. Families enjoyed 3D astronomy shows and learned how to extract DNA from a banana , saw parasites in VR, drove Valeos self-driving car using a mobile phone, visited the Teddy Bear hospital and the ever popular Doctor Bug introduced tarantulas, snakes and lizards to very excited children and much, much more. Medtronic’s Junior Hospital team engaged with families at their fantastic interactive series of stands in the Human Biology Building. Sue McGrath entertained with the Devastatingly Dramatic Climate Show and new to the Festival is Braintastic with their Non-Sense show exploring our senses.

The 2022 Galway Science & Technology Person of the Year Award was presented to Dr Enda O’Connell, Senior Technical Officer at University of Galway and Founding Director of ReelLIFE Science, a science video competition for schools and youth organisations in Ireland and N. Ireland, celebrating its tenth year, the competition encourages young people to engage with STEM, while developing their creativity and communication skills.

To mark the 25th year of the Festival, a special presentation was made to the Treacy Family in commemoration of the late Noel Treacy, Founding Patron of the Galway Science & Technology Festival.  Mr Treacy continued to be a strong advocate for the Festival over the 25 years and his presence was greatly missed this year.

Anne Murray, Festival Manager said: “We were delighted to be back on campus at the University of Galway to celebrate and learn about the world around us.  The attendance on the day reflected the value that families and the public place on this unique event and we were so glad to be able to honour the memory of the late Noel Treacy who always said it started with an idea”.

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