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Dialysis won’t stop local athletes as they bid for games glory



Two people from Galway undergoing dialysis are gearing up to compete in the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championship next month.

Zimele Brown from Gleann na Rí in Renmore and Linda Waters from Athenry will participate in the games in Vantaa, Finland to celebrate life through sport and to highlight the importance of organ donations.

The two athletes are a part of Transplant Team Ireland, which consists of 29 athletes around the country ranging from ages 18 to 78.

Linda has endured a kidney and pancreas transplant and is currently undergoing haemodialysis treatment, which cleanses the blood of toxins, extra salts and fluids through a dialysis machine called artificial kidney.

Despite her unfortunate medical history, Linda always looks forward to these games. She sees the championship as another support system in her life.

“It’s like another team. Everyone has been through something difficult and everyone looks out for each other,” she said.

More importantly, it’s a way showing people the importance of organ donations and how they change lives.

“My donor was young and when you look at a young person these days they’re out playing sports and travelling. I feel like this is a way of honouring my donor and showing people that, yes, I’m still ill, but I’ve not given up,” Linda said.

This year, she’ll participate in the 50-59 age category for shot putt, tenpin bowling and petanque (a form of boules).

Zimele is also in preparations for the games. He’s originally from New Orleans, but has been living in Galway since 2010.

He’s currently waiting for a kidney transplant and is also undergoing haemodialysis treatment.

Zimele isn’t going into the games blindsided either, he has a bit of experience in the competition. In 2014’s games in Poland he received four medals.

“It’s a great to represent Ireland. I’ve never represented the US before in anything really.

“It’s a good way to meet other people on dialysis and hear their stories and find out any similarities or differences,” he said.

In this year’s games, he’ll be competing in the 30-30 age category for ten pin bowling and petanque.

He says he competes for his three beautiful teenage girls and his loving wife, who is his constant support system.

This is the ninth European Transplant and Dialysis Games and will take place July 10 -17.

Events include badminton, tennis, table tennis, cycling, darts, golf, petanque, swimming, ten pin bowling, mini-marathon and track and field.

Transplant Team Ireland has six newcomers and the most dialysis athletes to ever travel abroad to represent their country.

Out of the 23 men and 6 women on the Irish team, 22 of them are transplant recipients – 17 kidney, 4 liver and 1 combined kidney/pancreas, while seven of athletes are currently receiving dialysis treatment.

A newcomer to the games, but also the youngest team member is 18 year old Matthew NcNieve, a kidney transplant recipient from Mayo.

Also travelling with the group is Claire Kennedy, the team medical director, who works in the transplant department at Beaumont Hospital.

The inspirational athletes met with Dublin’s All-Star Alan Brogan for a motivational talk.

Nearly 500 participants from 25 countries throughout Europe will be involved in the biennial event. All athletes at the games will either be on a dialysis or have already received a kidney, liver, heart, lung pancreas or bone barrow transplant.

In Poland, the team was ranked in top three positions on the medals table, taking home an impressive 18 gold, 18 silver and 31 bronze medals.

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Galway County Council brings in new rules on roadside memorials



Families and friends of road accident victims will have to apply in writing to erect a roadside memorial under a specific size following the adoption of a new policy by Galway County Councillors.

The new rules will not affect memorials already erected – but if they have to be replaced, they will have to satisfy the now agreed criteria.

The Council area engineer will have to approve the location of any proposed memorial and the written consent of the landowner must be sought where possible in advance.

If friends wish to erect a memorial, they must get the written agreement of the family of the deceased. The policy now prohibits any lighting as could distract motorists and flowers or vegetation around it is now not allowed as it could block sight lines.

If the memorial is a free-standing cross it must not be higher than 750mm and if it is a free-standing stone, it must now comply with a maximum dimension of 450mm high, 450mm wide by 150mm deep.

There can only be one memorial per accident, regardless of the number of victims under the new framework created in consultation with the Gardaí and Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s (TII) Regional Safety Engineer.

Up to now there has been no policy in place regarding roadside memorials, despite the fact that hundreds dot the countryside. But their erection can cause difficulties, such as interference with verge trimming, distraction to other road users, they can attract visitors to accident blackspots and have the potential to block sight lines.

The policy states that it may not be possible to locate the memorial at the exact location of the incident and any memorials erected without the approval of the Road Authority will be removed. No roadside memorials are permitted on dual carriageways with a speed limit of 100 km/h or motorways.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the full story, see the July 1 edition of the Connacht Tribune. You can purchase a digital edition HERE.

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Green hub could create up to 900 new jobs



Údarás na Gaeltachta is going full steam ahead with plans for a green energy hub at Ros an Mhíl Harbour in Conamara.

The regional authority responsible for economic growth in the Galway Gaeltacht confirmed it has appointed an international engineering firm to develop a masterplan for an offshore wind energy hub on Údaras-owned lands in Ros a’ Mhíl.

Atkins is a British firm headquartered in London, England with offices in Ireland, including Parkmore in Galway City.

The hub, according to an Údarás-commissioned feasibility study published several months ago, could support up to 900 jobs in the Conamara Gaeltacht, serving multiple floating and fixed wind farms off the west coast.

“The development of Ros a’ Mhíl as an offshore wind energy hub is likely to have a profound impact, not just on the economy of the Gaeltacht regions of Conamara and the Aran Islands but also on Ireland’s ability to lessen its energy independence,” said Údarás CEO, Micheál Ó hÉanaigh.

Earlier this year, Government signalled its support for a €25million investment in a new harbour at Ros a’ Mhíl.

This new masterplan to be carried out by Atkins will involve planning the port development, carrying out an economic assessment, and detailing the engineering and logistical requirements.

It will also involve creating a ‘Green Port Development plan’ with a view of attaining Net-Zero operations, which means cutting the greenhouse gas emissions of the harbour to as close to zero as possible.

The development lies in the heart of the Conamara Gaeltacht and Údarás said Atkins employed local Irish-speaking engineers as core team members of the project.

Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív (FF) welcomed progress of the project. “Never has it been more vital that we use our vast offshore wind resource to create renewable energy and ensure the security of our own energy supply,” he said.

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Outdated parking meters set to be replaced



All old pay and display parking meters throughout County Galway towns are in line to be replaced.

Galway County Council has confirmed that it was planning to replace the existing outdated machines with new ones.

It comes after the County Council’s audit committee said that the cost of maintaining the existing stock of pay and display machines was ‘extremely high’.

The audit committee also noted that there were ‘resounding issues with the outdated parking meters’ for users and for Council maintenance.

The Council said that the replacement of its parking machines inventory was ‘ongoing’.

Funding had been set aside in its capital account to replace outdated machines.

Councillor Karey McHugh (Ind) argued that technology should be introduced whereby motorists could use an app to pay for a parking space.

Director of Services, Derek Pender, said the new machines could use coins and card payments through a ‘tap and go’ system.

The software was also available for the machines to be compatible with the app Cllr McHugh had suggested, which was in operation in Limerick, Tipperary and other local authority areas.

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