Galway Bay fm newsroom – A television documentary about economic and social decline in a Connemara Gaeltacht town land is to feature in the Boston Film Festival which begins this week.
The documentary is the work of well-known television and film producer, Séan Ó Cualáin, and it is focused on his own native town land of Loch Con Aortha (Lough-Con-Era) near Cill Chiaráin.
This documentary produced by Seán Ó Cualáin is entitled “Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna” or “In the Shadow of the Glen”. That is where Loch Con Aortha is: Etched into the landscape – under the imposing Cnoc Mordáin hill in the far west of Connemara.
Seán Ó Cualáin states that since the 1970’s the vigour of this vibrant close knit community, and it’s ancient folk culture have vanished; now, he says, life itself is disappearing from the town land of Loch Con Aortha to the point it seems 21st century Ireland holds no place for it in its future.
Jobs are very scarce, emigration has ravaged the area and the population is getting older.
It could be a story replicated in many rural areas in the west of Ireland.
The documentary will be shown at the Boston Irish Film Festival next Saturday. It will, no doubt, resonate with many in the audience who have themselves emigrated.
City Councillor backs calls from Water Safety Ireland warning about inflatable toys in open water as World Drowning Prevention Day is marked
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City Councillor Niall McNelis has backed calls by Water Safety Ireland warning the public against using inflatable toys in open water.
Today marks World Drowning Prevention Day and the city councillor said they should never be used at rivers, lakes and beaches.
Lifeguards trained by Water Safety Ireland have also seen an increase in the use of inflatable toys such as air mattresses, boats and inflatable rings.
Both the Irish Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety organisations have called on everybody to redouble their efforts to ensure that basic safety precautions are observed when recreating on or near the water.
Councillor McNelis said that the lead of Clare and Waterford County Councils to ban inflatables from bathing areas should be followed nationally.
1,126 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has reported 1,126 new cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
123 patients are currently being treated in Irish hospitals with the virus in comparison with 105 yesterday.
Of those, 22 are in intensive care units, an increase of one.
The five-day moving average in Ireland has risen to 1,285, compared to 1,101 this day last week.
The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 321, while the seven-day moving average is 1,229.
The head of the HSE says almost 70 percent of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Paul Reid says more than 5.5 million doses have been administered so far.
He says over 80 percent of adults have now had at least one dose.
LISTEN: Independent Deputy asks NTA to investigate decision to cancel 20 and x20 bus routes that services towns and villages in East Galway
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The decision to cancel the existing 20 and x 20 bus routes that services Loughrea has been criticised by independent deputy Sean Canney.
Bus Éireann said that the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.
The route also services Craughwell, Aughrim and Ballinasloe.
Deputy Canney this morning has voiced his opposition to this decision saying that it was a total contradiction of Government policy to provide public transport as a means of reducing the number of cars on our roads.
He added that it was a further insult to rural people and denies them access to public transport.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said the government should take control of this issue and has also asked the NTA to investigate this decision.