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.
7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,050 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Friday 27th November, the HPSC has been notified of 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 137 are men / 104 are women
- 71% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 32 years old
- 91 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 16 in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.
As of 2pm today 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
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WIP Concern over how major backlog of BreastCheck appointments at UHG will be addressed
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Concern is being expressed over how the HSE will deal with a major backlog for BreastCheck appointments at UHG.
It follows the revelation that there’s been an 80 percent drop in screenings due to Covid-19.
The figures were provided at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West following a query from Councillor Donagh Killilea.
They showed that figures dropped from 10,700 screen last year at UHG – to just 2,200 so far this year up to the end of October.
There’s now a major backlog, with the HSE admitting that 150,000 screening invitations were paused between March and October.
While BreastCheck services have now resumed, they are running at limited capacity – though the HSE says it is working to maximise capacity and recruit more staff
Report highlights vulnerability of Ferox trout in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask
New research has revealed the vulnerability of a rare species of trout found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.
Ferox trout are large, long-lived fish eating trout that are believed to be genetically distinct from normal brown trout.
They are normally found in deep lakes, and the great majority of Irish specimen Ferox trout have been found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.
A new scientific paper has been published which studied the Ferox trout in these lakes and sought to discover their spawning location.
Researchers found that over 90 percent of Ferox trout tagged in Lough Corrib spawned in a single spawn streaming, the Cong River.
While over 70 percent of those tagged in Lough Mask spawned in the Cong Canal and Cong River.
Dr. Paddy Gargan with Inland Fisheries Ireland says the findings show the vulnerability of the species – but he believes they do now have increased protection.