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Elderly man dies in house fire in Oughterard

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An elderly man has died in a house fire in Oughterard
It’s understood the fire broke out late last night out at the bungalow in Rusheeny outside the village on the old Seanapheasteen road
However the fire remained contained within the house and therefore went un-noticed
The man who was in his eighties, was single and lived alone and his body was not discovered until this morning
His body has been removed to University Hospital Galway and Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious

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€320k to support street enhancement works in towns and villages across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – €320 thousand has been awarded to support the enhancement of streetscapes in towns and villages across Galway.

The allocation is part of a national €7m fund announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humpreys.

Projects eligible for funding include the painting of buildings in vibrant colours, commissioning of murals, restoration of historic shopfronts, and the installation of canopies and street furniture.

It also supports works such as the decluttering of streetscapes with the removal of unnecessary signage or wires.

Local Senator Aisling Dolan says it’s all about working with local communities to make towns and villages places to live, work and visit.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Film company sets sights on big international productions for new Galway Airport studio

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of Danú Media, which is set to open a new film studio at the former Galway Airport in Carnmore, says they’re setting their sights on attracting large international productions.

The Spiddal-based Film and TV company has confirmed it will spend between €2.5 and €3 million on redeveloping a large section of the site subject to planning approval.

Danú’s CEO Siobhán Ní Ghadhra has said the majority of the investment will be spent on sound-proofing the airport hangers and creating ancillary work spaces; such as make-up and wardrobe rooms.

The new studio which will be known as Atlantic Studio is expected to create up to 200 jobs when it becomes operational in 2022.

The goal is to establish Galway as a key location for high-scale movie and TV production, and showcase the talent, scenic locations and world-class production facilities on offer.

Siobhán Ní Ghadhra said they hope to develop the facility further in the future to attract bigger, international projects – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Calls for full counter service to resume at City and County Halls

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for full counter service to resume at both Galway City and County Hall.

City Councillor Alan Cheevers says it’s time for both Local Authorities to develop a plan for the full resumption of services for residents in the City and County.

The Fianna Fáil Councillor says he has received a number of calls from people who are struggling to pay bills online.

He argues it’s particularly an issue for older people and those who are less tech savvy

Currently both the City and County Council are running reduced counter services and appointment only services due to the ongoing pandemic.

Councillor Cheevers says he feels more can be done given the high levels of vaccination in the country – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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