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Emergency services continue to battle gorse fire in Barna

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are continuing to battle a major gorse fire in Barna this morning.
The blaze broke out at around lunchtime yesterday at Truskey West.

Several units of the fire brigade have been working throughout the night to contain the fire, which broke out at the rear of the Twelve Hotel in the early afternoon.
There is considerable smoke in the area and residents are advised to close all windows and doors while the incident is being dealt with.
However, emergency services say there is no threat to commercial property or residential areas.
Road closures were in place for a time on the Barna to Moycullen Road to facilitate fire crews but have since been lifted.
There was heavy demand on emergency services last evening with a number of fires reported across Connemara – including on the Aran Islands.
However, the blaze in Barna is now the sole focus of fire crews this morning who continue to work to contain the fire.

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Over €4m awarded to Galway science research projects

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Over four million euro has been awarded to four Galway-based science research projects.

Researchers from ATU Galway and University of Galway have benefitted from the funding announced by the Higher Education Minister.

Katie O’Dwyer of ATU Galway, and University of Galway’s Martin Nicholas Devaney and John Breslin are among the recipients.

While a collaboration between ATU Galway’s Conor Graham and University of Galway’s Liam Morrison has been awarded almost €1m.

Conor Graham explains their Trace-Fish project:

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Recruitment underway of Director to oversee the excavation of remains at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Recruitment of the Director who will oversee the excavation of human remains at the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home is underway

The closing date for applications for the new role is 3pm on Thursday fortnight, December 15

The salary is expected to start at just over 102 thousand euro and may incrementally increase to just over 126 thousand in line with other Director roles in the public service.

The appointment is on a temporary fixed-term contract for a period of up to 2.5 years.

Legislation that will allow for the excavation of the site in Tuam passed through the Oireachtas earlier this year.

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Project led by Galway researcher could help stop spread of cancer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway-based researcher is working on a project that could help prevent the spread of cancer.

Dr. Eoin McAvoy at University of Galway is investigating how cancer cells exploit gaps in blood vessels and travel to other parts of the body.

His study used advanced computer models and cell-based experiments to examine how these gaps could be prevented.

The research was carried out in collaboration with teams at MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, John’s Hopkins University, and University College London.

It’s hoped the research will help guide the development of drugs which could reduce the spread of cancer through these ‘leaky’ blood vessels.

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