Galway Bay fm newsroom – Final preparations are underway ahead of the official installation of Bishop Brendan Kelly as the new Bishop of Galway this weekend.
Among those in attendance at a special mass at Galway Cathedral on Sunday will be President Michael D. Higgins.
The incoming Bishop began his religious studies in 1964 – and his first appointment was as a curate in Kinvara in 1971.
In December, Pope Francis appointed Derrybrien-native Brendan Kelly as the new Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.
None were seemingly more surprised than the incoming bishop himself.
Incoming Bishop Kelly was ordained to the priesthood in June 1971 and his first appointment was to the parish of Kinvara as a curate.
Bishop Kelly is a fluent Irish speaker, and is well known in education circles, having taught for many years at Colaiste Einde in Salthill and Our Lady’s College in Gort.
He served as parish priest of Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare and of Spiddal, before being announced as Bishop of Achonry in 2007 by Pope Benedict.
He says his appointment as Bishop of Galway is like a home-coming.
Bishop Kelly says he hopes to instill a sense of renewed faith in the power of prayer and our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Bishop Kelly will be officially ordained at a special ceremony at Galway Cathedral this Sunday.
Those in attendance will include his family and friends, representatives from church groups across the diocese and public representatives from the constituency – as well as President Michael D. Higgins.
Huge crowds are expected at the mass, which will get underway at St. Nicholas Cathedral on Sunday afternoon at 3.
Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte vows to end long-term admissions of under-65s to nursing homes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has vowed to end long-term admissions of under-65s to nursing homes within six months.
The Ombudsman will today call for a date to be set for the practice to finish, when he appears before an Oireachtas committee.
Over 1,300 under-65s live in nursing homes at the moment – and Peter Tyndall is strongly critical of that.
Minister of State at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability and Integration Anne Rabbitte says she’s hoping to end the practice very soon.
Connemara councillors make call for exemptions for overnight parking of caravans
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara county councillors have passed a resolution calling for exemptions from the standard planning regulations in regard to overnight parking for motor caravans this year.
At a meeting of the municipal district, councillors were told that planning and safety issues normally come into play when facilities for tents and caravans are developed but that the situation would be explored in view of the Covid-19 crisis.
Caravan and motor vans are now a very common sight on the roads of Connemara – a situation brought about by the Covid 19 restrictions on accommodation.
However, facilities and parking space is needed and Councillor Pádraic Mac an Iomaire said at a meeting of Connemara Councillors that the southern part of the area is badly served in this regard.
Councillor Mac an Iomaire suggested that an area at Rosaveal Harbour and parking space at the GAA pitch in Máimín in LeitirMóir could be used for such purposes.
County Council Tourism Officer, Ruth Mulhern instanced initiatives in RosMuc and at the Cashel Community Centre in Connemara.
However, she said a further look at these facilities is needed in regard to the minimum requirements.
Director of Services Michael Owens said he would explore possible exemptions but planning permission and safety measure are the basic requirements in the longer term.
Bus Éireann to reinstate services on Galway to Gort route
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bus Éireann has announced that from this Friday, late services will be reinstated on the Galway to Gort bus route.
It follows the suspension of a number of Expressway 51 Galway-Limerick services last month, which resulted in the last bus from Galway departing at 5.05pm.
Local politicians expressed huge dismay at the move and the matter was even brought to the attention of Taoiseach Micheal Martin in the Dáil.
It’s now been confirmed that from Friday, the last daily departure from Ceannt Station will be restored to 7.05pm.
Bus Éireann says it recognises the later service from Galway is particularly important to people in South Galway and Clare.
It adds that guaranteed seat booking for the restored service will be available online at expressway.ie within a week of the resumption.