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.
No increase to Local Property Tax in county next year
GBFM News – There’ll be no increase to Local Property Tax for home-owners in the county next year.
The decision by councillors was taken at a meeting this afternoon – where they were urged by management to increase the rate by the maximum allowance of 15 percent.
It was argued it’s necessary to bring in an extra €2m to the local authority, which is struggling to make ends meet due to historical under-funding from central Government.
But councillors rejected the argument, saying it shouldn’t be on the ordinary person to make up the shortfall.
Councillor Joe Byrne also told David Nevin there’s no appetite for increasing the tax at a time when people are struggling.
Do Not Consume Water notice for Spiddal area in place until next week
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Irish Water say a Do Not Consume warning for people living in the Spiddal area of Galway will remain in place until next week.
The notice was first issued on September 16th due to increased levels of manganese in the supply and affects around 5,700 people.
The utility says they are currently flushing the Spiddal Public Water network and new samples will be taken early next week to determine if the water is safe to drink.
Officials are advising that boiling the water will not reduce the level of manganese and the water should not be consumed in any form.
Galway school build first miniboat to set sail in South Atlantic
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A miniboat that was built and decorated by students in Scoil Bhride in Lackaigh has become the first-ever miniboat to set sail in the South Atlantic ocean.
Spiorad na Gaillimhe was deployed from a research vessel belonging to the Alfred-Wegener Institute as it sailed between Germany and South Africa.
It set off along with three other miniboats from Spain, Germany and South Africa, adding to the 18 Educational Passages boats that are currently sailing around the world’s oceans.
Speaking to Galway Talks, University of Galway’s Senior Oceanography Technician for Earth and Sciences Sheena Fennell explained the benefits of the project: