It was yet another busy night for the fire services with gorse and forest fires across west Galway.
Crews have been battling multiple blazes since last evening until the early hours of this morning.
The first call out concerned a gorse fire in Doon East in the Oughterard area which broke out at around 5 last evening with crews battling to control it until midnight.
In the Clifden area, a large gorse fire broke out in Waterloo Bridge, east of the town, at around 8.30 last evening.
Three units from Clifden and one from Westport battled the blaze all night with the last crew leaving at 6 this morning.
In Recess in Connemara, one unit from Ballinrobe attended a gorse fire at around 10.50 last night and remained at the scene until 7 this morning.
While, in Letter in Moycullen, a large forest fire was reported at around 3am.
Two units of the city fire brigade, assisted by Coillte, worked to control it until midnight.
LISTEN: Mám Éan pilgrimage to return this weekend
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Mám Éan pilgrammage is set to take place in Connemara this weekend.
The popular pilgramage to Mám Éan pass, nestled in the Maumturk mountains, has previously been cancelled due to Covid-19.
However, it’s set to resume this Sunday with some restrictions in place.
Gatherers will remain at the chapel and will not move from station to station as is usually tradition.
Former Councillor Sean O’ Tuairisg says it’s great to have the event back this weekend.
Protest to take place in Mervue this afternoon over planned housing development
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A protest will take place in Mervue this afternoon over a planned “build to rent” housing development in the area.
The Crown Square Development will consist of 345 units comprised of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed units.
However, People Before Profit Galway says it’s unacceptable that the homes will go straight to an investment fund when completed.
They argue that vulture and cuckoo funds should be banned in Ireland – but instead they are being accomodated by Government policy.
The local party branch has organised a protest to take place at the Crown Square site this afternoon at 2pm.