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Funding for 24 heritage buildings in the county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 24 protected buildings and structures in the county are to benefit from more than 100 thousand euro in heritage funding.

The funding of 127 thousand euro is part of the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht’s new ‘Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme.’

The biggest allocation of heritage funding in the county is 11 thousand euro for the former Market House at the Square in Eyrecourt.

Grants of 10 thousand euro each have been allocated to Ballynagar House, Abbey, Kylemore House, Connemara and Kylemore Church.

The other historical buildings which will get funding are
St. John the Baptist Church, Eyrecourt
Church of St. Francis, Meelick
Country House, Castle ffrench, Ballinamore Bridge
Kiltullagh House
The Rectory, Caherkelly, Ardrahan
Oranmore Castle
St. Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert
Ivy Lodge, Ballinasloe
Cloondadauv Castle, Power’s Cross
Woodville House, Craughwell
Danesfort House, Woodford
Clareville House Oughterard
Creggs House
Longford House, Ballycrissane, Portumna
St. Matthew’s Church, Glan, Clontuskert
Raford House, Athenry
Boula House
Teach Caislean Ellen, Athenry
St. Corban’s Church, Ballyshrule
Prospect House, Eyrecourt and Ryehill Demense, Monivea.

Almost 100 thousand euro has also been allocated for protected buildings in the city.

Galway West T.D Seán Kyne says the money will be used to carry out important conservation works and will support employment.

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Fresh calls to renew Galway Dublin bus route in east Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – This week’s meeting of Galway County Council heard renewed calls for the re-instatement of the Galway to Dublin bus route that had been providing a service in the east of the county.

Councillors from the Ballinasloe and Loughrea areas stated that the ending of the service this week was a serious blow to commuters and a backward step for rural Ireland.

Another kick for rural Ireland is how Councillor Ivan Canning from Portumna described the decision by Bus Éireann to end the hourly bus service that took in the towns and villages of east Galway. Councillor Jimmy McClearn said that cities now seemed to be all important and that rural Ireland is the poor relation.

Ballinasloe and Loughrea area Councillors such as Dermot Connolly, Pat Hynes, Shane Curley, Michael ‘Mogie’ Maher and P.J. Murphy all spoke against the change to the bus service.

Councillor Evelyn Parsons said it was a strange decision given the policy of keeping as many cars as possible on the roads low and Councillor Geraldine Donohue expressed concern for students traveling to and from Galway city. She said they could now be left for a lengthy period waiting for transport at the Galway station.

Councillor Alistar McKinstry suggested that Bus Éireann be invited to the County Council to explain the reasoning behind the decision.

County Cathaoirleach, Peter Keaveney urged all Councillors to contact their Dáil and Seanad colleagues in a an effort to have the decision reversed.

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Man arrested in connection with serious assault in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault which took place in Tuam earlier this month.

Father of two Adrian Ansbro, a well known electrical contractor, was assaulted at Foster Place in the town in the early hours of July 11th.

He was stabilised at UHG following the incident and later transferred to Beaumount Hospital.

His condition has since been described as stable and improving.

An Garda Síochána have arrested and charged a man in connection with the incident.

The man, who is aged in his late teens, is to appear before a sitting of Ballina District Court this morning.

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Concern as GUH has one of highest patient waiting lists nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –

Galway University Hospitals Group has one of the highest patient waiting lists nationwide.

Close to 60 thousand unscheduled appointments remain on waiting lists for inpatient and outpatient services at the city’s two public hospitals..

That’s according to Sinn Fein Galway West TD Mairead Farrell who says the health service is facing a tsunami of delayed and missed care.

She argues GUH needs investment in urology and general surgery as more than four thousand people remain on lists for each service – with more than 45% of urology patients waiting for over a year.

Meanwhile, over five thousand children are also on waiting lists between UHG and Merlin Park.

It comes as Sinn Fein has launched its €914 million ‘Tackling Waiting Lists’ plan.

Deputy Farrell says the proposal seeks to give the health service the resources it needs to improve treatment for patients…

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