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Galway artist chosen to take part in inaugural exhibition

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From Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway artist has been chosen to participate in an inaugural exhibition to showcase Artists with Intellectual Disabilities.

Amy Clarke from Mountbellew is one of ten artists chosen by Connections Arts Centre to participate in the exhibition to be held later this month.

Connections Arts Centre is dedicated to connecting members of the Disability community through the arts.

Amy says she has always loved art so is delighted to showcase her work:

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LISTEN: Step forward for plans for new National School in Tuam

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to build a new amalgamated National School campus in Tuam.

The plans will bring together St. Pat’s, Mercy and Presentation National Schools at a 14-acre greenfield site.

It’d be a 32 classroom development, accommodating more than 800 students, 75 teachers and 30 SNA’s.

Deputy Sean Canney says the new school is important to the provision of primary education in Tuam:

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LISTEN: Meeting to discuss the future of District Hospital is held in Clifden

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A meeting organised by Cllr. Eileen Mannion and Senator Sean Kyne between local representatives and the HSE on the future of the District Hospital has been held in Clifden.

The meeting discussed several topics including clarity in relation to bed availability at the hospital and the design for the proposed new forty bed unit where it was confirmed that the design was agreed and the next step was to lodge a planning application.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Councillor Mannion said that the meeting was very positive and another meeting has been arranged for next month.

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#PrayForArchie goes viral as terminally ill Roscommon Teen suffers heart failure.

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  • Archie (16), George (12), and Isaac (12) Naughton live with a life limiting illness, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  
     
  • Archie, the eldest of the Naughton boys is currently in a seriously critical condition in the Mater Hospital after suffering heart failure.  

Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Paula Naughton and her husband Padraic issue a heartfelt thanks to their family, friends, and supporters as their eldest son Archie fights for his life in the Mater Hospital.  Archie is in heart failure and in a seriously critical condition; his family asks everyone to pray for Archie and continue to offer their support on social media with #PrayforArchie and #NeverEVERGiveUp

#PrayForArchie’ and ‘NeverEVERGiveUp’ have gone viral over the past week with thousands of supporters of Join Our Boys Trust offering their love and support to the family at this extremely difficult time. Archie has been very unwell over the past couple of months with things taking a turn for the worst in the last 2 weeks with Archie being hospitalised initially in Galway University Hospital and now in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.  The family cannot thank both hospitals enough for the care and love they are providing to Archie. At this point the family asks you to pray for a miracle for their brave, beautiful and courageous son, Archie.  

Archie is receiving wishes from all around the globe with a candlelit vigil taking place in his hometown of Roscommon on Saturday the 2nd of July and encouraging words from TV personality Piers Morgan on Twitter to ‘keep fighting’.  

In 2012, when Archie was six and the twins George and Isaac were two and a half, all three boys were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  

DMD is a catastrophic muscle wasting disease which will eventually impact on the boys’ ability to walk, use their limbs, or even hug the people they love. Those who live until their late teens are likely to become totally paralyzed and will eventually die of respiratory and or heart failure. Archie, George, and Isaac are all paralysed and in wheelchairs.  They are now struggling to use their arms.  

The “Join Our Boys Trust” was set up in 2014 following a conversation with a consultant in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Ireland who advised the family to ‘go home and love their children’. 

The aim of the “Join Our Boys Trust” is twofold 

  • To complete a purpose-built house that will accommodate Archie, George, and Isaac for as long as they require it.  
  • To fund research into finding a cure for DMD disease.   
     
    Since the “Join Our Boys Trust” was established, enough money has been raised to build a purpose-built house for the family, which is in Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Funds continue to be raised to ensure the on-going running costs of the property are covered as well as provide specialist care to Archie, George, and Isaac. It will also support on-going research to find a cure of DMD disease, the ultimate goal of Join our Boys Trust.   
     
  • Everyone can help Archie, George, and Isaac by donating to Join Our Boys Trust at https://joinourboys.org/donate/ 
     
    The Boys 
  • Archie loves Chelsea, Connacht rugby, music, playing drums and farming.  When he grows up, he wants to own his own farm, be a rugby coach and a professional drummer.  He enjoys spending time with his pals and watching sport.  He can’t get enough of roast dinners.  When he was younger, he met Cheryl Cole and lost the power of his speech! Unlike his father who could not shut up! 

     

  • George loves learning facts about EVERYTHING! He is an artist and loves painting.  He loves history, geography and travelling.  When he grows up, he wants to be a professional artist and have exhibitions all over the world! He also loves to watch TV documentaries, loves LEGO architecture and spending times with friends and reading.  His favourite meal is Shepherd’s Pie.   

     

  • Isaac loves learning new facts and is obsessed with soccer! He loves every single sport and watches every game or sports tournament.  When he grows up, he wants to be a soccer player and play for Ireland or Scotland.  Isaac is a total joker and does very good impressions of many famous people.  His favourite dinner is gammon 

    Paula Naughton can be contacted on e-mail at joinourboys@gmail.com 

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