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Galway at highest risk from sinkholes and subsidence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that buildings across Galway are at the greatest risk nationwide from sinkholes and subsidence.
Subsidence occurs when the surface ‘sinks’ unexpectedly – which can lead to damaged or destroyed buildings, land and other infrastructure.

Earlier this week, a GAA pitch in Co. Monaghan was destroyed by a sinkhole – leading to the evacuation of a nearby school and the closure of local roads.
Since then, location intelligence software firm GAMMA has identified other areas that may be at risk from similar occurrences.
Using its risk assessment reporting tool known as ‘Perilfinder’, it’s identified Galway, Clare and Roscommon as the counties where buildings are most exposed to potential subsidence issues.
Each county has more than 15 percent of their total buildings – both residential and commercial – falling within a high-risk zone.
That’s significantly higher than the national average of just 5 percent of buildings lying within areas vulnerable to subsidence events.
The map produced by Gamma shows a particularly strong belt of high-risk areas running from South Mayo, through Galway and stretching into North Limerick.
According to the Irish Examiner, buildings in Counties Wexford and Wicklow are the least likely to be affected by subsidence issues.

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Investigation underway following plane crash near Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An investigation is being carried out following a plane crash near Athenry yesterday.

A man and a woman – both aged in their 60s – were taken to University Hospital Galway following the light aircraft crash in a field near Killimordaly GAA club around 1.30pm.

It’s understood the pilot was attempting to make an emergency landing in the Cessna 172 following engine trouble when the crash happened.

One person was airlifted via Air Corps helicopter 112 to UHG while another was taken via ambulance.

Personel from the Air Accident Investigation Unit attended the scene and will carry out an investigation into the incident.

Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Albert Dolan says investigators need time to establish what exactly happened…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

Stock Image: Cessna 172 light aircraft

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Two people taken to UHG following plane crash near Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two people have been taken to University Hospital Galway following a light aircraft crash near Athenry.

It’s understood a small plane made an emergency landing at a GAA pitch near Killimordaly shortly after lunchtime.

One person was airlifted via Air Corps helicopter 112 to UHG while another was taken via ambulance.

Emergency services – including units of Galway Fire Brigade – remain at the scene this afternoon.

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Man dies following house fire in Moylough

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has died following a house fire in Moylough.

It’s understood the fire broke out at around 5am at a two storey house in the Moate area.

It’s believed the man, who is aged in his 60’s, was living alone at the house.

Emergency services – including several units from Mountbellew and Tuam – remain at the scene this morning.

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