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Galway fashion fan wins chance to design pair of Doc Martens

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Rebecca Casserly: shows her style on Long Walk.

A Galway fashion blogger has won a competition to design her own pair of Dr Martens boots.
Rebecca Casserly from Oranmore has for the last two years been writing the blog under the pseudonym Bec Boop.
Last week she was announced as the winner of national bloggers’ styling competition #WalkYourStyle in association with the iconic brand Dr. Martens and the shoe shop Walk Shoes Online.
Rebecca was selected as a finalist along with the three other fashion bloggers in Ireland to participate in the competition which was part of Dr. Martens’ global #StandForSomething campaign.
The social media campaign gets fans of the boots to share their stories about what they stand for and photograph themselves wearing their favourite Docs style.
Each finalist was provided with a classic pair of Dr. Martens which they had to style in three different ways. The finalists also had to answer the question ‘what do you stand for?’.
Rebecca replied: “I stand for hard work and persistence. Persistence is defined as continuing in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Every time life puts a hurdle in my place I jump right over it and carry on with determination to succeed,” she wrote.
“I stay incredibly focused and I believe the key to happiness in life is ambition and drive. Persistence is in my personality and it’s what I stand for.”
The competition was judged by public vote via social media with over 3,000 total votes cast during October.
Rebecca’s prize involves a trip to London to visit the Dr. Martens factory and museum, designing her own pair of Dr. Martens boots and attending an exclusive concert as part of the UK #StandForSomething tour.
Rebecca’s blog on www.becboop.com has attracted almost 400,000 views and 3,000 followers. By day Rebecca works as an accountant in Limerick and by night she writes her blog and does fashion styling.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Furbo hit and run

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A man in his 40s is in a serious condition in hospital following a hit and run in Furbo last night.

He was a pedestrian who was walking on the R336 road near Furbo Church, when he was hit by a car around 8.30pm.

The driver of the car failed to remain at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place while Garda Forensic Collision Investigators conduct an examination of the scene.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward, particularly any road users who may have dash-cam footage recorded in the area between 8pm and 9pm.

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Drug use in Galway at ‘frightening levels’ says top Garda

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Use of illegal drugs has reached ‘fairly frightening’ levels across the city and county, according to Galway’s top Garda.

Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that only about 10% of the drugs in circulation in society are detected by Gardaí.

He said that there had been increases in detection of drugs for sale or supply and for simple possession in the city and county so far this year.

Cocaine in particular was an issue in Galway, he said, but increased drug use was evident in “every village and town in the country”.

In his report to the latest Galway City Joint Policing Committee, Chief Supt Curley said that there had been a 22% increase in detection of drugs for sale or supply in Galway, up 14 to 78 at the end of September.

There had been 108 incidents of drugs for simple possession, up by 15%.

The amount of cocaine seized in the first nine months of the year amounted to €538,838. The level of cannabis seized amounted to €361,872.

Ecstasy (€640) and heroin (€2,410) were also seized, according to the Garda report.

Councillor Donal Lyons (Ind) said it was a concern that cocaine had overtaken cannabis for the first time, in terms of the street value of the amounts seized.

Councillor Eddie Hoare (FG) said that the Garda Drugs Unit needed to be commended for the seizures.

Councillor Alan Cheevers (FF) said it was concerning that use of cocaine had escalated.

In response to Chair of the JPC, Councillor Niall McNelis (Lab), Chief Supt Curley said there were some instances where parents or siblings were being pursued by criminals over drug debts accrued by family members.

He added he would continue to allocate resources to the drugs problem.

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Up to 20-week waiting period for youth mental health service in Galway

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Young people in Galway have highest waiting times in the state for an appointment with the Jigsaw youth mental health service.

That’s according to Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell who revealed that waiting times for an appointment here are currently up to 20 weeks.

“Figures released through a Parliamentary Question have shown there are significant wait times for counselling appointments with Jigsaw, the mental health service which provides vital supports to young people, in Galway,” she said.

“Demand for the Jigsaw service in Galway and across the State continues to grow, however, as a result youths are waiting up to 20 weeks to get an appointment. With young people from Galway currently experiencing the longest wait times at 20 weeks.

“Every expert in child and adolescent mental health will tell you that early intervention is absolutely vital in avoiding enduring and worsening problems in the future.

“Yet, these figures reveal that if a child or young person seeks out care they are in all likelihood going to be faced with extended waiting periods which are simply unacceptable and put them and their mental health at a very serious risk,” she added.

Deputy Farrell said that young peoples’ mental health had been adversely affected during the pandemic – with loss of schooling, sports, peer supports and even their ability to socialise with friends impacting.

“Jigsaw have experienced a 42% increase in the demand for their services and this cry for help from our young people cannot fall on deaf ears,” she said.

“There is also an element of postcode politics, that depending on where you live you may get treated quicker.  Some areas have a three-week waiting time while others are left waiting for 20 weeks.

“Uniformed mental health treatment is needed – so our young people can access the care they need, when they need it and where they need it.

“I have called on the Minister to urgently engage with the service to provide a solution,” she concluded.

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