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Galway gets second highest payout to protect rare bird

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway farmers have been paid almost 30 thousand euro between them for the protection of the rare Hen Harrier.

Figures obtained by the Irish Independent show that the Government spent 1.75 million euro on nationwide conservation measures for the bird in the first 10 months of this year.

The second and third highest amounts were paid to farmers in Galway who received 15 thousand euro and 14 thousand 800 euro respectively.

Farmers receive the money if their land is located in a Special Protection Area for the Hen Harrier.

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Hunt on for Galway winner of €250 thousand prize bond jackpot

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The hunt is on for the Galway winner of a prize bonds jackpot worth €250 thousand.

It was won in the monthly Ireland State Savings Prize Bonds draw at the end of September.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Anna McHugh of An Post had this advice.

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HSE urged to make agricultural land at Toghermore available for local use

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The HSE is being urged to make agricultural lands at the Toghermore campus on the outskirts of Tuam available for local use.

Local councillor Donagh Killilea told a meeting of the Health Forum West that it’s a “fine bank of land” lying idle.

Toghermore House currently houses mental health services, which will move to the Old Grove Hospital once ongoing redevelopment of that site is completed.

Councillor Killilea says there’s a significant parcel of agricultural land at Toghermore that local farmers could make good use of.

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Over 80% of people in West claim they increased time spent outdoors since COVID-19 hit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 81% of people in West claim they have increased the time they spend in natural spaces since COVID-19 hit.

The CSO data found that, nationwide, 78% of people say they spend more time outdoors now than in March 2020.

More than half of people surveyed in the West said they discovered a new natural space in that time.

While just 14% said they looked at getting access to a private or shared outdoor space.

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