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Galway girls shed pony tails in support of brave school-mate

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Seven little girls have shown their incredible support for their school-mate in her battle with cancer – by cutting off their long pony tails for charity.

Ada Gallagher, Greta Gallagher, Emily Clarke, Katie Clarke, Lucy Clarke, Ròisìn Burke and Gràinne Burke – all from Kilchreest National School – decided to donate their hair to the Rapunzel Foundation to help their friend Niamh Davison.

On top of their generous hair donations, the young Loughrea girls have also set up a GoFundMe page online, with all the funds raised going towards Niamh’s cancer treatment, to date the page has raised over €2,000.

Six year old Niamh was diagnosed with a brain tumour called medullablastoma in December of last year and has been undergoing both radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment ever since.

Niamh’s mother Jenna was overwhelmed by the support shown to their family by Niamh’s classmates and teachers upon hearing of the diagnosis.

“All the children rallied around her immediately; they take really good care of her,” she said.

Despite their young age, the girls understood the gravity of the situation immediately; doing everything they could to help Niamh through her treatment process.

“They walk with her and they stay in with her at playtime; there are no words to describe it,” she said.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Award gives Galway business reason to smile

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Website winners...Spotlight Oral Care founders Lisa and Vanessa Creaven.

A Galway-based dental care company won the prestigious and coveted Website of the Year Award at the inaugural National Digital Awards last weekend.

Spotlight Oral Care – the company founded by dentists and sisters Dr Lisa and Dr Vanessa Creaven, with Dr Barry Buckley in 2016 – saw off runners-up Dublin Airport to take the top website prize at the online event organised by Digital Business Ireland, in partnership with title sponsor, permanent tsb.

Spotlight Oral Care – based at Harris House, at the small IDA Business Park on the Tuam Road – develops and sells products such as toothpaste, teeth whitening kits and toothbrushes amongst others.

The company has sought to single itself out by producing sustainable products. For example, its toothpaste tube is made from sugarcane and is fully recyclable.

Galway was also represented among the winners of the awards celebrating Ireland’s top digital talent. Galway native Ashley McDonnell, who works for international fashion retailer Puig, won the Next Generation Award.

The Craughwell native took the prestigious crown for young business people under the age of 30 working in tech.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones

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These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.

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All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to news@ctribune.ie or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at salesadmin@ctribune.ie

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Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward

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Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.

All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.

Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.

“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.

“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?

“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”

Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.

A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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