Galway Bay fm newsroom – A family owned toy retailer with headquarters in Galway has recorded sales of more than half a billion euro in its UK operations for the first time.
New figures show Smyths Toys has seen sales surge by 11 percent in the UK in 2017 to a record 534 million euro.
According to the Irish Independent, the business which is led by the four Smyth brothers saw pre-tax profits increase by 18 percent to over 13.3 million euro.
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18 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 462 nationwide with 39 additional deaths
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 39 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
10 of these deaths occurred in March, 12 occurred in February, 13 in January, and 3 occurred earlier than this. One further death is under investigation.
The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 0 – 97 years.
There has been a total of 4,396 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Wednesday 3rd March, the HPSC has been notified of 462 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 221,649 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.*
Of the cases notified today:
- 224 are men / 236 are women
- 69% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 31 years old
- 207 in Dublin, 29 in Cork, 26 in Meath, 20 in Kildare, 18 in Galway and the remaining 162 cases are spread across all other counties. **
As of 8am today, 460 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 107 are in ICU. 26 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of March 01, 446,474 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:
- 303,550 people have received their first dose
- 142,924 people have received their second dose
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We have been made aware of four preliminary reports of stillbirths potentially associated with a condition called COVID Placentitis. These reports should be interpreted with caution as the coroners have not yet concluded their findings. The HSEs National Women and Infants Programme is aware of and is monitoring the situation and has issued a related notice to obstetric departments. I would ask that the privacy of all of those affected by this disease continue to be respected at all times.”
Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE West said: “We have confirmed that more than 200 households have had an outbreak of COVID-19 that are linked back to the outbreak among students. We know that the new variant is more transmissible, and, based on the latest data, approximately a third of household contacts of confirmed cases in Ireland are now testing positive. If you display any symptoms of COVID-19, you must immediately self-isolate in your room and phone your GP.”
“We know how to break the chains of transmission of this disease. We must all continue to make every effort to limit our social contacts, stay home and stay safe.”
Dr Máirín Ryan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health Technology Assessment, HIQA, said: “HIQA has today published its advice to NPHET on reducing the minimum age of mask wearing in children. As we know, the evidence points towards face mask use in the community reducing transmission of COVID-19. However, in young children, the benefit of face masks is likely small and may be affected by their reduced ability to comply with face mask wearing.”
“The expert advisory group has not advised any change to the guidance on mask wearing in children. The best way to ensure that schools remain a low-risk environment is by the continued use of a combination of public health measures, such as physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, increased ventilation and by not attending when you have symptoms of COVID-19.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “The R number has at least remained stable and may even have decreased slightly, this is reflected in the week-on-week decline in cases that has been reported recently.”
“This represents an extraordinary effort over a very challenging nine week period that has brought us from 6,500 cases to under 600.”
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 221,649 confirmed cases reflects this.
**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.
Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 03 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases** (to midnight 03Mar2021)||5-Day Moving Average of New Cases||14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 03Mar2021)||New Cases during last 14 days (to 03Mar2021)|
~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers
- 7-day incidence 88
- 5-day moving average 536
Works to get underway on watermain upgrade works at Old Monivea Road
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are getting underway this week on significant works to replace problematic watermains at Old Monivea Road.
Irish Water says 219 metres of old watermains will be decommissioned, while 191 metres will be replaced with high density polyethylene pipes.
It says once completed, customers will enjoy an improved water supply with far less disruption.
The works are commencing this week, and are expected to be completed by the end of the month.
Traffic management measures will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.
Higher planning authority backs proposal for over 120 housing units in Barna
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plan to build over 120 housing units in the Barna area has received the backing of An Bord Pleanála.
The development led by Burkeway Homes Limited is to be located at Trusky East, Trusky West, Freeport and Ahaglugger.
The project will involve the demolition of existing outbuildings.
This will make way for the construction of 52 houses, 69 apartments and a childcare facility.
The strategic development also provides for shared communal and private open space as well as car and bicycle parking.
It also sets out to provide a public linear park along the Trusky stream.
An Bord Pleanála has approved the plan with a list of 30 conditions.
It’s stated a minimum of 20% of the houses are to be restricted to use as a house by those who can demonstrate the ability to preserve and protect the language and culture of the Gaeltacht.
It’s also stated that a planted privacy strip is to be provided at ground level to the apartments in Block A4, and between Blocks A1 and A2, where ground level windows adjoin public footpaths.
Prior to the occupation of the development, a parking management plan is to be prepared.
A minimum of 10% of all car parking spaces are to be provided with functioning electric vehicle charging stations, and ducting for all remaining car parking spaces.
The development is to be carried out on a phased basis, in accordance with a phasing scheme which shall be submitted to the planning authority for written agreement prior to commencement of any works.