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Galway Leader projects saved with extra government funding

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Approved Galway leader projects have received a lifeline this evening following an announcement that they are to benefit from a national funding pot of 42 million euro.

The allocation for approved projects, which had been on hold, is part of an overall total of 90 million euro secured to safeguard the Leader elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

It follows a rebalancing exercise by the Department of the Environment after the European Commission approved a change in the maximum co-funding rate for the Leader programme.

Galway local development companies including Fourm Connemara, Comhar na nOileain Teo and Galway Rural Development will now be able to continue such projects.

They have been given two weeks to notify the department  on the projects which are deemed ready to proceed.

Galway West Fine Gael TD Sean Kyne says the programme is vital in stimulating economic activity and job creation and helps to support rural communities throughout our region.

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Report highlights vulnerability of Ferox trout in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask

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New research has revealed the vulnerability of a rare species of trout found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

Ferox trout are large, long-lived fish eating trout that are believed to be genetically distinct from normal brown trout.

They are normally found in deep lakes, and the great majority of Irish specimen Ferox trout have been found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

A new scientific paper has been published which studied the Ferox trout in these lakes and sought to discover their spawning location.

Researchers found that over 90 percent of Ferox trout tagged in Lough Corrib spawned in a single spawn streaming, the Cong River.

While over 70 percent of those tagged in Lough Mask spawned in the Cong Canal and Cong River.

Dr. Paddy Gargan with Inland Fisheries Ireland says the findings show the vulnerability of the species – but he believes they do now have increased protection.

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Galway farmer named young farmer of the year

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – East Galway farmer Dara Killeen has been named the FBD Macra Na Feirme Young Farmer of the year

The Dairy Farmer from Meelick, who farms a dairy enterprise with his father are new to dairy farming having entered in 2017 and are a focus farm for Aurivo, whom they supply their milk to.

Dara and his father milk 150 high EBI crossbred cows.

Macra President Thomas Duffy says Dara demonstrates all the best qualities of a young farmer, progressive, environmentally conscious and quality focused.

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Appeal launched on the Late Late Toy Show inspired by young Kiltullagh lady raises over 5 Million Euro

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – An appeal inspired by the story of a little girl from Galway has risen to over €5 million euro since its launch last night on the Late Late Toy Show.

Saoirse Ruane from Kiltullagh, Athenry captured the hearts of the nation last night and spoke to Ryan Tubridy about her year which began with her becoming ill while watching the Toy Show last year.

Following initial treatment, she was sent home in a cast with crutches but later it was discovered that she had a tumour which led to her leg being amputated.

Saoirse, who was later joined by her mother Rosanne, told Ryan that she had three dreams during her recovery.

One was to appear on the Late Late Toy Show which was ticked off

The Second was to be able to walk again by Christmas which she achieved with a prosthetic leg that had a beautiful unicorn on it.

The third was to go on a family holiday.

At that moment, Ryan Tubridy produced a “Golden Ticket” and explained that Aer Lingus wanted to send the family on a weeklong trip of a lifetime to Disneyworld, Orlando.

Following that news, Dublin Airport tweeted minutes later to say that they will offer Saoirse and her family complimentary use of their Platinum Services VIP facility when they are travelling.

Saoirse’s story and her incredible fundraising over the past twelve months inspired the Late Late Show to then begin an appeal instead of the usual competition with half of the money raised shared among Barnardos, The Children’s Health Foundation and Children’s Books Ireland. The other 50 per cent will be distributed by The Community Foundation for Ireland to various charities nationwide.

By the end of the annual extravaganza, the appeal had already raised more than €5.2 million.

For more information or to donate please visit www.rte.ie/toyshowappeal, or call 1800 111 800

SAOIRSE RUANE (Galway, Age 8) pictured with her mum at The Late Late Toy Show 2020, at RTÉ in Dublin, Friday, November 27th 2020.
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