A Galway school’s senior hurlers are taking to the field with a very special message this year – and it’s more to do with health than hurling.
St. Joseph’s Patrician College – better known as the Bish – have been proudly wearing their new jerseys this season, emblazoned with the Pieta House logo ‘Mind Our Men’.
And it’s thanks to a fundraising campaign led by a member of the squad and a man with a famous Galway hurling heritage, Martin Connolly.
The son of Murt Connolly – one of the famed Castlegar brothers – Martin organised to have the team’s jerseys emblazoned with the Pieta House logo for this season.
He has been actively volunteering for Pieta House since his family held the fundraising event, ‘100,000 Steps for Cormac’ in 2014, in memory of his brother who passed away from cancer in 2011.
The Connollys decided to organize a fundraiser to remember Cormac – and they choose Pieta House at their charity because they recognized the need for a charity that helped young people in particular to cope with mental health and suicidal tendencies.
Martin’s mother Mary explains how the jersey initiative came about.
“He came up with the idea that if he could raise €500 himself towards the jerseys that he would speak to Pieta and his teacher about getting the Pieta ‘Mind Our Men’ logo on the jerseys. Pieta was delighted to be involved in this campaign in the school,” she said.
The concept for the Pieta jerseys came off the back of a series of positive mental health seminars that were held in the school.
Raising awareness for the work organisations like Pieta House carry out is very important to the Connollys, and Mary hopes the jerseys will be helpful going forward.
“One of the things Martin was aware of when getting Pieta involved with their logo on the jerseys was that if lads were looking for someone to talk to or any help that they would know that Pieta was somewhere that they could go and the name and services would be familiar to them,” she said.
The jerseys have served the team well so far this year and they are now gearing up for a Keith Hayes Cup semi-final clash with St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea later this month.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Man in his 70s killed in South Galway crash
A man in his 70s has died following a crash in South Galway on Tuesday afternoon.
Gardaí are currently at the scene of the two-car crash, which occurred at around 3.35pm on the N18 at Kiltartan.
The driver and sole occupant of one of the vehicles, a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem examination will be conducted at a later date.
The driver and sole occupant of the other vehicle involved, a man in his 30s, was taken to University Hospital Galway for treatment of his injuries which are believed to be non-life threatening.
The road is currently closed and will be closed overnight awaiting an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators have been requested.
Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses or road users with dash cam footage to contact them.
Schools and colleges in Galway advised to close for Storm Barra
Schools in Galway have begun informing parents that they will not open tomorrow, following advice from the Department of Education.
The Dept said this evening that schools, colleges and universities in areas where a Status Orange or Red warning apply for Storm Barra should not open.
A spokesperson said: “Met Éireann has advised that there is a strong possibility that the status of parts of these counties currently in Status Orange are likely to change and escalate to Status Red.
“Due to the significant nature of Storm Barra, as forecast by Met Éireann and to give sufficient notice to institutions of further and higher education, the department is advising that all universities, colleges and further education facilities covered by the Red Alert and Orange warning from Met Éireann should not open tomorrow, 7 December.
“All schools and third level institutions should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins and in particular any change in the status warning for their area.”
Galway Gardaí: ‘Stay at home during Storm Barra’
Gardaí in Galway have warned people to stay home tomorrow (Tuesday) as Met Éireann forecasted a ‘risk to life’ ahead of Storm Barra’s expected landfall tomorrow morning.
At a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee (JPC), Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said the City Council was preparing for the ‘high probability’ of coastal flooding.
A combination of tomorrow’s high tides with the forecast high winds and heavy rainfall would likely lead to a flooding event, he said.
Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said the best advice available was to stay at home but refused to comment on school closures – advising that was a matter for the Department of Education.
Mr McGrath said a number of meetings between local and national agencies had already taken place, with more set to run throughout the day as preparations got underway for this winter’s first severe weather event.
“High tide is at 6.45am tomorrow morning and at 7.20pm tomorrow evening. There is currently a Red Marine Warning in place for the sea area that includes Galway and an Orange Storm Warning for Storm Barra for 6am Tuesday morning to 6am on Wednesday morning,” said Mr McGrath, adding that it was possible this storm warning could be raised to Red later today.
With high tide at 5.45 metres and a forecast storm surge of 1.05m, the risk of flooding was significant. In addition, winds were currently forecast to be South-West to West, said Mr McGrath, conducive to a flooding event in the city.
“It is potentially problematic . . . the hope would be that the storm surge doesn’t happen at the same time as high tide,” he added.
The flood protection barrier had been installed at Spanish Arch over the weekend and storm gullies had been cleaned. Sandbags were to be distributed throughout the day, said Mr McGrath.
Council staff would be on duty throughout the weather event and Gardaí would be operating rolling road closures from early morning. Carparks in Salthill were closed today, while tow trucks were on standby to remove any vehicles not moved by their owners before the high-risk period.
Chief Supt Curley said it was imperative people stayed home where possible.
The best way to say safe was to “leave the bicycle or the car in the driveway” from early tomorrow morning, and to stay indoors until the worst of the storm had passed.
Met Éireann has warned of potential for flooding in the West, with Storm Barra bringing “severe or damaging gusts” of up to 130km/h.
A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am Tuesday to 6am Wednesday, with southerly winds, later becoming northwesterly, with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts of up to 130km/h possibly higher in coastal areas.
“High waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge will lead to wave overtopping and a significant possibility of coastal flooding. Disruption to power and travel are likely,” Met Éireann said.