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Galway woman’s thanks for second lease of life

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A Killimor resident who underwent a double lung transplant after three years on the waiting list is to fundraise for equipment at the hospital where the mammoth operation took place.

Rosaleen Clasby was first diagnosed nearly three decades ago with sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease in which granulomas, or clumps of inflammatory cells, form in various organs.

Ireland has one of the highest incidences in the world of the disease. In Rosaleen’s case it decreased the capacity of her lungs by two thirds and her medical team decided that her only option was to have a double lung transplant.

The London native spent over three years on the lung transplant list, waiting for the call that donor lungs had become available.

Throughout it all, Rosaleen managed to hold down her job as credit control officer in the Portumna Credit Union with the help of colleagues.

The first call from the transplant centre came in June 2015. However, the lungs went to the next person on the list after a slight infection was detected in Rosaleen’s blood sample.

The second call came in October that year but she was sent home after one of the donor lungs collapsed and only one lung was available.

It was a case of third time lucky when in February 2016 she was got orders to come to the transplant unit. The operation performed by Dr Karen Redmond in the Mater Hospital took around seven hours.

She has now embarked on a plan to raise funds for the unit which saved her life.

“There are so many people still waiting for transplants. Some didn’t make it so it’s worth saying thank you. I was quite sick afterwards and everyone was so good to me from the kitchen staff to the top specialists. It’s been amazing.”

The dance will take place at the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe on Friday, November 30, with music by John Molloy. All proceeds will go to the National Centre for Heart and Lung Transplants in the Mater Hospital Dublin. Tickets are available in both Killimor and Portumna Post Offices and in local shops. Contact 087 272 7336 or the hotel on 090 963 0400.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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