Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardaí are ramping up visits to businesses across the county in an effort to improve crime prevention measures.
It follows two seperate aggravated burglaries which took place at premises in Athenry and Knockdoe in just over a week.
Three men, wearing dark clothing, targetted ‘Daybreak’ in Knockdoe at 9 o’clock Thursday night and managed to flee the scene with cigarettes and cash.
The owner, a woman in her 50s, was struck on the legs a number of times during the incident and received treatment at the scene.
Last week, the 20th of February, three men wearing balaclavas and hoodies entered the home of Frank and Mary Duane, who own the filling station and foodstore in Kiltullagh, about three miles from Athenry.
The gang forced a family member to open the safe of the business and managed to get a reported 10 thousand euro, before fleeing the scene in a car in the direction of Ballinasloe.
They kept the family captive for almost an hour and their son Anthony received a head injury during the incident.
Tender issued for feasibility study on Quiet Man Greenway between Athenry and Milltown
Galway County Council has issued a tender for a contractor to carry out a feasibility study on the development of a greenway between Athenry and Milltown.
It follows the allocation of €75 thousand to the local authority in August to carry out a study on the ‘Quiet Man Greenway’.
The proposed amenity would run for 47km, starting in Athenry, running through Ballyglunin and Tuam before finishing in Milltown.
An extensive local campaign has long championed the proposed Greenway, which could also extend beyond the county border to link up with the Sligo Greenway.
Galway East Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon says today is an important milestone that could lead to millions of euro being invested in the area – we will have an extended interview on this topic on FYI Galway from 5…
Continued increase in numbers of Covid patients in ICU at UHG
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a continued increase in the number of Covid-19 patients who are being treated in ICU at University Hospital Galway.
There are now 18 people in intensive care at the city hospital, up from 17 yesterday.
It comes as management at UHG is preparing to enter Level 4 of their ICU escalation plan due to growing demands on the unit.
However, the overall number of patients being treated for the virus has dropped, now standing at 120, compared to 133 yesterday.
Meanwhile, 11 patients are being treated for Covid-19 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, unchanged from yesterday.
Nationally, 1,969 people with Covid-19 are receiving treatment in Irish hospitals today – an increase for the second day in a row.
HSE CEO Paul Reid says the disease will only stop spreading within hospitals once its halted in the community.
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Average age of Covid-19 cases in Galway remains lowest nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average age of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Galway remains the lowest nationwide.
The figure is unchanged from last week at 31 years of age – followed by Sligo at 33, and Kerry at 35.
However, the age profile has increased significantly in recent weeks.
Shortly before Christmas, the average age of confirmed cases in Galway was just 26.
The latest figures show that Galway has an incidence rate of 1,017 per 100 thousand – and recorded 2,624 new cases over the past 14 days.