Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai are to implement traffic plans in Oranmore today as huge crowds are expected for the funeral of Galway hurling icon Tony Keady.
There were severe traffic delays and lengthy queues yesterday as up to 15 thousand people flocked to the village to attend the reposal of the hurling legend.
Among the mourners were hurlers and GAA players from all over Ireland – including the Tipperary team which battled Galway for the all-Ireland crown in the 1980s.
Oranmore almost came to a standstill yesterday as the resposal of Tony Keady, long regarded as one of the finest hurlers to ever wear the maroon jersey, got underway.
The village was awash with county flags as people began queuing from mid-day and continued to arrive in a seemingly endless stream to pay their respects to the hurling legend.
Manager Michael ‘Babs’ Keating and his Tipperary squad, who battled Tony so fiercely in the all-Ireland rivalries of the 1980s, travelled to Oranmore pay their respects to the iconic hurler.
Also in attendance were dozens of Tony’s former Galway and Killimordaly teammates – as well as the Galway senior and minor squads, who privately paid their respects before members of the public arrived.
The Killimordaly native passed away at UHG on Wednesday night following a sudden illness.
The 53 year old lived at Frenchfort just several kilometers outside the village and worked as a caretaker at Calasanctius College, where he was heavily involved in coaching.
He’s survived by his wife Margaret and their four children.
The double All-Ireland winner and All Star played hurling with his local club Killimordaly, and was a member of the Galway senior inter-county team in the 1980s and 1990s.
He has been remembered in recent days as a true legend of Galway hurling for his dominance of the half-back line and for his larger than life personality.
Requiem Mass will take place this afternoon at 2, after which Tony will be laid to rest in Renville Cemetery.
Heavy traffic and huge crowds are again expected today, and Gardai and GAA stewards will be on-site to direct traffic.
The public are asked to avoid the Maree Road to Renville and Renville Park areas between 3-5pm today to facilitate the Funeral.
The Keady family has requested that instead of flowers, donations can be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Request for more time to build sports facility at Inishbofin appealed to planning board
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The county council’s refusal of an application for more time to develop a sports facility at Inishbofin has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
The plan led by Inishbofin Development Company C-L-G to request extra time for the project was refused by the council in April.
The development at Middlequarter involves a single storey sports facility to include dressing rooms, referee room, showers and toilets.
An Bord Pleanála is due to issue a decision in September.
Gaelscoil Dara Renmore wins national science competition
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Gaelscoil Dara in Renmore has been declared the winner of START, a national science competition
It challenges primary school children aged 8 to 12 to simulate their own trial and report on their findings.
The ‘Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials’ final took place yesterday at NUI Galway
Gaelscoil Dara’s winning entry asked the question ‘do children learn better from a teacher or from each other?’
Athenry’s Agricultural Show returns for first time since 2019
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Athenry Agricultural Show is returning tomorrow for the first time since 2019.
As with previous years, there will be a wide range of classes in categories such as showjumping, equine, sheep and dog showing, and baking.
Many categories will hold championships, and a range of qualifiers for other shows throughout the country will also be available.
A full schedule of classes is available on the Athenry agri show website.
Assistant show secretary and PRO, Mary O’Keeffe says everyone is excited to see the return of the event.