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Gort tourist office opens following community campaign

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Galway Bay fm news – Gort’s new tourist office opened its doors for the first time this afternoon.
The office has been set up by rural tourism organisation ‘The Burren Lowlands,’ and will provide a tourist information service for South Galway.
The premises on the square in Gort has been donated rent-free by local businessmen Michael and Sean Mullins, and will be staffed by volunteers and staff from Galway Rural Development.
It’s hoped the office will open from 10am to 6pm for the duration of the tourism season.
Speaking at the opening this afternoon, Mike Mullins says he donated the unit after witnessing the enthusiasm of the Burren Lowlands group.

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LISTEN: Moycullen Native to be ordained in Galway Cathedral this afternoon

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Moycullen native will be ordained at Galway Cathedral this afternoon.

Originally from Knockauranny, John Gerard Acton will be ordained by Bishop Brendan Kelly at 3pm.

John Gerard studied business and communications at GMIT and worked in retail and hospitality for several years before beginning his six years of priestly formation at St. Patricks College in Maynooth.

He told Keith Finnegan that religion has been with him since a young age, but at times he felt he was trying to “run away” from his strong faith:

John Gerard is the son of Séamus and Maureen Acton and is the youngest of four siblings.

He also has extended family members serving in religious life.

John Gerard says his parents have always been very supportive, and were aware of his strong faith from a young age:

You can hear more from John Gerard Acton on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan on Tuesday, while Galway Bay fm news will feature coverage of the ordination this evening as part of the 5pm news.

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Moycullen welcomes home their Olympic Medallist this evening

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The community of Moycullen will be welcoming home their Olympic medal winning rower Fiona Murtagh this evening.

Fiona, alone with Furbo native Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty won bronze in the Womens Fours event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the early hours of Wednesday Morning.

Fiona and her family will do a tour of the parish on a open top bus departing from Bushypark at 6:30 travelling on to the village for 6.45. From there it will head down the Tullokyne Rd and should pass Hurneys at approximately 6:55.

It will then proceed towards Knockferry, Collinamuck and should be on the Cloonabinnia Road by about 7:20. It will be back out on the N59 at Rinneen and they will travel back through Moycullen village again.

Due to current restrictions, there can be no further celebrations but will still be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get out and show their appreciation of her amazing achievement at the Tokyo Olympics.

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1427 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,427* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The figure is a decrease of 74 on yesterday’s figure.

It brings the five-day moving average of new cases to 1,363.

There are currently 164 people in hospital with the virus – of which 26 are in intensive care units.

Cases have remained consistently between 1,000 and 1,500 cases per day over the past week or so, following a sharp increase in daily figures in mid-July.

This weekend also marks a further expansion of the vaccination programme, with walk-in vaccination centres opened across the country for the first time.

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