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Government gifts 42 acre recreational site to Clarinbridge community

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Department of Agriculture has gifted a 42 acre site in Clarinbridge to the local community for recreational use.
Members of the Athenry Oranmore municipal district were told at this morning’s meeting that Cowpark will be enhanced with walking and cycle tracks.
A condition of the transfer of ownership is that the land cannot be used for any purpose other than passive recreation.
Clarinbridge resident Councillor Martina Kinnane says she’s disappointed by the limitation, because the village needs a playground.
She says since the local football club Colga FC missed out on sports capital funding, there’s a greater need for facilities for children.

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Council seek funding for re-design of “accident blackspot” at Derrydonnell Cross Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is seeking funding for the full re-design of the layout of Derrydonnell Cross in Athenry.

It would include a safety audit at the junction this year, with the aim of creating a more straightforward layout for traffic.

The council has made a submission to the Department of Transport to make it a priority for 2023.

Councillor David Collins outlines what measures could improve safety at the cross:

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Green light for demolition of former Clarin College in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The go-ahead has been given for plans to demolish the former Clarin College school campus in Athenry.

The two-storey building at Caheroyn Road was vacated with the opening of a new one-thousand pupil school on the outskirts of the town in 2019.

The works will see all permanent and associated buildings demolished, as well as foundations and surfaces.

County planners have granted permission to GRETB for the works with 13 conditions attached.

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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