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Grazing horses damage headstones in cemetery

Declan Tierney



Horses left to graze along the disused rail track in Tuam are finding their way into the local cemetery and destroying graves and headstones.

Representatives from Irish Rail are being summoned to a meeting of Tuam Municipal Council to explain how they are allowing horses to graze along the track and yet will not allow a greenway to be provided there.

It has been stated that four or five piebald horses were spotted in Tuam Cemetery last weekend and they had caused considerable damage to graves.

According to Cllr Donagh Killilea, the horses had come from the adjoining railway track where they have been grazing for a considerable time.

He made reference to the fact that Iarnród Eireann seems to have no problem with stray horses grazing along the track and yet they closed of a section of the railway line in Tuam which had been used by students and members of the public going about their daily business.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said that the horses were doing considerable damage to graves in Tuam Cemetery and Irish Rail should shoulder some accountability for this.

“The horses are grazing on the railway line and are not being prevented from doing so. And yet when we want to enhance a section of the track near the town centre, they put up barricades.

“We have to do something about the horses that are finding their way onto the graveyard by either confiscating them or prosecuting their owners but something needs to be done,” Cllr Killilea added.

He said that Irish Rail were riding roughshod over Tuam and particularly in its inability to get a greenway provided along the track, which has been the subject of a three year long campaign.

Cllr Shaun Cunniffe said that there was a section of the railway from Vicar Street to the Galway Road which was cleaned up, bottles and needles removed and there were plans to provide shrubbery there.

But he said that “political intervention” resulted in nine feet high steel gates being erected at either end to prevent any notion of a greenway being provided.

The independent councillor said that Irish Rail had done a lot to prevent developments in Tuam and blamed them for their willingness be guided by political interests.

“They have built a fence around the railway track in Tuam without any planning permission and now they have to go seeking retention.

“I have spoken to Irish Rail about them preventing public access along the stretch in town and they won’t respond.

“Tuam Tidy Towns put a lot of work into cleaning up this section of the railway line and they were going to enhance it with flowers and shrubs but Irish Rail just closed it down by erecting high gates on either end,” Cllr Cunniffe said.

A letter is being sent to Irish Rail asking them to attend a special meeting of Tuam Municipal Council.

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Influx of visitors heightens Covid fears

Dara Bradley



Saolta CEO Tony Canavan

Local health chiefs are planning for the worst case scenario of a second surge of Coronavirus brought on by domestic tourism – as ‘staycationers’ from parts of the country where the virus is more prevalent carry it into the west.

There has been just one new confirmed case of Covid-19 in Galway in the past week, and just a handful of new cases in the past several weeks.

But the authorities fear tourists from parts of the country more affected by the virus will result in an increase here during August and September.

There are also concerns that there are not enough beds in the public health system to cope with a resurgence of Covid-19 alongside regular winter hospital admissions.

Tony Canavan, CEO of Saolta, which manages public hospitals in the West, at the HSE West Regional Health Forum this week, said health workers are anxious that the deadly virus will spread to the West, as the reopening of society continues.

“There are concerns among those working in the health system associated with Government plans to reopen society and the economy, even though we know that is absolutely necessary and important for the well-being of the population as a whole.

“But the concerns we have relate to the greater movement of people whether it’s going to and from work, or going about their business, whether it’s attending the shops or entertainment events and so on, and that greater movement of people creates an environment where the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is increased.

“We’re particularly concerned in the West and North West, that there would be a level of movement of people associated with tourism at this time of year,” said Mr Canavan.

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Chanelle McCoy unveils her clinically proven cannabinoid cure

Stephen Corrigan



Chanelle McCoy (left) and Caroline Glynn with their new Pureis product line in Galway this week. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The usage of CBD food supplements to treat a whole raft of illnesses and conditions in recent years has given rise to concern that many of the products currently on the market are being sold to consumers without any clinical trials to verify their safety.

It was the rise in demand for these products that first caught the attention of well-known Loughrea business woman Chanelle McCoy who this week, together with her business partner and fellow Galwegian Caroline Glynn, launched the first CBD product on the Irish market that has been clinically proven to be safe – Pureis.

Chanelle, whose family business Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea has a proven track record in the medical world, stepped back from that venture five years ago to focus on her own Chanelle McCoy Health.

“My family business in Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea and so I’ve worked there for about 18 years. When I joined the business, it was a veterinary business and my father and I co-founded the medical side of the business. Then I was lucky to have the opportunity to lead that medical business over the last 18 years with a great team and with Caroline working with me,” says Chanelle of the beginning of her working relationship with Caroline.

“We bought the medical business into 96 countries around the world and we got over 2,500 product licences granted across those 96 countries. We would be looking at products in terms of what to put into the R&D pipeline and I started looking at CBD back in 2015, probably inspired a bit by Vera Twomey and the inability for moms like her to access good quality CBD products for kids like Ava,” she says, explaining that Cork woman Vera Twomey’s plight to secure cannabidiol treatment for her daughter’s epilepsy was a real eye-opener.

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State can’t leave Galway addiction services in limbo

Dara Bradley



Any further delay in setting up an alcohol addiction treatment service in Galway City will result in more deaths, including suicides, of problem drinkers – and cause ‘total devastation’ to local families, addiction experts have warned.

Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) has demanded that the Health Service Executive (HSE) immediately establishes an alcohol treatment service in the city.

The professional body which accredits counsellors claims that GPs in Galway are ‘flooded’ with drink-related patients, and the Emergency Department ‘can’t cope’ with the level of alcohol admissions.

It said the long-awaited alcohol addiction treatment service planned for the city would save lives and save tens of thousands of euro on alcohol-related emergency admissions at University Hospital Galway.

Some €470,000 a year funding for the service was announced by the previous Government last December; and a commitment for the service was contained in the Programme for Government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party.

This week, Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton, a Minister of State in the new administration, confirmed that some €225,000 for the service from now to Christmas, is available in the 2020 HSE budget to get the service up and running.

Local addiction counsellors have now demanded that the HSE urgently hire the staff, and source a building, to roll out the alcohol addiction service, which has been absent for the past seven years.

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