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How’s that for a first haircut!

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 25-May-2011

A twelve year old schoolgirl from Ballinasloe shed an incredible three feet of her beautiful red hair last week – to help make life a little better for children with cancer.

Valerie Ward from Creagh, who is a pupil of Newtown School, had her hair cut for the very first time in her life, for charity by Samuel Radnai at MOHH, Athlone last week.

She donated three feet – or a yard – of her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation who make wigs for children who suffer from hair loss through illness, chemotheraphy or trauma.

The Rapunzel Foundation is the brainchild of hairdressers Anna Furlong from New Ross and Maeve O’Healy Harte from Athlone, who are rolling out the charity nationwide.

In order to participate, all you have to do is grow your hair to at least twelve inches and then have it cut.

For those who register as a hair donor, Rapunzel-

registered salons will cut their hair in to a new style, free of charge and give them guidance on keeping their new style looking its best at home.

But as is takes between five and 25 ponytails to make one wig, there is always a waiting list for children’s wigs.

The ponytails are sent to New Zealand where they will eventually be made into wigs for children – and these wigs will then be returned to Ireland to help the children who need them most.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Appeal for information following Portumna crash

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.

The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.

Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.

Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.

He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060

 

 

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President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.

It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.

The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.

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Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.

The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.

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