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Hurling and camogie main source of sports injuries according to Portiuncula study

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Galway Bay fm newsroom– A new study conducted in the A&E department at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has examined all sports related injuries that were treated at the hospital over a three month period last year.

Hurling and camogie were found to be the main cause of sports injuries during the research.

The audit was carried out by Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Ballinalsoe to identify the prevalence of minor sports injuries.

The study aims to educate people on how to reduce the risk of being injured while taking part in a sport by anaylsing how the patient was injured along with the type of injury recieved.

Hurling and camogie were the main source of injuries at almost 40 per cent, followed by soccer at 32 per cent and rugby at 15 per cent.

Over 70 per cent of those injured playing hurling or camogie suffered hand or finger injuries while the ankle was the main problem area for soccer players.

617 patients were treated by Advanced Nurse Paramedics while the research was taking place, with 60 of these people attending the emergency department at Portiuncula Hospital with a sports related injury.

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Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.

Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.

Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.

The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:

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Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.

Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997

She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.

Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.

Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.

Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.

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