Peugeot has had a couple of good years recently and already in 2019, its market share is up. Much of that is down to the 3008 and 5008 SUV models, and it has just launched three new vehicles this week.
These include the highly practical Rifter; a new Partner van that has already won the International Van of the Year title for 2019; and this week’s test car, the dazzling 508.
The winner of the prestigious Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2018 award, and already a finalist in the Car of the Year 2019 competition, the 508 is a super-chic, coupe-styled, large family sedan that is simply stunning. Indeed, it needs to be seen in the metal and judged from every angle to appreciate the elegance and the classiness of a car that looks just as good from the rear as it does head-on.
There are elements of the brand’s own signature styling with a tasty, deep-set front grille and a lighting combination that is unlike any other model on the road. From the back, it has hints of a Mustang about it, and if you replaced the Lion badge with a Horse it would be hard to differentiate on from the other.
There are no emblems to distinguish what engine you are driving, just a variety of exhaust layouts being the only indicator of what power unit is on board.
Inside, the designers have almost surpassed their efforts of the outer, with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit taking centre stage with its small steering wheel, dash-mounted dials console and their unique, piano-like take on switchgear design.
Graphics through a giant touchscreen are colourful and ingenious. Plus, you get the best set of seats in any car of its class in a cabin that is as clever as it is classy.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team
Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.
The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.
Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.
Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.
“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.
It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.
“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”
She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.
“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.
There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.
Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968
As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.
From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.
When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.
Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.
A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.
Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later
Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man
Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.
Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.
He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.