Galway Bay fm newsroom:
Large crowds are expected to gather in Esker this weekend for the annual blessing of St. Dominic’s Well.
The religious tradition began in the 1800s when a plague of sickness spread throughout the area.
The water is believed to have special powers of protection and healing.
People continue to collect holy water from the well to bless their land, livestock and homes.
The religious gathering takes place after 11am mass at Esker Monastery tomorrow Saturday and Sunday.
Father Seamus Devitt says the holy water holds particular importance for farmers.
Galway TD says Government still holding onto “chains of patriarchy” over birth tracing bill
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has told the Dáil that the Government is still “holding onto the chains of patriarchy” in a debate over the Birth Information and Tracing Bill.
The bill aims to provide access to birth certs and early life information to people who were adopted, boarded out, illegally registered, as well as those who have other questions about their origins.
Contributing extensively to the debate, Deputy Catherine Connolly said the legislation is groundbreaking for many reasons but is “not quite there”.
She argued that the Government is still trying to tell people what is best for them rather than let them make up their own minds.
Deputy Connolly also took aim at the notion that “society” was to blame for the historical injustice done to women who passed through Mother and Baby Homes – to hear Deputy Connolly’s Dáil contribution, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour
Citylink announces new bus services for Loughrea and Kilrickle
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Citylink has announced new bus services for Loughrea and Kilrickle.
The move will see the addition of two new early morning routes to the existing Loughrea service.
They’ll depart from Loughrea at 7.25am and 8.10am on weekdays.
There’ll also be a completely new service for Kilrickle, which will provide 8 daily departures to Galway City.
The new services will commence from Monday.
Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this positive development reflects the huge demand in the local area.
Galway TD urges Government to pay heed to new report on regeneration of towns and villages
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to pay heed to a new report on the regeneration of towns and villages across the country.
The Northern and Western Regional Assembly has published the report, entitled “Regional Vacancy and Dereliction Analysis”.
It outlines how almost 50 thousand residential and commercial properties are empty in the West, North-West and Border areas.
It also notes that more than 70 percent of towns and villages in the region have a residential vacancy rate above the national average.
In Galway City, there are more than 1 thousand vacant properties, of which almost 700 are commercial, while over 400 are residential.
Deputy Sean Canney says the Government must get serious about providing incentives to encourage people to purchase derelict properties.