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Late Late Toy Show will see Galway boy’s dream come true

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 It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the television year for children of all ages – and this Friday’s Late Late Toy Show may also be the biggest night in one young Galway boy’s life.

 Thousands of the country’s most talented children dream of showing off their talents on the show, but for David Kennedy, from Eyrecourt, that dream is becoming reality.

David is twelve years old and has been singing most of his life. His angelic voice has caught the attention of the right people and he will be singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ on the Toy Show tomorrow night, much to the pride of his family.

“But whether he’s on the Toy Show or not, I’ll always be proud of him,” his father Philip said.

David has always wanted to sing and, along with his two sisters, 15-year-old Evelyn and 13-year-old Juliet, has always been very musical. According to Mr Kennedy, it was David’s mother who brought out the musicians within her children.

“She got cancer in 2006 and always saw music as a sort of therapy, so she got them playing musical instruments,” he explained.

The children started learning the viola when they were young, and their natural talents grew from there.

David, like his sisters, started on the viola, but he always wanted to sing and last year opera singer, Emily Alexander, started to train David, helping him to perfect his already angelic voice, and preparing him for the Ballinasloe CU Factor, in which he came third.

After browsing the internet one day, David saw that the Toy Show was looking for entries.

“So he got himself a DVD and sent it in. They loved it and he went for an audition and they rang me up the following week to say he’d got it. He was absolutely elated. He was really delighted,” Mr Kennedy explained.

“He has something special and I can’t believe the whole country is going to hear it. It’s such a special feeling.”

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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team

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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.

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78

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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

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Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man

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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.

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