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LISTEN: New Clifden lifeboat to return home this afternoon with 10 thousand names onboard

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Clifden RNLI’s new “Launch a Memory” lifeboat is set to arrive at it’s permanent home in Connemara this afternoon.

The St. Christopher carries with it the name of over 10 thousand people onboard, put there by members of the public through a special fundraising initiative.

The Shannon class vessel is due to arrive in Clifden around 2.30pm, after stopovers in Plymouth, Penlee, Ballycotton, Kinsale and Valentia.

On Sunday, the public are invited to view the new lifeboat on Clifden beach at low tide from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Mella Walsh is the Clifden RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer. Speaking earlier she told John Mulligan that it is an honour to receive the boat and to be carrying these names.

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Galway celebrating 8 Blue Flag and 8 Green Coast awards by An Taisce

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Beaches in Galway, Cork, Dublin, Kerry and Wexford have been added to the Blue Flag Awards list.

85 beaches and 10 marinas were awarded blue flags – a record total.

Galway has received 8 Green Coast awards and 8 Blue Flags

While Traught in Kinvara has lost its long held Blue Flag, Trá Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands has been awarded a Blue Flag for the first time

Coastal Awards Manager with An Taisce, Ian Diamond, says receiving a blue flag for the first time is a major boost for local communities:

Galway’s 8 Blue Flags have gone to Trá Inis Oirr as you just heard; Cill Mhuirbhigh on Inis Mór; An Trá Mór, Coill Rua in Inverin; Trá an Dóilín in Carraroe; the Bathing Place at Portumna; Loughrea Lake and in the city – Salthill Beach and Silverstrand.

Galway’s 8 Green Coast awards have gone to Aillebrack/Silver Hill, Dumhach Beach and East End Bay Inishbofin, Trá Poll na gCaorach on Inis Oirr, Trá Inis Oirr, Renvyle Beach Connemara and in the city – Salthill Beach and Silverstrand.

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Galway to take part in national fundraising event for homeless ex-Defence Forces staff

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Galway is to take part in tomorrow’s national fundraising event for homeless ex-Defence Forces staff

Originally held in Dublin, the ‘sleeping flags’ campaign has expanded this year to Galway, Athlone, Cork and Limerick.

The event will see veterans sleeping out in tri-colour sleeping bags to highlight the level of Ireland’s ex-servicemen and women who find themselves homeless.

It’s run by the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel, known as ONE, which offers housing and support to homeless veterans in Ireland.

The event will run from 9 tomorrow morning to 9 tomorrow night.

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First ever blue flag for Inis Oirr Beach but Traught Kinvara loses its award

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Inis Oirr Beach on the Aran Islands has won its first ever Blue Flag but Traught beach in Kinvara has lost its flag

Traught is among five beaches nationwide which have failed to retain a blue flag status from last year, after their water quality was deemed to fall into a lesser category by An Taisce.

Meanwhile, the beach on Inis Oirr has been awarded a Blue Flag for the first time ever.

Trá Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands is included on the 2022 list which has just been published

Beaches in Cork, Dublin, Kerry and Wexford which didn’t have a Blue Flag last year have also been included.

In total, 85 beaches and 10 marinas will have blue flags this Summer, with 62 beaches also receiving Green Coast Awards.

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