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LISTEN: Oughterard woman celebrates 105th birthday – and plans to learn Latin

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Oughterard woman is today celebrating her 105th birthday – and has indicated she plans to learn Latin over the coming year.

Phil Furness, originally from Nottinghamshire in the UK, moved to Ireland in the 1980’s.

She previously ran a nursing home in England.

Her husband John passed away in 1984 and the couple had one son, who has also passed away.

Phil remains living independently at home with the help of carers and boasts an excellent memory with a huge interest in continued learning.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Phil says she uses her iPad to keep in regular touch with her Granddaughter in Australia – and is now planning to learn Latin:

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Free online counselling service launched for Galway family carers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A free online counselling service has been launched for family carers in Galway to support them during the covid crisis.

The Family Carers Ireland, Galway/Mayo resource centre has created the online supports in lieu of its usual face-to-face services.

There are over 20 thousand family carers in Galway, who take considerable pressure off the health service by caring for loved-one at home.

A recent study has revealed that 48 percent of carers are diagnosed with a mental illness, while 68 percent say their mental health has suffered as a result of their role as a family carer.

The free online resources include expert Covid-19 advice, an emergency care plan booklet, tailored virtual training videos and an intensive carer support programme.

To avail of the free supports simple ring the national careline on 1800 240724.

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Over 500 waiting on home support packages across the West

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Over 500 people are waiting for home support packages across the West.

New figures from the HSE show 174 are waiting for such supports in Galway, followed by 255 in Mayo and 72 in Roscommon.

More than 7,800 people are on the waiting list for home-support packages nationwide with the greatest demand in the Dublin north region.

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Call for recycling centre to be trialed in Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –

A county councillor has called on the local authority to establish a recycling centre in Loughrea in an effort to combat illegal dumping in the area.

Councillor Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher proposed that a trial centre be established at the council yard outside of the town that locals could use for a small fee.

The pilot scheme would allow the public to responsibly dispose of electronics, furniture and other large items.

The issue was raised at a meeting of Loughrea Municipal District meeting and saw widespread support from other members.

Councillor Maher argues such a centre would assist in tackling the growing problem with illegal dumping…

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