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Memorial Walk again goes global as Galway Hospice hosts its biggest fundraiser



Galway Hospice Chief Executive Mary Nash (second right) with Galway Memorial Walk sponsors representatives (from left) Eimear Finnegan, Operations Manager, McDs; Dave O’Connell, Connacht Tribune, and Keith Finnegan, Galway Bay Fm. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

For the first fourteen years of its existence, participants in the Galway Memorial Walk formed what looked like a human chain from the Claddagh to the end of the Prom – all joined together, remembering a loved one, and doing their bit for the Galway Hospice.

Last year Covid put paid to that – but that also brought the walk to a whole new world, as Irish people the world over joined in…remembering those who are gone, from wherever their own lives had taken them across the globe.

This year’s 16th annual Galway Memorial Walk in aid of Galway Hospice on Sunday week, September 12, will again be a global event – because Covid-19 still precludes a gathering along that familiar route from the Claddagh to the Prom.

Last year, the Hospice cared for almost 1,000 patients and their families living with a life-limiting illness – and demand for its service continue to grow.

This year’s ‘virtual walkers’ will again be able to create another lasting legacy – because all who registered will receive a packet of sunflower seeds, sponsored by McD’s Home & Garden.

The Walk, which is also sponsored by the Connacht Tribune Group and Galway Bay FM, is the Hospice’s single biggest fundraiser each year – and it is firmly embedded on the local social calendar.

You still have time to register for the Galway Memorial Walk at or 091-770868.

T-shirts and seeds will be available for collection between 12-4pm at the Coral Leisure, Tuam today (Thursday); McD’s Home & Garden, Loughrea; Coral Leisure Ballinasloe, and Peacockes Maam Cross tomorrow (Friday), and at McD’s Garden & Home, Galway Crystal this Saturday, September 4.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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