Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this years Galway Novena, which gets underway in the city tomorrow.
Now in it’s 38th year, this year’s event will focus on the theme of the ‘Joy of Love and Family Life Today’.
Ten thousand attendees, several hundred volunteers, 62 hymns and a redemptorist team of 12.
Just some of the numbers that’ll make up this years Galway Solemn Novena, which will get underway at Galway Cathedral tomorrow morning.
The overall theme for this year’s event – which runs from tomorrow until Tuesday the 26th – is family life in the modern day.
Weekday mass times are at 7.30am, 11am, 1.10pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm and 9pm.
While on Sunday, mass will be said at 9am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8pm.
Children will be blessed after all sessions on Sunday the 24th, while mass and anointing of the sick will take place on Saturday the 23rd at 11am.
Special candlelight mediation sessions will also take place at 10pm on Wednesday the 20th, and Monday the 25th.
Further details on this year’s Galway Solemn Novena can be found at galwaycathedral.ie.
Measures to support participants of Community Employment and Tús Schemes welcomed by Galway deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The announcement Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien T.D., of further measures to support participants of Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes has been welcomed by Galway West/South Mayo deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.
Under the measures, CE and Tús participants’ contracts will be further extended until the end of October 2021.
This will benefit 7,000 participants who have been granted contract extensions since last October and whose contracts were due to end in July.
And the measure will benefit over 4,000 additional existing CE/ Tús participants whose contracts would ordinarily come to an end between July and October.
Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv welcomed this decision saying it will allow people return to work, who could not work during Covid-19, and also allow them to finish courses they were on.
Deputy O’Cuiv said that it will be a relief for those who are on the schemes but added that he would like to see more done.
Health officials confirm 431 new cases of Covid-19
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
This is the highest number of cases in Ireland since the 4th of June when 529 cases were reported.
However, the number of people in hospital with the virus continues to fall with 58 people currently in hospital with the virus.
The number of people in ICU also continues to drop with 22 are in ICU. The lowest this year and a reduction of 2 on yesterday.
The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation.
Works to get underway on major extension at Craughwell National School
Galway bay FM Newsroom – Works are to get underway on a major extension at Craughwell National School in the coming weeks.
Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says a contractor has now been approved for the project, which is expected to take around 12 months to complete.
The works will consist of a two storey, eight classroom extension, as well as the refurbishment of the existing school building.
Fine Gael Deputy Cannon says the project will be transformative for the school, which has seen a significant increase in enrollment over the last ten years.
Deputy Cannon says the contractor should be moving on site over the school summer holidays.