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New website outlines flood defence works planned for Galway over next decade

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new website has been officially launched this afternoon outlining flood defence works planned across Galway over the next 10 years.
It’s as Leo Varadkar this afternoon revealed that Ballinasloe, Galway City and Clifden will be included in the first round of a €1 billion national flood relief plan.

Over the past number of years, the OPW has been developing CFRAMs – or, The Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Programme.
It involved public consultation with 300 communities nationwide and is the basis for over 118 flood defence projects to be undertaken nationwide over the next 10 years.
The Taoiseach this afternoon outlined plans for the first 50 schemes to be given priority in progressing to design and construction stage.
Included in the first round of works are major schemes for Ballinasloe and Galway city, both of which are expected to cost between €1 and 15 million.
Also to be developed as a priority is a lesser scheme for Clifden estimated to cost under €1 million.
A new website has been launched as part of this afternoon’s announcement – flood info.ie.
It shows the most up to date maps of flood risk across the 300 communities studied nationwide and contains information on proposed flood defences.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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Gardai seeking the public’s help in the search for missing Clonbur Man

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Gardai have launched an appeal for information regarding a missing Galway man.

Michael Harte, who is 66 and from Clonbur, has been missing since Thursday last.

He is described as being 5′ 9″ in height, of slim build with short grey hair.

When last seen, Michael was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan/khaki padded jacket, and tan boots.

Michael is also 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 22500, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Druid Theatre Co-Founder and Artistic Director to be named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ambassador to Ireland

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Druid Theatre Co-Founder and Artistic Director Garry Hynes, will be named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French Ambassador to Ireland Mr Vincent Guérend during a ceremony at the Résidence de France on Tuesday next.

The honour is being bestowed on Ms Hynes in recognition of her significant work in the arts and the promotion of France-Ireland relations.

This award recognises the contribution of Garry Hynes’ work to the cultural influence of France in Ireland and beyond and was established in 1957.

It is awarded by the French Ministry of Culture to recognize eminent artists, writers, and scholars for their efforts in promoting the awareness and enrichment of France’s cultural heritage throughout the world.

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