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NUIG announces 5 Alumni Award winners




Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has announced the winners of the 2014 Alumni Awards.

The 5 recipients will be presented with their awards at a gala banquet at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus on Saturday March 1st.

The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the university’s 80 thousand graduates worldwide.

The Award for Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies will be presented to Norah Gibbons, Chairperson of the Child and Family Agency.

Norah graduated from UCG with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and Higher Diploma in Education in 1974.

She worked for many years in social work in both statutory and voluntary sectors in the U.K and Ireland and also chaired the Roscommon Child Abuse Inquiry in 2009 and is a member of the Historical Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland.

The Alumni Award for Business, Public Policy and Law goes to Helen Ryan, Former CEO and Non-Executive Director of Creganna-Tactx (pron: TACT-EX) Medical.

In 2005, Helen was appointed Chief Executive of Creganna and steered the company through continued year-on-year growth.

A qualified civil engineer, Helen Ryan is a fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and has served as a Director of Molecular Medicine Ireland.

The NUIG Alumni Award for Engineering and Informatics goes to Michael McNicholas, CEO of Bord Gáis.

Michael graduated from UCG in 1982 with a BE in Civil Engineering and has 30 years experience in energy and in delivering major infrastructure projects in Ireland.

The Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Science goes to Ray Dolan, Professor of Neuropsychology, University College London and Head of the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience at the Institute of Neurology, London.

Ray obtained his primary medical degree from UCG in 1977 and then trained as a psychiatrist in London.

In his research career, he was one of the pioneers in using functional neuroimaging techniques to study human cognition and is the author of over 440 peer reviewed publications.

The Alumni Award for Science goes to Professor Gerald Jennings, Emeritus Professor, School of Physics NUIG and former Director of the Environmental Change Institute NUIG.

Professor Jennings has previously been a research council fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Colorado in the United States.

All 5 Alumni Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Bailey Allen Hall NUIG on March 1st.

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73 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 2,001 nationwide with 93 additional deaths




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 93 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of the deaths reported today, 3 deaths occurred in December and 89* occurred in January.

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 41-99 years. There are no newly reported deaths in healthcare workers. There are no newly reported deaths in a young person under the age of 30.

There has been a total of 2,708** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Monday 18th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,001 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 176,839*** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 892 are men / 1,098 are women
  • 55% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 42 years old
  • 701 in Dublin, 204 in Cork, 102 in Waterford, 98 in Meath, 90 in Donegal and the remaining 806 cases are spread across all other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 1,949 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 202 were in ICU at 11am. 100 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “While we are starting to see the early results of our collective efforts to minimise the transmission of the virus, we are very sadly reporting an additional 93 deaths today. We cannot afford to drop our guard against the very high levels of infection that remain in the community at present. COVID-19 ICU and hospitalisation numbers are of critical concern to us, representing a very significant pressure on our healthcare workers and on the provision of acute medical and surgical non-COVID care. We need everyone to stay at home, other than for essential reasons. The more that each individual follows this advice in their everyday lives, the more we can drive down the spread of COVID-19 and minimise the impact on vital healthcare services, patients and frontline workers.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.


*There is 1 death where the date of death is still under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,708 deaths reflects this

***Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 176,839 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 18 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 18Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (05Jan2021 to 18Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (05Jan2021 to 18Jan2021)

5-day moving average 2,758

7-day incidence 447.5

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Jail term for Clifden man caught transporting €1.2m in criminal cash




Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Clifden truck driver caught transporting over €1.2 million in criminal cash in his truck has been jailed for two years.

The Circuit Criminal Court heard that 45 year old Noel Purcell told Gardaí he had agreed to transport the money to Holland after he met a man on a boat and confided in him about his personal debt issues.

Noel Purcell, described by his defence team as “vulnerable” and “easily-led”, told Gardaí he had been offered €4,000 to take the money to Holland.

He was struggling with mortgage and credit card debt at the time, the court heard.

Noel Purcell of Tullyvoheen, Clifden pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cash that was the proceeds of a crime at the Naas Road, Dublin on July 12 last year.

Detective Garda Redmond O’Leary told the prosecution that following a surveillance operation, Gardaí pulled Noel Purcell over on the Naas Road on the day in question.

In the cab of the truck, Gardaí found two large bags containing several packages wrapped in duct tape, which turned out to be cash.

When counted by Gardaí, the cash amounted to almost €1.29m.

Detective Garda O’Leary agreed that Noel Purcell was vulnerable and easily led, and said Gardaí accepted his version of events.

Judge Melanie Greally imposed a seven year prison term but suspended five years of it on condition Noel Purcell be of good behaviour.

The court heard that the Probation Service assessed Noel Purcell as unlikely to re-offend.

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Most common energy rating for Galway homes is medium at C or D




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The most common energy rating for homes in Galway is now a medium of C or D.

That’s according to new figures from the CSO on the BER rating for domestic homes.

In Galway City, the most common performance ratings are now C3 and D1, followed by C2.

While in the county, C2 and C3 are the most common BER ratings, followed by D1.

Four percent of city homes have the lowest efficiency rating of G, while a further four percent have the highest rating of A.

Four percent of county homes also have an A rating – but the percentage of homes with a G rating stands at eight percent.

Nationally, Dublin County, Kildare and Meath have the highest proportion of homes with an A rating.

While around one in eight homes in Roscommon, Leitrim, Offaly and Tipperary have the lowest possible rating.

Meanwhile, the average age of a city home is 25 years, while the figure for the county is slightly higher at 29 years of age.

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