Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUI Galway have published the first record of a spider in Ireland feeding on a reptile.
It’s after a ‘False Widow’ spider was discovered in a garden eating a lizard almost three times its size.
The Noble False Widow spider – first recorded in Ireland 20 years ago – possesses fast-acting neurotoxic venom that can cause paralysis.
It’s bite has a mild effect on humans – similar to a wasp or bee sting which generally has no lasting effects.
It can also produce a very strong silk which gives it a major advantage over native spiders in entangling larger prey- though they mainly eat other insects.
However, for the first time in Ireland, researchers at NUI Galway have recorded the species feasting on a lizard almost three times it’s size.
They say the incident, recorded in a garden in Killiney, Co. Dublin, raises questions about the longer-term effect the alien species could have on the eco-system.
The Venom Systems Laboratory at NUI Galway is the only one in the world currently working on extracting venom from the Noble False Widow for potential therapies.
Gardaí seize suspected cocaine in Ballinasloe as part of Operation Tara
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have seized €45,000 of suspected cocaine under Operation Tara in Ballinasloe.
Gardaí attached to Ballinasloe Garda Station conducted an intelligence led operation in the Dunlo Harbour area of the town yesterday.
During the course of this operation a quantity of suspected cocaine, estimated to be worth €45,000 concealed on derelict grounds was seized.
A male in his mid-teens was arrested at the scene and detained at Ballinasloe Garda Station on Sunday.
He has since been released with a file being prepared for the Garda Youth Diversion Office.
The focus of Operation Tara is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, at all levels.
14 Covid patients being treated at UHG today
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 14 patients are being treated for Covid 19 at UHG today.
The hospital now has the seventh highest number of coronavirus patients nationwide.
There are four Covid patients being treated in the intensive care unit at the acute city hospital.
In the east of the county, there is just one patient being treated for the virus at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Contractor to be appointed shortly for new footbridge at Clarin College Athenry
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A contractor is expected to be appointed shortly for a long-sought new pedestrian footbridge at Clarin College Athenry.
The matter arose at Athenry-Oranmore District level, where it was confirmed by senior engineers that “everything is ready to go”.
Tenders were issued in July and have now been assessed, with the local authority awaiting the official appointment of the successful contractor.
It’s expected once underway, the works will take around eight weeks to complete – though no provisional start date has yet been offered.
The footbridge was included in the original plans for the new school, but the works were excluded from the original contracts which led to long-running delays.