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President Higgins meets Galway diaspora during state visit to London

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A professor at NUI Galway has joined President Michael D Higgins at a youth event in London as part of the State visit.

Professor Pat Dolan is the UNESCO Chair on Children Youth and Civic Engagement.

The Galway participation in the historical visit has been significant- as the President continues to meet with Galway emigrants.

Last evening, President Higgins attended a State Banquet hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle.

Also in attendence were Garry Hynes of Druid and Ahascragh native, milliner Philip Treacy.

This morning, President Higgins and his wife Sabina took a tour of University College Hospital in London, and caught up with a number of Galway emigrants.

Nurse Aisling Clancy from Ballybrit and Matron for Surgery at the hospital, Paula O’Brien from Roundstone in Connemara, were delighted that he decided to visit.

President Higgins also met with 95-year-old Mary Talbot from Ballinasloe, who said she never thought she’s see the day when an Irish Head of State was a guest of Queen Elizabeth.

This evening, the President and Sabina will attend a Banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf, and the City of London Corporation at the Guildhall.

The Queen will be represented by the HRH the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

President Higgins is due to address the 700 invited guests.

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Average age of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Galway remains lowest nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average age of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Galway remains the lowest nationwide.

According to new figures from the CSO, the average age now stands at 31 – the lowest in the country, followed by Sligo at 33 and Kerry at 35.

However, the age profile has increased significantly in recent weeks.

Shortly before Christmas, the average age of confirmed cases in Galway was just 26.

The latest figures show that Galway has an incidence rate of 1,094 per 100 thousand – and recorded 2,822 new cases over the past 14 days.

Director of Public Health for the West, Dr. Breeda Smyth, says with hospitals under pressure, we all have to play our part in halting the spread of Covid-19.

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Galway to get one of country’s first Covid-19 mass vaccination centres

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three mass Covid vaccination centres will be in operation from tomorrow in Dublin, Galway and Portlaoise.

That’s according to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, who has revealed the information in a tweet this afternoon.

Galway Bay fm news is currently awaiting confirmation from the HSE as to the location of the Galway centre.

It’ll be used to vaccinate GP teams using the first supply of the Moderna vaccine.

It comes after the HSE announced the period between the first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine is being extended from 21 to 28 days.

That will take effect for those receiving the jab for the first time from Monday and is aimed at vaccinating more people as new supplies arrive.

Meanwhile, it’s emerged Pfizer Bio-N-Tech may be slowing down production of its Covid-19 vaccine.

Kevin Connolly is former chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

He says the Pfizer vaccine is as effective when the second dose is added after 28 days…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Public urged to stay away from Blackrock diving tower in Salthill

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The public is being urged to ‘stay away’ from Blackrock diving tower in Salthill and respect the fact that the amenity is closed.

Councillor Clodagh Higgins says despite the efforts of the city council and Gardai to fence off the area, considerable numbers of people continue to use the tower.

She claims that in some cases, people are pushing the fences aside to gain entry.

Councillor Higgins feels it’s not acceptable for people to ignore efforts by authorities to keep the public safe during a critical stage of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

She has appealed for people to let common sense prevail – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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