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President Higgins signs book of condolence for Nelson Mandela at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President Of Ireland has signed a book of condolence for Nelson Mandela at NUI Galway this afternoon.

The former South African President, who opposed apartheid, passed away at his home in Johannesburg last night.

The Nobel Laureate visited Galway in June 2003 to accept an Honorary Law Degree from NUIG.

President Michael D Higgins arrived at the Newcastle campus earlier this afternoon to sign the book at the Atrium of the James Hardiman Library.

It will be open from 9am to 5pm tomorrow, 10am to 5pm on Sunday and from 9am to 8pm on Monday.

A book of condolence has also been opened at City Hall on College Road.

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INMO warns of a catastrophic winter as UHG records third highest number on trolleys for month of September

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are warning of a catastrophic winter ahead in our hospitals following figures released on Friday that recorded 10,515 patients on trolleys in the month of September.

This is the second worst September for overcrowding in Irish hospitals when 10,641 patients were without a bed in 2019.

University Hospital Galway recorded third highest number of patients with 1032 patients on Trolleys in September.

Only Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick were higher with Limerick having the highest number in the country with 1,382.

The HSE is appealing to patients to consult a GP and consider all other options, before they attend an emergency department.

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Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Francis Duffy to receive the Pallium from the Primate of All-Ireland this afternoon

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The Pallium that Archbishop Duffy will recieve this afternoon.

In what is a historical first, the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Francis Duffy will receive the Pallium as part of a Investiture Mass that will take place in Tuam Cathedral at 3pm this afternoon.

The Pallium is a woollen liturgical vestment worn only worn by Archbishops, Cardinals and Popes and will symbolise the fact that he is the Metropolitan Bishop of Connacht.

Usually newly appointed Archbishops receive the Pallium from the Pope on the feast of Sts Peter and Paul. However, Pope Francis wants the ceremony to be at a diocesan and metropolitan celebration, so Archbishop Duffy will formally receive the Pallium from the Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin.

Present at the mass will be the bishops of the Connacht province, the priests and religious of Tuam Archdiocese and representatives from the 56 parishes of the Archdiocese.

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Mixed luck for Galway Golf Clubs in All-Ireland Inter Club Finals

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There was mixed luck for Galway’s golf’s clubs this afternoon in the All-Ireland Inter Club Finals held in Athlone.

Portumna had to give second best to Warrenpoint in the All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes Final in the morning losing 3.5 to 1.5 with their win coming from Alan Page and Ann Hynes who were 3&2 winners over Shane McMahon and Brenda Hughes.

It was the same for Bearna who were beaten 3.5 to 1.5 by East Cork in the Revive Active Women’s Four Ball Semi-Final. Their sole win coming from Ciara Lynagh and Ailis McDermott who beat Lillian Harrington and Orla Evans by one hole.

There was better news for Connemara Isles however who have qualified for the Men’s Four Ball All-Ireland Final after beating Mahon Golf Club 3-2.  Stiofáin (John) Mac Donnacha and Gearoid Willie O’Faharta were 3&2 winners over Paul Sexton and Sean Hosford, Joe Walsh and Seosamh O’Cualain beat Peadar Deegan and David Lane 4&3 and in the final match, Peter Mannion and Nollaig O’Tighearnaigh beat David O’Mahony and Tom Hickey 2&1.

They will face Newbridge or Killarney in the final tomorrow.

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