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Programme for tackling obesity wins international award

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A health programme aimed at tackling obesity, developed and delivered by the West of Ireland Heart & Stroke Charity Croí, in collaboration with the Bariatric Services at Galway University Hospital has scooped a top European research award.

Research from the Croí CLANN Programme (Changing Lifestyle through Activity and Nutrition) was awarded the “CCNAP Best Abstract 2015” at the EuroHeartCare congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia this week.

The event, the official annual meeting of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), saw the Galway project selected as the overall winner in a competition of over 200 abstracts from 40 countries.

Croi CLANN is a 10-week intensive lifestyle modification programme for adults with a Body Mass Index more than 35kg/m2, delivered by a multidisciplinary team in the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre, Newcastle, alway in a unique collaboration between Croí and the Bariatric Services at Galway University Hospital

The research which was presented by Jenni Jones, Director of the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology, revealed that “at the time of joining the programme 7 in 10 people with significant excess weight were at high risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke in the next 5-10 years.”

“Only 4% were sufficiently active for their health and one in two presented with concerning levels of depression; many feeling socially isolated. By the end of the programme the levels of clinical depression had halved, there was a three-fold increase in the proportion of people achieving the recommended levels of physical activity (accompanied by significant improvements in fitness) and blood pressure, lipids and blood glucose were better controlled,” she said.

Ms Jones added: “These significant reductions in cardiovascular risk and morbidity translate to potentially sizeable cost savings to the health service, but increased access to this programme and its expansion to other parts of Ireland is urgently needed given the current trends in obesity in Ireland.

“This programme doesn’t just tackle weight; more importantly, it provides a holistic approach to supporting healthier living. Further research however, including randomised controlled trial data is now needed”

Welcoming the award, Dr Francis Finucane, Consultant Endocrinologist at GUH and Clinical Lead for the Programme said: “This programme shows that applying an evidence-based approach to health behaviour change achieves impressive objective improvements in health outcomes in carefully selected high-risk groups of patients.”

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Council to consider new pedestrian ‘plaza’ for Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors will be asked next month to consider a sweeping overhaul of traffic flow in the city centre as the local authority seeks to create a more pedestrian-friendly core in the wake of Covid-19.

Currently under proposal in City Hall are major alterations to traffic flow which will allow for restricted car access to Middle Street – creating additional outdoor seating space for businesses in the area struggling to cope amid social distancing requirements.

Senior Engineer at City Hall, Uinsinn Finn, said they are currently considering three different proposals to alter traffic flow on Merchants Road, Augustine Street and Flood Street to reduce the need for car access to Middle Street, while still maintaining access for residents.

“We already pedestrianised Cross Street and we will be maintaining that, and there will be a proposal for Middle Street and Augustine Street.

“Businesses in the area are very much in favour of pedestrianisation – one business has objections but the others are supportive. Another consideration is that there are residents there with parking spaces and we are trying to encourage people to live in the city centre,” said Mr Finn.

The Latin Quarter business group submitted proposals for the temporary pedestrianisation of Middle Street and Abbeygate Street Lower but Mr Finn said the proposals the Council were considering were more in the line of creating adequate space for pedestrians while still allowing residents vehicular access.

This would involve creating a circuit for car traffic moving through Merchants Road around onto Augustine Street and exiting at Flood Street.
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Residents want laneway closed following pipe bomb scare

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Residents in part of Knocknacarra are calling for the closure of a laneway and for more Community Gardaí to be put on the beat following the discovery of a ‘viable’ pipe-bomb type device in the area last weekend.

Up to 13 homes in the Cimín Mór and Manor Court estates had to be evacuated on Friday evening last when the incendiary device was discovered by Gardaí concealed in an unlit laneway, leading to the emergency services being notified.

An Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit was called to the scene and removed the device – according to local residents and councillors, the Gardaí have confirmed that the device was viable.

Gardaí have declined to comment on the detail of the case but have confirmed that the matter is being ‘actively and vigorously investigated’.

Chairman of the Cimín Mór Residents’ Association, Pat McCarthy, told the Galway City Tribune that the discovery of the viable device on the narrow laneway that links their estate to Manor Court was extremely frightening for all concerned.

“For the best part of the past 20 years, we have been seeking action to be taken on this laneway which has been used for dumping and unsociable behaviour on a repeated basis.

“But what happened last Friday evening was really the last straw for us. This could have resulted in serious injury to innocent people and what is also of concern to us is how close this was to the two schools in the area,” said Mr McCarthy.

He said that over the coming days, the residents’ association would be petitioning all residents in the three estates concerned – the other two being Manor Court and Garraí Dhónaill – for action to be taken on the laneway.
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Galway designer’s necklace is fit for a princess!

Denise McNamara

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Kate Middleton wearing the necklace designed by Aisling O'Brien

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A Galway jewellery designer is the latest to experience the ‘Kate effect’ after fans tracked down the woman who created a necklace for the Duchess of Cambridge which she has worn several times since it was gifted to her during her trip to the city last March.

Aisling O’Brien’s website crashed on Wednesday night when orders poured in for the piece from around the world. The necklace costs €109 with initials, while the earrings retail for €49.

“I’d never sold more than two things outside of Ireland before. I only had three of Kate’s necklaces in stock – and now I have orders for at least 50. I’ll have to start recruiting some elves,” laughs Aisling, who only set up her website during lockdown.

The 14-carat gold necklace and earrings set was designed by Aisling specially for Kate after examining her style – “understated, elegant, simplicity” is how the Tuam native describes it.

She was contacted about the commission by physiotherapist Thérèse Tully, who wanted to give the future queen a gift as she was using her room to change at Árus Bóthar na Trá beside Pearse Stadium when the royal couple were meeting with GAA teams.

(Photo: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wearing the necklace)
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