Parents in two county Galway towns have signalled a significant demand for change in the patronage of their primary schools while in one county town, it is not yet clear that there is a viable demand for change in the area.
The school patronage survey was carried out by the Department of Education in 38 towns nationwide including Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Tuam.
In Ballinasloe, 189 valid responses were received, with 102 in support of a wider choice of patronage in the area.
The study concludes that given the number of respondents who have stated they would avail of a further choice of patron, it is not clear that there is a viable demand for change in the area.
In Loughrea, 213 valid survey responses are recorded, with 138 in support of a wider choice of patronage in the area.
The highest number of preferences for change was expressed for Educate Together at 93 total preferences of which 49 are school going and 44 are pre-school children.
In Tuam, there were 185 valid responses, with 152 in support of a wider choice of patronage in the area.
The highest number of preferences for change was expressed for Educate Together at 105 total preferences of which 64 are school going and 41 are pre-school children.
In the case of Loughrea and Tuam, it finds that the main patron (Catholic Archbishop) should now be asked to consider re-configuration options that would provide accommodation for an Educate Together.
Met Eireann issues a yellow weather warning for Galway from 6pm this evening
Met Éireann have issued a yellow weather warning for three counties including Galway as wet and windy weather moves across the country.
The yellow wind warning will run from 6-10pm tonight and also includes Donegal and Mayo.
Met Eireann is warning of very strong southwest winds with gusts of 80-100km/h, strongest near coasts and on high ground with the potential for wave overtopping.
Winds will ease and the rain will generally become lighter and patchier but it will be persistent and heavy at times in the south and southeast.
Eight Friends from Galway and Dublin are bidding to run 200Km coast to coast for the Irish Wheelchair Association and Muscular Dystrophy Ireland
Eight friends have undertaken a major challenge to run 200Km from Oranmore to Dublin with the hope of raising €200,000 in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.
The eight men are friends Brian, Daragh, Henry, Ger, Paul, Stephen, Damien and Shane and they left Oranmore at 6am this morning.
They plan to run through the night and arrive in Dublin at some time tomorrow morning.
Members of Irish Wheelchair Association will be waiting to greet and congratulate them when they arrive in Dublin.
The leader is Henry Fleming from Dublin.
He spoke to John Mulligan who first asked him about the run and also asked whose idea it was to go Coast to Coast
Donations can be made directly to their page at https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/TheCoast2CoastPFUltraRun
Over €4m awarded to Galway science research projects
Over four million euro has been awarded to four Galway-based science research projects.
Researchers from ATU Galway and University of Galway have benefitted from the funding announced by the Higher Education Minister.
Katie O’Dwyer of ATU Galway, and University of Galway’s Martin Nicholas Devaney and John Breslin are among the recipients.
While a collaboration between ATU Galway’s Conor Graham and University of Galway’s Liam Morrison has been awarded almost €1m.
Conor Graham explains their Trace-Fish project: