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Report finds Galway ‘drink-driving capital’ of Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new report has found that Galway is the ‘drink driving capital’ of Ireland.

It found that almost 2,200 people were stopped across the county over a five year period – the highest figure nationwide by a fair margin.

Analysis of stats from the Central Statistics Office by the Sunday Mirror reveal more motorists over the alcohol limit were stopped in Galway than anywhere else in the country.

Between 2015 and March of this year, 2,190 cases were recorded on the Garda pulse system.

That’s considerably higher than the second worst offender – which is the Dublin Western Garda Division with 1,946 cases of drink-driving recorded during the same period.

In third place is the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division, which recorded 1,790 cases.

Meanwhile, Dublin’s Eastern Garda Division recorded the lowest amount of cases nationwide, with 667 cases between 2015 and March of this year.

Nationally, while instances of drug-driving have increased, there’s been a general decrease of 30 percent in drink and dangerous driving over the past 10 years.

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Power restored to 2700 households following issues with Claregalway transformer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Power has been restored to 2700 houses in the East Galway area.

2,700 households experienced the outage this morning in areas including Turloughmore, parts of Claregalway, Ballyglunin, Abbeyknockmoy and Tuam.

It was due to issues with the transformer based in Claregalway.

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Galway International Arts Festival launches revised Autumn programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway International Arts Festival has launched its revised Autumn programme.

The programme which takes place across September and October will consist of a mix of live arts and digital components.

The Festival opens on Thursday September 3rd with John Gerrard’s much anticipated outdoor mirror and LED lighting installation “Mirror Pavillion.”

“Mirror Pavillion,” is being produced in partnership with Galway 2020, and will be hosted at the Claddagh Quay before moving to Connemara’s Derrigimlagh Bog in October.

Meanwhile, Domhnall Gleeson will return to the Galway stage in a special preview performance of Enda Walsh’s new play “Medicine.”

Tickets for the festival go on sale on the GIAF website on Monday August 10th.

Festival Arts Director Paul Fahy says the programme is designed to be accessible to as many people as possible…

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498 cases of coronavirus recorded in Galway to date

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 498 cases of coronavirus recorded in Galway to date.

Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show three new cases have been recorded in the county.

Last evening, the HPSC was notified of 46 new cases nationwide with 85% under the age of 45.

15 of these cases were detected in Kildare, eight in Laois, seven in Clare and five in Offaly with the remaining 11 spread across nine other counties.

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