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Son of Connemara natives makes final two for Mayor of Boston

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Marty Walsh, whose parents came from Connemara, has gone through to the election proper for Mayor of Boston on the 5th of November.

Walsh, a State Representative in the Massachusetts Parliament, came out on top in yesterday’s Primary election in Boston.

There were 12 candidates in the running and the top two now go forward to the final contest in 6 weeks time.

It has been a big night for Connemara people in Boston and Massachusetts.

Marty Walsh, whose mother comes from Ros Muc and whose late father came from Carna, led the field of 12 candidates in the primary election.

The field of twelve candidates had been campaigning hard for the past 4 months and yesterday was the big hurdle.

Walsh, who had scores of Connemara people working in his campaign, had almost 20% of the vote – a percentage point ahead of Boston City Councillor John Connolly.

The result was announced some hours ago and Marty Walsh spoke at a celebratory party afterwards.

His fund raising gave an indication of strong support – $60,000 starting off and going up to $1.5m.

From now on the focus will be on the election on November 5th.

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Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.

The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.

It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.

But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.

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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt

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The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply

The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.

It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge wins Irish language category at National Lottery Good Causes Awards

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge is celebrating its receipt of the Irish language accolade at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The award recognises the efforts of the organisation to promote an Ghaeilge in Galway City as an economic resource.

The non-profit organisation will receive a €10,000 prize as category winners.

The judges said a great deal of the work carried out by Gaillimh le Gaeilge is to bring the love of the Irish language back to families, businesses and the city of Galway.

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