Galway Bay fm newsroom – The wealthiest people across Galway have been revealed in the Sunday Times Rich List for 2018.
Glenamaddy brothers Luke and Brian Comer top the list once again, with a combined wealth estimated at almost one billion euro.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List for 2018, Luke and Brian Comer now command a combined fortune of 909 million euro – a marginal increase of 3 million on last year.
Next is Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley, who boasts a fortune worth an estimated 455 million euro – down 16 million this year.
The owners of Galway-based Smyths Toys – Anthony, Patrick, Thomas and Liam Smyth – are worth 207 million euro.
Galway-based engineering and property entrepreneur Padraic McHale, his wife Martina and his brother Martin control a combined wealth of 182 million.
While Galway man James Murphy, who sold his hair restoration product Viviscal last year for €150 million, is now worth an estimated 165 million euro.
Supermacs boss Pat McDonagh and his wife Una hold a combined wealth of 157 million euro – however, that’s a drop of almost 40 million since last year.
They’re followed by Software engineer and Galway businessman Pearse Mee, who commands a fortune worth 138 million.
Next is care home Developer and Galway native Bill Hughes, who commands a personal fortune of 133 million euro.
Galway native and construction giant Frank Burke, who established property developer Farmglade in the late 90s, is now worth an estimated 131 million euro.
While Galway engineer Michael Cotter and his wife Angela, who own Gansu Group, are worth a combined total of 93 million.
Next are Thomas and Tom McDonogh, of Thomas McDonagh & Sons providers, who share an estimated wealth of 86 million.
While Robert and Michael Ward, who own a majority share in Kilcolgan based Ward & Burke Construction, are worth 79 million.
Ian Quinn – who founded Galway-based medical device firm Creganna with his wife and brother – shares in a joint fortune of 75 millon.
Following is Galway geologist Finian O’ Sullivan – who sold Burren Energy in 2007 – and is now worth 68 million.
Brothers Eugene, Eamonn and Michael Dalton – who own Galway-based Corrib Oil – share an estimated wealth of 53 million.
While Galway native and property developer Joe Higgins, who made almost 40 million euro in the 90s from the sale of his computer cabinet firm, is now worth 52 million euro.
7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,050 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Friday 27th November, the HPSC has been notified of 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 137 are men / 104 are women
- 71% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 32 years old
- 91 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 16 in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.
As of 2pm today 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
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WIP Concern over how major backlog of BreastCheck appointments at UHG will be addressed
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Concern is being expressed over how the HSE will deal with a major backlog for BreastCheck appointments at UHG.
It follows the revelation that there’s been an 80 percent drop in screenings due to Covid-19.
The figures were provided at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West following a query from Councillor Donagh Killilea.
They showed that figures dropped from 10,700 screen last year at UHG – to just 2,200 so far this year up to the end of October.
There’s now a major backlog, with the HSE admitting that 150,000 screening invitations were paused between March and October.
While BreastCheck services have now resumed, they are running at limited capacity – though the HSE says it is working to maximise capacity and recruit more staff
Report highlights vulnerability of Ferox trout in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask
New research has revealed the vulnerability of a rare species of trout found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.
Ferox trout are large, long-lived fish eating trout that are believed to be genetically distinct from normal brown trout.
They are normally found in deep lakes, and the great majority of Irish specimen Ferox trout have been found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.
A new scientific paper has been published which studied the Ferox trout in these lakes and sought to discover their spawning location.
Researchers found that over 90 percent of Ferox trout tagged in Lough Corrib spawned in a single spawn streaming, the Cong River.
While over 70 percent of those tagged in Lough Mask spawned in the Cong Canal and Cong River.
Dr. Paddy Gargan with Inland Fisheries Ireland says the findings show the vulnerability of the species – but he believes they do now have increased protection.