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Tonight I’m going to let Galway lead me astray!

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Charlie Adley

Double Vision with Charlie Adley

I’m going out tonight. It’s time for my staff Christmas party, and seeing as I’m a one-man band, that’ll be me, happy-out and alone, on another of my organic Galway rambles.

When I say ‘organic’ I don’t mean I’m going on a righteous expedition to forage for wild sorrel.

No, I’m not going out to save the world. Tonight will be a celebration of a few things going well in my life, propelled by the fact that nearly half a year has gone by since I last took myself out.

Organic in this instance is nought more than a description of how the night will proceed. I’ve lived in the west of Ireland long enough to know that the best way to have a good time is to let it happen to you.

Galwegians don’t like making plans and are blessed by living in the perfect-sized city for bumping into people. So I’ll start off down at PJ McDonagh’s for fish and chips, then wander into the Quays front bar around 7 and from there, well, who knows?

Much as I love Neactain’s during the day, I find it a little too crammed in the evening. My tired old pins prefer to sit down in pubs, but I cannot resist a few runs through the wondrous old pub, in the Quay Street door, linger by the fire in the middle bar, chat to a few in the main bar and then slip out onto Cross Street to . . . to where?

Well, we shall see. My ramble will grow in its own organic way. There have been hundreds of rambles over the years, and as time passes the pubs that I aim for have changed.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Twenty years ago I couldn’t have given a damn about standing in pubs, so long evenings were spent hovering in the woody cosiness, the modern and ancient history of Neactains. It’s a special pub that stands the test of time and whether I’m inside or sitting outside watching Galway TV walking by, I’ll always love it.

However, as much as it’s the central social hub for so many people, it has never become my ‘local’. Although your ‘local’ sounds like it should be the nearest pub to your home, it’s really more about how a pub feels – whether it can be your home from home.

When I first landed in Galway I lived in Salthill, and O’Reilly’s Stroll Inn was right at the top of our road. Long afternoons were spend idly drinking and playing pool as we youthfully frittered away the days, while in the evening my housemate and I would make the slightly longer walk down to the Cottage Bar, ages before it was yuppified.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Fewer than 5 new cases of COVID-19 in Galway, 358 new cases nationally and 7 further deaths this month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of the deaths reported today, 7 occurred in April, 3 occurred in March, 3 occurred in February, 3 occurred in January. 1 death was reported as occurring before January.*

The median age of those who died was 85 years and the age range was 46-102 years.

There has been a total of 4,803 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Monday 12th April, the HPSC has been notified of 358 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 241,684** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 163 are men / 192 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 31 years old
  • 166 in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 16 in Kildare, 13 in Offaly, 12 in Meath, 12 in Limerick and the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties***.

As of 8am today, 205 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 48 are in ICU. 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 11th 2021, 1,063,666 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 749,450 people have received their first dose
  • 314,216 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

ENDS//

*There is 1 death where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 241,684 confirmed cases reflects this.

***County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

  • 7-day incidence 58.7
  • 5-day moving average 396

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 12th April 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases*** (to midnight 12Apr2021)5-Day Moving Average of New Cases14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 12Apr 2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 12Apr 2021)
Ireland358396131.76271
Offaly1313269.4210
Dublin166180210.22832
Kildare1629204454
Laois68196166
Westmeath610194.9173
Donegal3923177.1282
Meath1220161.5315
Cavan97154.9118
Longford03122.350
Louth77114.8148
Monaghan<54112.469
Mayo<511100.4131
Wicklow11894.8135
Roscommon559360
Galway<51486222
Wexford7380.8121
Tipperary6676.5122
Limerick121267.7132
Waterford10555.965
Cork51355.4301
Leitrim<5146.815
Kerry<5437.956
Clare643744
Carlow5135.120
Sligo0121.414
Kilkenny<5116.116

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

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1,400 Galway pupils take part in Incredible Edibles health and wellbeing programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 1,400 Galway pupils, from 55 primary schools, have taken part in this year’s Incredible Edibles health and wellbeing programme.

Nationwide, over 25,000 primary school children participated in the events which showcased how children are keeping active in the garden and eating healthy to keep well this spring.

Incredible Edibles gives participating schools free grow packs that contain everything teachers need to start their own school garden.

Students then submit videos explaining how they keep active to keep well, while participants also take part in art and recipe competitions aimed at highlighting what they’ve learned about making good food choices.

This year’s initiative was held in conjunction with Healthy Ireland’s Keep Well Campaign, which is part of the Government Plan for Living with Covid-19.

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Strong Tuam involvement at Oireachtas hearing on Bill to allow for exhumations at Mother and Baby Homes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There will be a strong Tuam involvement at tomorrow’s Oireachtas Children’s committee hearing on inappropriate burials at certain institutions operated by, or on behalf of the state

It will focus on Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials Authorised Interventions Bill and consider the establishment of an Agency to carry out such interventions.

This is the Bill intended to allow for exhumations at the sites of Mother and Baby Homes such as those in Tuam and Bessborough.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s event, Deputy Funchion said they’ve agreed to hold this special meeting with four sessions spread over one day to hear the views of the witnesses on this important legislation.

The first session from 9.30am-11.30am in the Dáil Chamber will be chaired by Deputy Funchion and will hear from Tuam’s Catherine Corless and Aidan Corless, as well as Susan Lohan and Mary Harney.

Deputy Seán Sherlock will act as Temporary Chairman from 3-5pm – this session will be attended by Kevin Higgins and Peter Mulryan of the Tuam Home Survivors Network, who will both make an address.

The meeting will also hear from the Human Rights & Equality Commission and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties – while NUI Galway’s Human Rights lecturer Dr. Maeve O’Rourke will also appear remotely

The final session from 5.30-7.30pm will hear remotely from Dr. Niamh McCullagh, who led the investigation team at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam.

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