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Tributes Paid To Loughrea and Galway GAA Stalwart Tommie Kelly

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Tributes have been paid this afternoon to long time Galway GAA Stalwart Tommie Kelly, whose funeral takes place this evening.
Galway GAA Secretary John Hynes paid this tribute….
It it with great sadness that be learned of the death of Tommie Kelly (Loughrea), a great Gael and wonderful friend of Galway GAA and Galway Football in particular.
Tommie was born in Kildare and played Football with Westmeath before be moved to Loughrea in the sixties, where he became deeply involved in Galway Gaelic Football.
For many years Tommie served in Officer positions in the South Board G.P.C and also on the County Board promoting participation in Gaelic Football. Tommie was involved also with many Galway Teams over the years and he played a key role when Galway won the under-21 Football Final in 1972 and when the Minor Footballer won the All-Ireland Final in 1976. He was also involved with the Galway Senior Football Teams in the 1970’s and many of the County players of the era have fond and lasting memories of Tommie and all he did for them.
Tommie struck up a great friendship with the late John Tull Dunne from Ballinalsoe and they traveled the high ways and by-ways of the Country together attending games. Tommie got great satisfaction from attending Juvenile games and Finals throughout the County.
In 2012 Tommie was elected President of Coiste Peil na nOg and he served in that position up to the time of his death.
Tommie was a great servant of the Galway GAA throughout his life.
On behalf of all in Galway GAA I extend our deepest sympathies and condolence to his Family and his wide circle of friends.
Mór ár mbrón. Thomas Ó Ceallaigh imithe ar Shlí na fírinne. Uaigneach muid ná an chailleach beara. Slán a chara.
Tommie will be reposing in Kilboy’s Funeral Home, Loughrea this Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 o’clock. Funeral cortege will arrive at St Brendan’s Cathedral on Wednesday morning for Requiem Mass at 12 o’clock followed by burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway

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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.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 27 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 27NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (14NOV2020 to 27NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(14NOV2020 to 27NOV2020)
Ireland24393.74,464
Donegal26215.5343
Louth<5191.6247
Limerick15170.9333
Kilkenny10126.0125
Roscommon6120.878
Waterford16114.5133
Dublin91106.11,430
Meath<595.9187
Longford085.635
Tipperary<580.9129
Monaghan<579.849
Mayo579.7104
Cork1875.7411
Wicklow573.7105
Offaly<573.157
Cavan068.352
Carlow<566.738
Clare<566.579
Kildare662.9140
Sligo<558.038
Westmeath<556.350
Laois<555.547
Kerry653.579
Galway1446.1119
Leitrim031.210
Wexford<530.746
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WIP Concern over how major backlog of BreastCheck appointments at UHG will be addressed

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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

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Report highlights vulnerability of Ferox trout in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask

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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.

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