Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that two students studying medicine at NUI Galway died fighting for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
According to the Sunday Times, the two trainee doctors travelled together on the same bus from Galway to Dublin in September 2013 on the way to join the Jihadist group.
Mustapha al-Hayani, a graduate of NUI Galway’s medical programme, and Tariq Mohainuteen, a visiting Malaysian student, are believed to have become radicalised while in Galway.
According to the Sunday Times, both were members of NUI Galway’s Muslim Youth Society and held positions in the group.
Members of the society say they were unaware of their colleagues radical beliefs, with many not finding out about their deaths until years later.
It’s also reported that some students did raise concerns about their whereabouts, but were allegedly met with a ‘wall of silence’ at NUI Galway.
Hayani and Mohainuteen travelled together on the same bus from Galway to Dublin Airport in September 2013.
Mohainuteen travelled to Turkey, before crossing into Syria – and was killed weeks later in clashes between Islamic State and rival group Al-Nusra.
According to family and other students, he displayed no signs of radicalisation before travelling to Ireland and was a ‘meek’ individual.
Meanwhile, Hayani flew directly to Iraq where he was also killed in fighting, though the date and location of his death is unknown.
Former medical students recalled seeing a video in which he was standing over dead bodies in what appeared to be Iraq.
The Sunday Times reports that former member of the Defence Forces Lisa Smith – who converted to Islam and joined Islamic State – said she knew of a member in the group in the Syrian city of Raqqa who was from Galway.
The man, reported to have held a senior position, is believed to have been influential in the radicalisation of the two younger NUI Galway students.
Galway anti-racism network to hold discussion next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Anti-Racism Network will host a discussion next week, on challenging racism in all its forms.
The public event will give a platform to people who have experienced racism and will provide the general population with a toolkit on how to combat racism.
Speakers on the night will include a resident from one of the city’s direct provision centres, a member of the Travelling community, and a young Muslim person who will discuss their experiences of living in Galway.
The talk is designed to educate the audience on the general themes of anti-racism.
The event will take place in the Harbour Hotel, next Tuesday 26th November at 7pm.
Spokesperson for GARN Joe Loughnane says the discussion help will people identify and deal with racism – for more on this story tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
Rugby headguard developed by Galway firm to be trialed by World Rugby
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway company has come up with a new rugby headguard which it says can reduce the impact of head tackles by 75 per cent.
N-Pro, which is based in Oranmore Business Park, hopes the product can be used by senior international teams and improve safety in the game.
It comes as World Rugby is implementing a Global Law Trial for headgear over the next five years.
The N-Pro product is the first product to be trialed and will be used in competitive games at all levels globally.
The company was founded by Mark Ganly and Sarah Ganly in 2014 and has invested over one million euro in the research and design of its headguard.
To hear Chief executive Mark Ganly explain the impact protection of the headguard tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
Public urged to take part in Irish language survey for Barna and Knocknacarra
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The communities of Barna and Knocknacarra are being urged to take part in an Irish language survey.
The survey aims to better serve individuals, families and the community at large with their language requirements and services.
It’s led by Údarás na Gaeltachta which has designated over 40 townlands in the vicinity of Barna/Knocknacarra to develop and implement an Irish language plan for the years to come.
Plean Teanga Bhearna / Cnoc na Cathrach aspires to get people to engage more with the language on a daily basis.
The survey is available online at ptbc.ie and must be completed by Friday week (November 29th).
Chairperson of the Irish Language Plan for Barna / Knocknacarra, Uinsionn Mac Thómais says the Irish language can be used as a tool to get people to come together in a variety of different ways – for more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…