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Unemployment in Galway down 60% since economic crash

Enda Cunningham

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Unemployment levels in Galway city and county are down by 60% since the height of the economic collapse almost nine years ago, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

At the end of April in Galway, there were a total of 10,244 people on the Live Register – a drop of 60% on the 25,389 ‘record’ figure from August 2010.

Unemployment linked to county ‘dole’ offices is also down across the board, with a drop of almost one fifth recorded in Gort.

For the city specifically, there were a total of 5,021 people on the Live Register – a reduction of around 63% on the 13,480 ‘signing on’ figure from the height of the ‘bust’.

Year on year, the figure for the city is down by more than 700, from 5,740 in April 2018 (a drop of 12.5%).

A breakdown of the figures shows that 2,595 were males over 25; 222 males under 25; 2,020 were females over 25 and 185 under the age of 25.

The figures also show that last month, for the city and county as a whole, there were a total of 10,266 on the Live Register, down more than 11% from 11,577 a year earlier and 0.6% down on the previous month, when it stood at 10,309.

For the county, 5,088 on the live register were males over the age of 25 and 495 under 25 and a further 4,250 were females over 25 and 401 under that age.

Figures for specific Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection areas show decreases in unemployment across the county – the biggest drop was in Gort, down 17% from 870 to 722 year on year.

There 1,152 on the Live Register in Ballinasloe, down 12% from 1,310 a year earlier and 1,594 in Tuam, down 6.4% from 1,703. Clifden saw a drop in unemployment of almost 11% from 738 to 659 people.

In Loughrea, there were 1,096 on the Live Register, down around 10% from 1,216 a year earlier.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

Dara Bradley

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Leona Paula Leoncio...in ICU.

UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.

Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.

Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.

The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.

Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.

“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.

The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.

Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.

“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.

“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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