More than 4,200 new cars were registered in Galway in the first seven months of this year – down by around 170 vehicles on the same period in 2017 – according to new industry figures.
And a strong indicator of the ongoing economic recovery could well be the boom in van sales – up more than 9% to 840 so far this year, while HGVs and coaches are up around 2.7% to 1,945.
Used car imports from the UK and Japan are continuing on an upward trajectory, with 3,790 registered from the start of the year until the end of July, which is up more than 10% from 3,434 in the same period last year.
The statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show there were 4,247 cars on ‘181 G’ and ‘182 G’ plates in Galway at the end of July, down almost 4% on the 4,414 during the same period last year.
January sales were down 5.2%; February down 2.6%; March down 11.7%; April down 2.2%; May was up more than 6.8%; June down 22.6% and July, the first month of the new 182 G plates was up 2%.
The Hyundai Tucson SUV continues to be Galway’s most popular car, with 182 units sold in the first seven months, followed by the Nissan Qashqai (150); Toyota Yaris (142); Skoda Octavia (134); Toyota Corolla (129); VW Tiguan (110); Ford Focus (108); Kia Sportage (105) and VW Golf (98 units).
Grey, black, blue, red/maroon and white/ivory were the most popular colours.
Light commercial vehicle sales are also up 9.4% from 768 in the first seven months of 2017 to 840 during the same period this year.
The most popular are the VW T6 (86 units); VW Caddy (80); Toyota Landcruiser commercial (67); Ford Transit Connect (53); Ford Transit van (44); VW Golf van (39); Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (39); Citroen Berlingo (35) and Renault Trafic (27).
Registrations of new heavy commercial vehicles were up 2.7% from 1,894 units to 1,945. The most popular were the Scania 3-axle tractor (195 units); 149 Volvo buses and coaches; 127 Volvo 3-axle tractors; 118 Scania 2-axle tractors and 97 DAF 2-axle rigids.
Used car imports – when buyers turn mainly to the UK in search of higher ‘spec’ models than those available on the Irish market – were up more than 10% from 3,434 to 3,790.
The most popular imports were the VW Golf (225 units); Ford Focus (200); Hyundai i30 (173); VW Passat (142); BMW 5 Series (114); Audi A4 (108); Skoda Octavia (106); Nissan Qashqai (105); Ford Mondeo (91) and Mercedes-Benz E Class (89).
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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.
Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.
While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.
“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.
“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”
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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.
But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.
The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.
She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.
The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.
“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.
“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”
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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.
But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.
The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.
To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.
“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.
But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.
Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie