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Woodie’s staff saddle up!

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Woodies Headford Road, top right: Rafal Guza, Manager of Woodie’s, Headford Road, pictured with colleagues Jemima Carless, Nicole Coyne, Teresa Convery, Roger Bond, Caroline Curtin, Ciara Crowe, Sarah Higgins, Josh Breslin, David Warde, Carlos Velascofurelos, Ed Walsh and Paul Daly, presenting Woodies CEO Declan Roynane with a cheque for €6,601 which was raised in their store as part of the Woodie’s Heroes Charity Cycle around Ireland.

Staff at Woodie’s two Galway stores have demonstrated their pedal power and endurance to raise over €17,000 between them for four worthy charities.

It’s all part of the Woodie’s Heroes campaign in aid of ISPCC Childline, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland and Barnardos.

Staff from the DIY outlet all over Ireland joined in the charity drive, by breaking into teams of two from each branch – and cycling 1,000km each.

Staff at Woodie’s Wellpark raised €10,477 and their colleagues at Woodie’s Headford Road raised €6,601.

This week – as the cheques were presented to Woodie’s CEO (and cyclist) Declan Ronayne – the employees extended a big ‘thank you’ to their customers, colleagues and suppliers who helped them hit their target in this, the seventh annual Woodie’s Heroes campaign, this summer.

Woodie’s DIY, Home and Garden have raised over €2.5 million for charity over the last seven years – and donations for the 2021 Heroes campaign will continue to roll in up to the end of September.

There were more ways than ever to donate this year, with customers able to add a donation to their bill at the till, online, or by text – and already that has helped Woodie’s to surpass their fundraising target of €500,000 and make a difference to those most in need.

“Woodie’s are very grateful for the generosity and dedication shown by our colleagues, customers, and suppliers once again for our seventh Woodie’s Heroes campaign,” said Woodie’s CEO Declan Ronayne.

“It is a great feeling visiting the stores around Ireland as we cycle our way to them all to thank them for the fantastic charity work they do for the four weeks of Woodie’s Heroes fundraising.

“There might be a few aching bodies, but it is a humbling experience! It is always a highlight of my year cycling to the stores and hearing all about the fundraising efforts of the stores. I am so proud of everyone’s achievements,” he said.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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