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The status orange weather warning, in place since yesterday morning, has been extended to 3pm today.

Last night, Ireland felt the effect of the first storm of 2018 as winds of up to 140km p/h battered the country, accompanied by sheets of rain.

Many areas are facing flooding this morning, with County Galway being the worst effected.

Many roads have been closed after the waters of the River Cotton rose and caused flooding, as well as roads in Salthill due to high tides.

ESB Networks told The Irish Times that approximately 55,000 customers were without power yesterday evening.

These customers were predominantly in counties Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Cavan and Monaghan.

Motorists are asked to remain vigilant on the roads as strong winds and gusts continue.

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Before this month, you could only rifle through the unique vintage finds curated by Public Romance by visiting the eclectic store on Galway's Abbeygate Street. 

Now, the vintage store has made its way into the 21st century by moving from bricks and mortar to online.

Now vintage lovers across the country can shop the unique stock from the comfort of their own homes. 

 

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Public Romance is bringing it's brand manifesto with it into the online sphere, offering two different shopping experiences.

'Public Romance offers two unique fashion retail experiences: on the ground floor, a selection of contemporary independent clothing and accessories for women are available, all of which are exclusive to Galway,' reads the PR website

'On the upper floor, Public Romance offers men’s and women's trend-orientated vintage clothing, dating from the 1960's to the 1990's – original Adidas pieces, classic streetwear, customised vintage Levi’s, military, festival outfits, and much more. '

 

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Both of these individual shopping experiences will be available to online users. 

Whether you're from Galway but miss being able to shop in your local vintage store, or are from across Ireland looking for somewhere new to swap your cash for one-off clothing, we recommend you check it out. 

And just in time for party season too. 

 

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It's World Vegan Day, and veganism is on the rise.

Once the sole territory of surfing Aussie Insta babes and hemp-wearing free thinkers, veganism has infiltrated the diet and lifestyles of the masses.

Recognised as a heart healthy and sustainable diet, going plant based is gaining popularity in Ireland. 

 

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According to data from Deliveroo, orders for vegan food in Ireland have increased by 137pc in Ireland in the past year. 

While you may assume Dublin would be the vegan hot spot, it's actually a west coast county which takes the crown. 

Galway is hailed as being the vegan capital, leading the pack when it comes to plant-based eating. 

 

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'Deliveroo customers clearly love to order vegan food, with orders more than doubling this year,' said Deliveroo's Joe Groves.

'Galway is leading this trend with more vegan orders made than any other city in Ireland.'

The most popular vegan order on Deliveroo is the majestic Vegan Burger from TGO Falafel Bar in Galway.

This is followed by the Spiced Dish of the Day with Rice from Cornucopia in Dublin, the Vegetable Spring Roll from Malay Kitchen in Cork, and the Super Green Smoothie from Cocu in Dublin.

These are just ahead of another Galway order, the Rock My Beets Wrap, also from TGO Falafel Bar, Galway. 

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Remember when you were 17-years-old and your idol invited you onto their show in order to surprise you with a cheque for $10,000?

Yeah, us neither, but that's because we're not Eimear O’Tuathail from Co. Galway.

The Irish teenager found herself on Ellen's famous set this week after a song she composed in her honour caught the star's attention.

Hugely likeable, Eimear instantly endeared herself to the audience by revealing her desire to see a real-life palm tree, get her hands on Starbuck's Pink Drink and stock up on lipbalm.

However, in true DeGeneres style, Ellen did one better and presented her adorable guest with an enormous cheque to cover her university fees.

So if you'll excuse us, we have some composing to do.

Oh, and one more thing while we have you! Don't forget that you can catch up on all your favourite shows for free for a month right here, so sign up now!

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If you're recently engaged and up to your waist in wedding preparation, you'll know that the process can be a stressful one.

While it's undoubtedly an exciting (and romantic) time, it's also pretty overwhelming, right?

From being given too many details to being provided with too few, searching for the perfect spot to celebrate your wedding is far from easy.

With this in mind, The 5 star g Hotel & Spa in Galway want to make the process as stress-free as possible, and are inviting engaged couples to view the beautifully unique hotel as a potential wedding venue.

Understanding the need for advance planning and conscious of couples living outside of Galway, the g Hotel has set a number of dates for their wedding showcases between now and January 2018. 

If you're keen to choose a venue, set a date, and get the show on the road, now is the time to do it!

Take your pick of the following…

●        Saturday 21st October 2017

●        Saturday 18th November 2017

●        Saturday 30th December 2017

●        Saturday 27th January 2018

Offering stunning style and superb service, the luxurious g Hotel has 101 spacious rooms and suites for wedding couples and their guests. 

Oh, and as the hotel captures the essence of vibrant Galway and is located near the picturesque Claddagh, this enchanted space is the perfect place to say ‘I do’.

Ladies, sounds like it's time to take a look….

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A 21-year-old male driver has lost his life in a collision last night. 

Gardaí are investigating the crash, which occurred on the Tuam/Dunmore Road in Galway.

A 21-year-old male passenger also received minor injuries.

The second vehicle was carrying a 74-year-old driver, along with a 70-year old passenger and a two-year-old child. 

They received minor injuries in the crash. 

The road remains closed this morning to facilitate an examination of the scene by Gardaí.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses of the incident to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093-70840. 

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Gardai in Galway have asked the public for their assistance following the hospitalisation of a young man in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to reports, authorities are seeking witnesses after a man was discovered unconscious and injured at St. Bridget’s Place on Prospect Place at approximately 3am.

The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, was transferred to University Hospital Galway where he remains with serious injuries.

It is understood that the scene is being preserved for technical examination.

Gardai have appealed to anyone who may have been in the vicinity to come forward while taxi drivers with dash cameras are also asked to contact Gardaí.

If you have any information pertaining to the incident, you can contact Gardaiy on 091-538000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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According to emerging reports. Allied Irish Bank are in the process of contacting approximately 500 customers in Galway following the disappearance, and subsequent recovery, of customer-related documentation.

It is understood that the bag containing the documents was handed into a branch of AIB in Galway this week when the significance of its contents was established.

In a statement which was released to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, AIB confirmed that the documents had been recovered, and that those affected have been contacted by the bank.

"The mislaid documentation was located on the evening of the 12th September when a business owner in Galway contacted AIB to inform us the documentation was handed in to his premises on the day it was mislaid. All information has been retrieved.

"The Data Protection Commissioner has been informed. Customer contact commenced yesterday and is well advanced."

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According to emerging reports, a second site in Galway, which was run by the Bon Secours nuns, is to be scanned for infant remains.

Building which is due to take place on the grounds of Grove Hospital will be postponed in order to facilitate an excavation.

The scan has been ordered following concerns that the site may hide the remains of babies who died at birth.

The excavation will be conducted in a similar way to the one which was carried out at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home earlier this year.

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One Galway nightclub has been praised for its new cloakroom policy that allows you to trade your killer heels for some ballet flats when all that dancing takes its toll.

DNA (formerly known as Karma), unveiled the new service on the clubs official Facebook page yesterday, and it proved to be a popular move.

The post reads: “Ladies, when your heels become too much, check them into the cloakroom quoting your shoe size and we will swap them out for a pair of new flats while we mind your heels for the night. Dancing…it's in our dna!”

One user commented, “I need this in my life”, and honestly, we couldn't agree more.

The ballet flats are available to purchase from the cloakroom for just €5.00, and they'll even mind your heels until you're ready to go home.

Bye-bye blisters and hello painless walks to the taxi rank. 

We just hope more clubs will follow suit.

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Galway welcomes back The F Word, a feminist festival, this week for the second year. 

The festival is set to be a '5-day festival which will take place in venues across Galway city will explore some of the faces of feminism and related topics through participatory workshops, a 'Reclaim the Night' march, a day of meditation and relaxation, comedy, storytelling, music and a whole lot more.'

This will be a space for feminists and allies to come together to explore feminist issues. It will be an inclusive and accessible space for all women (both cis and trans) from all communities and walks of lives.'

Interested in heading along? Here's what's happening: 

Decolonising Feminism – Wednesday July 5th, 7pm, Foroige club, Fairgreen Road

Seisiún an Domhain/World Session – Thursday July 6th, 7pm, Áras na nGael, Dominick Street

Reclaim the Night March – Friday July 7th, 8pm, Eyre Square

Day of Feminist Workshops and Info Sessions – July 8th, 10am, Áras na nGael, Dominick Street

The Witches That Couldn't be Burned – Saturday July 8th, 8.30pm, Kennedys Bar Eyre Square

'Treat YoSelf' Self Care Day – Sunday July 9th, 1pm, Áras na nGael, Dominick Street

You can find more information on workshops and registration here.

Check out #GalwayFemFest on Twitter for more details. 

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Travelling to Galway is always a good idea.

With the lively city's famous flair for fun, friendly locals, cultural richness and non-stop night scene, it's a must-visit for Irish folk and tourists alike.

If you are heading west, there are a few treasured eateries you should definitely check out while you are there. 

Yummy Crepes

Mick's famous creparie is a Galway institution. 

The stall has been a focal point of the Galway market for donkey's years, situated in the shade of St Nicholas' Church in the city centre.

The traditional ham,cheese, scallion and mustard crepe is always a winner, or get more experimental with your choice of fillings. 

 

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WA Cafe

Using the freshest of ingredients, the authentic sushi at WA Cafe is an unmissible hallmark on Galway's seafood scene.

The cafe, snuggled amongst the harbour-side traders at the docks, is run by a Japanese-Galwegian family who bring the delectable flavours of sushi and ramen to life.

The cafe just won The All-Ireland Best World Cuisine 2017 award at the The Irish Restaurant Awards, so snap up a platter of their sashimi quick! Oh, and pick us up a packet of Pocky on your way out. 

 

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Biteclub

A list of the finest Galway eateries wouldn't be complete with our adding one of the country's edgiest street food specialists. 

Biteclub Streetfood Discotheque brings a menagerie of eclectic menu choices to life, ranging from spicy fish tacos and Korean sesame chicken to deep-fried churros and the creamiest mac and cheese in the land. 

Oh, and it's a cardinal sin to leave Biteclub without sampling one of their lethal watermelon and gin slushies. 

 

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Seven

Seven is a bar/restaurant tucked away in Galway's Latin Quarter. 

The intimate and welcoming vibe is perfect for a hungover breakfast with the gang, or try the extensive drinks menu as the evenings grow darker.

Opt for their classic full Irish breakfast on cheat day, or tackle the delicious goats cheese and roasted vegetable panini.

 

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Tribeton

Known for its edgy yet sultry decor and champagne cocktails, Tribeton has been delighting the palettes of Galwegians since it opened.

The industrial backdrop sets the scene for a night of gourmet bar snacks and beverages, or you can go all out and opt for their night time menu. 

The grilled salmon with chorizo cream and the Belvedere Spritz cocktail are the ideal menu options.

 

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Caprice Cafe

This delectable delicatessen is about to celebrate its first anniversary. 

While it may still be the new kid on the block when it comes to Galway eateries, the brunch behemoth on Church Lane has already made a mega impression on diners in the city of tribes.

Try the delectable calimari with citrus salad if you're in the mood for a lighter bite, or go all out with the luxurious lobster and eggs at brunch. 

 

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