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Galway shows signs of property boom

The property market in Galway is showing all the signs of another boom – with residential sales up almost 55% in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period in 2013. The official Government statistics from the Property Price Register show that 329 sales were ‘closed’ in the first quarter of…

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Galway strike threat eases as HSE agrees to hire psychiatric nurses

The threat of strike action at the Acute Psychiatric Unit at University Hospital Galway looks set to be averted next week if management follow through on an undertaking to appoint eight new permanent nurses. Psychiatric nurses at the unit were informed on Wednesday that management are seeking clearance to appoint eight new nurses, eight days…

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Galway city publicans are caught short on bar extensions

Publicans in Galway city had to call time on late bars on Tuesday night of the busiest week of the year for the local hospitality industry – because of a licensing ‘clerical error’. But drinkers wanting a late tipple for the remainder of Galway Race Week have been assured that closing time is 2am from…

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Galway football star is heading in the right direction!

A sublime score by Galway footballer Shane Walsh had the GAA world enraptured on Saturday night . . . but it was a tweet by a pop star which earned the Kilkerrin-Clonberne attacker a whole new set of fans. Walsh (20) showed brilliant control before firing over a sensational point late in the first half…

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It’s hot, hot, hot as weather hits 29.6c

THE hottest day of the year was recorded in the city on Friday last when the temperature reached 26.9° Celsius at the NUI Galway Automatic Weather Station. According to Met. Eireann, Friday’s temperatures are likely to be the highest we’ll experience this year and were caused by the edge of a heatwave that affected Ireland…

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Planners want restaurant in Fairgreen Webworks building

The owner of the Webworks building at the Fairgreen has been told to make space available for a restaurant for commuters, before Galway City Council will consider plans for new Department of Social Protection offices there. The building was bought earlier this year by Irish millionaire Jason Williams through his Connaught and Whitehall Capital UK…

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City abuzz as it prepares for €60m boost from Races

The city is abuzz for the annual Galway Races Festival, which got underway yesterday. Around 150,000 punters are expected to make the pilgrimage to Ballybrit racecourse for famous Galway Race week. On course bookmakers are expected to turn over in excess of €8 million while the Tote will handle well over €4 million. The biggest…

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Record breaking year for city’s premiere arts event

There will be no rest for the wicked-ly good organising team behind the Galway International Arts Festival. On the back of a record-breaking year for the city’s premiere arts event, key staffers are planning to decamp to Edinburgh to check out work that may appear in next year’s festival. Artistic director Paul Fahy is also…

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Half of trees on €16.5m road project in Galway have died

BY CLODAGH McGRATH At least half of the trees on Seamus Quirke Road are either dead or dying, according to a survey conducted by community group, Cosain. The semi-mature trees were planted as part of the landscaping of the €16.5 million revamp of Seamus Quirke Road, and were to be replaced last year aftey failing to…

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