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Arts Festival on track to break all records

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of the Galway International Arts Festival says this year’s event is well on track to be a record-breaking festival.
Last year was the 40th anniversary of the iconic event – and it drew an attendance of over 200 thousand people and contributed over 23 million to Galway’s economy.
As the 2018 festival heads into its final weekend, CEO John Crumlish is confident that this year’s event will eclipse all that came before it.
It’s expected that by the time the final curtain falls on Sunday, almost quarter of a million people will have descended on Galway for the two-week event.
John Crumlish says the reaction to this year’s expanded programme has been incredible.#
For more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 11…
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Taoiseach urged to support long-awaited new community centre in Newcastle

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has been urged in the Dáil to help secure funding for a long-awaited new community centre in Newcastle.

Deputy Noel Grealish said the area has over six thousand residents, yet is still without any local facilities.

Addressing Micheál Martin, he said the Newcastle Combined Community Association has submitted an application for funding under the urban regeneration and development fund.

He noted that the community group has invested €200 thousand into the project to date, which he described as shovel ready.

Deputy Grealish urged the Taoiseach to liase with Minister Darragh O’ Brien to ensure the much-needed project can be approved for funding:

In response, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he would liase with Minister O’ Brien on the matter – to hear coverage of this in the Dáil tune in to FYI Galway@5

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Plan to amalgamate Forster Court Hotel with former tourist office

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans to amalgamate the Forster Court Hotel in the city with the adjoining former tourist office.

The proposal is led by Connacht Hospitality Forster Street Ltd.

It would see internal alterations to amalgamate the hotel with the adjoining building formally known as ‘Aras Failte Tourist Information Office’ at basement, ground and first floor levels.

This would also involve a change of use of the adjoining building from tourist information centre including ancillary offices and retail space to a hotel or conference centre.

The development would make way for 11 hotel suites at first floor level, as well as alterations at ground floor level to facilitate the enlargement of the existing Forster Court Hotel restaurant bar area and new conference centre reception.

City planners are due to make a decision this month.

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Number of Covid-19 patients at Galway hospitals continues to fall

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of patients being treated in Galway Hospitals for Covid-19 has continued to drop steadily.

There are now just 13 patients being treated in the city and county – 10 at UHG, and a further 3 at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe.

There are 4 patients with the virus in the ICU at UHG, while there are no Covid-19 patients in the ICU at Portiuncula.

Nationally, 426 people with Covid-19 are in Irish hospitals today – the lowest number since December 29th.

105 of those patients with the virus are in intensive care.

Professor Philip Nolan, who chairs NPHET’s modelling group, says the country’s R number remains below 1 – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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