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Bid launched to bring Tall Ships to Galway

Francis Farragher

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A former Mayor of the city is hoping that it won’t turn out to be a tall tale . . . as he embarks on a campaign to get the Tall Ships sailing race into Galway Harbour during the summer of 2019.

The 2019 tack for the Tall Ships race is now up for grabs and according to some sources if Galway did manage to get on the port list for the event, it could be worth in the region of €50m to the region.

Cllr Padraig Conneely said yesterday that given the city’s success in hosting the Volvo Ocean Race in 2009 and 2013, Galway would be able to put up a very strong case for the Tall Ships event.

“It is estimated that the Tall Ships race brought over one million visitors to Dublin in 2012 and over half a million people to Waterford in 2011 – it was also a huge success in Belfast earlier this year,” said Cllr. Conneely.

The Chairperson of the City Council Special Economic, Development and Tourism Committee, said that the event would bring in 3,000 crew members alone and up to 100 ships from all over the world.

“Galway has a great track record in hosting maritime events and the city has proven itself to be a great host for such events. I think that this is something we should really go for – it could be worth between €30m and €50m for the city,” said Cllr. Conneely.

It emerged this that Dublin City Council has opted not to apply for the 2019 event on the basis of cost – the bid to host the festival reportedly costs in the region of €3m.

A spokesman for Galway City Council said that they already had preliminary discussions with the Galway Harbour Company on the possibility of getting the Tall Ships race to the city.

“This is a hugely popular world event and we will be exploring the possibility of putting in a bid to host part of it. It is hugely popular, not only for tourists and visitors, but also for the people of Galway,” he said.

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County left out in the cold

Stephen Corrigan

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Rural dwellers in County Galway have to travel some of the longest distances in the country – just to reach the most basic of services.

Figures released this week by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that Galway had the highest proportion of the population living over 10km from a 24-hour garda station (70%) – compared with a national average of 8km.

Galway residents were also at the bottom of the pile when distance was measured from the nearest local authority fire station was measured – with 56% of the population over 10km away from their nearest. Nationally, the distance to the nearest fire station is closer to 5.5%.

Those living in Galway City benefit from the centralisation of many vital services, with most city dwellers just 3km form a 24-hour garda station and 3.4km from the fire station.

People in rural Galway were among the worst served for many everyday services, with the average distance from the nearest Emergency Department and maternity hospital exceeding 30km – compared to an average of 5.6km for those in the city.

Those living in the county are usually 10.1km from their nearest bank; 6.8km from their local GP; and 5.6km from the local pharmacy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connemara death may be from natural causes

Francis Farragher

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Gardaí at the scene of the incident in Baile na hAbhann. Photo: Seán Ó Mainnín

THE 64-year-old Sligo man who died after an alleged altercation at a house in Ballinahown near Inverin on Sunday morning last may have died from natural causes, the Connacht Tribune understands.

Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 9am on Sunday morning after a man who was in the house at the time took ill following an incident with another man who had called to the residence.

An exchange of words occurred between the two men inside the house after which an alleged assault took place with the deceased suffering from what were regarded as very minor injuries.

The dead man – named locally as Charles (Charlie) Townsend from Union, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo – was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Galway (UHG) shortly after taking ill, where he was later pronounced dead.

A Garda spokesperson told The Connacht Tribune that their investigation into the incident was ongoing and that one man had been questioned in relation to what had happened under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

“Our investigations are continuing into an alleged assault incident and the man that we questioned on Sunday and for a time on Monday was released without charge on Monday afternoon,” said the spokesperson.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Vet ensures a dog is not just for Christmas!

Dara Bradley

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Lilly at the Glenina Veterinary Clinic this week. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The recovery of a much-loved pet, who swallowed a bone that almost proved fatal, has been described as a ‘miracle before Christmas’ by her Galway owners.

Lily, a Pomeranian terrier cross, swallowed a bone of a leg of lamb, which ruptured her gut. The prognosis was not good, and it was expected that the seven-year-old would go to sleep.

But several weeks on from the incident and thanks to the care of Glenina Veterinary Clinic in Galway City, Lily has made a full recovery, and will spend another Christmas with her loving family, the Carrs of Carnmore.

“It happened on the Sunday of the county hurling final (November 10), the day the Carnmore hurlers were in the minor final,” recalled John Carr.

“We were expecting the worst. She wasn’t eating, she wasn’t drinking. But last Wednesday she came to me for food, a piece of ham. She’s started barking again at people who call to the house. She’s back to herself. She’s about 90% recovered. And it’s all down to the staff at Glenina Vets – I couldn’t praise them enough. It’s like a miracle before Christmas,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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