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Call for funding for fire station in South Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to call on the Department of the Environment to provide funding for a fire station in South Connemara.

It follows a motion raised by Cllr Seosamh O’Cuaig at this week’s meeting of the local authority where members received a presentation on the future provision of fire services for the Western Environs.

The appraisal found that there is not a conclusive case for an additional fire station in area, however it noted that residual risk remains.

Members also heard that the fire service in the city needs to be expanded as it is physically too small and in the wrong side of the city.

Out of all three notional station grounds, the group noted that An Cheathru Rua would be a preferred location in terms of population covered within a 20 minute travel time.

Cllr Eileen Mannion said it was shocking that there was not a conclusive case for an additional fire station in South Connemara.

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City Councillor urges local sports clubs to ensure defibrillators installed

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A City Councillor is calling on sports clubs across Galway to ensure they have defibrillators installed and club members are trained in their use.

Councillor Alan Cheever’s is making the call following the collapse of Christan Erikinson at the Euros match between Denmark and Finland.

He says the incident clearly shows how quick intervention can save lives.

Councillor Cheevers says some clubs across the city have defibrillators, while many others do not – but they should be a universal feature at all sports facilities.

He acknowledges there is cost involved, but says there are supports available and to avail of those supports.

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LISTEN: Junior Heritage Minister launches Cladoir conservation project at Connemara National Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan is currently in Connemara National Park where he launched the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.

Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.

The minister arrived at the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack where he met the staff in the last hour.

The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.

Joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee Sean Cadden and Tom King, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh are accompanying Minister Noonan.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, the Minister was looking forward to launching the project and he also wanted to to pay tribute to the work of the staff in keeping the park open during the pandemic

Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and Minister Noonan will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.

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New upgrade for Millennium Skate Park welcomed by City Councillor

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway City Councillor has welcomed the latest upgrade to the Millennium Skate Park in the city as the Galway Skateboard Association prepares for their Skatefest this weekend.

The Skate Fest will runs throughout the weekend at the park and on Eyre Square.

Recent upgrades have seen a rebuild to the park with a new concrete surface to replace the old modular version and the festival is expected to see close to 200 skaters from around the country visit the park this weekend.

Social Democrats Councillor Owen Hanley welcomed the refurbishment saying that it will lead to more using the park for its proper purpose and less for anti-social behaviour.

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