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Call for future needs analysis for Galway’s east side

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A future needs analysis of the east side of the city would serve as a catalyst for the proper development of an area that ‘is being treated like the poor relation’.

That’s according to local councillor Alan Cheevers (FF) who said a widescale investigation of the requirements in areas such as Doughiska and Ballybane would allow Galway City Council to form a strategy to ensure no area is left behind.

Cllr Cheevers said he would be putting down a motion at the next City Council meeting to seek support for such a study which he said should cost in the region of €250,000, and should draw on the expertise of NUI Galway and GMIT.

“It was done for the Doughiska-Roscam-Ardaun area a number of years ago and established the need for a school, a resource centre and various other community facilities, but I think we now need a broader picture of the situation,” said the Fianna Fáil councillor.

“In my view, investment in the east side of the city is poor, relative to City West and City Central.”

As much as lack of investment was a problem, investment in the wrong type of infrastructure was also an issue, said Cllr Cheevers.

“As an example, in a current Capital Spending Budget, there is funding for a hurling wall for each of the three areas in the city and the cost is €150,000 per wall. A hurling wall is all well and good, but that €150,000 could have been spent on floodlighting for Doughiska Park to make it an all-year-round facility.

One of the people heavily involved in the future needs analysis carried out for the Doughiska-Roscam-Ardaun area in 2009 was local priest Fr Martin Glynn, who says the time has come to replicate that for the entirety of City East.

The analysis of the DRA area enabled the creation of a strategy that delivered two schools, sports facilities and community cohesion in Doughiska, he said.

“It is so important to engage with local people when planning for an area so that you can respond to their needs as they see them,” added Fr Martin, who coordinates several parishes in the Galway East Pastoral Area.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the extended feature on the east side, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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