Galway Bay fm newsroom – A childrens’ burial ground at the site of the Old Grove Hospital in Tuam has been marked as off-limits in plans for a major redevelopment of the site.
An Bord Pleanala has given the green light for the multi-million project which is to be carried out in two phases.
Construction on a new primary care centre at the Old Grove campus is already underway.
Phase one of the approved works will involve the demolition of part of a two storey extension, and refurbishment of the existing ground and first floor of the hospital.
There’ll also be a new canopy, and changes to the carpark at the front of the building, with the addition of 26 new spaces.
Phase two will see a single storey section to the south east of the hospital demolished, changes to car parking at the side and rear of the building and new landscaped gardens.
The redeveloped campus will include a Mental Health Day Hospital, Early Intervention and Disability Services.
An Bord Pleanala has attached 7 conditions to the grant of permission.
One stipulates that no works can be carried out within a specified section of the overall site – which includes a childrens’ burial ground – without a separate grant of permission from Galway County Council.
The condition follows an appeal against the development by the Tuam Grove Garden Babies group.
The group had outlined concerns over the possible unofficial burial of babies in unmarked graves at the back of the hospital.
Mixed luck for Galway Golf Clubs in All-Ireland Inter Club Finals
There was mixed luck for Galway’s golf’s clubs this afternoon in the All-Ireland Inter Club Finals held in Athlone.
Portumna had to give second best to Warrenpoint in the All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes Final in the morning losing 3.5 to 1.5 with their win coming from Alan Page and Ann Hynes who were 3&2 winners over Shane McMahon and Brenda Hughes.
It was the same for Bearna who were beaten 3.5 to 1.5 by East Cork in the Revive Active Women’s Four Ball Semi-Final. Their sole win coming from Ciara Lynagh and Ailis McDermott who beat Lillian Harrington and Orla Evans by one hole.
There was better news for Connemara Isles however who have qualified for the Men’s Four Ball All-Ireland Final after beating Mahon Golf Club 3-2. Stiofáin (John) Mac Donnacha and Gearoid Willie O’Faharta were 3&2 winners over Paul Sexton and Sean Hosford, Joe Walsh and Seosamh O’Cualain beat Peadar Deegan and David Lane 4&3 and in the final match, Peter Mannion and Nollaig O’Tighearnaigh beat David O’Mahony and Tom Hickey 2&1.
They will face Newbridge or Killarney in the final tomorrow.
Local TD says breaches of ethics in planning is destroying public trust
Local TD Mairead Farrell says repeated breaches of ethics in our planning system is seriously damaging public trust.
Speaking in the Dáil, she asked how we can still be asking the same questions years after the infamous Mahon Tribunal on planning corruption.
Deputy Farell was contributing to a discussion on recent controversies at An Bord Pleanala.
The Sinn Fein TD asked how we can expect communities to have faith in our planning system in light of what’s going on.
Three Galway Pubs shortlisted for the Final of the Irish Pub Awards 2022
Three Galway Pubs have been shortlisted for the Final of the Irish Pub awards for 2022.
Now in its fourth year, the Irish Pub Awards, jointly presented by the Licenced Vintners Association and the Vintners Federation of Ireland are acknowledged as the definitive industry standard and have gained recognition throughout the trade as the most credible and comprehensive assessment of the best in Irish Pubs.
The three Galway pubs are already winners in the Connacht Region and are John Keogh’s Gastro Pub in Galway City who was named best food pub, Lowrys music and whiskey bar in Clifden who was named best Tourist pub and O’Connells in Eyre Square who was named best outdoor space.
The Final Irish Pub Awards will be announced at a special ceremony to take place in Dublin on Wednesday the 16th of November.