Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Pálás arthouse cinema in the city is set to officially open this evening.
Although the venue has been open to the public for a number of months, the ribbon is being cut on the long-awaited building today.
It’s been a bumpy road for the project, which has been surrounded in controversy since it’s inception around a decade ago.
It suffered multiple delays and setbacks due to various circumstances including funding and governance issues.
In the end, the cinema cost just over €9 million – some 50 percent higher than the original estimate of less than €5 million – most of which was public funding.
The seven story cinema, which includes 3 screens, a bar and a restaurant, is now run by Element Pictures who took over management in late 2016.
A special event to officially open the building will take place at the Pálás Cinema this evening at 6.30.
FYI Galway will have a special feature on this well known building from 5 this evening, in advance of the official opening…
1,361 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,361* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”
“Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
“For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitize hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms isolate and get tested.”
City exhibition explores lockdown experience of children with long-term health conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An exhibition has been launched in the city to explore the experiences of children with long-term health conditions during lockdown.
“Our World in a Window” saw children aged between 9 and 12 years old work with national charity Helium Arts to produce animations, artwork and sculptures.
Their works range from tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations.
The project aimed to bring the children’s lockdown experiences to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing their persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.
The exhibition is currently on display at Galway City Library until August 4th, and will also visit Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Longford.
200 submissions received on proposal for expansion of Galway Harbour
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 200 submissions have been received from the public on plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour.
The vision for the harbour would involve the transformation of 17 acres of land surrounding the inner dock area.
The plan sets out to deliver a sustainable urban living quarter with a key focus on public realm space.
Proposed public amenities include cross-city walking and cycling routes, cultural and event spaces, recreational water sport facilities and a re-imagined street network.
The project, in conjunction with the proposed port extension, aims to expand the city to the water’s edge while future proofing the port as a transport and renewable energy hub.
A six week public consultation process opened in May with 198 submissions received by the closing date.
Presentations were also made to 20 separate stakeholders groups.
Conor O’Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company has welcomed the high level of engagement and submissions made by the people of Galway which he says will inform plans for the development of the inner dock lands.