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City Manager to consider proposal to retain Galway Airport licence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The deal by the City and County Councils to buy Galway Airport in Carnmore is not set in stone, according to City Manager Brendan McGrath.

At a meeting of the City Council last evening, the Manager expressed regret that many councillors only heard about the news of the purchase on radio last Tuesday morning.

He admitted that after informing a small gathering of Councillors at the end of a meeting last week, he should have emailed other councillors first thing the next morning.

However at last night’s meeting he said that while it’s an executive decision, if councillors did not want the purchase to go ahead, he would not proceed.

He added that the 115 acre site which would cost the two Councils 1.1million euro is great value for money and has huge economic potential.

Some councillors expressed concern about the future for the air ambulance and coastguard helicopter service.

The City Manager said that other locations are being explored and that those services don’t have to be based at Carnmore.

He said the two hangars at the airport could possibly be used as salt banks in the future.

The money needed by the City Council to pay for the airport is to come from dividends owed to the Council from the Irish Public Bodies Insurance Company.

Councillor Peter Keane suggested that the airport licence be retained for emergency services and possible future use.

The City Manager agreed to look into the proposal.

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Request for more time to build sports facility at Inishbofin appealed to planning board

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The county council’s refusal of an application for more time to develop a sports facility at Inishbofin has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The plan led by Inishbofin Development Company C-L-G to request extra time for the project was refused by the council in April.

The development at Middlequarter involves a single storey sports facility to include dressing rooms, referee room, showers and toilets.

An Bord Pleanála is due to issue a decision in September.

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Gaelscoil Dara Renmore wins national science competition

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Gaelscoil Dara in Renmore has been declared the winner of START, a national science competition

It challenges primary school children aged 8 to 12 to simulate their own trial and report on their findings.

The ‘Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials’ final took place yesterday at NUI Galway

Gaelscoil Dara’s winning entry asked the question ‘do children learn better from a teacher or from each other?’

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Athenry’s Agricultural Show returns for first time since 2019

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Athenry Agricultural Show is returning tomorrow for the first time since 2019.

As with previous years, there will be a wide range of classes in categories such as showjumping, equine, sheep and dog showing, and baking.

Many categories will hold championships, and a range of qualifiers for other shows throughout the country will also be available.

A full schedule of classes is available on the Athenry agri show website.

Assistant show secretary and PRO, Mary O’Keeffe says everyone is excited to see the return of the event.

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