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City Museum on long list which impressed Tidy Towns judges

Enda Cunningham

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The Galway City Museum, one of the highlights for the Tidy Towns judge.

Galway City Tribune – The museum, NUI Galway, Spanish Arch, the Cathedral and the colour and variety of shopfronts impressed adjudicators from the Tidy Towns committee enough to award Galway City a silver medal.

The city scored a total of 318 points (out of a potential 470) for 2019, which was up eight points on last year.

The medal was awarded for an area with a population of more than 25,000 people, with Swords in Co Dublin also securing a silver medal.

The Tidy Towns adjudicator said it was “a delight” to visit the city for the first time.

“Your high degree of planning and implementation are acknowledged and accordingly you have raised your marks again this year. Your involvement stretches to all parts of the city and to all communities. You embrace the spirit of the Tidy Towns movement as a community movement aimed at improving the quality of life for your citizens, and at the same time recognising the commercial necessity to generate new and viable projects,” the adjudicator said.

“Your challenge is immense but your achievements are obvious to this adjudicator and our miles of walking during our adjudication gave us a good insight of the challenge and achievements. The traffic was extremely busy and not a day for city driving but our walking was enjoyed and enabled us to traverse the many lanes and side entrances that form part of the adjudication process. There was an air of enjoyment throughout the city which was favoured by a beautiful sunny day.

“Galway City is endowed with a great amount of wonderful building of all vintage. We were impressed with the great numbers of shopfronts and we list the following as an example: Blue Note, Secret Garden, Crane Bar, Colleran and Sons, The Galway Simon Shop, Kai Restaurant, Róisín Dubh, Cupán Tae, Cobwebs, Seodóireacht Cheilteach an Ghladaigh, Músaem Na Cathrach, Riordans, Tig Cóilí, Treasure Chest, Matt O’Flaherty, Brown Thomas, Lazlo Jewellers, A Hartmann and Sons. No doubt the Civic Trust can be of immense help to you in ensuring the good maintenance of these valuable buildings.

“Public buildings are well presented, but for this adjudicator the Galway City Museum stands out. We enjoyed the presence of Padraic O Conaire, but hope the inscription as Gaeilge could be refurbished as it is no longer legible.

“Our visit to the Cathedral was much enjoyed, together with St Ignatius Jesuit Church which we notice is under repair and improvement. We loved the presentation of NUI with its wonderful mature trees and building façade. Our visit To Galway West End and Nuns Island was much enjoyed and the Nuns Island Theatre was well presented. The Railway Station was well presented and the toilets were inspected.”
This is a preview only. To read the rest of the judge’s citation and for details and photos of the Tidy Towns Garden Competition winners, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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Council to consider new pedestrian ‘plaza’ for Galway City

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors will be asked next month to consider a sweeping overhaul of traffic flow in the city centre as the local authority seeks to create a more pedestrian-friendly core in the wake of Covid-19.

Currently under proposal in City Hall are major alterations to traffic flow which will allow for restricted car access to Middle Street – creating additional outdoor seating space for businesses in the area struggling to cope amid social distancing requirements.

Senior Engineer at City Hall, Uinsinn Finn, said they are currently considering three different proposals to alter traffic flow on Merchants Road, Augustine Street and Flood Street to reduce the need for car access to Middle Street, while still maintaining access for residents.

“We already pedestrianised Cross Street and we will be maintaining that, and there will be a proposal for Middle Street and Augustine Street.

“Businesses in the area are very much in favour of pedestrianisation – one business has objections but the others are supportive. Another consideration is that there are residents there with parking spaces and we are trying to encourage people to live in the city centre,” said Mr Finn.

The Latin Quarter business group submitted proposals for the temporary pedestrianisation of Middle Street and Abbeygate Street Lower but Mr Finn said the proposals the Council were considering were more in the line of creating adequate space for pedestrians while still allowing residents vehicular access.

This would involve creating a circuit for car traffic moving through Merchants Road around onto Augustine Street and exiting at Flood Street.
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Residents want laneway closed following pipe bomb scare

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Residents in part of Knocknacarra are calling for the closure of a laneway and for more Community Gardaí to be put on the beat following the discovery of a ‘viable’ pipe-bomb type device in the area last weekend.

Up to 13 homes in the Cimín Mór and Manor Court estates had to be evacuated on Friday evening last when the incendiary device was discovered by Gardaí concealed in an unlit laneway, leading to the emergency services being notified.

An Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit was called to the scene and removed the device – according to local residents and councillors, the Gardaí have confirmed that the device was viable.

Gardaí have declined to comment on the detail of the case but have confirmed that the matter is being ‘actively and vigorously investigated’.

Chairman of the Cimín Mór Residents’ Association, Pat McCarthy, told the Galway City Tribune that the discovery of the viable device on the narrow laneway that links their estate to Manor Court was extremely frightening for all concerned.

“For the best part of the past 20 years, we have been seeking action to be taken on this laneway which has been used for dumping and unsociable behaviour on a repeated basis.

“But what happened last Friday evening was really the last straw for us. This could have resulted in serious injury to innocent people and what is also of concern to us is how close this was to the two schools in the area,” said Mr McCarthy.

He said that over the coming days, the residents’ association would be petitioning all residents in the three estates concerned – the other two being Manor Court and Garraí Dhónaill – for action to be taken on the laneway.
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Galway designer’s necklace is fit for a princess!

Denise McNamara

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Kate Middleton wearing the necklace designed by Aisling O'Brien

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A Galway jewellery designer is the latest to experience the ‘Kate effect’ after fans tracked down the woman who created a necklace for the Duchess of Cambridge which she has worn several times since it was gifted to her during her trip to the city last March.

Aisling O’Brien’s website crashed on Wednesday night when orders poured in for the piece from around the world. The necklace costs €109 with initials, while the earrings retail for €49.

“I’d never sold more than two things outside of Ireland before. I only had three of Kate’s necklaces in stock – and now I have orders for at least 50. I’ll have to start recruiting some elves,” laughs Aisling, who only set up her website during lockdown.

The 14-carat gold necklace and earrings set was designed by Aisling specially for Kate after examining her style – “understated, elegant, simplicity” is how the Tuam native describes it.

She was contacted about the commission by physiotherapist Thérèse Tully, who wanted to give the future queen a gift as she was using her room to change at Árus Bóthar na Trá beside Pearse Stadium when the royal couple were meeting with GAA teams.

(Photo: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wearing the necklace)
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the full details, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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