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City’s St Patrick’s Day Parade running order

Enda Cunningham



The Galway City Parade starts at 11.30 a.m. with warm-up performances by the World’s Strongest Man in association with Duffy’s Circus and local original music trio Rivers and Crows playing up at Eyre Square from 11.15 a.m. in Eyre Square.

This year’s parade highlights include Galway Arts Centre, Colours Street Theatre, An Taibhdhearc Theatre and Galway Theatre Festival with community groups such as Foróige, GAA clubs, Amnesty International and The Russian Culture Club creating a kaleidoscope of of Galway’s rich mix of cultural and ethnic diversity.

The parade will come to a grand finale with local heroes Macnas presenting their youth ensemble before Gamelan na Gaillimhe chime the end of the parade with their Indonesian gongs.

Parade Running Order:

The World’s Strongest Man – Duffy’s Circus
Badóirí an Cladaigh (The Claddagh Boatmen)
Rivers and Crows
National Colours 1st battalion Dún Uí Mhaolíosa
Liam Silke, Town Crier
Victorian Carriage with Guest of Honour Little John Nee
St. Patrick’s Brass Band
St. Patrick Puppet
Involve Salthill
Rahoon/Newcastle Hurling Club
Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla
Shantalla Residents’ Association
Merlin Woods FC
Friends of Merlin Woods/Foróige Drummers
UNESCO City of Film Crew
Castlegar Hurling / Camogie Club
Galway Hospice Foundation
Claddagh National School Band
Galway Arts Centre
Cumann na Bhfear
The Green Army
Coder Dojo
Scoil San Phroinsías
Galway Traveller Movement
St. Francis, Patron Saint of Ecology and Environment
Saint James’ GAA
Patrician Brass Band
St. Mary’s Bruce Grey School Rugby, CANADA
UNESCO City of Film Showcase
Barna/Furbo u8s Soccer
Coyote’s Late Bar Galway
Salsa Latin Dancers Community Group
Dirty Circus
Les Hot Culottes
Galway Feminist Collective
Amharchlann An Taibhdhearc
Amnesty International
Galway City Cougars
Liam Mellowes GAA Club
Galway Theatre Festival
Sinead Rowe Designs
Funky Drums
Galway City Roller Derby
Eyre Square Shopping Centre
Community Spirit Drumming
Lackagh Comhaltas
Galway Egypt Belly Dancers
Colours Street Theatre Creatures
Galway Community Circus
Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland
Bugale an Oriant Dancers & Musicians
UNESCO City of Film Crew
Barna GAA U9 & U10 Girls
Cúla Búla
Manannan Mac Lír
Galway City School of Judo
National Water Sports Summit
Access Music Project Galway Currach
Galway Arts for Activism Theatre and Spectacle
St. Patrick’s Scout
European Capital of Culture Radio Crew
Foodland Stores Polish Showcase
Polish Community Group
South African Community Group
Galway Filipino Irish Community
Russian Culture Club
Galway City Karting
NUIG Juggling Society
Tom Duffy’s Circus
Gamelan Na Gallimhe
Galway Fire Service
parade route

The Parade route



Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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