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Community centre and swimming pool in pipeline

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A new community centre and swimming pool is planned for the burgeoning suburb of Doughiska.

An objective in the draft Galway City Development plan is to, “develop a community centre/sports hall, (and) a swimming pool with associated ancillary facilities on a phased basis.”

The new community facility would be based at the existing changing rooms in Doughiska on land that is zoned for recreation and amenity.

Under the chapter four, dealing with natural heritage, recreation and amenity, the Council lists a whole host of projects it hopes to progress over the next five years.

The plan commits the Council to prepare a masterplan for Lough Atalia and Renmore Lagoon, “to include the upgrading of the amenity park, walkways, ecological areas and development of water based recreation forming part of a wider coastal path network.”

The development plan will “facilitate the extension of existing coastal greenway and linkages to create a city-wide coastal path from Silverstrand to Oranmore including the coastal walk extending from Silverstrand to Sailin in conjunction with approved coastal protection works.”

The plan states the Council will “prepare and implement” a masterplan for South Park although this had been an objective in previous plans that had not been met. It also states a masterplan for Kingston will be developed and implemented.

The Council in the next five years will “explore the potential for developing lands adjacent to Menlo Castle incorporating Menlo Woods as a park.”

A specific objective is to retain about 30 car parking spaces “for amenity purposes east of Merlin Park Woods at Doughiska.”

The Council says it will prepare a strategy for the “long-term improvement and enhancement” the famous Salthill Prom. It also plans to develop and upgrade Millar’s Lane.

It plans to develop a number of walkways and what it terms ‘greenways’ for walking and cycling.

Planners want to develop a coastal walk extending from Galway Harbour to Roscam Point and a riverside walk along the western side of the River Corrib in conjunction with NUIG to terminate at the access road beside the running track which links Galway/Moycullen Road at Dangan to the River Corrib.

Another riverside walk is planned from the Dyke Road to NUIG lands on the opposite side of the River Corrib using the piers of the Old Galway-Clifden Railway Line.

Riverside walks are planned for the eastern side of the River Corrib from the Dyke Road to the pier at Menlough; and along the northern side of the Terryland River from the Dyke Road to the point where it disappears underground at Glenanail to the rear of Glenburren Park.

An objective outlined in the plan is to, “develop pedestrian and cycle ways at Knocknacarra, Doughiska and Castlegar linking residential areas with existing and future services and amenities.”

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School walkway remembers much-loved member of staff

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Minister Frank Feighan with Lucy Daly's family at the opening of Lucy’s Way (from left) Lucy's father Jackie O'Shea, her sons Niall and Aaron Daly, and her mum Florrie O’Shea.

A Galway school unveiled its new sensory walkway as a lasting memorial to its much-loved secretary who passed away earlier this year.

Lucy’s Way at Esker National School is named after Lucy Daly, and fittingly her sons Niall and Aaron were on hand to cut the ribbon with Junior Minister for Health, Frank Feighan, recently.

The Minister was at the Athenry school to also officially open the school’s new Outdoor Classroom and Sensory Gardens, as well as the Walkway – just as summer begins to bloom.

Also in attendance also were the Bishop of Galway and Michael Duignan; Monsignor Cathal Geraghty; Karen Cotter from Active School Flag, Andrew McBride from Healthy Ireland and Karen Colcannon representing Galway Sports Partnership.

The work was completed in a voluntary capacity by parents of the school, the local Rural Social Scheme and staff members with the support of school management.

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No room in the city – so college students told to look at Tuam or Athenry

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NUIG...accommodation advice.

Students coming to NUIG this September have been advised by the college to check out their accommodation options… as far away as Tuam, Oughterard, An Spidéal or Athenry.

Unfortunately, that is likely to prove as fruitless as searching for a flat in the city, because those involved in the rental sector say that there is very little available around the county either.

A trawl through accommodation websites reveals an extremely limited supply of rental properties across the county – particularly when it comes to those suitable for students.

And even when there is availability, you won’t find a one-bed property for much for less than €1,000 as the dearth of rental accommodation has resulted in owners demanding close to city prices.

Tuam auctioneer Michael Mannion said that there are very few properties to be had, and the vast majority of those that come to the market will not suit students.

“We don’t have them at the moment, and it is futile for NUIG suggesting they look at the likes of Tuam – or any other similar-sized town for that matter in the county,” he said.

“There is no problem about accepting students, but the houses and apartments are not there to accommodate them. There is no building going on and while this is the case, there are very few properties up for rent,” Mr Mannion added.

Student accommodation in Galway City averages out at around €1,500 per month which is putting a major financial strain on families.

NUIG recently advised students to consider seeking accommodation in Tuam (22 miles from the college), Oughterard (18 miles), An Spidéal (12 miles), Moycullen (8 miles) or Athenry (15 miles).

The NUIG Students Union described the fact that NUIG is recommending that other areas outside the city as a reflection of the current situation.

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Government bows to pressure on rural work schemes

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Minister Heather Humphreys.

SWEEPING reforms to a number of local employment schemes – announced this week by the Government – have allayed fears among West of Ireland communities over the future of thousands of rural jobs.

A six-year time limit for participants in the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) has now been axed by the Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys – if that clause had remained, 45 positions in Galway would be cut from February 1 next.

The package of reforms has been warmly welcomed by West of Ireland TDs and public representatives including Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte and East Galway Fine Gael TD, Ciaran Cannon.

“We’ve all worked very had to bring these changes about, and at a time when it’s nearly impossible to get workers, these are common-sense measures which will mean an awful lot to villages, towns and communities across the West of Ireland,” said Anne Rabbitte.

According to Deputy Ciaran Cannon, the abolition of the six-year participation rule in the Rural Social Scheme was one of the central points raised at a huge public meeting in Athenry at the end of May.

“The Minister hopes to effect the abolition of the rule within a very short timeframe thus clearing the way for participants to remain working on the Rural Social Scheme up to retirement age,” said Deputy Cannon.

The reforms – confirmed by both Minister Humphreys and Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Tuesday – will apply to the RSS; Tús [a one-year community work placement scheme]; and Community Employment (CE) schemes.

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