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Concerns raised over level of funding for War of Independence centenary events in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the level of funding provided for Irish War of Independence centenary events in Galway city.

In 2019 Councillor John Connolly proposed that Galway City Council would allocate €50,000 from its annual 2020 budget for a number of centenary events.

This proposal did not receive the full backing of the Council, however, and it wasn’t sanctioned.

Councillor Connolly argues while it’s understandable that plans for a number of events have been stifled by the ongoing pandemic, the City Council should be doing more to mark historical local milestones.

He’s says it’s not too late for the City Council to organise a civic ceremony to mark the events of 1920 and 1921 – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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  • The Catholic Priest Association is calling for greater clarity surrounding upcoming First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.

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New film studio at Galway Airport to create up to 200 jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new film and TV studio at the former Galway Airport site in Carnmore is expected to create up to 200 jobs when it becomes operational in 2022.

It’s after the proposal was backed by Galway City and Galway County Councillors, as both local authorities jointly own the 115 acre site.

The stamp of approval in principle from both local authorities clears the way for Spiddal based Danú media to move to the planning stage for the new studio.

The goal is to establish Galway as a key location for high-scale movie and TV production, and showcase the talent, scenic locations and world-class production facilities on offer.

It’ll be known as “Atlantic Studios”, a 40 thousand sq ft state-of-the-art production studio that will be progressed in two stages on part of the former airport site.

The first phase will involve the development of the existing hangar building space into a film and TV production studio, along with offices and suites of support facilities.

The later second phase will include additional studio space, with the aim of developing Atlantic Studios as a major international media hub for production companies.

The initial investment is expected to yield €10 to €15 million per year to Galway’s economy, and create between 150 and 200 production jobs.

It’s anticipated that all going well with the planning process, the new studio will become operational by summer 2022.

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Local Senator calls on Katherine Zappone not to accept role of UN Special Envoy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Senator has called on Katherine Zappone not to accept the role of UN Special Envoy.

It comes after she held an event for 50 people, including the Tánaiste, at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.

The hotel is insisting the event was Covid compliant.

It was held less than a week before Ms Zappone was appointed a Special Envoy by the Government.

Local Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy says the news has gone down very badly in his party.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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