Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Connacht Hotel at Dublin Road in the city has been named the overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh.
At a ceremony in Salthill last night, Minister of State Seán Kyne presented the hotel with the prestigious Irish language business award, run by Gaillimh le Gaeilge and other groups.
The Connacht Hotel had already been named the winner in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category, before it was also named the overall winner.
The other winners are Kenny’s Bookshop and Art Galleries Limited in the ‘Retail’ category, Sweeney Oil in the ‘Services’ category and iSupply which won the ‘Other Companies’ category.
Minister Kyne also presented Duais Aitheantais Pheadair Uí Flatharta for the first time.
City man, Bernie Ó Conaill, who is well known in sporting circles and the education and media sectors, received the award for making a great effort to use the Irish language in his daily life.
A special award to acknowledge a business which entered the Gradam for the first time and achieved a very high standard went to two businesses.
Corrib Shopping Centre and Big O Taxis won the Bronnadh Speisialta na Moltóirí.
A two-year university scholarship for An Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge , sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscoláiochta Gaeilge was presented to Colm’s Life Pharmacy.
Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.
Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.
At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.
While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.
Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.
CEO of Galway Chamber takes aim at social media “celebrations” over quashing of Ring Road
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of Galway Chamber says he was angered to see some of the “celebrations” on social media over the technical quashing of the Galway Ring Road.
It follows final orders issued in the High Court this week in judicial review actions taken against the granting of permission.
The green light from An Bord Pleanala was quashed, because it failed to take into account the Government’s newest Climate Action Plan.
A planning application for the €600m project will now have to be reconsidered by the planning body – though it will not be going fully back to the drawing board.
It’s not known how long the process might take or when we might expect a final answer.
Speaking to Galway Talks, CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery said there’s little reason for celebration.
Galway Mountain Rescue aid hypothermic walkeron Maumtrasna
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Mountain Rescue have taken part in an operation to rescue a lost walker suffering from hypothermia – on Maumtrasna Mountain in Co. Mayo.
The solo walker became exhausted and lost in poor weather conditions late yesterday afternoon.
Galway Mountain Rescue worked with Mayo Mountain Resuce and Rescue 118 helicopter – to locate the casulty in fading light.
They were suffering from hypothermia and were unable to walk off the mountain – and were successfully airlifted to Mayo General Hospital.