Date Published: 13-Jun-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
Late night buskers will no longer deprive city centre residents of a night’s sleep after Galway City Council adopted new byelaws to limit the hours in which street performances can take place last night.
Councillors unanimously agreed to back the byelaws which will make it an offence for street performers to make noise after 11pm at night during the summer months and after 10pm from November to February.
But last night’s meeting of the local authority heard that seven of the nine submissions made in relation to the proposed byelaws related to the nuisance caused by street performers during the day, and not just late night noise.
A number of Councillors expressed concern that musicians were using amplification during the day which caused a huge nuisance to office and shop workers.
Director of Services Kevin Swift said that the Council had examined byelaws in other cities and decided that the “simplest thing” was to prohibit performances between certain periods.
He said that the submissions received while the new regulations were being drafted showed that there was huge concern among business about amplification “at all times” and not just late at night.
Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) said it was clear that the issue of amplification needed to be dealt with when so many of the submissions dealt with the matter.
“I was in town one Saturday recently and, my God, it drove me out of the city,” she said. “A Garda told me that there was nothing he could do about it. I must stress that I am not against busking, but I am against amplification.”
Cllr Catherine Connolly (Ind) said the proposed byelaws came from city residents themselves and she suggested earlier ‘curfew’ times of 10pm (winter) and 11pm (summer), rather than the draft proposals of 11 pm and midnight, which were unanimously accepted by her colleagues.
She said the issue of amplification was the next one which would have to be dealt with by the Council’s Environmental Special Policy Committee.
“People working in offices have difficulties with buskers who have one tune,” said Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind). “The business community are raising this with our wardens day in, day out.”
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.