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Council tells rally organisers to cut their own hedges!

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The organisers of a motor rally in County Galway have been hit with the most unusual request from Galway County Council – they have been told to cut more than 20 miles of roadside hedging before the event can take place.

It was a ‘jaw-dropping’ experience for the organisers of the Galway Rally which is due to take place around Ballinasloe at the end of August.

And fears have now been expressed that the event, worth in the region of €250,000 to the town, will not take place because the Galway Motor Club do not have the resources to carry out such works.

It has been described as an unprecedented move by the County Council in demanding that hedges along the route be cut by the organisers. They say that they have never experienced anything like this in the past.

The event is being sponsored by a local hotel in Ballinasloe along with the local Chamber of Commerce who say that a lot of accommodation has already been booked in the town.

The event will bring 1,000 people who are directly involved in the rally along with around 5,000 spectators for the duration of the two day event.

Earlier this week the Chamber of Commerce contacted Councillors to express their frustration at the request that the organisers cut the hedges on a 19 kilometre stretch of the route which means that they will have to cut 38 kilometres of hedges on both sides of the road.

“This is unheard of and has never been imposed by a County Council in any other part of the country before”, commented Donal Scannell, President of Ballinasloe Chamber of Commerce.

 

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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