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Councillors issue price warning to city hotels

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-Jun-2011

BY CIARAN TIERNEY

Hotels in Galway have been asked to avoid ‘fleecing’ visitors when the gruelling Ironman event is expected to bring an injection of just under €5 million to the city at the end of the summer.

A meeting of Galway City Council heard last night that the event is expected to boost Galway’s economy by €4.9 million when it takes place in the city, Salthill, and Connemara on the first Sunday in September.

But, with the Ironman 70.3 Series set to base its Irish leg in Galway for the next five years, a number of councillors expressed concerns that some hotels might use the occasion to hike up their prices over the weekend.

“It is bad for the city when hotels put up their prices for events such as Race Week,” said Cllr Collette Connolly (Lab.). “It is great that this event provides a positive alternative to the drink culture that Galway is known for. But is it too much to hope that there will be standard rates in the hotels rather than having people fleeced continuously whenever there is a major event in Galway?”

Cllr Peter Keane (FF) described the event as a “no brainer” in terms of the benefits it would bring to the city and said it was important to make a good impression in the first year so that the Ironman would remain here for the next four years. It is the first time an Ironman event will take place in this country.

“I am hoping that the hotels won’t ‘do the dog’ on it in terms of overcharging,” he said. “It is important to give value for money, not alone to the competitors but to their entourage as well.”

Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said that hotels should be encouraged to make the weekend a success and make sure that people did not leave Galway with a feeling that they had been “ripped off” during their time in the city.

Event organiser Kevin Stewart told the Councillors that all 1,800 available slots had been booked out five months ago for a contest which incorporates a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile cycle, and a 13.1 mile run through the streets of the city.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

 

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