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.
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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.