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Councils clash over future of Galway Airport

Stephen Corrigan

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Galway City Councillors have demanded that a long-term strategy be drawn up for the County and City Council-owned Galway Airport – accusing both Council Executives of giving councillors contradictory information.

This comes as the City Council gave its stamp of approval to a further one year lease of the facility to the Galway Flying Club.

However, councillors on the city authority expressed concerns that their county counterparts were being given different information on the terms of the lease.

According to Cllr Donal Lyons (Ind), he had been made aware of differences in the wording of a letter informing councillors on both authorities of the application to extend the flying club’s licence.

In the letter to City Councillors, it stated that the extension was up to 2020, said Cllr Lyons, adding “in the one to Galway County Councillors, the wording said it will not be renewed after 2020”.

Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said he wanted clarity for the members of Galway Flying Club – which had been in Carnmore for over 40 years – that it would still be able to operate there after next year.

“We need to keep aviation alive in Galway. The IDA market Galway as having an airport and while it may not be operating as an airport, flights can still land there,” he said.

Independent councillor Noel Larkin queried if some future aviation use could be maintained for the 115 acre site, given its strategic position for the multinational companies in Parkmore.

“Maybe not as a commercial airport, but to assist our multinationals. We have nine out of ten of the top medical companies in the world here in Galway,” said Cllr Larkin.

Cllr Alan Cheevers (FF) accused the County Council of going on a “solo run” with its future planning for the airport.

“There doesn’t seem to be any joined-up thinking with the City Council and County Council. One of the proposals for the site is a Park and Ride facility – this site is a very valuable asset for the city,” said Cllr Cheevers. “We need to see a plan.”

The Mayor, Mike Cubbard, sought clarity on whether or not Galway Fire Station was being lined up for a move to the airport site.

Negotiations to find a site for a new fire station have been ongoing for years and Carnmore had recently been suggested as a suitable location.

However, Director of Services Dermot Mahon said he had been liaising with colleagues in Galway County Council – who run fire services in both city and county – to find a site for a new station.

“I had a meeting with them last May and a number of sites were proposed. They were all within the city boundary,” he said, seemingly ruling out Carnmore as it’s in the county.

“The location in Carnmore wasn’t mentioned. I am not aware of any suggestion for Carnmore Airport,” added Mr Mahon.

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Tristan’s Ciúnas nominated for award at Dublin Film Festival

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Tristan Heanue shooting Ciúnas in Connemara.

Connemara filmmaker Tristan Heanue has been nominated for the Discovery Award at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival for his short Irish-language film Ciúnas (Silence) which was shot around Connemara. The winner of the award will be announced at the closing ceremony of the festival on Sunday, March 8.

Previous recipients include Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar and John Connors.

Ciúnas won the Físín Script Award at the 2018 Dingle Film Festival and that festival came on board as co-executive producer on the finished short, which Tristan wrote, directed and produced,

The plot centres on a couple embarking on a journey in the midst of a family crisis and it stars Gary Lydon (The Guard, Calvary, Pure Mule, The Clinic) Ally Ní Chiaráin (The Drummer and the Keeper, Michael Inside) and rising star Hazel Doupe (Float Like a Butterfly, Michael Inside, Calm with Horses).

“I’m hugely honoured to be nominated for this award among such an incredible list of Irish talent,” says the Letterfrack man. “I am so happy with how people seem to have connected with the film since we screened at the Galway Film Fleadh last July.”

Ciúnas has already won the Grand Prix at the 64th Cork Film Festival in November, which means it’s now on the Academy Awards longlist for 2021.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Eclectics aim for a musical smorgasbord for all tastes

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Eclectics success…Liam Ó Maonlaí and Me Auld Flower.

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There’s a hint in the name as to what you might expect from the night – and it’s that diversity of styles that helps explain how, right through the second half of 2019, Eclectics emerged as one of Galway’s premier nights for original music.

Curated by David Boland, the showcase gained huge support by prioritising quality and putting artists first. In the Black Gate, Eclectics has a venue that matches its own ethos – it is the city’s most intimate venue not just because of its size but because, invariably, its patrons are intent on listening to the act on stage.

The 2019 programme began and ended with Cavan songstress Lisa O’Neill but it featured a long list of talented Irish musicians in between.

On a Galway scale, local artists including Jack Lee, Maija Sofia and Dead Horse Jive all played headline shows in the latter stages of the year. There were performances too from experienced Irish musicians like John Spillane and Hothouse Flowers’ Liam O Maonlaoi.

Eclectics is a place for artists at the start of their careers as well as those that have long established themselves in the industry. There are no set criteria for the acts David books.

While the venue may lend itself to a quieter sound, the Black Gate hosts musicians from all styles and genres.

Invariably, the shared trait among Eclectics performers is originality. As the name suggests, the showcase champions diversity and authenticity.

Galway’s arts community is one of the best and most vibrant in the country. There is something of a disparity, however, between the number of quality artists we have in the city and the number of venues that encourage their work.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corofin’s history makers return to a heroes’ welcome

Declan Tierney

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Gary Sice with his daughter Sadhbh after Corofin defeated Kilcoo to win the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship final at Croke Park last Sunday.

Bonfires blazed and hundreds lined the route as the classy Corofin champions made their way home to a rapturous reception on Monday evening following their historic All-Ireland success the previous day.

The stage was set in Dr Duggan Park, as supporters of all ages dressed in their saffron and green colours waited patiently for the team bus to arrive in the village – and when they eventually did, they were greeted by one of the most energetic homecomings ever witnessed.

This was their fifth All-Ireland club success and by far the most special – not just because the side achieved three-in-a-row, but because of the manner in which they pulled away in the first period of extra time.

Many of those loyal Corofin supporters were convinced that the reception might not have been as ecstatic, had they snatched victory in normal time.

Indeed, the huge Corofin support witnessed their side doing what they do best in that opening period as sub Conor Cunningham sneaked a goal from a rebound and heroes Ronan Steede, Dylan Canney, Liam Silke and Gary Sice put daylight between the sides.

Monday’s homecoming began as the team bus crossed the Shannon in Athlone around mid-afternoon and were even treated to a warm welcome in Ballinasloe along the route.

But it was when they arrived at around 6pm in Abbeyknockmoy that the celebrations began in earnest, as players disembarked from the bus with the Andy Merrigan Cup to the delight of the local GAA club and well-wishers.

See full coverage of the homecoming and that historic win in Croke Park – all in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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