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Dawn walk to help raise funds for Pieta House

Ciaran Tierney

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Organisers of a dawn walk which raises funds for suicide prevention charity Pieta House are hoping to almost double the number of participants at the Galway City event when it takes place in Salthill next month.

An estimated 2,300 people took part in the Galway ‘Darkness Into Light’ walk in May 2013 and on-line registrations for the May 10 event are already four times what they were this time last year.

The 5km walk starts at the Leisureland complex at 4.15am on Saturday, May 10, and takes in a route which includes the Salthill promenade and South Park, before returning to Leisureland. Walkers will get to see the sun rising over Galway Bay during the event.

It is the third year in which ‘Darkness Into Light’ takes place in the city and the event has grown enormously since 170 people joined the first walk along the seafront three years ago.

The Galway event, one of 37 across the country, is of even more relevance to the region this year as Pieta House opened their first West of Ireland facility in Tuam just four months ago.

Participants are urged to register in advance and to wear bright yellow t-shirts on the walk, which begins in darkness. The early dawn represents hope and is symbolic of the work of Pieta House; bringing people from darkness back into the light.

“We started out here with a very modest 170 people walking three years ago in the city. Last year we had 2,300 people taking part in the event. This year we are hoping to double the numbers,” said Tom McEvoy of Pieta House during the launch of the walk at the Galway Bay Hotel yesterday.

“You are looking onto a fantastic promenade here in Salthill. You are going to have lots of people walking with vibrant, yellow coloured t-shirts, showing the way and the symbolism behind the whole thing is offering hope. For those who do show up that morning, we are offering a huge statement out there, that we are at one, together in this initiative.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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