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Demolition work set to begin on Westwood Hotel

Stephen Corrigan

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The Westwood Hotel closed its doors for good at the weekend, making way for the construction of 394 student beds on the site.

With planning permission granted by An Bord Pleanála last month, developers NTM ROI Seed Capital (formerly Ziggurat) have confirmed that work to clear the site will begin this week.

Speaking to the Galway City Tribune, representative for the company Tom Anderson said the “dismantling” of the hotel will begin immediately – with workers on site this morning.

“There is no point in having an empty hotel there. The sooner it’s ready, the sooner it can provide a service to the city and to the university,” said Mr Anderson.

The project, which will see the development of 63 apartments in five blocks, varying in height from three to five stories, is set to be ready for students in September 2020.

“It will take around 18 months roughly to build,” said Mr Anderson.

The development will also include a café and restaurant space which NTM hope will satisfy the needs of residents for a public amenity in the area.

The last guests checked out of the hotel on Sunday morning, with a security firm moving in to protect the site from intruders.

Plans for the Westwood have attracted fierce criticism since they were first revealed in February 2017 – with local residents mounting the ‘Save the Westwood’ campaign, aiming to prevent the closure of what they believed was one of Newcastle’s last remaining public meeting spaces.

Chairperson of the campaign, Basil Fenton, said the closure of the Westwood on Sunday was a sad day for the community.

“It really is a very sad day for the community. And not just for the residents in the community, but also for the businesses in the IDA Enterprise Park.

“The Westwood was really the last remaining outlet for us and for them, too,” said Mr Fenton.

Mr Anderson sought to allay concerns of residents and pointed out that NTM has extensive experience in the delivery of high-quality and well-managed student accommodation across Ireland and the UK.

“This is going to be professionally managed by Uninest, one of our project partners. The management plan was submitted as part of the planning application. We are extremely confident that this is going to be an asset to the city,” said Mr Anderson.

This is the first NTM student accommodation development in Galway, but Mr Anderson confirmed that the investment fund was continuing its search for further development opportunities in the city.

“We are still seeking more opportunities in Galway,” he said.

CITY TRIBUNE

€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.

The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.

Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.

The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.

“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.

“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”

Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.

“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.

The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools

Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.

“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.

“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.

A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
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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