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Derelict Quay Street block to be brought back to life

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A block of derelict buildings on Quay Street and Quay Lane are to be brought back to life as a high-end shop for Aran sweaters.

Following a series of revisions to the plans ordered by Galway City Council, permission was granted for the work at No 25 Quay Street and numbers 2 to 5 Quay Lane.

GlenAran Ltd, which is owned by the McCarthy family from Glengarriff in West Cork, bought the properties at the end of 2015 for a price which auctioneers said was “significantly in excess” of its €600,000 guide price.

The McCarthys submitted plans to the Council to restore and redevelop the former mill and residential buildings to use as “a high-end retail centre for the sale of GlenAran knitwear and woollen products”.

In their approval, planners said: “The proposed scheme offers several positive features most notably the proposal to restore and bring back into use a long vacant and derelict property in a prominent corner at the entrance to the pedestrianised heart of Galway City.”

Planners ordered that due to flood risk, all electrical fittings and sockets must be laced a minimum of 45cm above ground floor level; temporary barriers can be installed in the door openings when there is a flood warning and that all merchandise at risk can be removed from the ground floor area.

Details of an evacuation plan for the building must also be submitted to the Council.

An archaeologist must carry out testing at the site before any construction work can take place.

According to the application, the development will bring the derelict buildings back to life.

“Such development will provide a viable commercial use for the existing derelict buildings, which will attract new clientele, enhanced business footfall, and visitor attraction which will in turn improve the economic viability of the lower Quay Street/Quay Lane area of the city centre.

“The structure will be renovated in terms of best conservation practice using traditional skills and materials relevant to the late medieval period and early Victorian era, taking into account any significant findings arising out of the archaeological survey of the site.”

The Quay Lane buildings were built as a warehouse in the 17th Century, and altered to residential units in the 1830s.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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