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Developers plan to demolish church in Eyre Square revamp

Enda Cunningham

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Ambitious plans to develop a new Eyre Square East Quarter – including a new public square, hotel, shops, offices and apartments – will involve the demolition of the ‘newer’ St Patrick’s Church.

The plans also involve the creation of a new public square set around the original St Patrick’s Church, which is now disused.

However, the Diocese of Galway has issued a statement to say that no approach whatsoever has been made by the developers and the Diocese has no plans to “sell, deconsecrate, demolish or move St. Patrick’s Church, the ‘old St. Patrick’s’ Church, the associated parish houses or the adjacent graves”.

In a submission to Galway City Council, the Comer Group and McHale Group – who jointly own more than 30 properties in the block to the east of the Square – say the current church would have to be “re-housed”.

“A suggested masterplan proposes new pedestrian streets in a north-south and east-west configuration through the site to encourage and reinforce linkages with the existing urban grain.

“One of these routes is on the alignment of St Patrick’s Avenue with a new public square created around the original St Patrick’s Church building, which would provide a public/cultural focus for the area.”

Their plans for the 6.5 acres bounded by Prospect Hill, Bóthar Uí hEithir and Forster Street involve the creation of a new East Quarter with ground floor shop units opening out onto a public square, and walkways leading to each of those areas.

Around 100 submissions were received by the Council on the Draft Development Plan – under legislation, at this stage in the process, only modifications which are “minor in nature and would not have significant effects on the environment” can be made.

Chief Executive Brendan McGrath is currently preparing a report for councillors which will be discussed at the end of November. The Development Plan is expected to be adopted at the beginning of December, and comes into effect four weeks after that point.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the Diocese of Galway spoke of the “hurt” at learning of the Comer/McHale proposals after reading today’s Galway City Tribune, and it has not had any approach from the developers.

“The Diocese of Galway and the Parish of St. Patrick fully understand and absolutely share the deep sense of hurt, surprise and upset felt by many faithful and good people of this old city parish on reading the City Tribune today.

“Property Developers may draw up plans and make proposals but, in this matter, they have lacked the most basic elements of common courtesy.

“Neither the Diocese of Galway or the Parish of St. Patrick’s has been approached or consulted in any way about a so-called ‘plan’ to acquire and demolish this Church property.

“Neither the Diocese of Galway or the Parish of St. Patrick’s have any plans to sell, deconsecrate, demolish or move St. Patrick’s Church, the ‘old St. Patrick’s’ Church, the associated parish houses or the adjacent graves.

“Neither the Diocese of Galway or the Parish of St. Patrick has engaged in any process, discussion, surmising or agreement with anybody, developer, politician or otherwise, on these matters,” the statement reads.

You can read the Comer/McHale submission under the Draft City Development Plan HERE.

For more on the Eyre Square East Quarter plans and the City Development Plan, see this week’s Galway CIty Tribune

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Party-goers in Galway hit with Covid fines

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway’s most senior Garda has issued a renewed appeal this week for young people to desist from organising or attending any house parties as the local Covid-19 situation worsens – last week Gardaí were called to break up a number of gatherings in different parts of the city.

A total of 15 people were found to be attending one house party in the Salthill area last weekend while Gardaí were called to two other smaller gatherings – one in the Doughiska area and the other in Rahoon.

Cautions and Fixed Payment Notices (fines) were issued to a number of those involved. This week, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley has pleaded with young people ‘to stay away at all costs’ from such gatherings.

“We have very high Covid incidence rates in the Galway area over the past week; death rates from the disease are at their highest ever level; and the last thing we need now is groups of people coming together in confined settings.

“If one person has Covid at such a gathering then, in all probability, most others there will pick it up too and spread it their contacts and family members. I am pleading for people just not to do this.

“We are entering into our most critical period in trying to contain the spread of Covid-19, with the next month or so absolutely vital in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe and to try and avoid further loss of life,” he said.
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Community gives new lease of life to Merlin allotments

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – In 2018, the allotments in Merlin Woods were in danger of falling by the wayside, with declining numbers and underuse blighting a facility that had huge potential.

Since then, the community has pulled together to create a space that locals are proud of and one that its advocates are hoping could be a template for other communities across the city.

Chairperson of the Committee behind this new lease of life is Michael Tully, who says the allotments have become a focal point for area, bringing together locals from all walks of life.

“It’s all about netting the community together and the response we’re getting has been unbelievable,” says Michael, who joined the committee in 2018.

“I started off as a user of Merlin Woods, walking by the allotments and thinking to myself that it would be great to grow my own fruit and veg.

“I started talking to a few of the plot-holders like John Rabbitte, Martin Lohan, Jim McCormack and Daithí O’Brien and they told me how to apply. I applied to the City Council and got my allotment in early 2018 and there were about eight allotments in use at that stage, all of us working away on our own.”

Two years later, all 42 allotments are in use, but it took the cooperation of Galway City Council and Trojan work from the community to get it to this point, explains Michael.

“We came down here every Saturday to clear the paths, dig out the weeds and make the place better. The sense of community was unbelievable. Anyone who couldn’t dig was bringing down flasks of tea and cakes to those that were,” he laughs.
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National Transport Authority to progress Galway’s Park and Ride

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A dedicated unit established within the National Transport Authority will look at the potential of Park and Ride to help solve Galway City’s traffic congestion problem.

Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, said that Park and Ride facilities should not be restricted to the east, and sites needed to be located to the west and north-west to take account of commuters from Connemara.

Mr McGrath said Park and Ride would be advanced this year as part of the Galway Transport Strategy. He said that the Council, in conjunction with the dedicated unit within the NTA, would investigate feasible sites for the location of Park and Ride facilities.

Mr McGrath said that site selection and acquisition of land could commence in the second quarter of this year. He said he expected that Park and Ride would be progressed well before the Galway City Ring Road was built.

Director of Services for Transport, Ruth McNally, also said that the NTA was looking at the potential of sites in the city for Park and Ride and she insisted that money – or a lack of it – was not halting progress.

“Money is not a major issue for capital projects,” she said.

They were responding at Monday’s City Council meeting to councillors who lamented the slow progress on developing Park and Ride.
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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