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Discarded Covid masks contribute to City losing its ‘clean’ status in latest IBAL survey

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A series litter issue in Galway has resulted in the city losing its ‘clean’ status in the latest round of the ‘Irish Businesses Against Litter’ (IBAL) survey.

The report, published this week, has accused the City Council and other local authorities nationwide of ‘failing to address’ rising waste issues – with disposed facemasks creating a litter pandemic on city streets.

Galway, which had been keeping on top of the issue for some time, dropped to 24th in a list of 40 large urban centres ranked by the survey – branded ‘moderately littered’ by the An Taisce report.

Despite a number of well-kept areas, the city was let down by litter blackspots which, according to the report, could be rectified by an improved effort locally.

“Several heavily littered sites saw Galway City lose its clean status this time round. Top-ranking sites included Bohermore Community Centre, the residential area of Carraig Bán [Coolough Road], Recycle Facility (Dyke Road) many of the approach routes and St Mary’s Dominican Priory, Claddagh – these were not just good with regard to litter but were well-presented and maintained,” stated the report.

“The Newcastle approach road, Tower House Centre [Tuam Road], unusual for a shopping centre, Market Street Car Park and the front of the Holy Trinity NS were heavily littered. Several sites just missed getting the top litter grade. With a little extra effort this could be attained e.g., Cooke’s Terrace, Galway Hibernians’ Football Club, residential area at Glenanail Drive [Tuam Road] and Eyre Square – the latter was adorned with a Christmas Market and looked very well.”

Ballybane, which has long been stuck with a ‘littered’ status, had improved slightly during this latest inspection which was carried out last month, but failed to attain a higher grade.

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

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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 . . . .
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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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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