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Diversity and quality in a packed Clifden Arts Festival programme




Readings from novelists Colum McCann, Sinéad Moriarty and Mike McCormack, from poets Michael Longley, Moya Cannon and Thomas McCarthy, theatre from Phelim Drew and Pat Kinevane, and exhibitions from artists including Margaret Irwin West and John Coll are among the highlights of this year’s Clifden Arts Festival which will run from September 18-29.

Shows for children include Marty Moncrieff, the Teddy Bear Thief from Galway’s Beluga Theatre Company. The play, set in ‘a world where Toy Story meets Fr Ted’, premiered at the Galway Theatre Festival in May.

Theatre shows for adults will include the one-man musical play Before from the wonderful Pat Kinevane and Fishamble Theatre Company, fresh from its success in Edinburgh. This drama about a father and daughter is as powerful as people have come to expect from the creator of Silent and Forgotten.  According to The Scotsman, it packs “a considerable punch”. Before is at Clifden Town Hall on September 25 at 7pm.

Phelim Drew will present Joxer Daly Esq. at the same venue the previous day at 6.30pm. The playful scrounger from Sean O’Casey’s classic, Juno and The Paycock, takes centre stage in Eddie Naughton’s new play.

The Sphere of Light – Secrets of the Boleyn Women will be presented on September 27 at noon in the Station House Theatre.  Actors will perform this work by Ann Henning Jocelyn which explores a new angle on the story of the Boleyn family and King Henry VIII of England.

There will be talks from historian David McCullough of RTÉ’s Prime Time and from Martina Fitzgerald, formerly Political Correspondent with the national broadcaster.

RTÉ’s Northern Editor Tommie Gorman will interview former MP and SDLP Deputy Leader Seamus Mallon, who played a key role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process and whose memoir A Shared Home Place was published recently.

Poets John Kelly and Gerry Smyth will read during the Festival, as will Mary O’Malley who joins forces with Galway City born novelist Conor Bowman for their event on Monday, September 23.

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

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Covid could leave Galway City Council with €25m budget hole

Stephen Corrigan



Shop STreet this week.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council is facing into a “potential crisis scenario” with a forecasted €25 million black hole in its budget, unless the Government comes good on a promise to plug the gap left by Covid-19.

That’s according to City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath who told councillors this week that the commercial rates waiver introduced by Government and a drop in income from goods and services provided by the local authority could slash their forecast annual revenue by 25%.

Mr McGrath said the last Government, when it introduced the rates waiver for cash-strapped businesses in March, had committed to €260 million to be put aside to bolster local authority finances, but no detail of how that will be rolled out had been provided.

“We are hoping as part of the July stimulus package, the new Government will give us the detail we so desperately need,” he said.

“Our rates standing orders have been wiped out to the tune of 90%.”

Tourism was crucial to the economic success of Galway, he continued, with approximately 80% of city businesses reliant on tourists to stay afloat.

“We have the highest percentage dependency of any local authority on rates from the tourism and hospitality sector,” said Mr McGrath.

It was for that reason that the Executive was seeking councillors’ approval to free up €485,000 of the so-called ‘Marketing Sinking Fund’ to finance a raft of tourism initiatives aimed at boosting the local economy by attracting domestic tourists as Covid-related restrictions are eased, in what Mr McGrath referred to as “temporary internal borrowing”.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, and more on the tourism promotion plans, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Seafront prom and new train station planned for Murrough

Dara Bradley



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A vision of a new urban district on GMIT lands at Murrough – including a seafront promenade and new train station – has been submitted to Government for funding approval.

Galway City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath has outlined a plan to ‘leverage’ land and resources of the third level institute to create a new East City Urban District.

Mr McGrath has included the plans in an application for funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

The total value of the project would be €61 million, he said, which values the land at Murrough at about €14 million.

“We are seeking URDF investment to activate these sites as catalysts to boost population and economic output for the city and region,” Mr McGrath told city councillors.

He said that by leveraging the lands at GMIT, the Council was delivering on a target in the National Planning Framework 2040, which states there should be “special focus on capitalising on the potential of underutilised and publicly owned and centrally located sites”.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

Enda Cunningham



A computer-generated image of how the new Cúirt na Coiribe would look.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920.

Exeter Property Group, one of the biggest property investment groups in the world, has applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission to demolish a two-storey building to the front of the development and to remove the existing fifth floor attic level from the next block.

The proposal involves extending upwards and outwards to create a total of 920 bed spaces in 868 bedrooms in a single building with nine linked blocks ranging from two to six storeys.

The project includes a gym/fitness studio in the basement, a games room, library/study spaces, café/restaurant and lounge spaces.

There will be 59 carparking spaces and 656 cycle spaces included. A total of 398 of the 405 existing bed spaces will be retained.

It is proposed that the existing bed spaces will retain their original planning permission which allows for short-stay lets throughout the year, and the additional 515 spaces would only be permitted to be used as short-stay lets during the summer months.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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