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Draft plan outlines new neighbourhood park for Knocknacarra

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The broad outline of a new neighbourhood park to serve Knocknacarra has been unveiled by Galway City Council.

A draft framework plan for Kingston recreation and amenity lands was published this week following an extensive public consultation process.

The plan, in its conclusion, says it “makes sense” to explore linking the existing facilities at Millar’s Lane to the development of new facilities at lands at Kingston – adjacent to St John the Apostle National School.

The plan includes huge input from local sports groups, community organisations, residents’ associations, and individuals.

The lack of public parks and open spaces in Knocknacarra caused “great frustration” for a large number of people who gave feedback.

There was a “general feeling of being victims of poor planning . . . alongside a fear that the proposed project may take too long to happen for a generation of children,” according to the draft plan.

“A large number of submissions received highlighted the desire to see an open space facility accessible to all members of the community,” it states.

The draft plan says a large number of submissions highlighted the need for Knocknacarra National School to have access to the proposed park and sports facilities.

Many residents are unhappy.

Kingston Gardens Residents’ group were not opposed to the development but had “serious concerns” around access to it, parking and traffic.

Whiteoaks Residents’ Association had “strong objections” to access to the lands through an existing gate, which has been subject to ongoing legal action, the report states. Clybaun Court residents submitted a “strong objection” to accessing the Kingston lands through their estate.

Gort Siar Residents’ Association emphasised the need for a “mixed-use recreational facility” as part of a proper plan for the entire area.

Gleann na Coille want the facility to cater for children, taking into account the growing population of Knocknacarra.

A number of submissions, including from Galway Hockey Club, outlined the need for a shared surface suited to hockey due to an “acute citywide under-provision of hockey facilities” compared with other sports.

Barna Knocknacarra Rugby Club outlined an “urgent need” for a suitable facility to host mini rugby.

The lack of pitch provision for rugby within the city was highlighted compared to the “wealth of provision of GAA and soccer facilities”.

“The absence of changing and toilet facilities in McGrath’s Field is a particular issue for the continuation of girls’ participation in the sport, while the limitation of space is preventing the club expanding to meet demand and potential,” the report said.

Salthill Knocknacarra GAA made a submission emphasising “how bereft the locality is of public parks and the importance of retaining and developing lands as community park”.

Knocknacarra AFC welcomed the proposal for a park and sports facilities but also looked for “improved communication” with the Council over Cappagh Park.

Galway Archers made a submission highlighting a for indoor and outdoor facilities; and Galway Orienteers outlined a desire for the development “to be suitable for orienteering incorporating suitable control sites.”

Other submissions called for a biking track and trail, a handball alley, a walking and running track, a sensory garden, bowling and boules.

Galway St Patrick’s scout group outlined how it offers a constructive alternative for children not suited to sports and made suggestions based on its need for an indoor and outdoor facility.

The public consultation process, according to the report, has confirmed a “clear deficit of provision” of facilities for many sports, most notably hockey and rugby.

“The public consultation has highlighted the flexibility and willingness of sports clubs to enter into shared provision arrangements if required, however the differing surface requirements for various sports means this may not always be feasible,” the report notes.

The Kingston lands undoubtedly hold the potential to meet a significant level of demand, it “makes sense to explore the idea of expanding the parameters of this project to examine the potential synergies between the Kingston lands and the nearby Millar’s Lane facilities.”

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City Council’s contempt for the public it serves

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A City Council picture showing an aerial view of work on the new pedestrian bridge. The local authority has not covered itself in glory when it comes to informing the public about road closures to facilitate the project.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Galway City Council appears to just do what it wants when it wants.

Last Friday, it officially closed a road at Newtownsmyth. It will be closed until October 28.

The closure, which was to commence last Friday, September 23, was to facilitate construction works on the new bridge at Salmon Weir for pedestrians and cycling.

It is essential work and the closure is necessary for health and safety purposes.

The City Council, as is only right and proper, advertised the closure in advance, online and in a free-sheet newspaper. So far, so good.

Except, as anyone who knows Newtownsmyth is aware, that road has been closed for weeks and even months prior to the September 23 official closure start date.

Trying to find the City Council’s closure order, and public notice, for closing the road at Newtownsmyth prior to September 23 has proved as difficult as sourcing the Third secret of Fatima.

Requests to City Hall’s communications department to confirm whether the Council had a legitimate closure order prior to September 23 have not shone any light on the subject.

And so, in the absence of an adequate response, is it reasonable to conclude that the Council did not have permission to close Newtownsmyth prior to September 23?

And if that’s the case, can the Council now just go around closing roads willy-nilly, without notice and without allowing input from residents and users of the road?

Maybe it was a mistake. If it was, why not say so? The Galway public is forgiving. Maybe they had gone through proper procedure, but why not just show us the notice if that’s the case?

For too long now, though, City Councillors have been treated with contempt by the unelected executive at City Hall and the suspicion is this closure without notice was just another manifestation of that contempt spreading to the public too.

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

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City sides will fancy chances of advancing as champions face Corofin

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Bearna's James Kennedy hits the deck in Ballinasloe on Tuesday as Annaghdown's Frankie Burke and Darragh Meehan try to chase down possession. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The battle for this year’s county Senior Gaelic football club title looks to be wide open after the quarter-final draw was made this week following the delayed conclusion of the group stages on Tuesday night.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who finished second in group 2, have been handed a last eight tie with a Tuam Stars side that finished third in group 1; while St Michael’s, who topped Group 3, will face an Annaghdown side that nabbed the final quarter-final spot in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.

They went into their game with Bearna knowing they needed to win by a minimum of 12points to pip Milltown to the final qualifying spot as the second best of the teams that finished third in the group stages.

They looked to be coming up just short until they were awarded a late free, which goalkeeper James Healy converted, to snatch that remaining quarter-final slot on socring difference form Milltown.

The 2020 champions, Moycullen, will take on Claregalway in the last eight; while the pick of the ties is undoubtedly the clash of defending champions, Mountbellew/Moylough, with a Corofin side that was denied the five-in-a-row by Moycullen two years ago.

At the other end of the equation, St James’ are in a relegation battle, and face a clash with An Spidéal in the preliminary play-offs. A win will secure their senior status for another year, but a defeat will see them join Oughterard, An Cheathru Rua, and the losers of the other preliminary play-off between Caherlistrane and Monivea/Abbey in a round robin league, with the bottom two sides in those play-offs dropping to the intermediate ranks next year.

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Play-offs dress rehearsal facing Utd against Treaty

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Former Galway United player Enda Curran celebrates his recent hat-trick for Treaty United in their FAI Cup quarter-final win over UCD. The in-form Mervue native will be facing the Tribesmen in a First Division clash on Friday.

GALWAY United head to Limerick this Friday evening for what is looking like a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs as they take on Treaty United in the Markets Field (7.45pm).

This is United’s game-in-hand over league leaders, Cork City, and a win will see them close the gap on the Leesiders to four points with three games remaining, and while a win would give the slightest of hopes of a late challenge for league honours, it is more likely to serve as a further boost to confidence ahead of the protracted play-off series that kicks-off at the end of next month.

United need to win their final four games to have any hope of snatching the title, and given the goal difference between the sides, they also need to hope that City don’t pick up more than four points from their last three games, if they are to finish top of the pile.

United’s last three games after this weekend are at home to Athlone, away to Wexford, and home to Longford Town; while City are home to Wexford, away to Athlone, and home to Bray, the easier of the two run-ins, so for United it is all about building momentum ahead of the play-offs.

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