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Dunnes set to expand Briarhill store

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Galway City Council has given the go-ahead for the expansion of the Dunnes Stores supermarket in Briarhill.

Liam Mulryan, owner of the Briarhill Shopping Centre, had sought permission for the amalgamation of Unit 9 in the centre, which is vacant, with the adjoining Dunnes supermarket.

The expansion would add 139 square metres to the supermarket, allowing for a reconfigured and modernised shop floor; improved checkout layout and enhanced circulation space between aisles.

“Dunnes Stores has been operating a supermarket for almost eleven years. Since this time there have been limited changes to the internal layout. The proposed development seeks to modernise and reconfigure the existing supermarket.

“The increase in actual retail space will not lead to an increase in new customers visiting the store, but rather will allow for internal improvements,” the application reads.

When planning permission for the shopping centre was originally granted, Unit 9 was to be a childcare facility and has been vacant since it was built. At one point, the Council permitted a temporary change of use to a butcher shop/retail use, but that permission was never activated.

When Mr Mulryan sought permission earlier this year for a change of use for retail, the Council noted that there does not appear to be a market for a childcare use.

“It may be a case that the size, layout and location of the unit in question is not suitable for a drop-off childcare facility.

“However, it is also evident that retail shopping patterns have changed in the recent past, with customers purchasing a smaller volume of goods, on a more frequent basis, as opposed to more traditional shopping patterns, where customers purchased a larger volume of goods less frequently e.g. once a week.

“In this context, the need for a drop-off childcare facility has reduced over time, particularly in smaller retail centres, where only one anchor tenant is present and there is less likelihood of customers remaining on site for a prolonged period of time,” Executive Planner Peter Staunton said.

Planners have approved the application to extend Dunnes and stipulated that all demolition and construction activity can only take place between 8am and 6pm on Mondays to Fridays and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway

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Officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit seized more than €73,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and drugs after a car and residence were searched in Galway today.
As part of Operation Tara – which is targeting the sale and supply of drugs and related criminal activity in the Galway area – Gardaí  searched a car in the Knocknacarra area. Cash and cannabis were seized.

A follow up search was carried out at a residence in Salthill, where cigarettes worth €70,000, along with €3,100 in cash and a small quantity of suspected amphetamine were recovered.

No arrests were made, but Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry.

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Matriarch of Scotty’s Diner donates kidney to her son!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A well-known family in the Galway restaurant trade have swapped chef whites for hospital gowns after the matriarch donated a kidney to her son.

Jenny and Andrew Ishmael, synonymous with Scotty’s Diner in Cúirt na Coiribe on the Headford Road in Terryland, are recovering in Beaumont Hospital after the marathon live donor operation.

It took place last Monday and staff are so impressed by the quick recovery of mother and son that they could be discharged as early as this weekend.

“It went really well. I’m still a bit sore. We’re still on the mend. It’s working perfectly,” says Andrew from the isolation ward of the hospital’s Kidney Centre.  “My creatine was over 1,000 when I came in and it’s already around 260.

“I felt weak after the surgery, but I could feel that bit of life in me again straight away. It’s amazing how quick it works. Mom wasn’t too great after the surgery – it was her first ever. She was quite sore, a bit iffy, but she’s good now.

“We have rooms back-to-back. We’ve been going for walks, going for breakfast together. It’s nice to spend that time together.”

Andrew – or Drew as he’s known to family and friends –  was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just 16.

Berger’s Disease occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin builds up in the kidneys and results in inflammation, which over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

He managed the condition well for over a decade without too much impact on his life.

The son of classically trained chefs who studied together at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island, he grew up working in his parents’ American-style diner, trading since 1991.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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New River Corrib rescue boat to be deployed following ‘significant donation’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The provision of a specialist rescue craft on the Corrib – upstream from the Weir – could now happen over the coming weeks or months following a ‘significant voluntary donation’ in the past few weeks, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

Water safety issues on the Corrib were highlighted last month when up to 10 rowers had to be rescued after their two boats were sucked in by the currents towards the Weir.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the potentially catastrophic incident which occurred around midday on Saturday, January 14.

A specialist D Class lifeboat is now being sourced as part of a multi-agency approach to try and improve emergency rescue operations upstream from the Weir which would be accessible on a 24/7 basis.

While the cost would be in the region of €40,000 to €50,000, the overall figure would rise to around €80,000 to €90,000 when specialist personnel training costs were included.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune that he was aware of a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the Corrib rescue craft in place as soon as possible.

“I suppose we’re all trying to work together to ensure that a full-time rescue craft is provided on the Corrib and I believe that real progress is being made in this regard. This would be very good news for everyone,” said Mr Swan.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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