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EVERYTHING you need to know about Ed Sheeran’s Galway gigs

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Gardaí have warned Ed Sheeran fans to plan their journeys to and from Pearse Stadium in Salthill well in advance of the gigs this weekend.

There are strict controls in place for pedestrians, motorists and local residents – anyone who will be in the area from Friday evening until the early hours of Monday morning  has been advised to pay heed to the Garda Traffic Management Plan.

There is no car parking in the vicinity of Pearse Stadium. Road closures are in place. There will be a Garda tow-away system in operation. There are dedicated car parks for the concert and shuttle buses are available from Eyre Square to Salthill Promenade Road closures will be controlled by stewards and Gardaí from 6pm on Friday to 1am on Monday

Bus Eireann will be operating shuttle buses from AIB Bank in Eyre Square to the Aquarium in Salthill. It is approximately a 10-minute walk from Seapoint Promenade to Pearse Stadium.

Bus Route 401:  The 401 will run at regular 12-minute intervals on Friday and Saturday from midday to midnight. The following changes have been made due to road closures in or around Pearse Stadium on these dates: The bus will come from the direction of Newcastle. Turn left at Kelleher’s Texaco Garage in Lower Salthill onto Grattan Road, turn right at the Seapoint Promenade, drive around the roundabout at Seapoint and let passengers embark/disembark at the Aquarium. The 401 will then return using the same route. If additional buses are required, they will be added to the route on the relevant days.  For further information log onto buseireann.ie or contact Customer Contact 1850 836611 or 021 4508188

Taxi drop off point is located near the roundabout at Seapoint Promenade, adjacent to the Aquarium. It is approximately a 10-minute walk from Seapoint Promenade to Pearse Stadium.

Private Buses Private bus operators will have a designated parking area for patrons attending the concerts. This is located at Bishop O’Donnell Road. All bus companies must have a venue licence and must contact Galway City Council on 091 536400 for stop approval.

Trains: Patrons can pre-purchase train tickets online from all locations to Ceannt Station through irishrail.ie. Extra trains departing Ceannt Station after concerts on Saturday and Sunday (at 12.15am) Galway to Athlone, serving all stations.

Carparks:
Merchants Road, 444 spaces, open 24 hours.
Fairgreen Road, 450 spaces, open 24 hours.
Hynes’ Yard, Merchants Road/Dock Road, 499 spaces, open 24 hours (pre-book 24 hours in advance for overnight parking).
Dyke Road, 540 spaces, open 24 hours.
Market Street, 88 spaces, open 24 hours.
Galway Cathedral, 161 spaces, open 24 hours.

Special concert parking:
St Mary’s College, St Mary’s Road, 4,500 spaces.
St Enda’s College, Threadneedle Road, limited spaces.
Salerno Secondary School, Threadneedle Road, limited spaces.

Garda road closures

Road Closures: Residents surrounding Pearse Stadium will only be allowed access. They will be required to have an authorisation card with them at all times (supplied by
Galway GAA). Otherwise the following roads/junctions will be CLOSED to the public.
Dalysfort Rd / Promenade
Rockbarton Rd / Promenade
Rockbarton West / Revagh Rd
Threadneedle Rd / Dr Mannix Rd.
Threadneedle Rd / Glenard
Rosary Lane / Taylor’s Hill
Salthill Lower / Devon Park
Salthill Village / Oaklands

Special needs:
Patrons who have purchased tickets for the special needs area will be contacted in
advance of the shows and will be issued with parking permits which must be printed out and brought with you to gain access on the show day. Any queries, please contact the hotline below:
Ticketmaster Special Needs Hotline:
Republic of Ireland: 0818 903001 & press Option 2
Northern Ireland & UK: 0333 321 9996
International Customers: +353 818 903 001
The areas operate a strict 1+1 policy. (1 Wheelchair + 1 Attendant)
Please email the promoter directly on access@aikenpromotions.com and a representative will assist you and answer any other remaining queries.

Ticket collection:
The navy/blue ticket collection booth is beside Salthill Park, opposite the entrance to Leisureland.

TICKET CHECKS/SEARCHES:

Important notes:
■ Gates open for the concerts at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with the gigs kicking off at 6pm until 11pm.
■ Trad group Beoga, who co-wrote Ed’s version of ‘Galway Girl’ will warm up the crowd at 5.45pm.
■ Jamie Lawson, whose single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That‘ is a worldwide hit, takes to the stage at 6.30pm followed at 7.30pm by Anne-Marie, currently hitting the top of the charts with ‘Friends’ and before that with ‘Ciao Adios’.
■ Ed Sheeran is expected to begin his 18-song set from 8.45pm.
■ Fans are reminded to bring the credit/debit card used to buy the tickets – a photocopy of this card will also suffice. A valid form of ID that reflects the family name of the person who booked the tickets is also required.
■ Fans without backpacks will be admitted faster, so leave big bags behind. Bags over the size of an A4 page will not be permitted.
■ There will be four bars in Pearse Stadium.
■ Fans under 18 years of age MUST be accompanied by a person aged over 18.
Any queries about the event should be directed to Aiken Promotions on 087 9769315.

Weather:
Saturday will be mild with temperatures in the mid teens. Showers are very likely for the early part of the show in Pearse Stadium, possibly less frequent through the evening period. There will be some sunny spells too.
Showers will still be lurking on Sunday, possibly not as frequent as Saturday, but still a threat. There will be some sunny spells, but it will be cool, around 11°C.

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Galway City Council Chief asked to intervene after Kirwan junction ‘near misses’

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From the Galway City Tribune – Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, has been urged to intervene and instigate a review of the controversial changeover of Kirwan roundabout to a traffic light junction.

A relative of the Collins’ family, who operate a B&B on Headford Road, has pleaded with Mr McGrath to act to make it safe to enter and exit this house.

Joseph Murphy, from County Galway but living in England, a relative of the owners of the B&B located on the N84 side of the Headford Road, has warned of the potential for a serious collision at that junction.  He wrote to Mr McGrath, and copied all city councillors including Mayor of Galway, Clodagh Higgins (FG), seeking a review of the junction and in particular access to the B&B. Mr Murphy said he has been driving for forty years but this junction was “one of the most difficult and complicated traffic light junctions I have ever experienced”.


The CCTV shows a van stopping in the junction to give way to pedestrians before entering the B&B.

He said he wrote the letter because he nearly had a serious accident, due to no fault of his, when leaving the residence.

An amber traffic lights system is in place at the house, since the junction changeover last year, which is supposed to help motorists exit onto the Headford Road from the B&B.


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He said the lights are complicated and it was unreasonable and unfair on his family and any guests staying at their B&B who may be endangered trying to enter or exit the driveway.

Videos of ‘near misses’ recorded on CCTV footage, and supplied to Councillor Mike Crowe (FF), have been seen by the Galway City Tribune.

They give a flavour of how dangerous it is to exit the residence on an amber light; and indicate an apparent lack of understanding of the system on the part of other motorists.

Cllr Crowe and other elected members raised this safety issue at a Council meeting last week during a discussion on the City Development Plan. It was decided to rezone some land adjacent to Sandyvale Lawn, which would allow for a new entrance to the house to be constructed, although there is no timeframe.

Mr Murphy, in his email to officials and councillors said it was an “extremely busy junction”.

“I do not believe that enough planning or consideration was taken when the traffic lights were installed, especially those that were installed directly in front of my sister’s house.

“My relatives in Galway should not have to worry every time they leave their house nor should anyone coming from the Menlo direction have to worry about getting blocked in by other vehicles when entering my sister’s house,” he said.

Mr Murphy added: “I would urge the Galway City Council to carry out an immediate review to make this busy junction safe before somebody gets hurt in a serious accident.”

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Plan for former pub in Galway to house Ukrainian refugees

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From the Galway City Tribune – The former Lantern Bar in Ballybane has been proposed to accommodate Ukrainians seeking refuge in Galway.

The Galway City Tribune has learned that works are underway on the building to advance the plans.

The Council confirmed that they had been briefed on the proposal but refused to be drawn on the details.

“Galway City Council is aware of a proposal to use the Lantern Bar at Ballybane Shopping Centre for refugees,” said a spokesperson.

“The coordination of the development of accommodation facilities such as this is the responsibility of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.”


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The local authority spokesperson said they did not have information on the number of people who would be accommodated, nor did they know when the facility might be open.

The Lantern Bar has not operated as a pub for some time, although its licence was renewed on appeal at Galway Circuit Court in February 2020 when the court was told that it was intended to sell the premises.

The bar, which had been the location of a series of public order incidents in 2019, had previously had its licence revoked following several objections from residents.

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City centre residents’ fears over new late-night opening hours

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From the Galway City Tribune – Residents in one of the city centre’s oldest residential areas fear their lives will be turned upside-down by proposed later opening hours for pubs and nightclubs.

Chairperson of the Bowling Green Residents’ Association, Jackie Uí Chionna, told a public meeting of the City’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) that as city centre residents, anti-social behaviour was part of their daily lives.

However, they expected the situation to worsen if Government proceeded with proposals to extend nightclub opening hours to 6.30am.

“Our concern at our recent AGM was the longer pub opening hours – it will result in an increase in [anti-social behaviour],” said Ms Uí Chionna.

She said it was their belief that this policy went against the right of city centre residents to “exist and live as a community” in the middle of town.

“We oppose increasing opening hours. We won’t have any sleep – we have minimal as it is. And we won’t feel safe to walk on the streets.

“It is regrettable that there has been so little consultation with gardaí and residents,” said Ms Uí Chionna.

Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche said Gardaí were waiting to see what happened with the legislation for later opening hours.

“On one hand, not having 5,000 or 10,000 people coming out at the one time will be a benefit but the question is if they won’t [come out at one time]. And will businesses buy into it?” questioned the Chief Supt.

Meanwhile, another Bowling Green resident and former city councillor, Nuala Nolan, raised concerns about the new model of policing and said rostering, which had gardaí working three days on and four days off was making it difficult to follow up on matters with community gardaí.

“You can’t get that person when they’re off for another four days – the continuity is gone,” said Ms Nolan.

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