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



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 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 Extra trains departing Ceannt Station after concerts on Saturday and Sunday (at 12.15am) Galway to Athlone, serving all stations.

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 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.


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.

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.


Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years



From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects



From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Forty more workers are needed at City Hall ‘right away’, the Chief Executive of Galway City Council has said.

Brendan McGrath has warned city councillors that the local authority is understaffed and it needs to hire more staff immediately to deliver its plans and projects.

The total cost of the extra 40 workers, including salary, would be between €1.75 million and €1.95 million.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council had a workforce now that was below what it had in 2007, but the city’s population has grown and so too had the services the Council provides.

The population of Galway City grew by almost 11% in the 10 years to 2016, he said, and total staff numbers in the Council fell by 13.6% during that period.

Though more staff were hired in recent years, Mr McGrath said that the Council was at 2007 and 2008 staffing levels, even though the Census will record further increases in population since 2016.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council now provides 1,000 services across a range of departments, far more than during the 2000s.

He said that currently, 524 staff are employed at the City Council. This equated to 493 Whole Time Equivalents when part-time workers such as school wardens and Town Hall workers are included.

Mr McGrath said that 12% of all staff are in acting up positions, with many more in short-term or fixed-term contracts. There was a highly competitive jobs market and the Council was finding recruitment and retention of specialist staff difficult.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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