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Ex-Mayor takes to boxing ring to help fight heart disease



 A former Mayor of Galway is preparing to go into the boxing ring – though not with any of his party rivals but with other contestants who, like him, want to raise money for a good cause.

 Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Crowe is the only politician to sign up for the nine week training programme for the Irish Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Fight Night which takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel on March 14.

Up to forty people have signed up for the challenge, launched in Pete Foley’s Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym on the Tuam Road.

Cllr Crowe said he was all set to train Tuesday and Thursday evenings under Pete’s tutelage and to also undertake a self-imposed healthier lifestyle for the next few weeks.

“It’s something I meant to do last year but I didn’t get around to it so I was determined to commit to it this year. It’s for a good cause and as well as it being a fundraiser, we will also be raising awareness about heart disease.

“I suppose the easiest part was the photo session on Thursday but when Pete outlined what was ahead for us and what would be expected of us as we are put through rigorous training for the fight night, I realised just what I had committed to.

“Between now and the fight night, there will be thirty training sessions with Pete and though I am a little bit fearful of it, I am prepared for the physicality of it,” says the Councillor who hasn’t had such a vigorous training schedule since he was an oarsman with the Bish.

“I am a virgin boxer, having never boxed in the ring before. On the night we will be expected to box in three one-and-a-half-minute bouts. It sounds short but I imagine in the ring at a public event, it could be much longer!”

Cllr Crowe doesn’t smoke but appreciates that he will have to take a healthier approach to his lifestyle in general which will including cutting down his alcohol intake and watching what he eats.

He admits that his real weakness is for a “quality burger every now and again” but that he may have to sacrifice this.

As well as helping to sell tickets for the event, each contestant will be expected to raise a minimum of €700 in sponsorship. There is still a week left for people to sign up.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel


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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

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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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

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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