Date Published: 03-May-2011
A TOTAL revamp of the diving tower at Blackrock in Salthill is to be undertaken by Galway City Council amid claims that the 60-years-old structure has become an ‘eyesore’ following two of the harshest winters in memory.
But the Council have ruled out calls for the tower to be repainted ahead of the peak tourist season as a spokesman claimed this would only be “papering over the cracks” of the concrete structure.
The spokesman said that “carbonisation” had damaged the concrete over successive severe winters and short-term measures to paint it would have no long-term benefits.
The tower is seen as one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, but regular users of the facility have called for it to be given a facelift as it looks completely run down at low tide.
An aerial view of Blackrock featured in a recent Terry Wogan documentary about Ireland for the BBC and local viewers were appalled that the shots taken from a helicopter in the bay showed that the tower was in dire need of a revamp.
The Council spokesman said that a full revamp of the tower had been on the cards for some time and an upgrade was part of a €100,000 allocation for repairs to be carried out late last year.
The bathing area was closed off by the local authority in the first few weeks of the year and significant improvement works were carried out to the dressing-rooms. But, due to the particularly harsh weather in January, the upgrade to the tower itself was not included in the project.
It is understood that parts of the tower need to be stripped down and treated after six decades of wear and tear, and painting it would only gloss over the real problem of damage to the concrete caused by the elements.
“It’s simply down to 60 years of wear and tear and the next job we intend to work on is the tower itself. We have to go to procurement on it. We also intend to carry outwork on the existing structure at Silver Strand,” said the spokesman.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.