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Fans dig deep for Tuam Stadium revamp

Declan Tierney



Galway ex-pats across the globe – from New York, San Francisco and Australia – are digging deep to help the redevelopment of one of the county’s iconic sporting venues.

They’ve been quick to purchase tickets for a draw that will aid the much needed development of new dressing rooms at Tuam Stadium – and fans closer to home haven’t been slow off the mark either

The new dressing rooms will be built on the stand side of the ground and will be designed in such a way to so as to accommodate any future development.

It is estimated that around €130,000 will be raised in the draw which will take place within the next three weeks. The large committee involved in the project expressed surprise as the nature in which the €50 tickets were mopped up.

Tuam Stadium is still a hugely important venue as far as the GAA are concerned. There are 200 games played on the pitch on an annual basis – this involves 12,000 players. Figures show that 100,000 GAA fans watch matches at the Stadium every year and this highlights the need for facilities to be improved.

Kevin O’Dwyer is part of the committee involved in this development committee and he said that ticket sales were going phenomenally well and there would be a major push over the coming weeks.

He said that the committee that was formed were determined to revamp Tuam Stadium and this was the first step on the way to this ambition.

Kevin said that the committee had worked extremely hard to sell the tickets simply because they wanted something done with Tuam Stadium. He added that the existing dressing rooms were not acceptable in this day and age.

In its heyday, Tuam Stadium used to accommodate around 30,000 supporters – Connacht championship games involving Galway and Mayo used to fill the venue.

The capacity at Tuam Stadium has been dramatically reduced since then for health and safety reasons – but the committee behind this venture want the ground to again host provincial championship games.

Legendary GAA supporter in Galway Tommy Varden is the Chairman of the committee while Ronan Glynn and Ian Doyle are development advocates. They are hoping that development works will commence next year.

The committee have also received support from Pat McDonagh of Supermacs as well as the County Board GAA.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones




These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.


All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham



Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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