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Festivalmania hits the city

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Date Published: 03-May-2011

THOSE who might believe that every festival in this country is effectively a ‘beer festival’ had their eyes opened in Salthill at the weekend when the Oslo hosted ‘Brewers on the Bay’.

Independent brewing companies from all over the country were represented at the Salthill venue for Galway’s only festival which is dedicated to the art of brewing.

Ales and lagers, including Galway’s own Bay Brewery and Galway Hooker, were showcased to visitors to the premises who were able to view how beer is brewed in the Oslo itself at first hand.

It was just one of three festivals to take place in Galway over the May Bank Holiday, as the promenade in Salthill hosted the ‘An Tostal’ festival for the first time since the late 1950s.

The festival, which showcases the best in Irish coastal traditions and culture, featured currach and Galway Hooker races along the coast in Salthill on Saturday and Sunday, with hundreds of spectators watching from the promenade.

Members of the winning currach team from 1955 performed the opening ceremony at noon on Saturday and a fundraising dance for the RNLI took place at the Galway Bay Hotel on Sunday night.

The city centre also played host to the first ‘Coors Light Live at the Latin Quarter’ at the weekend, featuring a variety of free performances from artists such as Cathy Davey, Jape, Donal Dineen, and Converse Allstars in 19 venues.

After the success of the city’s three festivals over the Bank Holiday Weekend, a new event is set to be added to the city’s calendar next month when the first Galway Bike Festival takes place from June 18 to 26.

The festival, which is part of national bike week, is set to take place in a city outside Dublin for the first time with music, fun, games, and lots of bicycles.

Part of the programme of events will include a ‘Family Friendly Mass Cycle’ from Eyre Square to Salthill and back on Saturday, June 18.

Other events will include a teachers’ cycling competition, a ‘critical mass’ cycle through the streets of the city, children’s races in aid of Crumlin Children’sHospital, a treasure hunt, and a ‘Wild West Tour’ of Connemara.

 

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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