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Festive foster homes sought for rescue dogs

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Local dog rescue group MADRA is calling on the people of Galway to provide two-week foster homes for rescue dogs over the Christmas period.

The charity is looking for people to commit to giving a warm, loving and treat-filled home to an unwanted dog over the next fortnight.

Edel Comerford of MADRA said December is a very busy month for animal charities and extra help is needed.

“The support of foster families during this period will help to alleviate overcrowding and ensure adequate space for the dogs waiting in the local pounds in Galway and Mayo.

“Christmas is an extremely busy time for all animal shelters – rehoming rates slow down dramatically and the pounds are closing for Christmas so we need to take the dogs in by a certain date.

“Fostering can be extremely rewarding for those who would like to own a dog but are unable to do so due to work or family commitments. Taking a dog into your home for the Christmas period will not only help this dog to find their forever home, it will also make space for a dog waiting in the local authority pound,” said Ms Comerford.

If you are interested in fostering, contact madradogrescue@gmail.com or text 086 0603646.

Meanwhile, the ISPCA has stressed that pets should never be given as surprise Christmas gifts.

“Christmas is a joyful time with lots of festive activities and a new pet can sometimes get lost in the chaos. Every year the ISPCA stress that pets should never be bought on a whim or given as a surprise Christmas gift without fully thinking through their decision.

“Taking on a pet is a long term commitment and the ISPCA suggest potential owners should ensure they have the time and financial resources required to care for their pets responsibly,” ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said.

“Pets should never be an impulse purchase at any time of the year. They are a lifetime commitment and require an investment of both time and money. It is important to research the right pet for you and your household ensuring that you have the time and resources to care for it.

“We recommend that you visit your local rescue centre or the ISPCA where expert staff will ensure that you and your new pet are a suitable match. Dogs adopted from rescues should also be health-checked, vaccinated, neutered/spayed, microchipped. If you do decide to purchase a puppy, please ensure that it is from a reputable breeder”.

Already this year, the ISPCA has  received over 20,000 calls to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline 1890 515 515 from concerned members of the public reporting cruelty, neglect and abuse.

Unfortunately, in some cases after the excitement of a new arrival wears off, new pets are no longer wanted and can be discarded or abandoned. This can be especially prevalent at Christmas when well-meaning parents give a pet to their children perhaps not realising the commitment required in caring for them and the fact that any pet takes time to adjust to its new surroundings.

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Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

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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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

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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