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Final bypass route is unveiled by designers

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The full-route of the proposed new city bypass has now been selected and is available for inspection.

The design route for the section of the planned new road through Ballindooley, Castlegar and Ballybrit was unveiled last week.

It will include east-facing slip-roads onto the N17 junction; and now avoids a ‘mass path’, which locals say was of cultural and historical significance, and was traversed in the original route.

The chosen design route for the section from the Ballymoneen Road in Knocknacarra to the N59 was also unveiled over the weekend.

The design team has ‘tweaked’ the original route and made some changes following consultations with landowners and submissions from the public.

The N59 link road between Letteragh Road and Rahoon Road will be moved east to be parallel to Bóthar Diarmuida.

The new design allows for the existing entrance to Bun a’ Chnoic and Rosán Glas housing estates will be altered to exit onto the N59 link road, with traffic lights. This N59 link road will join the Rahoon Road at the existing entrance to Bun a Chnoic and Rosán Glas estates at a traffic light junction.

The Gort na Bró Road will be realigned to join the Rahoon Road at the proposed meeting point of the N59 link road with Rahoon Road. The existing road to the Rahoon Road will be decommissioned.

The road connecting the Galway Retail Park roundabout to Gort na Bró roundabout will be realigned to connect directly east onto Gort na Bró Road at traffic lights and the existing road will be decommissioned, reducing the Gort na Bró roundabout to four arms.

Galway County Council, lead agent in the N6 Galway City Transport Project, also last Friday released the route of the proposed road from the R336 Coast Road to the N59. Earlier in November, the route design option between Forthaí Maola in Barna to Cappagh was released. The detailed maps of the design routes are available from the N6 project office and on its website.

Michael Timmins, senior engineer with the Council, said the design team is on course to publish the final route by the second quarter of 2016, when it will be ready to forward to An Bórd Pleanála.

Until it is published, changes can be made along the route, however, Mr Timmins said: “Changes are more and more minimal as the design is progressed.”

The design team is currently carrying out drilling and testing of land along the route and this might throw up something, such as hard rock or cavities, which might necessitate a change in the route.

Land and property owners affected by the proposed route are continuing to engage with the design team and will do right up until the route is published, added Mr Timmins.

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Joyce’s Tribune inspiration for Finnegan’s Wake!

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James Joyce's statue in Dublin.

James Joyce copied copiously from the Connacht Tribune when it came to creating his complex novel Finnegans Wake where he intertwined events of the real world and that of his dreams.

He had relatives of his wife Nora send him over copies of the Tribune in 1924, from which he would pour over local news, sports reports, letters to the editor and even advertisements.

An art teacher in Dublin, who has spent 14 years creating illustrations inspired by Finnegans Walk, hopes to create pieces of art specifically highlighting those Galway sections of the novel.

Carole Wade is hoping people here who have anecdotes and connections with Ireland’s most famous author will relay those to her which can then be incorporated into the artwork. It will eventually be donated to the Moore Institute in the University of Galway.

Her sister Dr Frances McCormack in the university’s School of English and Creative Arts has reached out to her fellow academics to collaborate. But her sibling is urging ordinary people to take part.

“I think it’s the most amazing book ever written. Ulysses is about a specific place and time but Finnegan’s Wake is about the history of the world. If you want to know about the Crimean War, every war and every battle in Europe – they’re all mentioned, even the Maamtrasna murders are there,” she enthuses.

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Little Blue Hero meets Boys in Green

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Connacht’s Tom Farrell, David Hawkshaw, Niall Murray, Tom Daly, Gavin Thornbury and Jarrad Butler chase after Charlie Quinn during his visit to the Sportsground. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht’s trio of Irish rugby internationals found themselves facing (not quite) the long arm of the law this week when Galway’s newest Garda recruit turned up to join in their training session at the Sportsground.

Charlie Quinn – Garda Number 322 – was in full uniform for the occasion, but that didn’t stop him joining in a Connacht session with captain Jack Carty and, fresh from Ireland’s triumphant Autumn Series, Mack Hansen and Bundee Aki.

The seven-year-old from Creggs is Galway’s latest Little Blue Hero, following his life-changing bone marrow transplant – thanks to a donation from dad Niall, who underwent a pioneering procedure to ensure his platelets were compatible with his young son’s.

Charlie was given a tour of the new Garda Regional Headquarters in Murrough before being ‘blue lighted’ by members of the force to Connacht Rugby to meet his heroes.

And a day later, he still hadn’t come down from the high.

“He’s gone off to school this morning, fully clad from head to toe in his Garda uniform; he’s delighted with himself,” said his mum Cathy.

Niall and Cathy revealed the rollercoaster they’ve been on since Charlie was first diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome is a rare genetic immunodeficiency that keeps a child’s immune system from functioning properly.

But thanks to the incredible work carried out at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, he’s now finally back to full health – and flying.

Get the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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GAA couple move wedding to give clear run to club semi-final

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Shauna Healy

IN the words of Shakespeare, ‘all’s well that ends well’ . . . and that’s certainly the case for the St. Thomas’ GAA club as a clash has been avoided between their All-Ireland semi-final date with Dunloy of Antrim and the marriage of one of their star players.

Originally, their match with Cúchulainns Dunloy, had been pencilled in for Saturday, December 17 – the same day that key player Darragh Burke was due to tie the knot with Galway’s multiple camogie All-Star winner, Shauna Healy from Ardrahan.

Following St. Thomas’ replay success against Loughrea in the county final on Sunday week last, the five-in-a-row Galway champions knew that they were ‘in a pickle’ with the All-Ireland semi-final fixed for the same weekend as the wedding.

Frantic behind-the-scenes efforts were made to seek a postponement of the match but with the All-Ireland club series on a very tight deadline, there was little room for manoeuvre.

Initially, Croke Park had agreed to switch the match from Saturday week to Sunday week, December 18, but this would have made for a very low-key wedding and reception on the day before at the Meadow Court Hotel, Loughrea.

Luckily though, for Darragh Burke and Shauna Healy, the Meadow Court Hotel had an alternative date available on the following Thursday, December 22, which the couple have now settled on to tie the knot.

Get the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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