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Fury over decision to delay South Park sports project

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Galway City Tribune – The deferring of a vote in relation to sports developments at South Park has pushed back the project for another year, a city councillor has claimed.

Item 4(a) on the agenda of a City Council meeting last week was to be a presentation on the draft recreation and amenity masterplan for the South Park area of the city.

A report had been circulated prior to the meeting, which took place in GMIT. A concern had been raised by West United that the astro turf – as set out in the plan – would not be up to international standards.

In response to this, Cllr Peter Keane (FF) had submitted a proposal that the plan be adopted by the full Council with the following amendment: “That the astro turf pitch be built to UEFA standards and dimensions, and that the facility would be flood-lit, to enhance usage of it, particularly during the winter.”

However, as members had spent about two hours going through the minutes from previous meetings, and seeking clarification and responses from the Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, on over 50 matters, the rest of the business was delayed. At 8pm – four hours after the meeting had been due to start – the mayor, Cllr Pearce Flannery, suggested that they take a break for tea.

At the same time, Cllr Donal Lyons, proposed that items 4(a) and 4(b) be deferred – the latter was in relation to the draft recreation and amenity masterplan for Kingston, to which residents of Gort Siar had raised concerns.

Cllr Peter Keane took issue with the South Park matter – 4(a) – being deferred, however, and he requested that a reason be given for this, but was not satisfied with the response. A vote was taken to defer these two items, which received the support of 12 Councillors; three were against, and two abstained.

“That’s it gone for another year – you can tell West United, Billy (Cllr Cameron),” Cllr Keane said in disgust.

Afterwards, he told the Galway City Tribune that the decision to defer the matter was an unnecessary delay to the project.

“There was absolutely no reason why item 4(a) on the agenda could not be dealt with, and adopted this evening,” he said.

“As far as I understand it, there was one serious concern – which was raised by West United – the astro turf facility, which is proposed as part of the development, would be brought within UEFA standard dimensions, so they could play League of Ireland and International-standard competitions, and further that the pitch would be flood-lit.”
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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
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