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GAA ignores call to revise Pearse Stadium floodlights plan

Enda Cunningham

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GAA ignores call to revise floodlights plan

The GAA has ignored Galway City Council requests to revise their plans for floodlights at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, claiming there is “no justification” to scale back proposals.

In a submission to planners, the County Board also refused to omit a proposed lighting mast at the centre of the stadium on the Dr Mannix Road side.

The Council had demanded a series of revisions to the plans, including the reduction of the height of the floodlight masts, and that one be omitted entirely.

Meanwhile, the GAA says it has secured almost 4,500 parking spaces at the Aras in Salthill, Scoil Einde, Colaiste Einde, St Mary’s, T O’Higgins in Shantalla, South Park, Moneenageisha, Thermo King, Trappers Inn, Mervue School, GMIT and Castlegar Hurling Club.

“We believe that planning permission should be granted in this instance. The lighting proposed is within acceptable levels in terms of light spill, sky glow and glare.

“There is also no justification for an alternative lighting arrangement to be provided. We believe further that there is no justification for reducing the height of the southern columns,” the GAA said.

They added: “The limit on the total number of occasions that the lights will be used are extremely generous. There will be no more than 12 occasions per year that the lights will be used.”

The lights will not be used during training, or after 10pm.

The submission adds that the middle ‘column’ on the Dr Mannix Road side is required to keep light spill to “reasonable and acceptable levels” for residents on the road, and could be erected and taken down for each match.

“We do not believe that the local authority’s request that the southern mast be lowered is justified for any reason, not least for spill or visual intrusion purposes.

“More than enough carparking is now proposed to meet expected demand for floodlit matches. The proposed excess in parking provision is now complemented by a proved and successfully operated Park and Ride system,” the submission reads.

Planners previously expressed “serious concerns” about the plans and the ability of the site to absorb the impacts of floodlights, and that the proposal to erect and dismantle a mast is “impracticable”.

It came as the owners of three nearby carparks withdrew their offer for them to be used on match days – amid claims by local residents that the GAA deliberately provided false information to secure usage consents.

The application is for three 30.5 metre high columns and two 36.5m high columns, each of which will have between 33 and 40 lighting fixtures.

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‘Daredevil’ swimmers are a fatality waiting to happen

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – ‘Daredevil’ winter sea swimmers who dive or jump into the water in places like Blackrock during adverse weather are putting their own lives at risk – and possibly those of rescuers – by their actions, it was warned this week.

Water Safety Ireland have cautioned that the biggest single contributor to drownings in Ireland is what is known as ‘cold water shock’ – a condition caused by the sudden entry into a cold body of water.

There is now growing concern that a copycat trend is emerging with young people – without wet suits – diving or jumping into the sea in stormy or icy-cold weather.

Several people have been filmed on social media in the sea at Salthill during storms – with a number of them taking ‘running jumps’ off the diving tower at Blackrock.

Roger Sweeney, Deputy CEO of Water Safety Ireland, told the Galway City Tribune that people jumping into the sea during storms showed at best a reckless disregard for their own safety and in a worst-case scenario represented ‘a fatality waiting to happen’ for the jumpers – or the persons trying to rescue them.

“Jumping into cold water puts you at risk of cold shock which can result in immediate incapacitation and doing so in storm conditions can make it difficult to get back out of the water safely and promptly before hypothermia sets in.

“Hypothermia leads to the cooling of the muscles needed in the arms and legs to stay afloat. Drownings typically happen when someone over-estimates their ability and under-estimates the risks,” said Mr Sweeney.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune, that the key thing for all people who enjoyed the water and the sea was to carefully plan their exercise or hobby.

“Cold water shock is a real danger at this time of year for all swimmers. Be prepared – have your cap, ear plugs, mats, woolly cap [after leaving the water] and towels all in place. Check the weather forecast and check the tides – and never, ever just jump straight into the water during the colder season.”

(Photo: Diving into the water at Blackrock during Storm Bella in December)
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Developer banks on boom in rental property market

Enda Cunningham

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The backer of the Crown Square scheme in Mervue is planning an increase in the number of apartments in the development following a review of the economic viability of the project.

The 345 apartments will specifically target the rental market.

Crown Square Developments Ltd, which is operated by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has told Galway City Council that the amended plans will form part of a new planning application to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála under ‘Strategic Housing Development’ legislation.

According to the company, the property market has changed since it was granted permission in November 2019 for 288 apartments in three blocks ranging from five to eight storeys in height.

Mr Rhatigan has now sought planning permission for an 18% reduction in the overall size of basement levels and a reduction in car parking from 1,377 to 1,012 spaces. Cycle parking spaces will increase from 1,110 to 1,200.

The plan also involves the relocation of the vehicular and pedestrian access to the development on the Monivea Road, which will now be closer to McDonagh Avenue. The existing planned access is at the south-easternmost point of the site, but is now planned to move further west.
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Former hurler has words of wisdom to help through absence of sport

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The sports psychology advice dispensed by performance and wellbeing coach, Tony Óg Regan, is not just geared towards elite and non-elite athletes – it is relevant to a virus-weary general public, too.

Take, for example, the former Galway hurler’s thoughts on the need to be proactive during this global pandemic.

“We have to be proactive around our own health and wellbeing, rather than waiting for a vaccination to drop on your lap or for things to change really quickly around the economy or whatever,” he says.

And his thoughts on consumption of news on social media will be familiar with anyone who has wasted hours down virtual rabbit holes scrolling through threads on Twitter or Facebook or videos on TikTok during lockdown.

“It’s okay to be aware of the news and the case numbers and vaccinations but we can’t be putting 90% or 95% of our energy and focus on that every day, because depending on how we are interpreting that information it could be driving stress and anxiety levels,” he says.

The advice is to be aware of the requirements around restrictions but ‘just don’t let it take up every waking hour and every waking thought’.

“Consciously and subconsciously we could be taking in a lot of news sources. When we scroll online, they reckon we take in 174 newspapers’ worth of information every day. Some of that could trigger anxiety and stress levels so it’s important we’re aware of that, and maybe don’t do things unconsciously.

“So recognise that you’re going on the phone now for 20 minutes, and you’re not on it for two hours and you’ve forgotten what you’re doing and it’s triggered anxiety.

“Focusing on things that we can control and influence and being proactive around health and movement and our conversations, what we’re listening to, what we’re reading. Those elements are so important to regulate stress and anxiety at this time,” says Tony Óg.
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