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Galway 2020 plans spectacular installation in heart of Joyce Country

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Finnish light artist Kari Kola lights up Stonehenge to mark UNESCO World Heritage Day.

Galway 2020 expects crowds of around 20,000 to flock to Joyce Country over St. Patrick’s Day weekend next year to see a light installation on the shores of Loch na Fooey (Lough Na Fuaiche).

It is anticipated that some 5,000 patrons every night from Saturday, March 14, to Tuesday, March 17, will view ‘Savage Beauty’, a lights-based artwork by Finish artist Kari Kola, which promises to “transform the Ceann Garbh mountainside”.

The installation is one of the centrepieces of the programme for the European Capital of Culture yearlong showcase of culture in Galway, and temporary park and ride hubs will be used to bus patrons to viewing points along the lake.

Kari Kola describes the installation as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.

“To celebrate the Galway European Capital of Culture, I want to create something that all Irish people and people around the world will remember for the rest of their lives,” she said.

Galway 2020, the company set-up to deliver the European Capital of Culture, has applied to Galway County Council for an event licence for the installation.

According to the application, the area to be illuminated is approximately 3.3 kilometres in length and ranges in height from 30 metres to 500 metres. Six generators will be airlifted by helicopter to the site, and will be temporarily installed to power LED light sources.

The exact location of the site is between Benwee and Bunnacunneen mountains, approximately two kilometres north-west of the town of Finny, at the Mayo/Galway border.

The proposal is to illuminate a section of the Bunnacunneen and Ben Beg uplands, located on the southern shores of the lake.

Viewing of the installation will be from the junction with the R300 on the Clonbur side, and the beach on the Maam side.

“The audience will only be able to access viewing on dedicated coaches from a number of proposed park and ride hubs – Maam Cross, Leenaun, Tourmakeady, Clonbur. Additional shuttles may travel from Galway and Clifden. The roads in the immediate vicinity will be closed to traffic,” according to the event licence application.

The event will be ticketed, and patrons will have an opportunity to reserve a seat on a scheduled shuttle bus from and back to the park and ride hubs.

“It is proposed that at least six 30-seater minibuses run in continuous loop from each of the four park and ride hubs. They will run at ten minute intervals and will return patrons from the site. This frequency allows for 150 patrons to be dropped at the viewing area every ten minutes from 6pm to 11pm. This allows for approximately 5,000 patrons per night. Buses will begin to depart the hubs at 5.30pm and the last bus will depart at 10.40pm. Additional buses will be provided to ferry the last groups back to the parking hubs. Each of the parking hubs will have parking for approximately 300 to 400 cars,” the application said.

The length of the viewing area is 3.8km, and the width is an average of five metres, giving a viewing area of 19,000 metres squared. “The maximum audience at any one time along the viewing area is expected to be between 1,000 and 1,500 and these will be spread over a 3.5km area,” it said.

MKO, planning and environmental consultants, carried out an Ecological Impact Assessment and an Appropriate Assessment Screening Report, which accompanies the licence application.

The ecological assessment concluded: “The proposed project will not result in any significant effect on any European or nationally designated site for nature conservation. There will be no less or alteration to any of the habitats identified within the proposed equipment footprint.

“No significant effects on fauna is anticipated due to the nature, scale and duration of the proposed project. Provided that the project is constructed and operated in accordance with the design and best practice that is outlined within this application, significant impacts on biodiversity are not anticipated at any geographic scale.”

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway historian’s 14 new books bring running total to 70!

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Steve Dolan.

There may be a book in everyone – but producing 18 of them for publication in one week is taking it to a different level. And yet that’s what Galway historian Steve Dolan has done for Heritage Week. . . adding 18 books this year to bring him up to 70 over the last seven years – and he’s firmly committed to hitting one hundred.

By day – and given the workload, increasingly by night – he is the chief executive of Galway Rural Development (GRD), but the Carrabane resident has had a lifelong passion for history. And that’s what he turns to as a form of relaxation which peaks at this time every year.

Not alone that; he already has the first five of next year’s publications completed – and he’s only starting!

This year’s booklets are all on the theme of Gaelic Games and every one of them is in aid of a different community group or charity. Theoretically, they are limited editions, but – given his own love of the subject matter – he won’t see anyone who shares that passion miss out.

While all eighteen new publications share that GAA theme, the diversity of subject matter within that is breath-taking – and an incredible achievement in terms of the workload and production.

From the story of the county title that Liam Mellows were robbed of in 1942 to the contribution of An Cath Gaedhealach to Galway GAA in 1947/48 or Galway’s 1923 and 1925 All-Ireland victories to sport in County Galway during the revolutionary years; the books are as much about social history as about sport.

See the full list of publications 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.

And if they are of interest to you, you can contact Steve at sdolan@grd.ie to buy them.

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Scenic farmland for sale in Joyce Country

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Stunning vista: the farmhouse (bottom left of photo) for sale in Knockaunban Valley.

An outstanding residential hill farm in the renowned Maam Valley – better known as Joyce Country – a stunning and scenic hill farming area between Leenane and Maam.

Located in the Knockaunbaun Valley, which is a part of the Maum Turk mountain range, the farm extends to 114.04 hectares (281.79 acres) and is held in three large sections with other smaller sections along Bealnabrack River which flows into Lough Corrib nearby.

It provides excellent hill grazing on which a small herd of cattle and a large flock of sheep were farmed for many years. The land on both sides of a country lane is well fenced in the valley while a large section of hill on the Maum Turks being unfenced.

The dwelling house is nestled in a grove of pine trees is an 1930s cottage which consists of an entrance hall, living area, kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The roof and windows of the property were upgraded several years ago. However, the dwelling is in need of full refurbishment.

It has a private water source, mains electricity and a telephone connection. To the rear of the house there are a selection of traditional farm sheds with a storage shed to the front of the dwelling.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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