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Galway Arts Festival hopes Macnas parade will return in future

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Galway Arts Festival hopes that the Macnas parade will make a return to the Festival line-up in the future.

Macnas was unable to reach an agreement with the Arts Festival regarding funding, after months of negotiation, and will not present a parade at this year’s festival.

Macnas has presented parades in association with Galway Arts Festival since 1987.

Macnas says that the Arts Festival’s cash contribution to the cost of staging the parade in recent years has been less than 10 percent of the 100 thousand euro cost.

However, Galway Arts Festival says it has contributed 20 percent to Macnas parade costs.

Artistic Director with Galway Arts Festival, Paul Fahy told Galway Bay fm News, that it’s disappointing that there won’t be parade in this year’s festival, but hopes it will return in the future

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Eamon Ryan voices opposition to old rail lines in West being turned into greenways

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister says he wants to see older rail lines in the west and south return to their original use, not turned into greenways.

Eamon Ryan says he wants to see a revived ‘Western Atlantic Rail Corridor’, spanning from Ballina in Mayo to Rosslare in Wexford.

There had been initial plans for the Claremorris to Athenry, and Waterford to Wexford lines to be turned into greenways.

Minister Ryan says the outcome of a strategic rail review will determine the future of these former tracks.

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Campaigners to protest at Skerritt Roundabout this weekend over ‘lethal’ conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are set to protest at Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway this weekend, over ‘lethal’ conditions at roundabouts across the city.

The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, will run a pop-up pedestrian crossing near the roundabout on Sunday at 11am.

They’re chosen Skerritt Roundabout as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.

But they say the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.

Organiser, Gráinne Faller, told David Nevin the people of Galway – whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a car – deserve far better.

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Ballinasloe student creates award winning natural hair straightener

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 13 year old student from Ardscoil Mhuire in Ballinasloe has been recognised for creating an innovative hair straightener.

Erin Godswill’s project came second in the science category of the national competition, Teen Turn’s Scifest.

The natural product, which resembles a hair mask, aims to straighten hair without any chemical treatment.

Ard Scoil Mhuire entered 6 projects, with one also entered from Presentation College Headford.

Erin explains how she developed the hair straightening mask.

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