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Galway breweries key part of national industry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has one of the highest levels of breweries and distilleries in Ireland according to a new report.
Breweries in Galway city and county account for 7 per cent of all operations in Ireland, according to figures from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland.

There are currently 5 microbreweries in operation in Galway, making it the 3rd highest county in the list.
Topping the list, Cork’s ten breweries account for 14 per cent of the countries operations, while Dublin’s 7 breweries make up 10 per cent of the national total.
Nationally, microbrewery turnover has jumped from 8 million euro in 2012 to over 52 million euro in 2016.

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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.

His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.

Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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