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Galway car buyers continue to look to UK imports



More used imports from the UK were registered in Galway than new cars were sold here in 2018.

In fact, data on car sales shows there were 30% more used imports registered in Galway last year than cars sold locally on 181-G and 182-G number plates.

The industry figures also show that while new cars sales were down by around 3% over the past year, imports saw an increase of 7%, as motorists continued to look to the UK for bargains and high-end cars with specifications that may not have been available or affordable in the Irish marketplace.

Data compiled for the Galway City Tribune by car history-checking website shows that in 2018, a total of 4,775 new passenger vehicles (cars, jeeps, people carriers and caravans) were registered as ‘181-G’ and ‘182-G’.

That figure compares to 4,908 for the same period in 2017, a decrease of 2.7%.

A further breakdown of the figures shows that of the new passenger vehicles registered in Galway in 2018, 827 were company cars, up slightly from 806 the previous year.

The most popular company car was the VW Golf (38 sold), followed by the VW Tiguan (31); VW Polo (28); Toyotal Corolla (22) and Toyota Rav-4 (22).

For commercial and Heavy Goods Vehicles, there was an increase of 6% – from 1,191 in 2017 to 1,262 last year. Used imports in this category were up slightly from 1,265 to 1,271.

Registrations of new motorbikes were up down by one third from 39 to 26, while used imports were up 4.2% from 120 to 125.

The most popular new cars in Galway in 2018 were the Hyundai Tucson (194 sold); Nissan Qashqai (162 sold); Toyota Yaris (146); Skoda Octavia (139); VW Tiguan (138); Toyota Corolla (137); VW Golf (133); Ford Focus (124); Toyota C-HR (115) and Kia Sportage (114).

Diesel is still the engine of choice for the majority of Galway drivers; of the new cars registered 2,746 were diesel; 1,605 were petrol; 362 were petrol/electric hybrids; 44 were electric and 18 were petrol/plug-in electric.

The most popular colour was grey, followed by black, blue, white and red.

For commercial vehicles, the most popular were the Ford Transit (99 sold), followed by the VW Transporter (96 sold); VW Caddy (96); Toyota Landcruiser (68) and Ford Transit Connect (59).

The top imported passenger vehicles were the VW Golf (376 sold); Ford Focus (339); VW Passat (305); Hyundai i30 (260); Nissan Qashqai (175); BMW 5 Series (171); Skoda Octavia (168); Audi A4 (166); Audi A6 (148) and Mercedes E-Class (147).

A total of 4,889 used imports were diesel; 966 were petrol; 214 were petrol/electric hybrids; 102 were classed as petrol/plug-in electric; 42 electric and 11 diesel/electric.

The top imported commercial vehicles were the Transit (208 sold); Citroen Berlingo (98); Toyota Hilux (59); Peugeot Partner (51) and Mercedes Sprinter (43).


Bikers do their bit to mark anniversary of blood service



The Blood Bike team and supporters with the charity’ s newest motorbike, Cara, during the fundraising day at the Galway Plaza. Pictured are (from left) John Moylan, Bridie Lyons (Fundraising Manager), Sean Griffin, Fergus Turner, James Treacy, Pat McDonagh, Dave O'Leary (Chairperson), Ronan Kane (Fleet Manager), and Sergio Massidda.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Blood Bike West, and the big birthday was marked in style with a sun-drenched afternoon at Galway Plaza’s Bike Fest West.

Galway stuntman Mattie Griffin was the headline attraction; there was face painting, games, plenty of ice-cream – and hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts and families.

The birthday celebrations kicked off with a 160-strong motorcycle spin around the Galway countryside, raising well-needed funds for the volunteering efforts of Blood Bike West.

As a 100% volunteer-run and funded organisation, donations are vitally important for Blood Bike West to continue operating their medical transport in the West of Ireland.

Since its inception in 2012, demand for their volunteers’ services continues to grow:  collecting and delivering all manner of urgent medical items regionally and nationally, such as bloods, breast milk, medicines, scans, and equipment.

In 2021 alone, Blood Bike West delivered 983 urgent medical deliveries throughout the country.

As part of Galway City Councils Community, Blood Bike West undertook to operate a 24/7 service, including 165 medication deliveries from pharmacies to the self-isolating and vulnerable during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Since Blood Bike West’s inception in 2012, this increase sees the ongoing need to replace and renew their fleet of motorcycles.

Their motorbikes, Madison, Heather, Margaret, and newly inaugurated bike Cara, are regularly seen on Galway roads, delivering consignments to and from local and regional hospitals.


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Park fun to mark Africa Day



Pam Mncube-Zoki of Africa United Galway, speaking at the National Integration Conference at NUI Galway last week. The group are co-organisers of Africa Day which takes place in Salthill Park on May 28. Photo:xposure

On Saturday next (May 28) in Salthill Park, Galway’s African community invites people to join them in a celebration of culture as part of the national Africa Day celebrations.

Africa United Galway, emerging from lockdown and having hosted online festivals for the past two years, will be delivering a family fun day event.

Africa Day 2022 will reinforce a collaboration between Africa United Galway and Galway Africa Diaspora, Shining Light Galway and GoCom Radio (broadcasting live), who have worked to create a festival that will showcase Galway as a city of culture.

Among the performances on the day will be Afrobeat dancer Lapree Lala of Southside Moves, who will show how to dance in African style; Elikya Band will be bringing indigenous African Congolese music; The Youth Performances will be displaying their talent in rap, singing, speaking, and dancing and for the young at heart.

Galway Afrobeat performer Dave Kody will get the crowd moving and there will be poetry through spoken word and cultural displays. There will be a photo booth and face painting and everyone will get to have a taste of African cuisines.

In the spirit of inclusion and integration, The St Nicholas Collegiate Church Parish Choir will be presenting a special African performance as well as a feature presentation by the Hession School of Irish Dance, who will be presenting the famous Riverdance.

Also organised is a football friendly between the African community and An Garda Siochana.

The Mayor, Colette Connolly, will officially be opening the event with a keynote speech and several African Ambassadors are expected to be present on the day to reinforce the culture, beauty and strength of Africa and support for its people.

Africa Day is sponsored by Irish Aid and supported by Galway City Council.

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Domestic Violence Response recorded highest number of clients in 24 years under Covid ‘shadow’



At the launch of the Domestic Violence Response (DVR) Annual Report were Rachel Doyle and Elizabeth Power of DVR, Deputy Catherine Connolly and Anne Reynolds. Photos Sean Lydon


A domestic violence support charity in Galway has recorded its highest number of clients in 24 years – “under the shadow” of Covid-19.

Domestic Violence Response (DVR), which is based in Moycullen, also reported its highest level of counselling support sessions in its 2021 annual report published last week.

The charity saw 136 new clients in 2021, and a total of 266 people utilised its services. It also saw a significant increase of return service users.

The support service also provided 51 nights of emergency accommodation through a partnership between Airbnb, Safe Ireland, and Women’s Aid.

Elizabeth Power, Coordinator of DVR Galway, said: “Our 2021 annual report highlights the stark reality of the level of domestic violence in Galway. Under the shadow of Covid-19, DVR recorded the highest number of clients in our 24-year history and delivered the highest number of support services.

“Our staff noted increases in the level of worrying and harrowing experiences of control and abuse. The trauma of these experiences will live with our service users long after Covid-19 fades into memory.

“While Covid-19 restrictions are behind us, domestic violence continues to be present in hundreds of homes throughout Galway.

“As we move through 2022, we will continue to provide our much-needed services to women and men throughout Galway, with an extensive counselling support and advocacy service and a number of new initiatives including a partnership with the HSE which will be launched in the coming months.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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