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Galway publican devises novel board game for customers

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The dearest pub property in Galway city is the Blue Note on William Street . . . according to a unique board game based on Monopoly.

In fact, it was the brainwave of the Blue Note publican, Malachy Duggan and two friends to create their own customised board game.

The three men had great fun sitting down and coming up with all sorts of alternatives to the squares on the Monopoly board so they would represent Galway but they had even greater fun composing the chance and community welfare cards.

For the Galway game, which by the way is called Gal-o-poly, these are called Chancer cards and Community Welfare cards!

One card reads ‘Caught doing a nixer – lose three weeks’ dole’ or ‘Wedding Invite, lose €500’. There’s also a fine for not having a TV licence.

All of the cards reflect Galway life and are a mix of  irony and a reflection on local issues. For example, for the owners of Terryland Water (it is one of the properties on the board) there’s a fine when cryptosporidium is found in the water!

Instead of Jail, of course it’s Mill Street. Galway Airport is another property but this game was composed before it was bought by the two Local Authorities. There’s also a square for NAMA and a Supertax office.

“We had great fun thinking it up and since we put it out in the bar, we have had a very positive feedback from customers.

“We only got one board printed and we printed our own money. As I said, it is a customised game, loosely based on Monopoly and it would have been too expensive to get more of them done.

“We only wanted one for our bar here, which is why of course we made the Blue Note and the Old Forge on the same street, the two most expensive properties on the board,” said Malachy.

The two cheapest properties on the board are Fibber McGee’s and Crowes bar on the other side of the town on the basis of their location – away from The West – which to Malachy and pals is the epicentre of cool when it comes to Galway’s social life.

He stressed that it was all just a bit of fun and that now Blue Note customers could play a property game on a board as opposed to gambling big sums of money on real property during the boom years!

The cards also refer to a lot of local characters which are drawn in caricature style and which Malachy hopes adds to the enjoyment of the game, which is a one-off and exclusive to the Blue Note.

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Council rows back on ‘reduced delays’ projections for Kirwan junction

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Motorists have described it as ‘a disaster’ and a former mayor has said the project gave very poor value for money, but Galway City Council have this week asked the public to be patient with the revamped Kirwan junction, close to the Menlo Park Hotel.

Since the four-arm signalled junction opened early last week, motorists have complained of traffic queues stretching back to the Quincentenary Bridge and Corrib Park.

And now the Council has rowed back on its consultants’ claims that the junction would increase capacity by 15% and reduce waiting times by 25%.

Former mayor and local taxi driver, Cllr Frank Fahy, told the Galway City Tribune that given the negative impact of the junction on traffic, the €5 million spent on the project represented ‘very poor value’ as regards taxpayers’ money.

“I will admit that the junction is now safer for pedestrians in that they can hit a button to give them a safe crossing, but since it opened there have some very serious traffic tailbacks,” said Cllr Fahy.

However, City Council Acting Director of Services for Transport, Uinsinn Finn, told the Galway City Tribune that the new junction needed time to ‘bed in’ with a familiarisation process.

“The main objectives of this project were to make far safer for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate, as well as making it safer for motorists too, without impacting [negatively] on the traffic flow,” said Mr Finn.

He added that since it opened – and over the coming few weeks – data on all aspects of how the junction was functioning would be compiled which could involve changes to light sequencing, lanes and peak traffic flows.

One motorist who contacted this newspaper said that the daily “nightmare” journey from the Barna Road to the Headford Road during the morning peak traffic time had added up to 40 minutes to his journey time.

“The two lanes are regularly gridlocked from the junction, back the N6, over the Quincentenary Bridge and back to Corrib Park.

“In the mornings, it’s now easier to go down Taylor’s Hill and into town, past Eyre Square and up Bohermore to get down to the Headford Road.

Councillors were told by consultants in 2017 and again in 2018 – when they voted to proceed with the changeover to a junction – that average delays would be reduced by 25% and junction capacity would increase by 15%.
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Man hospitalised following Eyre Square assault

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Gardaí have appealed to the public for information into an assault in Eyre Square last weekend which led to a young man being hospitalised.

The victim of the assault – a man in his early 20s from the city area – suffered a cut to his knee and may have had a substance sprayed towards his eyes.

Following the incident – that occurred close to the Eyre Square taxi rank shortly after midnight on Saturday night last – the victim was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway.

It is understood that the victim was released later that morning and has made a full recovery. This week, Gardaí are poring over CCTV footage in an effort to try and identify the perpetrators of the assault.

The assailants are understood to have fled on foot after the incident towards St Patrick’s Avenue on the east side of Eyre Square.

A Garda spokesperson has appealed for anyone who was in the vicinity of the taxi rank on Eyre Square between 12 midnight and 12.30am on the Sunday morning (Saturday night) of July 25 last, and who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

(Photo: the assailants fled on foot towards St Patrick’s Avenue off Eyre Square)
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Council turns down controversial phone mast plan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Galway City Council has refused an application by Eircom to erect a 12-metre telecoms mast in a housing estate in Knocknacarra.

The local authority turned down the company’s application for planning permission to install the structure in the heart of Drom Óir over concerns that it would create a visual obstruction in a residential area – and would have a detrimental impact on property prices.

Eircom had also sought retention to keep a concrete foundation for the mast in situ after it was forced to abandon works earlier this year, amid protests from residents in Drom Óir and Leitir Burca. This was also rejected.

City planners issued the company with a warning letter in April to cease works after contractors on site drew the ire of nearby residents, who accused Eircom of seeking to install the mast ‘by stealth’.

A total of 26 letters of objection were submitted to the Council from residents of the two estate.
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