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Galway Who fans queue up to see the Doctor!

Enda Cunningham



 Even The Doctor is getting into the spirit of The Gathering in Galway – next week more than 400 fans will meet up in fancy dress to watch a feature length 3D episode of the cult BBC series Doctor Who on the big screen.

 ‘Whovians’ based in Galway were keen to meet up with other fans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series, and successfully lobbied management at the Eye Cinema to hold a special screening.

One screen (which holds 280 people) in the Eye sold out so quickly for the event on November 23, that the special 3D episode will also be shown in a second screen.

One of the organisers, David Keane, told the Galway City Tribune: “It started out with me and a few friends, we’d get together at the weekends and make a night of watching the show since it returned in 2005.

“Then there were around 15 guys and girls watching it, and with the 50th anniversary episode coming out, we said we’d love to watch it in the cinema,” he said.

Along with fellow Whovians Pat Burnes and Brendan Dowd, he contacted Neasa Glynn, manager of the Eye Cinema, asking if it would be possible to get screening rights.

“She said there were no plans to show it, but if we got a petition or Facebook page together, and there was enough interest, it might be possible. We did both – there were 250 signatures on the petition and the Facebook group ‘Galway Whovians and Proud’ has 220 members.

“Before we knew it, the Eye got it, and the first screen sold out, so they added a second screen.

“We were very surprised by the level of interest in it – if you go into a toy shop, you never see any Dr Who toys, so we weren’t sure how much interest there was,” said David.

The 3D ‘Day of the Doctor’ episode will be screened at 7.50pm on November 23 – the same time as the BBC One screening – in the Eye Cinema, and tickets can be booked at the ticket office.

As well as Galway, Dublin, Belfast and around the UK, cinemas in the US, Canada, Germany and Russia will be screening the episode.

Read more in today’s Galway City Tribune



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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones




These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.


All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham



Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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