Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

News

Galway’s tourist season shoehorned into two months

Published

on

Exactly one third of overseas visitors to Galway come during just two months of the summer.

The Fáilte Ireland analysis of the visitor numbers to counties on the Wild Atlantic Way, proves that the tourism industry in Galway is heavily reliant on July and August.

Some 18% of all visitors to Galway come during August and some 15% of them come during July, which shows how highly seasonal the industry here is.

The figures were released by Fáilte Ireland, as part of its public consultation process regarding the Wild Atlantic Way, which also outlines the threats to the environment that tourism poses.

The next busiest months were June (12%) and September (12%), meaning that almost two thirds of all visitors come to Galway during the four months from June to September. The figures, compiled for 2014, show January (3%) is the slowest month for tourism in Galway.

The Wild Atlantic Way encompasses the coastline and hinterland of the nine coastal counties of the West of Ireland – Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork.

The route stretches for almost 2,500km from the village of Muff on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal to Kinsale in West Cork.

In Galway it includes the city, as a gateway, and encompasses Kinvara in the south, along the coast and through to Clifden and North Connemara, and the border with Mayo.

Fáilte Ireland gives an analysis of the accommodation stock along the Wild Atlantic Way and reveals that it is mostly concentrated in Cork and Kerry which account for over half of properties and 44% of beds along the route.

Galway has the most hotels in the region (80), but it has relatively fewer self-catering apartments. Galway, according to the report has ten times fewer self-catering apartments than the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry, for example.

An Environmental Assessment has been published by Fáilte Ireland and it details all the sensitive areas in Galway that are affected by the Wild Atlantic Way.

The report, which is available online, outlines what measures, if any, may need to be taken to mitigate against any risk to the environment, as well as outline the potential risks.

It lists the threats to certain areas as a result of increased tourism.

In relation to Inner Galway Bay, it said: “While there are no imminent threats to the birds, a concern is that sewage effluent and detritus of the aquaculture industry could be deleterious to benthic communities and could affect food stocks of divers, seaduck and other birds. Bird populations may also be disturbed by aquaculture activities. Owing to the proximity of Galway City, shoreline and terrestrial habitats are under pressure from urban expansion and recreational activities.”

It also identifies threats to Kilkieran Bay, in Connemara. “The Department of Fisheries has designated Kilkieran Bay as an aquaculture area. It is possible that consequent increased siltation and eutrophication will have a deleterious effect on the benthic communities and on the Raspailia ramosa/Corella parallelogramma communities in the deep littoral reef. The effects of Invermectin and other biocides on adjacent fauna have not been studied

Connacht Tribune

Confusion reigns – but publicans continue serving pints outdoors

Published

on

Galway City publicans continued this week to serve alcohol in newly created on-street outdoor dining sections – despite warnings from Gardaí that it was against licensing laws.

The local branch of the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) said it is hoping Government will, if necessary, introduce legislation that facilitates pubs serving alcohol in public spaces reclaimed for outdoor hospitality.

On Friday last, our sister newspaper, Galway City Tribune revealed that Gardaí had visited a number of city pubs warning they were not legally permitted to serve alcohol outdoors in temporary on-street seating areas created by Galway City Council.

Publicans were told that if they continued to flout the rules, files would be sent to the DPP.

When the crux subsequently hit the national headlines, Justice Minister Heather Humphreys urged Gardaí to ‘use their discretion’.

“The overwhelming majority of licensed premises are operating safely, and we in Government are determined to continue to support them. If local issues arise, I would urge local authorities, Gardaí and businesses to engage.

“However, I will also examine whether further measures are required from Government. Licensing law is a complex area but I have spoken to the Attorney General this morning and we will take further action if necessary,” Minister Humphreys said.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Apple plans second bite at Athenry data centre

Published

on

An artist's impression of the proposed Apple Data Centre.

Apple intends to have another bite at plans to build a data centre in Athenry.  Apple Operations Europe has applied to Galway County Council for more time to construct a controversial data centre on a greenfield site at Derrydonnell.

The company said it will identify “interested parties to develop the project” between now and 2026 to meet global growth in demand for data storage facilities.

It will spark hope in the County Galway town of a revival of the €850 million project that was dogged for years by planning delays and court appeals and was subsequently shelved. It may also attract fresh objections.

The world’s largest technology company was granted planning permission to build a €850 million data centre near Athenry in 2015.

An appeal to An Bórd Pleanála by a handful of local residents was not successful, and the planning appeals board confirmed the local authority’s decision in 2016.

But the company ultimately aborted its plans for County Galway in 2018 after three objectors sought a review of the decision through the courts.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Mum’s dream holiday turns to nightmare after cancer diagnosis

Published

on

Julia McAndrew, in hospital in Mexico.

A mother who went to Mexico on a dream holiday to spend Christmas with family is too weak to return home after being diagnosed with advanced cancer.

From the minute Julia McAndrew landed in the South American country, her health took a major downward spiral.

Her son and daughter were shocked when she asked for a wheelchair to make it through the airport.

She and daughter Eliska had flown out to see her son Patrick, who had relocated to Mexico to run an online learning business.

They initially thought she had fallen ill due to the rigours of a 22-hour, multi-stop flight.

But when her stomach problems did not improve and she began to lose a lot of weight and suffered from very low energy, they sought medical help.

This had to be done privately and without the financial help of an insurance company, Patrick reveals.

She was initially diagnosed with anaemia and kidney failure and underwent various treatments, including blood transfusions that appeared to be working.

But three weeks ago, medics discovered that what she had was Stage 4 breast cancer. Julia had cancer a decade ago but was given the all-clear after receiving treatment and a major change in lifestyle.

“It’s returned with a vengeance this time around. It’s spread to her pelvis, ribs and lungs,” reflects Patrick.

The cost of the treatment is $40,000 (€33,000) a month. Her family are hoping to build up her strength enough to endure the long flight home to Oranmore.

They have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise €280,000 to pay for her treatment and in less than a week a phenomenal €36,000 has been donated.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending