Galwegians relocation plan hits the buffers

An aerial view of the Galwegians site at Glenina.

Plans for Galwegians’ Rugby Club to relocate to Oranswell have run into difficulties as the club struggles to get the final go-ahead from one of its trustees.

This comes as residents in the Oranswell area, who have met on numerous occasions in recent weeks, are organising to block the relocation on the grounds that the road leading to the site could not cope with the associated increase in traffic.

In a note sent to club members last week from Club Chairperson Frank Kinneen, it was revealed that the club is awaiting the signature of one of its trustees who has raised two legal issues in relation to the sale of Galwegians’ existing facilities at Glenina on the Dublin Road, and the move to Oranswell.

The Galway City Tribune understands that the issues raised relate to a vote that was held by the club in October last year to approve the sale of the 9.76 acres at Glenina to local developer Neil Armstrong for €9.25 million – and to progress with the purchase of the lands at Oranswell, subject to planning permission.

Forty or so homeowners on the short stretch of road off the N59 have met twice over the past two weeks to discuss the proposal and said there were fears among all of those present that they’d be overrun if this development was to go ahead.

“We had a meeting on Tuesday night and there was about 40 people in attendance. This is just not a suitable site,” said Catherine Sheils.

“There is barely enough room for two cars to pass on the road – in fact, in most places, you have to pull in to let another car pass,” she said, adding that there was already excessive traffic on the road due to two existing sports facilities.
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