Date Published: 17-Mar-2012
Hundreds of local community, business and voluntary groups are preparing to assemble across the city and county for this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The first of many parades kicks off in Galway city later this morning [Mar 17] at a new start time of 11.30, following talks with city centre businesses.
To the county now and festivities begin at St Patrick’s Monastery in Esker in Athenry where the feast of the monastery’s patron will be celebrated with a celtic mass involving Irish music and dance at 11am.
This will be followed by a parade at 11.45 from the train station in the town with over 20-30 groups.
The next of the county parade’s get underway in Dunmore at 12.30 and in Abbeyknockmoy at 12.30 outside Mannion’s Bar with over 30 floats and groups assembling at Treacy’s carpark.
Gort natives now living abroad will get a chance to view the town parade which will be broadcast by organisers live online- It gets underway at 12.45 from Church Street.
Headford parade participants will also take to the streets at 12.45 from the GAA pitch through Bridge Street, on to the Square and finishing on High Street.
"Keeping it local" is the theme for this year’s parade in Loughrea which begins at 1 this afternoon from Station Road.
In Glenamaddy, the parade gets underway at 1 with participants gathering at the Community Centre beforehand.
Portumna holds its parade at 1 from the mart at Dominick Street while the Clifden and Oughterard parades also have a 1pm lunchtime start.
Moycullen will launch its inaugural parade this year at 2pm with 60 floats setting out from Morans Hardware.
25 groups will take to the streets for the Tuam parade which also gets underway at 2pm.
One of the final parades of the day takes in Roundstone – it gets underway at 2.30.
It’s followed by Oranmore where 40 floats will take part in the "Summer of Sport" themed event at 3.30pm.
In Ballinasloe, the St Patrick’s Day parade takes place tomorrow Sunday at 2pm when groups will compete in a variety of categories including cultural, voluntary, sport and commerce.
Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.
Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.
However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.
Two men before courts over county grow houses
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro
Date Published: 14-May-2013
Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.
It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.
The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.
The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.
Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.