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Growing frustration over Terryland Forest Park plan

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The committee for the development of Terryland Forest are growing frustrated at the lack of progress with the project.

That’s according to the chairman of An Taisce’s Galway Association and member of the committee, Derrick Hambleton, who made the remarks at NUI Galway’s Social Science Research Centre’s annual conference in a speech on the necessity for an urban park in Galway.

Mr Hambleton, who had been drafted in to replace Brendan Smith who couldn’t make the engagement, echoed the veteran campaigner’s belief that the progression of Terryland Forest Park should be a priority in Galway.

Mr Smith had previously said that he believed Terryland Forest Park could be the ‘Phoenix Park of Galway’ and expressed concern about frustrating delays in the project.

Mr Hambleton explained that the campaign to create an urban park for Galway went back to the 1990s when a committee of people came together with Galway City Council to progress the idea.

Meetings were held with Gordon D’Arcy, environmental educator and artist, who produced a report recommending a forest park for Galway.

“The Crann Report’, which was presented to Galway City Council and the City Development Partnership conceived the idea of creating an urban forest for Galway, not just a park but a forest also,” he said.

According to Mr Hambleton, a new threat has arisen to the park in the city’s current development plan.

“The problem now is that with the current city development plan, there is a proposal to build a link road out through Liosbán to knock off one of the five entrances to the roundabout beyond Dunnes Stores.

“This link road is to cut through part of the park, one of the arms of the park leading up the Tuam road – that’s another hurdle that has to be overcome,” he exclaimed.

There is a rising fear amongst committee members that this is something that could fall by the wayside if there is not a renewed commitment to the project.

“The number and frequency of meetings has dropped off and I know that is something that Brendan [Smith] is very concerned about,” explained Mr Hambleton. “A lot of emails have floated on the ether over the last couple of months and we are trying to resurrect the committee.”

Parts of the original plan that have yet to be realised include the construction of path connections throughout the park, signage and the creation of parking facilities – with the proposed site for a car park at the old corporation waterworks on the Dyke Road.

“There’s a problem with the use of the old waterworks which we have been looking at – fire hazards, safety and insurance are also big issues,” he said.

Mr Hambleton believed that the health benefits and environmental protection aspects alone are enough to have the importance of the park recognised.

“The benefits to the people of Galway are paramount and I know that Brendan would have said today that he is very concerned about the future, the number of meetings and the push to get the park moving along,” he said.

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No end in sight for work on junction near Galway Clinic

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From the Galway City Tribune – The City Council has declined to set a date for the completion of the Martin roundabout replacement near Galway Clinic – which was due to have opened more than a month ago.

In a statement, the Council would only confirm that the project was over 50 per cent completed.

“The project is now progressing to the surface type works including the installation of roadside kerbs, provision of footpaths and cycle lanes and road surfacing. These elements of the works will progress quite rapidly over the next month and there will be more of an appreciation for the progress on this project and the final layout will start to become apparent,” said a spokesperson.

“Ducting and preparatory works for the traffic signal installation is in progress and installation of the lights themselves will commence once the majority of surface works are complete. The final phase of the works will consist of significant landscaping of the junction.”

Work began on the junction in February, with an expected six-month schedule.

“There have been some delays to the programme as a result of industry-wide, supply-chain issues related to the war in Ukraine. There has also been further delays due to rock being encountered on site.

Rock was expected, however the hardness of the rock has been greater than anticipated and as such, has been slower to break and excavate on site,” according to the Council.
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Galway Docklands Festival set to make a big splash in the city!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The city’s link to the sea is to be celebrated later this month with the staging of the inaugural Galway Docklands Festival featuring a range of culinary treats, sea tours, demonstrations and talks.

Running from the weekend of Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, the event has the aim of celebrating the city’s bond with the sea and the local waterways network.

Organised by the Galway Hooker Sailing Club, Galway Bay Boat Tours and Galway Bay Seafoods, the spectacle has a packed schedule of events – many of them free – through each of its three days.

The ‘pay events’ – ranging from €5 to €15 – include a coffee morning, beer and seafood sampling as well as an historical boat tour of the Claddagh and Galway Bay (€15).

Boatbuilder Cóilín Ó hIarnáin will be giving free demonstrations of his skills on each of the three days; Ciaran Oliver will give a walking tour of the seafront (€10); while there will also be a free Galway Hooker rigging demonstration.

For the more adventurous, there are supervised powerboard ‘taster spins’ (€10) while for ‘the foodies’ the Galway Bay Seafoods fish’n’chips, the Hooker beer and seafood sampling, as well as the family cooking demonstrations – all priced at €10 each – look set to be big attractions.
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Mayor told to stay away from homecoming over funding snub

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From the Galway City Tribune – The Mayor of Galway was asked to stay away from homecoming celebrations for extreme adventurer Damian Browne, the Galway City Tribune understands.

Mayor Clodagh Higgins was told that she was not to attend the event at the Docks on Tuesday as there had been disappointment in the ‘Project Empower’ camp that funding had not been made available from Galway City Council.

The Galway City Tribune has learned that Project Empower, which is led by Voluntary Manager MacDara Hosty, applied for €30,000 in funding from the local authority’s Marketing Fund in September 2021, but was deemed ineligible.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council confirmed this week that Project Empower did not meet the criteria set down by the fund which seeks to support the holding of major events and festivals in the city.

In documents seen by this newspaper, Project Empower proposed that Galway City Council be the title partner at a cost of €30,000 plus VAT.

The Tribune understands that the Council’s refusal to provide this funding was at the root of the Mayor’s snub on Tuesday, which drew attention online as members of the public questioned her absence.

When contacted, the Mayor refused to be drawn on questions relating to the Marketing Fund, but said it was her intention to offer a Civic Reception to Damian Browne at the nearest opportunity.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of this story and extensive coverage of Damian Browne’s homecoming, see the October 7 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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