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Handover of former Salthill orphanage not likely until next year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council says it will be a number of months before a final contract is signed on the transfer of Lenaboy Castle to the local authority.
In September, it was revealed that the Sisters of Mercy are transferring the ownership of Lenaboy Castle, St Anne’s, to the local authority for use as a creative hub.

In recent weeks, the city council has been accused of ignoring the feelings of survivors and their families by not consulting with them on the future of Lenaboy Castle.
The city council has agreed to hold consultations with survivors – but it’s not yet known when these meetings will take place.
It follows the revelation in September that the former orphanage at Taylor’s Hill will be transformed into a creative hub for children.
At City Hall this week, it was explained that there are a number of issues to resolve before any contract can be signed.
According to Chief Executive Brendan McGrath, these include access issues, the undertaking of internal and external surveys, and the need to consult with former residents.
He says that he will only recommend that the contract is signed once all outstanding issues have been resolved satisfactorily – and this may take a number of months.
He added the proposed creative hub at Lenaboy Castle would not just be a legacy for Galway 2020 – but a permanent legacy for all children of the city in the cultural and artistic sphere.

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Plan for outdoor seating at Spar unit outside Newcastle student residence

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Permission is being sought to provide outdoor seating at the Spar shop adjacent to the student residence in Dangan.

The proposal led by Tom Meehan & Sons Ltd sets out to provide bistro-style tables and chairs for the use of customers of the Spar retail unit.

These would be located outside the main reception entrance at the ground floor of Block A of the permitted student residence in Newcastle.

City planners are due to issue a decision in July.

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New Mayor of Galway Collette Connolly aims to make Galway a more inclusive city for all citizens

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The new Mayor of Galway Collette Connolly is aiming to make Galway a more inclusive city for all citizens

The Independent councillor from City Central was elected in the last half hour through an established voting pact

Her district colleague and fellow Independent Mike Cubbard handed over his chains at the AGM of Galway City Council held in Leisureland

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Junior Heritage Minister to visit Connemara National Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan will visit Connemara National Park tomorrow for a number of engagements.

Minister Noonan will visit the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack at 11.30 tomorrow morning

He will meet the staff and then launch the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.

Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.

They have assembled 56 of the remaining Cladoir. The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.

Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and the Minister will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.

Sean Cadden and Tom King, joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh will accompany Minister Noonan

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