Date Published: 20-Jan-2011
The construction phase of the redevelopment of Galway Harbour will create more than 500 jobs in Galway city, according to a city councillor and former board member of Galway Harbour Company.
The €50 million plans for the first stage of the ambitious redevelopment of the city’s docklands go on public display today to allow the public to make submissions on the proposals, which will facilitate the berthing of cruise liners in Galway.
Fine Gael Councillor Brian Walsh, who was a member of the Strategic Development Committee that brought the idea of a new port to fruition, said that the project would provide a boost for employment in both the short and the long-term.
"Economists advise that every €100m spent on construction projects creates 1,000 jobs. By that logic, the first stage of the redevelopment alone should create 500 jobs for Galway" he said.
“The plans that have been devised will also facilitate increased commercial activity at the port and the ability to accommodate large cruise liners will be worth a lot to the local economy and provide a new dimension to tourism in the city.”
The plans that go on public display at the Galway Harbour Hotel today involve the reclamation of more than 23 hectares of land and the construction of a new harbour that will extend almost a kilometre out to sea.
Some 660m of quay berth will facilitate the docking of oil tankers, cargo vessels, fishing vessels and passenger ships. A western marina will also provide berths for up to 216 leisure craft. The plans are due to be submitted to An Bord Pleanala in April.
According to studies conducted by academics at University College Cork (UCC), the cruise liner market is calculated to be worth more than €40m annually to the local economy.
Plans for the redevelopment of Galway Harbour are on public display at the Galway Harbour Hotel today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). Senior personnel from Galway Harbour Company will be in attendance from 2pm to 8pm today and from 12pm to 6pm tomorrow.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.
Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.
She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.
Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.
Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.
When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.
Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.
And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.
All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.
“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.
For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here
CanadaÕs Kaeshammer makes welcome return
Date Published: 21-Mar-2013
After two sell-out shows at last year’s Galway Arts Festival , jazz pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer returns to the Róisín Dubh on Thursday, April 14.
Michael’s latest album, Kaeshammer, which was recorded at Toronto’s Drive Shed and Keen Studios in 2010 and produced by Ron Lopata (Jacksoul, Ron Sexsmith), i s a gem, a set of original songs as playful as they are contagious. It blends ingredients from Kaeshammer’s store of jazz, soul, pop and R&B influences.
The German born Canadian initially studied classical piano for seven years in his homeland Germany, before discovering boogie-woogie and stride piano at the age of 13.
He moved to Canada in 1995 and is is now renowned for playing a brand of pop tinged jazz that owes as much to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney as to jazz legends like Professor Longhair and Albert Ammons.
But while Kaeshammer’s fiery style incorporates elements of his early influences – the New Orleans sound of Fats Waller, Art Tatum and James Booker – on tracks like Kisses In Zanzibar and the high-energy, boogie fuelled romp, Rendezvous – he also takes his cue from one of his own all-time favourite records, Robert Palmer’s Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, recorded in New Orleans.
Tickets for his show on April 14 are €18/€16, doors 8pm.
Mervue United pay the price for not taking chances in cup clash
Date Published: 25-Mar-2013
Edenderry Town 4
Mervue United 2
EARLY indications were that this was going to see a comfortable FAI Youth Cup success for Mervue Utd on Saturday as the visitors controlled matters, but poor finishing undermined some good approach play.
Mervue’s wastefulness continued and the home team struck against the run of play when Cian McMonigle fired Edenderry ahead on 34 minutes.
Mervue responded when Ryan Manning got on the end of an Aaron McDonagh delivery to power home a header and tie up matters.
Eoin Walsh then came close to putting Mervue ahead when he got on the end of a Manning lay off, but Edenderry goalkeeper Cain Brereton pulled off a magnificent save to keep the sides level.
The resumption started well as Mervue controlled matters in a confident manner and were rewarded when Manning set up Walsh to finish from close range for a 2-1 lead.
However the concession of a soft penalty on 51 minutes was to be the start of a rapid collapse. Edenderry equalised from the spot kick and worse was to follow for Mervue when a poor defensive clearance resulted in McMonigle completing his hat trick.
Chasing the game, Mervue left themselves open to the Edenderry counter attacks and the game was really up when Rory McNamee added a fourth on 61 minutes to set up a home semi final against Cork side Castleview.
East United 0
Mervue United 1
When Aidan Naughton got on the end of a splendid Denis Lydon cross with just two minutes left, his volley from ten yards looked goal bound until it struck the back of team-mate Tony Kelly to deflect was seemed a certain equaliser out for a goal kick.
It was such a moment that could have clinched a league title for the visitors as the Premier Division leaders hung on to an early lead goal from Stephen Cunningham.
That breakthrough came after just two minutes when right full Eric Browne fed the striker and after side stepping a defender, Cunningham fired past Anthony Ryan for an early winner.
In a hard fought derby clash at Castle Park, East gave as good as they got against Mervue. Mark Griffin found the side netting, while Christian Ryan was a constant threat throughout.
The introduction of Paul Sinnott in the second half added a touch of class to the visitors’ challenge and some silky footwork culminated in the midfielder bring a smart save from Ryan. Derek McWalter also tested the custodian, before Tommy Walsh and Cunningham failed to add to their tally in late rallies.
East were not without their moments as Luke Deacy fired wide, while left full Peter Hession dragged a close range shot wide of the far post.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.