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Hopes of funding to reopen Athenry playground

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It’s hoped the necessary funds will be secured to ensure a community playground in Athenry is reopened.

The facility near Athenry Castle was closed on Monday (Nov 11) following safety concerns raised by Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins.

It requires repair work which is estimated to cost in the region of six thousand euro.

The playground voluntary group has held discussions with council officials as says the closure of the facility is an interim measure while funding and support is arranged.

Cllr Peter Feeney is a member of the local voluntary committee and says it was a regrettable decision to have to close the playground

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Galway Port increases capacity with the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Port is increasing its capacity to make way for the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines.

Arderroo Wind Farm in Connemara is expecting 22 more turbines in total, with one shipment having arrived just this morning. (06/07)

It’s the sixteenth wind turbine project the port has worked on, which is increasing its profile as an energy hub.

CEO, Conor O’Dowd, says it’s a very important project for them:

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Local TD demands support for farmers with cost of shearing sheep

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Sean Canney says the Government must put a scheme in place to support farmers in the shearing of sheep.

It follows the recent publication of a long-awaited Wool Feasibility Study, which recommends a range of measures to develop and market Irish wool.

Deputy Canney says while it’s all hugely positive news, farmers do need some help in the meantime – such as a €5 shearing grant per sheep.

Speaking to Galway Talks, he says there is huge potential for wool in our economy.

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City language school calls for state funding to support free English lessons for Ukrainians

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city language school is calling on the Government to provide funding to meet the enormous demand for English lessons from Ukrainian refugees.

Galway Language School, based at Bridge Mills, is providing free classes during the summer months.

But it says it cannot meet the huge demand for the lessons, which it argues will help refugees to integrate and take up jobs in many sectors.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Director Patrick Creed says the state urgently needs to provide support.

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