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Horses’ carcasses left to rot in council-owned field



Residents of Ballybane in Galway are up in arms that two dead horses have been left to rot – one of them for more than four weeks – in a field owned by the City Council.

The stench from the two corpses has been overwhelming, forcing people to close their windows round the clock. The local authority field is near the local resource centre and playground and backs onto dozens of houses.

Both of the carcasses were dumped in the land-locked field and covered with rubbish and old carpets.

Resident Stephen Spelman said he reported the first horse to the Council’s environmental department a month ago. A staffer assured him the matter would be investigated.

When he telephoned a week later he was told that a warden had been dispatched to the field but was unable to find the equine corpse.

Mr Spelman said he went on holiday overseas and was shocked to discover on his return that not only was the carcass still there, a second one had joined it.

“You wouldn’t believe the foul smell. Even with the window closed, the smell comes in through the air vents – a decomposing body doesn’t smell too nice,” he remarked.

A spokesman for Galway City Council said a company which the local authority engages to deal with carcasses had advised them not to remove it due to health and safety concerns.

“We were told the remains would disintegrate and release gases which are not just noxious but dangerous. On their advice it was treated with a disinfecting chemical to quicken the process to dissipate the gases in order to remove the carcass,” he stated.

“A second carcass was discovered this morning. By the end of this week, they will both be removed by JCB.”

Later the spokesman said the horses would be removed by today.

“The control of horses is an ongoing issue across the city which our housing department are constantly monitoring and attempting to mitigate against. This is irresponsible behaviour of some animal owners,” he continued.

“We do keep on top of it as much as we can but it’s very difficult to monitor this, particularly when you have people dragging dead horses into a field and hiding them under a rock outcrop and under rubbish. It’s not very pleasant for our staff – or the people who live in the areas.”

Read more in this week’s Connacht Sentinel


Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed



Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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