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Hospice launches online registration for Galway Memorial Walk

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It is already ingrained on the city and county’s calendar – and the crowds will again flock to this year’s eleventh annual Galway Memorial Walk, which will take place on Sunday,  September 11.

And to help walkers, this year the Hospice has introduced an online registration facility, available at galwayhospice.ie Because those wishing to take part in this year’s Memorial Walk must register in advance.

“The new online registration option gives people the choice of either completing registration forms in the traditional sense, or registering for the Walk via the Galway Hospice website. Online registration not only streamlines the process but it also helps to reduce costs,” said Michael Craig, Fundraising Manager at Galway Hospice.

As is tradition, the Memorial Walk will begin at midday from the Claddagh Hall, following the traditional coastal route to Blackrock and return – a total distance of 6.5km.

Those who take part in the Galway Memorial Walk do so in remembrance of a deceased family member, friend or work colleague, with many participants wearing the name of their loved one on specially personalised tee-shirts, provided by the Hospice. The closing date for participants requiring personalised tee-shirts is Friday, August 26.

Since last year’s Memorial Walk, demand for Hospice services has continued to increase. To meet this need, additional specialist nurses have been appointed to the Home Care team, and the six additional inpatient rooms have been built and opened as planned.

“Without the generosity of the people of Galway, none of these developments would have been possible” said Michael Craig.

“We also completed the construction of a new entrance onto the Dublin Road and provided additional car parking for visitors and families. The people of Galway can see at first hand where their contributions are being spent, which is the beauty of supporting their local Hospice,” he added.

Currently, Galway Hospice must raise €1.8 million each year to continue providing Home Care and Day Care services, which depend hugely on voluntary contributions.

The Memorial Walk is Galway Hospice’s biggest annual fundraising event, and it has become a very special and deeply personal event for the people of Galway.

“The Galway Memorial Walk is an opportunity for people to walk and remember their loved ones. To watch the sea of white tee-shirts trailing along the Prom is both emotional and uplifting” said Mary Nash, CEO of Galway Hospice.

“It is also an opportunity for people, through their sponsorship, to help ensure the ongoing free availability of Hospice care for those who need the services in to the future,” she said.

However, where there is fundraising there is also opportunity for theft – as Michael Craig admitted.

“Sadly, in recent years a number of bogus collectors have been going door to door claiming to be collecting for the Hospice. We urge the public to be vigilant and to only subscribe to someone they know,” he said.

“The Hospice discourages people from sponsoring anyone they do not know, through messages printed on Hospice sponsorship cards,” he added.

For more information on how to register for the 2016 Galway Memorial Walk, contact Galway Hospice on 091 770868, email or visit the website.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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