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Huge interest in reopening iconic shop kiosk on Prom

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 24-Mar-2011

By Denise McNamara

Officials in Galway City Council have been astonished by the level of interest in reopening the kiosk on Ladies Beach in Salthill, despite its tiny size and precarious weather-dependent location.

Just under two dozen calls were received and a total of nine submissions of interest from business people were lodged to the Council before the closing date a fortnight ago following an article in this newspaper and an advertisement.

The proposals are largely for a retail space for seaside paraphernalia or tiny cafe which would offer coffee, ice-cream and drinks to the massive passing trade on the Prom.

All vary on the estimation of what the rent should be for the hut and what it would generate in terms of business.

An assessment panel is being set up to examine all the submissions. It is expected the successful applicant will be notified within the next fortnight.

“The reaction has been brilliant. We felt we knew there would be a bit of interest but it was much greater, fuelled by the article in the Galway City Tribune. The difference between now and 20 years ago is there is more awareness of how many people use the prom, day and night, regardless of the weather,” he stated.

The kiosk has had its shutters down for at least two decades, when it was used to sell ice cream, drinks and sweets and served as a bucket and spade emporium. It had most recently been used by lifeguards to store equipment.

The council hope that the new business will be open by the June Bank Holiday weekend.

 

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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