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Illegally-parked cars will be towed during big match

Enda Cunningham



Gardaí have warned that cars illegally parked or blocking access around Pearse Stadium today will be ticketed or towed away.

A series of traffic restrictions and diversions will be in place around the stadium for the duration of today’s hurling and football matches.

Up to 25,000 fans are expected to attend the Galway v Mayo clash, which throws in at 4pm (preceded by Mayo v Roscommon hurling).

Gardaí will be on duty on the approach roads to Pearse Stadium and traffic barriers on the approach roads to the stadium itself will remain in force until after the championship game is over.

“Vehicular traffic will not be allowed past the barriers (with the exception of residents), nor will they be allowed to approach the stadium, until after the patrons have left the stadium vicinity. People should make arrangements to pick up patrons at a location away from the stadium,” a spokesperson said.

Gardai have advised those planning to attend to:

  • Leave plenty of time to get to the match venue as traffic is usually busy in Galway City on Sundays.
  • Parking in the vicinity of Pearse Stadium is forbidden and patrons are advised to be prepared to walk some distance to the match venue.
  • Parking facilities will be available in St Enda’s College, Threadneedle Road and in car parks around the city.  There will also be additional parking (150 vehicles) for the match at the Galway Technical Institute, Fr. Griffin Road, Galway where a ‘Park and Ride’ system will operate. There will be very limited on-street parking in the Salthill vicinity.
  • Motorists are asked to be careful where they park their vehicles.  Vehicles that are parked in restricted areas, or parked in such a way as to block private residents and premises, will be towed away.
  • Motorists are advised not to leave personal property exposed in parked cars. Property should be left at home or placed in the boot prior to arriving at parking locations.
  • Bus Éireann have a bus service, the 401 route, from Eyre Square (Salthill bus stops) to Salthill (Dalysfort Road) operating during this event. This bus will allow passengers to alight at Salthill Promenade at the junction with Dalysfort Road. There will be additional buses on the Prom after the event to transport passengers to the city.
  • Parking restrictions will be strictly adhered to.  No parking will be allowed at Kingston Road, Taylor’s Hill, Rosary Lane, Oaklands/Devon Gardens, Dr Mannix Road, Glenard, Dalton, Dalysfort Road, Rockbarton Road and Ard Na Mara.

“We would encourage patrons to come early and to approach the stadium from the Lower Salthill or Promenade area, Kingston Rd/Threadneedle Rd, Oaklands/Devon Gardens/Upper Salthill Road and Lenaboy Avenue directions,” the spokesperson said.


€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.

The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

Denise McNamara



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.

Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.

The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.

“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.

“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”

Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.

“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

Stephen Corrigan



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.

The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools

Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.

“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.

“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.

A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
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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