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Increase in attendance and bookmaker figures on final day of Galway Races

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a surge in attendance figures and bookmaker takings at Ballybrit yesterday, to mark the final day of this year’s Galway Races.
However, there was a significant drop in tote figures.

Yesterday was ‘Mad Hatters Day’ – and it was a strong finish for the final day of this year’s Galway Races.
Almost 10, 500 people passed through the turnstiles at Ballybrit yesterday – an increase of almost 700 people on the figure for 2017.
For just the second time over the course of the week, the bookmakers were also up on last year’s figures.
They collected €474 thousand across the day, an increase of €50 thousand compared to last year.
However, the tote experienced a significant drop of €260 thousand – from €716 thousand collected in 2017, to just €456 thousand yesterday.

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AIB Eyre Square branch to close at end of April

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The AIB Eyre Square branch is to close at the end of April.

All accounts will be moved to the nearby Lynch’s Castle branch at Shop Street.

In a statement, AIB says it’s due to service overlaps.

The Eyre Square branch will close on April 30th and will then merge with the Lynch’s Castle base.

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County Galway’s commercial vacancy rate rises to 16.6%

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The commercial vacancy rate in Galway has risen to 16.6%.

The latest GeoView Commercial Property Report published by GeoDirectory and EY-DKM show the rate increased to almost 17% in the final quarter of last year.

This was higher than the national average of 13.5%.

Galway accounted for 5.9% of the State’s total commercial stock of over 211,600.

Of the areas sampled in Galway, Tuam had the highest commercial vacancy rate at 23.4%, while Loughrea had the lowest at 15.9%.

Meath was the county with the lowest commercial vacancy rate at just over 10%, while Sligo had the highest rate at almost 20%.

Chief executive of GeoDirectory, Dara Keogh, says Leinster fared best in the latest report.

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Galway landowners impacted by proposed greenway routes not subject to March submissions deadline

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers who have land in any of the five potential greenway corridors are being advised that the March 1st deadline for submissions does not apply to them.

Fine Gael Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has moved to clarify that landowners impacted by the proposed project will have ample time to give their input in the coming weeks.

It comes as the greenway project team based in Ballinasloe has confirmed that consultations with individual farmers along the five potential route corridors will only begin when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and members of the project team can make farm visits.

In the meantime, farmers can make submissions prior to the March 1st deadline if they wish to do so, and any such submissions can guide later discussions when farm visits get underway.

Deputy Cannon argues it makes sense that farmers who are the key stakeholders in the development of the new greenway would have the opportunity to meet on the ground with the project engineers.

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