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International triathlon set to generate €7m for Galway



An international triathlon will take place in Galway in 2015, providing an estimated windfall of €7 million to the city and county towns and villages.

The award-winning ‘Challenge Family’ triathlon will be held in mid-June of 2015 and is expected to attract around 1,600 competitors.

It’s understood it will be part of a five-year programme for the event to be held in Galway.

We revealed last September that discussions were ongoing to bring the event to Galway – it will take the same route as the Ironman event which previously took place in the city and county.

That means that the likes of Moycullen and Oughterard will also be set to benefit, with fete events organised to welcome the competitors and for the locals alike while main roads are closed.

City councillor Michael Crowe – who was involved in the Challenge Family negotiations – told the Tribune that the event will provide a significant boost for Galway.

“It’s a win-win for the city and county. Economic studies show that participants in these type of events spend more than regular visitors to the city. We expect there will be between 1,500 and 1,600 participants, with the cut-off point being 2,000.

“The event is being opened up 12 months in advance to allow participants include it in their schedules. It will take place in mid-June, subject to licensing, but I don’t envisage any difficulties with that.

“This is the first time that ‘Challenge’ has come to the island of Ireland, and it’s a huge international brand that will attract a high calibre of athlete.

“It’s part of a five-year programme, and the organisers will be looking for public funding on a sliding scale for the five years. For 2015, they will require approximately €30,000 and this figure will reduce over the five years until it becomes self-sufficient.

“It will be a big boost for Galway … participants usually come over three or four days in advance to acclimatise themselves and become familiar with the route, and many bring family members too. There will be a significant proportion of non-local participants that will require hotel accommodation, food etc.” said Cllr Crowe.

An economic impact study commissioned by the Western Development Commission found that the unconnected 2011 Ironman (which had 2,164 athletes) in Galway generated a €10m boost locally. Based on those figures, the new triathlon could generate up to €7m.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

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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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

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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