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Jubilation among Galway’s successful Leaving Cert students

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Almost 3,000 Leaving Certificate students in Galway city and county received their results yesterday – and despite them being available online from noon, most collected them in person from their schools.

Many students like to discuss their results with teachers who help tot up the CAO points and all of the schools contacted by this paper yesterday were more than happy with overall performances.

Yeats College might be based in the city but its 170 Leaving Cert students come from all over the county and further afield like Australia and Hong Kong.

Principal Terry Fahy said there were “scenes of jubilation” at the College Road school with two students receiving seven A1s. Both Jane Hynes of Clarinbridge and Abdul Rahman Tahir from Knocknacarra got 625 points each. Both want to study medicine.

The last girls-only class at Seamount College in Kinvara (they have gone co-ed) of 37 got fantastic results this year. Local girl Niamh McNamara received an outstanding result with 7 A1s.

Mary Kelly, Principal of Clifden Community School, said: “A significant amount of the class of nearly 80 received in excess of 500 points. I am very pleased overall and delighted with how they fared in subjects such as Maths, Construction Studies, Technical Graphics, Irish and English. They were such a hardworking class.”

All boys school, Garbally College in Ballinasloe’s principal, Stephen Reilly had his stats done by lunchtime. Of the 82 who sat the Leaving Cert plus the five who sat the Applied Leaving Cert, 17% of them got more than 500 points; 54% got over 400; 76% got over 300 and 88% got over 200 points. And two students got 615 points each giving the school their best record in recent years.

Another school which enjoys good results is Coláiste Chroí Mhuire in Spiddal where 35 students sat the exam. One pupil Dearbhail Ní Chaoimh, a local girl, got 6 A1s and 2 A2s. She intends to do medicine.

St Joseph’s College (The Bish) in the city was also happy with this year’s class of 150 all boys. Three of them got 625 points, two got 615 and Ciarán Doyle, principal, said it had been their best overall result in recent years.

Read more on this story in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

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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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

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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