The talented Alanna Lally produced Galway’s outstanding performance at the pinnacle of the Schools athletics calendar, the All-Ireland Track and Field Championships, in Tullamore last Saturday.
Lally of Presentation Athenry and GCH, who took the senior 800m title in a sprint finish, just holding off Aislinn Crossey of Sacred Heart School, Newry. Lally ran an excellent time of 2.08.28, which is a B standard for the World Junior championships, for a well-earned victory that endorses her great talent and dedication. This is her fifth schools championship victory .
Sinead Treacy of St Raphael’s Loughrea and Craughwell won a fine silver medal in the intermediate 200m in 25.23 while Ballinasloe girl Veronica Burke also took silver in the senior 3000m walk, competing for Bower Athlone. Ciara Sheehy of Dunmore CS won a silver medal in the junior 800m in a time of 2 .23.22 which was a huge PB.
Galway athletes also took a number of bronze medals, with Jamie Fallon of Calasanctius Oranmore taking an excellent third place in the senior 5000m in 15.26, as did the ever improving Maebh Brannigan of Colaiste Iognaid/GCH in the senior 1500m in 4.40. Sam Samson of St Mary’s came third in the Inter 400m, as did Laura Ann Costello in the intermediate 200m. Michelle Duggan of Pres Athenry also took third in the Junior 200m in 26.33.
In the Field events, Daniel Johnson of The Bish threw 37.86m in the Junior Javelin for bronze while Caomhan Conaghan of Loughrea VS also came home with a bronze with third in the Senior High Jump with a leap of 1.90m.
Full athletics report in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway to receive €1million in outdoor recreational funding
Taste of Galway at ‘Flavours of Ireland’
Some 60 tourism companies from Ireland attended ‘Flavours of Ireland’ 2022 in London last week – including Connemara Wild Escapes, DK Connemara Oysters and Killary Fjord Boat Tours.
‘Flavours’ is Tourism Ireland’s annual B2B tourism workshop, where tourism companies from Ireland meet and do business with top global inbound tour operators.
Now in its 20th year, ‘Flavours’ took place in the Guildhall, in the City of London, and was attended by around 100 global inbound tour operators who deliver business from all over the world, including the United States, Mainland Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa.
‘Flavours’ provides an excellent opportunity for the participating tourism providers from Galway and Ireland to highlight and sell their tourism product and build valuable relationships with the key decision-makers in attendance.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Planning Regulator wants Galway City Council U-turn on Development Plan
From the Galway City Tribune – The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has asked Galway City Council to roll back material alterations to the new City Development Plan proposed by councillors.
In July, elected members voted through a raft of changes to zonings in the Draft City Development Plan 2023-29, which went out on public display.
But the Planning Regulator has now warned City Hall that many of the proposed changes do not comply with the OPR’s recommendations, and are contrary to national planning guidelines.
The OPR specifically highlighted problems with proposals to rezone as residential land deemed at risk of flooding.
Anne Marie O’Connor, Deputy Regulator, wrote to the Council’s Planning Department outlining the OPR’s fresh advice on the changes to the draft plan proposed and approved by councillors.
The draft plan will come before elected members again this month.
Councillors will be asked to row back on some of their previous material alterations, which ran contrary to advice of the OPR.
Ms O’Connor said the OPR welcomed many of the changes made by the City Council in its draft plan. She said, however, that the OPR “has a number of outstanding concerns relating to the response of the planning authority to its recommendations and to a number of proposed material alterations relating to the zoning of lands”.
These relate to changes that conflict with national and regional objectives for compact growth; with legislative requirements regarding climate action and core strategies; and with rezoning land at risk of flooding.
The OPR highlighted a dozen or more material alterations by councillors that are “not consistent” with the National Planning Framework for compact growth.
These include re-zoning of land from agricultural or recreational and amenity to residential.
The changes voted on by councillors, the OPR noted, were done against the advice of the Council’s Chief Executive Brendan McGrath.
The OPR said the changes proposed by councillors represented a “piecemeal approach” to zoning and were “inconsistent” with national policy.
These comments related to proposed rezoning of land at Rahoon; Dublin Road; Quarry Road, Menlo; Ballindooley; off Circular Road; Menlo village; Roscam and Barna Woods.
The OPR also raised “significant concerns” over five material alterations proposed for residential zonings of land at Western Distributor Road; Terryland; Menlo Village; Headford Road and Barna Woods which are located within flood zones.
The approach by councillors “may place people and property at unnecessary risk from future flood events”, the OPR warned.
Ms O’Connor told planners that if the draft plan ignores the OPR advice or is at odds with its recommendations, the Council Chief Executive must inform the OPR in writing the reasons for doing so.
Save Roscam Peninsula in a 33-page submission to the draft plan echoed many of the concerns outlined by the OPR.
The Council has pencilled in four dates in November and December to approve the plan.
It will meet on November 21, 24 and 28 and December 1 when material alterations will be voted on individually.
This article first appeared in the print edition of the Galway City Tribune, November 4. You can support our journalism by subscribing to the Galway City Tribune HERE. The print edition is in shops every Friday.