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Loughrea Telly Bingo players urged to check tickets as €10k prize remains unclaimed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Telly Bingo players in Loughrea are being urged to check their tickets.

News ‘n’ Choose / Centra Loughrea had a TellyBingo winner of 10 thousand Euros last Thursday which hasn’t yet been claimed.

Cherry O Connor says it’s likely the winner is unaware of their win and they would hate to see it go unclaimed.

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Board backs city council decision to approve plan for new building at Galway Rape Crisis Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.

GRCC is dedicated to providing a professional and confidential counselling and support service for those in the community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.

The project involves the demolition of the existing substandard building and the construction of a new three-storey base.

City planners had approved the plan in late January subject to 21 conditions.

However, the project was later subject to a third party appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Concerns included the site’s zoning in relation to the provisions of the Galway City Development Plan as well as the preservation of the historical culture of the Claddagh village.

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission with nine conditions.

One states the glazed facade to the top floor is to be vertical and not at an angle.

The roof is also to be lowered to a flat pitch with a maximum height of 12.75 metres.

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Coming up on FYI Galway@5

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  • Katherine Zappone will not accept the appointment by the government to be UN Special Envoy. In a statement, she said it is clear that criticism of the appointment process has impacted the legitimacy of the role itself.
  • An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.
  • The Catholic Priest Association is calling for greater clarity surrounding upcoming First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.

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New film studio at Galway Airport to create up to 200 jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new film and TV studio at the former Galway Airport site in Carnmore is expected to create up to 200 jobs when it becomes operational in 2022.

It’s after the proposal was backed by Galway City and Galway County Councillors, as both local authorities jointly own the 115 acre site.

The stamp of approval in principle from both local authorities clears the way for Spiddal based Danú media to move to the planning stage for the new studio.

The goal is to establish Galway as a key location for high-scale movie and TV production, and showcase the talent, scenic locations and world-class production facilities on offer.

It’ll be known as “Atlantic Studios”, a 40 thousand sq ft state-of-the-art production studio that will be progressed in two stages on part of the former airport site.

The first phase will involve the development of the existing hangar building space into a film and TV production studio, along with offices and suites of support facilities.

The later second phase will include additional studio space, with the aim of developing Atlantic Studios as a major international media hub for production companies.

The initial investment is expected to yield €10 to €15 million per year to Galway’s economy, and create between 150 and 200 production jobs.

It’s anticipated that all going well with the planning process, the new studio will become operational by summer 2022.

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