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Major road works to begin on Tuesday

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A one-way traffic system on Lough Atalia and College Road – to facilitate road lowering works under the railway bridge – is to be implemented from Tuesday morning.

Galway City Council is advising motorists and commuters to study the map closely, as it is likely to have a major impact on journey times.

A one-way traffic system will operate towards the city on Lough Atalia Road and the Fairgreen Road and outbound on College Road until the end of May. The road under the bridge will be closed for a period of eight weeks, with a finishing date before Whit Weekend.

The traffic changes are part of a €2 million scheme to lower the road under Lough Atalia Bridge by 1.3 metres, because it has been struck by HGVs several times in recent years.

The extent of the road closure is between the Fairgreen Road / Lough Atalia Road Junction and the Lough Atalia Road back gate to Ceannt Station, approximately 60m south of the railway bridge.  There will be no access for pedestrians, cyclists and traffic.

One-way Traffic System

A one-way traffic system will be implemented inbound on Lough Atalia Road, onto Fairgreen Road and outbound along College Road for the duration of the works. This traffic management system will facilitate eastbound and westbound traffic, as well as local access along Lough Atalia Road, Fairgreen Road and College Road.

From Moneenageisha Junction, westbound traffic (for City Centre, Port of Galway, Salthill, etc.) will be required to follow the one-way traffic system along Lough Atalia Road and divert into Fairgreen Road, along Forster Street, Eyre Square, Victoria Place, Queen Street and onto Dock Road, before continuing westbound.

From the Port of Galway / Harbour Hotel, eastbound traffic (for N84, N17 and N6/M6) will be required to follow the signposted diversion routes beginning at Bóthar Na Long, onto Dock Road and divert into New Dock Street and along Merchants Road, Victoria Place, Eyre Square and Prospect Hill.  Eastbound traffic can then continue via Prospect Hill and onto Bohermore, whereas local access to College Road, Lough Atalia Road, Fairgreen Road and Ceannt Station will be required to turn into Bóthar Uí Eithir and turn left along the one-way traffic system along College Road before turning right into Lough Atalia Road at the Loyola Park junction.

Lough Atalia Road

All vehicles exiting premises on Lough Atalia Road will be required to TURN RIGHT at all times whilst the one-way traffic system is in place, and follow the diversions into Fairgreen Road.

College Road (between Forster Street and Loyola Park)

All vehicles exiting properties on College Road, will be required to turn towards Moneenageisha Junction at all times whilst the one-way traffic system is in place, and follow the diversions into Lough Atalia Road / Fairgreen Road.

Forster Street

A clearway will be put in place along Forster Street to ensure traffic flow will move without obstruction from parking / loading vehicles. The bus lane will be opened up to all traffic. A loading area will be made available adjacent to the gate to Saint Patrick’s Church. Loading will not be permitted in any other area along Forster Street. The city wardens will be on hand to keep traffic moving along Forster Street.

Moneenageisha Junction

The traffic signals at Moneenageisha Junction will be reconfigured to improve traffic flows during the road works.  The right turn movements from Moneenageisha Road into College Road and the right turn from Dublin Road into Wellpark Road will be banned.

Lough Atalia Road / Port of Galway Businesses

The Lough Atalia Road / Port of Galway businesses affected by the road closure are open for business as usual and diverted access to these businesses will be available.

Galway City Council has appointed Tom Cannon of Tobin Consulting Engineers as Public Liaison Engineer to the project. He is available to answer any queries about the roadworks from residents, businesses and the general public from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. and can be contacted on 086 1666653 or by email on lar@tobin.ie

Bus Éireann – City Routes 402, 409 and 410

The above services will now operate inbound via Lough Atalia Road (a temporary bus stop will be located on Lough Atalia Road for the duration of this diversion) and outbound via College Road.

Click here for more detailed maps: LAR – LMK-519-200 to 213

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US basketball champion boasts impeccable Galway roots

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Galway roots...Pat Connaughton.

An Irish American basketball player with impeccable Galway roots helped end a 50-year NBA famine for the Milwaukee Bucks last week.

Boston-born Pat Connaughton, whose grandparents hail from Clostoken, Loughrea, played a pivotal part in his side clinching the NBA championship final series over the Phoenix Suns.

The 6ft 5in shoot guard was involved in all six games of the final series, including the last, which the Bucks won 105-98.

Afterwards, the 28-year-old said: “It’s incredible. The fans supported us through thick and thin. They’ve had our backs. To be able to do it and to win it and to be able to call ourselves World champions in front of our own fans . . . it’s incredible. The city of Milwaukee deserves it and I’m just proud that I could be a part of a team, with my teammates, that gave it to them.”

One of his cousins in Loughrea, Madeleine Connaughton, told the Connacht Tribune that his relations in Galway were incredibly proud of his achievement.

“It’s absolutely brilliant; he’s a celebrity in our eyes because he has done so well,” said Madeleine.

“It’s brilliant that Pat is flying the flag for us over there. He was the only person to play both professionally, baseball and basketball with Notre Dame. He was as good a baseball player as basketball and had to choose.”

Madeleine joked that there ‘is a clatter of us’ in Loughrea related to Pat Connaughton, including the Connaughtons, Tierneys, Keanes and Burkes.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway duo make sporting history as out first Olympic medallists

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Ireland rowers (from left) Aifric Keogh from Furbo, Eimear Lambe from Dublin, Fiona Murtagh from Moycullen and Emily Hegarty from Cork celebrate on the podium with their Olympic bronze medals after the Women's Four final at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The motto of the Ireland Women’s Coxless Four team, which includes Galway’s first ever Olympic medallists, Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh, has been drilled into them by coach Giuseppe De Vita: ‘Winter miles makes Summer smiles.’

At twenty-three minutes past two on Wednesday morning Irish time, during the Tokyo Olympic medal presentation ceremony at a windswept Sea Forest Waterway, the rowing quartet’s smiles beamed from ear-to-ear.

It was a testament to the hard graft they’ve put into the sport over many years, especially the past 18 months, and the last eight weeks in particular in the build-up to the biggest six minutes of their careers to date.

Keogh (29) from Aill an Phréacháin in Na Forbacha, Fiona Murtagh (26) from Gortachalla in Moycullen, and Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty were well entitled to smile after a remarkable rowing performance that earned them bronze medals in the Women’s Fours Final.

As they presented each other with their medals, in keeping with Covid-19 restrictions, and waved their bouquets into the air, back home, their smiles lit up the television and computer screens in living rooms of their family, friends and new legion of fans throughout the land.

It was a history-making feat – Galway’s first Olympic medallists, Ireland’s first women rowers to win Olympic medals, and the nation’s first at Tokyo 2020.

Both women were ecstatic afterwards as they spoke with the Connacht Tribune via Zoom from the media centre in the Olympic Village.

Read the full interview with Galway’s Olympic heroes in today’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie   

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Olympic dream comes true for Galway sprinting star

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Cillín Greene's parents Sinead and Cole and sisters Iarlaith (left) and Miriam above the Olympic flag on the Nine Arches in Claregalway. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

It was March, 2019 when the Olympic dream of Cillín Greene went up in smoke – or so everyone thought.

On day one of the European Indoor championships in Glasgow, the Claregalway sprinter was progressing nicely in a 400m heat.

He was in lane two, minding his own business, when, all of a sudden, he was ‘bounced’ by a Polish competitor on his inside.

Cillín steadied himself after the collision but was unable to react quick enough to hop over a Czech runner who tumbled in front of him. Both hit the deck. Bad enough that his race was run; worse again, afterwards it emerged he’d sustained a serious injury.

“He was knocked on the track and broke his elbow,” recalled his father, Colman.

“I think it put his whole make-up out of line for a long time. He started pulling hamstrings after that, and things like that. It took a long time to get it right. It’s like a fine-tuned sports car, everything has to be right. Last year, he had a lot of injuries and he wasn’t really going anywhere,” he said.

Glasgow was just over a year out from the Tokyo Olympic Games, and almost certainly wiped his chances of qualification.

But then Covid-19 delayed the Games, giving time to rehab; and the Galway City Harriers clubman worked relentlessly in Lockdown to get back on track.

The result? This Friday, along with another Galway man, Robert McDonnell (19) from Knocknacarra, 23-year-old Cillín Greene will become an Olympian when he competes in the mixed 4x400m relay heat at the Olympic Stadium at 12 noon Irish time.

See the full story – and comprehensive Olympic coverage – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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