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Meals on Wheels service for film festival

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Cope Galway’s Community Catering is featuring at the prestigious Galway International Film Fleadh on Wednesday as part of the film festival’s “Way out West” programme of short films.

Meals on Wheels produce and deliver over 40,000 meals in Galway annually, supporting older people to live independently at home. This short film looks at the range of people who use, volunteer and work in the service.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity at this international event to showcase our award-winning Meals on Wheels service and to let our clients and volunteers tell their story to a wider audience,” says Anne Kenny, the manager of the service.

“This film offers a glimpse of the impact that the service has from the perspective of older people and their families and also gives an insight as to what it means to be a volunteer.”

The Meals on Wheels service has been operating since the 1970s and one of the original staff is now using the service to help her to live independently. Her daughter reflects on this in the film, commenting on “the circle of life”.

Over 120 of Cope Galway’s volunteers are based at Community Catering, which produces meals at its facility in Ballybane using fresh, quality ingredients. The service was joint-winner recently of a national EIQA quality award for Hygiene and Food Safety.

Anne says: “I think the film also helps demonstrate that our Meals on Wheels service is a professional outfit that gives paying customers choices and control over their nutritional health and wellbeing”.

“The film captures how important home is to older people and how it takes a whole team to ensure that an older person can stay at home independently. The film shows that by helping together we can make that happen.

“Showing this film at the Film Fleadh gives our clients and their families, our volunteers, and staff a chance to see themselves on the silver screen”, says Anne.

“It’s also an opportunity for the public to learn about what’s involved in making sure that older people in our community are supported in their efforts to continue living independently in their own homes.”

“Way out West” will be screened as part of the New Irish Shorts programme at the Galway Film Fleadh, Radisson BLU Hotel on Wednesday, July 8 from 12pm. If you would like to find out more about Meals on Wheels or are interested in volunteering with the service contact 091 700800.

COPE Galway is a local organisation providing supports and services for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic violence, and older people.

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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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