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Memorial Walk will not be ‘as normal’ this year due to Covid restrictions

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Niamh McColgan from Renmore, with sons Shay and Eoin at last year’s Galway Memorial Walk. Photo: Martina Regan.

Thousands take part in the Galway Memorial Walk each year in memory of loved ones who have passed away.

Covid-19 means the walk in aid of Galway Hospice can’t take place as normal this year, with everyone instead asked to do their own Memorial Walk in their local community or in a place that holds special memories.

Niamh McColgan from Renmore has taken part in the annual walk on the second Sunday in September since her husband Steven passed away three years ago.

“Steven was 37 years old when he passed away from cancer in 2017. He was a sergeant in the army, based in Renmore Barracks. To say he borne the illness bravely is an understatement. He was so strong and courageous throughout,” says Niamh.

“He only asked one thing of me and that was to pass away at home. This would not have been possible without the amazing team at the Galway Hospice. While the Galway Hospice is only on our door step in Renmore, we had no idea of the wonderful services available to patients and their families until Steven went under their care.”

The Memorial Walk is very important to Niamh personally “as it is my small way of giving back to the brilliant team that took care of Steven during his illness; always treating him with dignity and compassion that he deserved”.

“While things are very different this year, I do hope people continue to support the Galway Hospice in any way they can so the team can continue to provide the excellent care to people at the most devastating time in their lives.

“Assuming there are no further restrictions, myself and a small group of friends hope to meet somewhere on the second Sunday in September for a socially responsible and socially distanced walk to remember our loved ones who have passed and to raise some funds for the amazing Galway Hospice,” says Niamh

■ Registration for the walk is at galwayhospice.ie/walk or call 091 770868.

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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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