Galway Bay fm newsroom:
Minister of State and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon is urging supporters of the Western Rail Trail to support the project as part of their input to a wider survey on rural Ireland.
The public online survey is part of a consultation process to develop a whole-of-Government policy on rural Ireland for the next five years.
The new policy sets out to take account of demographic and social trends within rural communities with increased focus on the changing nature of work, the effects of Brexit and climate action.
Minister Cannon says the survey also presents an opportunity for supporters of the Western Rail Trail to promote their belief in the benefits derived from a greenway.
He adds it can also be used to allow supporters of the proposal for the Quiet Man Greenway to promote the project as one that could transform East Galway.
The Department of Rural and Community Development has launced the survey as part of the whole-of-Government policy for rural Ireland 2020-2025.
Minister Cannon said the survey can help drive rural development:
Galway 2020 set to host 1900 events next
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The city and county are set to play host to 1,900 events across 154 projects as part of Galway 2020’s European Capital of Culture.
The programme was officially launched in Eyre Square last evening with a colourful performance spectacle.
In recognition of Ireland’s historic traditions, the programme will be based around the four fire seasons of Ireland’s ancient Celtic calendar.
Galway 2020 will begin on February the 1st with what organisers describe as a week-long of fiery celebrations erupting in towns and villages across the county.
This will culminate in a large public ceremony and spectacle on February 8th in Galway city.
Other highlights include Druid Theatre which will take Ireland’s greatest 20th century one-act plays to towns and villages across the county.
Connemara landscape will also be illuminated as part of the programme in a spectacle by Finnish light artist Kari Kola.
Galway will also join with Boston, Belfast and Nashville to host concerts by transatlantic stars of country, blues, gospel, folk and bluegrass.
The European Capital of Culture which began in 1985 aims to provide Europeans with opportunities to learn more about each other’s cultures, to enjoy their shared history and values and to experience the feeling of belonging to the same European community.
Crowds gather at Eyre Square for performance spectacle to mark to beginning of Galway 2020 journey
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Crowds are gathering in the Autumn sunshine at Eyre Square this evening as Galway prepares to officially mark the beginning of its 2020 journey with a performance arts spectacle.
The city centre will host the launch of the 2020 programme of events for Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture from 6pm.
Organisers will reveal over 1,900 events set to take place throughout next year across the city, county and islands of Galway, with 30 projects celebrating the Irish language.
The Galway 2020 programme will focus on the themes of language, landscape and migration, and is designed to celebrate the diverse cultures around Europe.
As crowds gather, a large crane is visible with an acrobat suspended, while earplugs are being distributed to the crowd.
Fears mount over plan to make Tuam a sludge hub centre for the Northwest
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A proposal to use Tuam wastewater treatment plant as a potential sludge hub centre for the wider Northwest region will damage the town’s image.
That’s according to local Fianna Fail councillor Donagh Killilea who says the development would be damaging at a time when Tuam is rebuilding its reputation.
He argues the waste water treatment facility is only fit to serve the Tuam area and the future expansion of the town under the Local Area Plan.
It comes as Irish Water has published a site selection methodology report which identifies Tuam and Sligo as potential sludge hub centres for the northwest.
Submissions are being sought as part of the public consultation process which runs from September 24th until 22nd October.
The National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan estimates that by 2040 around 50,000 truck-loads of sludge will be generated each year.
More at 2 as councillor Killilea says he plans to hold a public meeting to gather the concerns of locals….