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Miss Galway on board new Monopoly

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Monopoly bosses have recruited the current Miss Galway Tirna Slevin – ironically Dublin born – to help promote the Galway version of their board, which will be out in October in time for Christmas.

Student Tirna was born in Dublin but lives in Galway.

Earlier in the year, the 20-year-old was crowned Miss Galway.

Ironically one of the most popular suggestions from polling was that instead of ‘Go to Jail’, the Galway themed board should instead command: ‘Go to Dublin!’.

But does Tirna agree? “No comment,” she smirks.

“I’d choose Galway Bay or Kylemore Abbey for one of the top positions. I can’t wait to see the final board and it will certainly be top of my Christmas wish list letter to Santa!” she says.

In all 22 London streets will become Galway themed and take over the multi-coloured London Monopoly streets. Playing cards are being Galway themed too.

“Loved landmarks as opposed to mere streets will replace the London locations,” says Rob Osborne from the board’s makers Winning Moves UK.

Polling has seen votes that have come in from tourists from as far as the US – with some coming in from Italy.

As well as the property sites taking on a county flavour and feel, Chance and Community Chest playing cards will be heavily customised too. The four train stations from the original Monopoly board are being handed over to a ‘travel’ theme.

Monopoly celebrates its’ 80th birthday this year, having first hit shop shelves in 1935.

Winning Moves are the makers of this unique and official board under official license from Monopoly owners Hasbro.

The new board will be available at all good toy and book stores across County Galway from October 2, including at Eason’s and Smyth’s. The board will also be widely available online, including at amazon.co.uk

It will be launched on October 2 at Kylemore Abbey when all the identities of the board will be revealed. Miss Galway will play the first board along with a ‘VIP’ – Very Important Player – member of the public.

And Winning Moves UK – which is producing this board under license from Monopoly owners Hasbro –predicts overseas sales, particularly from the US, will be enormous.

CITY TRIBUNE

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’.

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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)

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Work/live units form part of new Galway City affordable housing project

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Five ‘live/work’ units form part of the design of a new affordable and social housing development planned for Ballybane.

The mixed development unanimously approved by city councillors this week will provide 103 apartments and houses in the Coillte Mhuirlinne estate.

A total of 85 homes will be affordable, although the details of how much they will cost to purchase have yet to be decided. The remaining 20%, or 18 units, will be social housing. Some €4.6 million in Government funding has already been approved for the social housing aspect of the plan.

Included in the design of the housing development is a ‘live/work’ element.

The Council’s Acting Director of Services for Housing, Tom Prendergast, explained that the ground floor of the five live/work three-storey units would contain an office, retail or commercial unit for service providers with three-bedroom maisonettes over the next two floors.

“It would be envisioned that these five units would be small-scale businesses run by the occupants living above.

“There would be little passing trade for any commerciality of these units so we would envisage small local services similar to a hairdresser, accountant, physiotherapist would occupy these units as an extension of ‘working from home’,” the report to city councillors said.

Mr Prendergast said the concept was similar to people living over their shops in towns and city centres. A crèche will also be built close to the commercial units.

Mayor of Galway, Colette Connolly, said she hoped lessons were learned from the previous commercial property development in Ballybane where units “were empty for 15 years” and some public bodies could not afford the rents.

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