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New life plan for old graveyards

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Plans are afoot to breathe new life into Galway’s old graveyards.

Galway City Council has confirmed that it is looking at installing a ‘garden of remembrance’ in Rahoon cemetery, where people can bury their loved ones’ ashes following cremations. Engineer Stephen Walsh is working on plans to install the garden in the extension of Rahoon Cemetery – it would be styled on the rose garden in Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harrold’s Cross in Dublin.

The plan for the garden of remembrance in Rahoon Cemetery was confirmed this week to Labour Party City Councillor Niall McNelis after he suggested that the Council could bring “new life and possibilities” to the city’s old graveyards.

Cllr McNelis has asked the local authority to look at installing columbarium walls into Galway’s graveyards including in Forthill, Old Mervue, Rahoon, and Bohermore.

Columbarium walls are structures that people can place the ashes of loved ones following cremation. He says it could revive old cemeteries that no longer have space for graves.

“Forthill, for example, is a beautiful graveyard in the city centre. There are no graves left there even though there are some burials of people from old Galway families. I’m just throwing the idea out there that there and to see if there is an demand and appetite for this. I think there is.

“There are plans for a crematorium in Ballinasloe and then what do people do with the ashes? Some people sprinkle them in the sea on the way to the Aran Islands, some people put them on the mantelpiece, other people would bury the ashes in graves of loved ones, some people bring them to a favourite place of the deceased but some people would like a place in a graveyard, a garden of remembrance or a columbarium wall so that they have somewhere to go to remember their loved ones

“I’m going to get feedback on this, draw up a notice of motion and then see how we can go about doing this rather than just talking about it,” said Cllr McNelis.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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