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NUIG awarded tender for Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUIG has been awarded the tender for Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020.
The designation celebrates Europe’s cultural diversity with two member States, Ireland and Croatia, sharing the 2020 title.
A team from the Newcastle based university will lead the process with applications for bids expected to open in the next two months.
This will involve a 10 month public consultation process to engage all sectors of society.
A draft bid will be put together this year and submitting by the 2015 deadline which is anticipated to be quarter one next year.
The successful tender was announced at a special briefing in City Hall this afternoon.
Patrick Collins, the Lead Consultant from NUIG told FYI Galway securing the title would bring about a renewed approach to local cultural and creative production.
Mayor of Galway Donal Lyons says securing the designation would showcase Galway all around Europe.
Chief Executive of Galway City Council Brendan McGrath is optimistic of success.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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