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Ó Conaire letters to go on display at City Museum

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Sean-Phádraic casts a watchful eye as (from left) GRETB CE David Leahy, GTI Principal Geraldine Gibbons, and GTI Deputy Principal Alison Ward present correspondence relating to the writer to the Museum’s Collections Officer Helen Bermingham and its Education Officer Brendan McGowan.

Galway Technical Institute (GTI) has donated a collection of letters concerning Galway’s much-loved writer Pádraic Ó Conaire to the City Museum.

The handwritten letters, from the mid-1920s, relate to Ó Conaire’s time as an Irish language teacher at what was then the Technical School, situated on Dominick Street – the donation marks the 90th anniversary of the author’s death

The archive includes Ó Conaire’s initial application for a teaching job at the school in 1925, along with references, and some correspondence regarding his later absences from work.

The writer was born in  Galway in 1882 but reared in Connemara and West Clare following the deaths of his parents. He moved to London and wrote his best works there while still in his 20s. A leading light of the Gaelic Revival and the father of the short story in Irish, Ó Conaire returned to Ireland in 1915 to continue his writing career in Irish.

In 1924, having spent more than a quarter of a century in London and Dublin, Ó Conaire returned to Galway. In January 1925, he began writing for the Connacht Sentinel, which published than more than 30 of his articles and almost 80 of his short stories over the following three years. That autumn, he applied for a job as an Irish teacher with the Tech where he worked until the summer of 1928. He died in Richmond Hospital, Dublin on October 8 of that year and was buried in the New Cemetery, Bohermore.

The Museum plans to display these letters in the near future. In the longer term, they will be added to its website where they will be accessible to researchers and all who are interested in Ó Conaire’s life and career.

It’s busy times at the Museum, which is hosting a one-day intermediate-level portrait-painting course this Saturday. This is with artist Caitlyn Rooke and is part of its Armistice commemoration programme.  The course has received funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through Galway City Council as part of the Decade of Commemorations programme.  Anyone interested is advised to contact 091 532460 for more information.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Plan for ‘world-class’ campus with potential for 10,000 jobs at Galway Airport

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From this week’s Galway CIty Tribune – A proposal to transform the former Galway Airport into a ‘world-class’ business and technology campus has been drawn up by Galway County Council – with the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs.

The plan, which was compiled as part of the Draft County Development Plan, proposes a multi-million-euro investment in the 115-acre site owned jointly by the County and City Councils.

According to the vision document, the airport site at Carnmore could become a key economic driver that would “attract and secure long-term investment in Galway and the western region, and underpin the development of the Galway Metropolitan Area”.

Among the sectors identified as potential occupants are renewable energy, biodiversity, food science and logistics.

Some of the structures included for are a ‘landmark building’; commercial units; park amenity and recreation space; a renewable energy park; and a multi-purpose leisure facility.

A contemporary development with the potential to accommodate emerging industries is promised, with projected employment numbers ranging between 3,500 to 10,000 over time.

However, county councillors raised concerns at a meeting this week that the proposal they had seen in the Development Plan had been ‘sitting on a shelf’ since last March – and they still hadn’t seen what was dubbed ‘the masterplan’ for the airport site.

Cllr Liam Carroll (FG) told the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District meeting that the recent news that Oranmore was among the locations being looked at by multinational tech giant, Intel, put fresh focus on the future of the airport.

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Work expected to start on Galway City cycleways next summer

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The first six projects in the city’s major new cycle network are expected to begin construction by next June.

In an update on developments that are in train to improve the lot of cyclists, councillors at this week’s local authority meeting were told that the Martin Roundabout (near the Galway Clinic) would next be changed to a junction and the BusConnects, involving priority bus lanes from Moneenageisha to University Hospital Galway, were advancing.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has approved a raised cycle lane north of Railway Bridge on Doughiska Road South and for a shared street south of the bridge.

Eglinton Canal will turn into a shared cycle and pedestrian path. Four weeks of public consultation on both of these is set to begin in October, with the projects set to go to detailed design and tender following final NTA approval.

Ballybane, Castlepark and Bóthar Stiofáin Roads will also go to public consultation for “raised adjacent cycle schemes” a month after that.

The six projects are expected to begin construction by the end of June or early July next year.

Millars Lane is currently in preliminary design stage after clearing works were carried out last November.

Options are being examined and parking survey prepared for Threadneedle, Bishop O’Donnell, Dr Mannix, Devon Park, Salthill Road Upper and Lower Roads with input and designs from the Parkmore Strategic Framework awaited for the Monivea and Doughiska North Roads.

Active Travel Schemes had been approved in principle by the NTA for Ballyloughane and Clybaun South Roads, involving pedestrian crossings, traffic calming, signalisation of junctions and the integration of safe school routes.

Cllr John Connolly (FF) noted that the first quarter of 2021 was when some of these projects were to go to construction, according to a previous timetable.

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Racecourse Park and Ride a non-runner for Christmas in Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The lack of a park and ride service this Christmas will drive shoppers out of town at a time when businesses are struggling to recover from months in lockdown, the Mayor has warned.

This is after it was revealed that the City Council has failed to secure an alternative location for the service – with its usual base at Galway Racecourse out of action due to the ongoing vaccination programme.

The service, which had previously operated for the three-week period in the run up to Christmas, enabled motorists to park their cars in Ballybrit and take a return trip by bus to town at a cost of just €2 – taking hundreds of cars out of the city centre.

The Mayor, Cllr Colette Connolly, said it was ‘completely ludicrous’ that it would not be in operation this year, in a city that was already gridlocked with car traffic.

“I think that it is a retrograde step not to proceed with the Christmas Park and Ride because we know what will happen – we’ve seen before what happens at the Corrib Centre around Christmas where traffic backs up and people get stuck in the car park,” said the Mayor.

This would result in shoppers from outside the city avoiding coming in, while others would go to other towns and cities to avoid traffic misery.

“They will go to Limerick or to Dublin, which is only two-and-a-half hours away. They will go to Athlone, because they may as well go there, rather than spend two hours sitting in traffic on Lough Atalia,” added the Independent councillor.

In Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath’s report to councillors, it is stated that “it is looking unlikely that Galway City Council will be able to run the Christmas Park and Ride in 2021”.

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