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Old Moore’s creates hostages to fortune!

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Old Moore’s Almanac continues to be popular – though it’s probably more for their marts listings for farmers than for their predictions which were quite off the mark last year.

The publication got it wrong on a number of scores but that doesn’t stop people reading more predictions for 2015 as it’s all in the spirit of fun, which is an odd thing as the annual booklet is highly regarded by farmers and rural people for its highly factual content regarding fairs, marts, sporting events, festivals, tides and weather predictions.

The monthly predictions are by now considered entertainment by most readers, especially those who have been keeping a close eye on the veracity of past predictions.

Suffice to say is that they got it wrong about President Michael D Higgins being forced to retire in 2014, that Tiger Woods would win the US Open, that Mayo would win the All Ireland Football title and Clare would be champion hurlers.

But they were right about riots in Brazil relating to the FIFA World Cup and that it would be a very rainy year.

So armed with that information, here’s some of the predictions for 2015.

RyanAir boss, Michael O’Leary will get even nicer – he’s already relented on bringing an extra bag, as in handbag, onto the plane and gotten rid of that sexist calendar. So who knows, he might even start serving free teas and coffees on board!

There will be an IRA scandal, another one they mean, actor Halle Berry’s marriage in jeopardy, Zsa Zsa Gabor to die (many thought she had already) and oceans will be hotting up as climate continues to be affected by the environment.

World birth rate might be falling but not in Hollywood as Oscar winner, Anne Hathaway, Paris Hilton, Rosanna Davison and Nicole Scherzinger will announce pregnancies.

Water and wine shortages will occur. Tourists will be attacked in a mall (it doesn’t say where) and George Clooney’s marriage will be in trouble. The price of farmland is on the rise and there will be a lot of currency shake-ups.

There are obvious predictions — another celebrity will be outed as a paedophile, a whopper typhoon in Asia, a big plane story and a royal death.

North Korea, they predict will continue to be in news, Putin will show his true colours and Irish celebrity couple, BOD and Amy might move abroad.

Locally, the Aran Islands will be in the news with some drama during the year.

In Old Moore’s Almanac own publicity, they boasted of getting many predictions right last year including a health scare for Bono, the arrest of a famous comedian (Bill Cosby), another pregnancy for Princess Kate, that Scotland would vote no and that Gwyneth Paltrow’s marriage would fail.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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