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Oranmore train station ‘has potential to alleviate city congestion’

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A call has been made for Irish Rail and Galway County Council to ‘work together’ in promoting the use of Oranmore train station to help alleviate traffic congestion in the city.

Local area Independent councillor Jim Cuddy said the station has the potential for further growth.

“Oranmore railway station has the potential to become busier for commuters and keep more cars out of the city, if Irish Rail and Galway County Council work together.

“One of the first things that needs to be addressed is that all the trains travelling to and from Galway should stop in Oranmore.  This will immediately make the station more attractive for people travelling to Dublin and other areas for work and for commuters into the city centre each day.

“At the moment, only a small number of scheduled services stop in Oranmore, which means that people have to travel into the city or out to Athenry to catch trains. In the past, I have asked Irish Rail to increase the number of stops in Oranmore, which will make the service much more attractive.

“I have also requested that Galway County Council install street lights from the village of Oranmore to the railway station and the matter was raised again at a meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal Area District.

“No commitment has been given by Council officials on this issue, however I will continue to raise this matter, especially considering that ducting for these street lights has already been installed,” said Cllr Cuddy.

He added that he is opposing the County Council’s plan to introduce paid-for parking at Oranmore station.

“Galway County Council have informed the local councillors that they are considering bringing in paid parking for the car park at the Oranmore Railway Station, which I am totally opposed to.’

“This cannot go ahead without the vote of the local municipal councillors and the Director of Services has already been told that.

“The Council should be working with Irish Rail to make this station busier and more attractive and paid parking would have the opposite effect.”

Figures from the National Transport Authority show that in 2017 (the most up-to-date figure available), daily boardings at Oranmore station almost quadrupled on the previous year.

There were an average of 262 passengers boarding the train in Oranmore in 2017 – up from 70 the previous year. The average in 2015 was 63; in 2014 it was 19 and in 2013 it was 23.

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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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