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Organisers say Christmas Market drew 600,000 visitors

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Record crowds, benign winter weather and ‘not a mark left on the grass’ looks to have secured the future of the Galway Christmas Market for the coming years.

Organisers of the market said this week that the 2016 event attracted visitor numbers of over 600,000 people with the majority of them (85%) coming from outside the urban area.

Over one quarter of those visitors also booked in for an overnight stay in the city, while the market-goers went on spend money in local retail outlets, shops and restaurants.

Event Organisers, Maria Moynihan Lee, told the Galway City Tribune that this year’s market had been a wonderful success.

“We had a lovely period of weather over the five weeks of the market from November 18 to December 22, and of course this made the experience a lot more pleasant for everyone.

“The big wheel was a spectacular attraction – and especially so when lit up at night-time – while there was a great reaction to the various food outlets and retail stalls,” said Maria Moynihan Lee.

She said that it was estimated that for every €1 people spent at the market, on average, they spent a further €4 in local shops, pubs and restaurants.

The market – now with its seventh year completed – is one of the big winter tourist attractions of the city and with this year’s site rejigging, the grass area of Eyre Square hasn’t been impacted upon.

“The response from the public really has been overwhelmingly positive and although we’re all very tired, we’re already looking forward to the 2017 event,” said Ms Moynihan Lee.

For the rest of this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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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 . . . .
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