Parade route changed – though road works have not started yet

Galway City Tribune – City councillors have expressed disappointment at the new and shortened route for Sunday’s St Patrick’s Day Parade that this will this year will exclude the pedestrianised thoroughfare.

Major works on the revamp of the city’s pedestrian area had been due to start in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day, leading to an alternative route being introduced this year from the University to Prospect Hill.

But as things transpired, the roadworks hadn’t started in the pedestrian area – however, by the time this emerged, plans had already been put in train for the alternative route.

Sunday’s parade will start (11.30am) at the NUI Galway Quadrangle off University Road before passing over the Salmon Weir Bridge, through Courthouse Square and then onto Eglinton Street, Williamsgate Street and Eyre Square North, before finishing at Prospect Hill (1pm).

Cllr Donal Lyons said at this week’s City Council meeting that there was great disappointment at the fact that the parade route was shortened this year even though the roadworks hadn’t actually started in the Shop Street area.
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