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Plan for multi million euro sports centre of excellence in Renville Oranmore is refused

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –

A plan for a multi-million euro sports centre of excellence in Oranmore has been refused by An Bord Pleanála due to concerns over traffic hazard issues.

The project led by Renville Sports Project Committee on behalf of Oranmore Maree GAA Club had been subject to an appeal led by a group of local residents.

The proposed centre would have been located on 34 acres of land at Renville Park and was set to include an all-weather and floodlight full size pitches, running tracks, a clubhouse and children’s playground.

Renville Sports Project Committee was granted permission for the development at Renville West last July.

County planners attached 15 conditions with one stipulating that the all-weather pitches can’t be used after 10 o’clock at night.

An appeal was then lodged by a group of local residents last August.

They had raised concerns over a number of areas with a focus on traffic, environment, archaeology, community gain, visual impact and impact on residential dwellings.

The group also argued the proposal was of an excessive scale for the sensitive receiving environment and that it was put forward without meaningful consultation with the local community.

An Bord Pleanála has this week refused the proposal.

In making its decision, the board stated the proposed development would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard, due to the additional traffic turning movements which the proposed development would generate at the junction of the L-81043/L-8104 Maree Road.

This, it adds, is at a point where the general speed limit applies and where sightlines are restricted in both directions.

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Two people taken to UHG following plane crash near Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two people have been taken to University Hospital Galway following a light aircraft crash near Athenry.

It’s understood a small plane made an emergency landing at a GAA pitch near Killimordaly shortly after lunchtime.

One person was airlifted via Air Corps helicopter 112 to UHG while another was taken via ambulance.

Emergency services – including units of Galway Fire Brigade – remain at the scene this afternoon.

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Man dies following house fire in Moylough

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has died following a house fire in Moylough.

It’s understood the fire broke out at around 5am at a two storey house in the Moate area.

It’s believed the man, who is aged in his 60’s, was living alone at the house.

Emergency services – including several units from Mountbellew and Tuam – remain at the scene this morning.

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25 more cases of Covid-19 diagnosed and one new death confirmed by Department of Health

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 person with COVID-19 has died.

There has now been a total of 1,744 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Thursday 9th July, the HPSC has been notified of 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,589* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This weekend, we all have an opportunity to exercise, socialise and enjoy life in a safe and responsible way.

“Continue to protect each other using public health advice and encourage each other to make safe choices as we work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. We have all achieved so much through solidarity over the last few months, that effort must not be in vain.

“Please follow public health advice and refer to the guidance if unsure about your environment or plans.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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