Galway Bay fm newsroom – A number of groups will hold special ceremonies and events this weekend to mark the Easter Commemorations.
The events are in memory of the 1916 Easter Rising and those who died fighting for independence.
Tuam Sinn Féin will host its Easter commemorations today Good Friday.
Members will gather at the Tuam Martyrs monument, Dublin Road at 1p.m, the Republican Plot at Donaghpatrick cemetery, Caherlistrance at 2p.m and Cargin cemetery Headford at 3p.m.
Galway West Sinn Féin will start its events with a wreath-laying ceremony at 1p.m tomorrow Holy Saturday at the Joe Howley Statue in Oranmore.
The main Galway West Sinn Féin commemoration will take place at 3p.m on Holy Saturday at the Liam Mellows Statue in Eyre Square.
On Easter Sunday Galway West Sinn Féin will attend Teach an Phiarsaigh in Rosmuc for Comóradh na Cásca.
From there, they will lay a wreath at Ardbear cemetery in Clifden at 2.30p.m on Easter Sunday.
At 3p.m on Easter Sunday, the party will hold a commemoration at the Thomas Whelan statue in Clifden, finishing off with another commemoration at Tooreena Cemetery in Tullycross at 5p.m.
The Fianna Fáil Annual Commemoration mass for Liam Mellows will take place at St. Patrick’s Church, Forster Street at 12 on Easter Sunday.
There will also be a parade afterwards from Forster Street to the Liam Mellows Statue in Eyre Square.
East Galway Sinn Féin will a hold wreath-laying ceremony at Creagh cemetery on Easter Sunday at 11a.m.
The party will also hold a commemoration in Athenry at noon on Easter Sunday in the new cemetery.
Republican Sinn Féin will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the execution place of the Tuam Martyrs at Tuam Workhouse at 5 this evening. (Fri)
They will also hold a march on Easter Sunday from 11a.m in the city, starting at the Cathedral and marching to Liam Mellows monument in Eyre Square.
The main Republican Sinn Féin commemoration will take place at the Republican plot in Donaghpatrick cemetery, Caherlistrane at 3pm on Easter Sunday.
The party will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Séamus Ó Máille at Kilcummin cemetery in Oughterard on Easter Sunday at 7p.m.
Uber taxi service launches in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin.
The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.
The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year.
Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.
Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.
The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.
A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.
While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.
Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.
While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.
Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.
The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.
There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.
A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.