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‘Proliferation’ of takeaways in Salthill leading to food wars



Date Published: 23-Oct-2009

A MAJOR row is brewing between restaurateurs in Salthill, with a warning that a planned new restaurant in the Jameson Court development will lead to job losses and even business closures in the area.

And a senior planning inspector with An Bórd Pleanála has expressed concerns about the “proliferation” of takeaways in Salthill.

The Board’s Planning Inspector agreed with restaurateurs Roberta & Sandro Pieri that there are enough takeaways in Salthill already. “I would share the concerns in relation to the proliferation of hot food takeaways,” Inspector Karla McBride said in her planning report.

The Pieris – who own Da Robertas and L’Osteria Da Robertas – failed in their bid to stop a restaurant opening on the site of the former Jameson Hotel.

Jonathan Powell and Elaine Boyle of Taylor’s Hill – who own the new Jameson Court development – have now been given the final go-ahead for a change of use of an unoccupied ground floor pub to be
replaced by a restaurant.

At the moment, the new building is only occupied by an AIB Bank branch.

The Pieris appealed the original grant of permission from Galway City Council – which they described as a “reckless” decision. In their appeal, the Pieris painted a dour picture of the restaurant business in Salthill.

“The present market is extremely competitive with numerous restaurants and cafés located within close proximity in Upper Salthill. The granting of permission for another restaurant in this area would have a devastating impact on our business and indeed other similar businesses and would inevitably lead to job losses and possibly closure.

“We consider the granting of permission by the City Council for another restaurant in this area as reckless and it shows little regard for similar established business in the area,” the appeal reads.

The Board’s inspector agreed that there are too many takeaways in Salthill, but said she was satisfied that the new premises would be a sit-in restaurant only and that it wouldn’t seriously injure the amenities of the area.

The Pieris had also appealed on the grounds of inadequate parking and provision for deliveries, inadequate waste management and that it would have a negative impact on the character of the area. However, the inspector ruled out the other reasons for the appeal.

“The proposed development would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, nor would it give rise to a traffic hazard or endanger the safety of other road users,” the Board ruled. It attached a condition that that the premises only be operated as a sit-in restaurant and it must not be used as a takeaway in any form, including deliveries.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



Date Published: 29-Jan-2013

Athenry FC 1

Kilbarrack United 2

(After extra time)

For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.

On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.

An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.

However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.

They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.

With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.

Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.

Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.

Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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