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Quarter of a million euro for Galway community projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over a quarter of a million euro has been allocated to community projects across Galway city and county.

It’s part of the Community Enhancement Programme under the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The largest award which amounts to nearly 24-thousand euro has been granted to Galway Contact – an organisation based in Barna which supports elderly people. The funding will go toward the purchase of an accessible bus to transport elderly people and carers to clubs and outings.

19-thousand euro has been allocated to St. James GAA Club in Renmore for renovation works at its clubhouse. The works will include the conversion of the toilets, showers and changing rooms to improve the clubhouse’s accessibility.

A grant of 15-thousand euro will see the renovation of the Parish Hall in Clarinbridge for use as a Men’s Shed.

In Oughterard, the Clann Resource Centre has been granted 15-thousand euro for the upgrade of the old school building into a Youth cafe.

Meanwhile, Dunmore Tidy Towns has been allocated 15-thousand euro for the provision of a walking and cycling track which will enable safe access from the village to the graveyard, the park, and Ability West Group Home.

Other recipients of funding include the Gort Cancer Support Group Limited, Croí Na Gaillimhe, The Ballybane Community Resource Centre, The Westside Resource Centre and Community Garden, AIDS West, The Galway Special Olympics Kayak Club, the Claregalway Drama Festival, and the Ballygar Town Hall Committee.

Overall 67 community projects across Galway will share a total pot of 275-thousand euro from the Community Enhancement Programme.

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Planning permission refused for controversial biogas plant near Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a controversial biogas plant near Gort have been turned down.

The plan was led by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited and would have been located in the townlands of Ballynamantan, Kinincha and Glenbrack.

In January of last year, an application to develop a biogas plant on a 10 hectare site around 1km from Gort was withdrawn by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited.

A second application was submitted in November for the plant, which would utilise anaerobic digestion technology to produce renewable energy and organic fertiliser.

Both proposals encountered significant opposition from the local community regarding its location and the potential impact on the environment.

County planners have now refused permission for the project citing a number of factors in the decision.

For more, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 5.

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Study finds shape and landscape of Galway suitable for rail system

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new maths-based report has determined that the shape of Galway City makes the creation of a light rail system more feasible.

The study was carried out at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway.

It examined the role of geometric information in determining the utility of a small urban light rail or tram system.

It found the rectangular shape of Galway City – which is three times longer than it is wide – makes such a system more feasible than in many other cities, particularly those which are circular in shape.

However, the assessment is offered from a scientific point of view, and is not a study on the sustainability or overall viability of a rail system for Galway.

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Councillor calls for increased staffing levels at Athenry train station

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Rail is being urged to review its staffing levels, as well as access to public toilet facilities and lifts at Athenry train station.

Independent councillor Gabe Cronnelly has raised the matter at municipal district level.

He says that the waiting room in Athenry is only available from 8am to 4pm and outside of these hours, there is no access to toilets.

His comments followed the circulation of correspondence from Irish Rail following a call to review the frequencies of the train stops in Attymon, Athenry and Oranmore.

He also argued that a lift is regularly out of order causing many who are elderly or who have a disability to travel to other stations such as Oranmore.

In correspondence to the MD, Irish Rail stated Attymon station is a low demand area and the addition of stops would require significant additional patronage.

The Seanad candidate argued Attymon is low demand simply because nobody knows about it.

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