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Ring of steel in place around Salthill ahead of Ed Sheeran concerts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ed mania has arrived in Galway – as the city gears up to host two massive concerts this weekend.
Over 60,000 fans are due to arrive in Salthill over the weekend to attend the Ed Sheeran gigs at Pearce Stadium.
Over 130 Gardaí will be on duty in Salthill this weekend as huge crowds of Ed Sheeran fans arrive for his two massive gigs at Pearce Stadium.
70 Gardaí will be on duty outside the venue, and another 32 will be on duty inside the stadium.
Sergeant Senan Wall says the barriers will be put up around Salthill this evening at 6 – but it wont affect the Darkness into Light walk, which takes place on the prom in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
In Salthill village, Ed fever has well and truly hit – there’s cardboard cutouts, banners and flags welcoming the former busker to Galway.
Ed’s relationship with the city is well documented – he busked on shop street back in 2003 when he was just 12 years old.
More recently, Ed brought his friend Saoirse Ronan along on a surpise visit to the city and Salthill where they caused hysteria while filming the video for the smash hit track, Galway Girl.
Gardaí are advising motorists that their ring of steel will come into effect in the west of the city from 6 this evening – and will remain in place until 1am on Monday.
There’ll be no access to the cordened area during these times – with the exception of residents, who’ve been issued with passes.
The 5 kilometer cordon perimeter is along the prom to threadneedle road, along kingston/taylors hill to rosary lane and lower salthill.
There’ll be restricted access to every route within this perimeter – but the main roads around the cordened area are all open.
Full details of public transport, parking, ticket entrances, and access for people with disabilities are available at garda.ie.
Sgt Senan Wall says there’ll be plenty of parking for concert goers withing walking distance of Pearse Stadium.
Despite the roads lockdock, salthill village is well and truly open for business.
The shops, pubs and restaurants are embracing what’s set to be one of the busiest weekends the village centre has seen.
Roger Sullivan from the salthill traders group says the village is ready for an amazing weekend.
Meanwhile, back in the city, the Latin Quarter is hosting its very own Ed Fest.
From today until Sunday, the popular social spot will be ‘Painting the town Ed.’
Highlights of the festival will include; Ed Sheeran DJ sets and tribute acts playing in the bars, Sheeran themed shop fronts and window displays, Ed Sheeran buskers on the streets, an Ed look-alike competition, and Ed Sheeran inspired food and drinks in the bars and restaurants.
Galway Bay fm will be keeping you up to date across the weekend with live reports and social media updates.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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