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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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1,361 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,361* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”

“Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

“For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitize hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms isolate and get tested.”

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City exhibition explores lockdown experience of children with long-term health conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An exhibition has been launched in the city to explore the experiences of children with long-term health conditions during lockdown.

“Our World in a Window” saw children aged between 9 and 12 years old work with national charity Helium Arts to produce animations, artwork and sculptures.

Their works range from tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations.

The project aimed to bring the children’s lockdown experiences to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing their persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.

The exhibition is currently on display at Galway City Library until August 4th, and will also visit Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Longford.

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200 submissions received on proposal for expansion of Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 200 submissions have been received from the public on plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour.

The vision for the harbour would involve the transformation of 17 acres of land surrounding the inner dock area.

The plan sets out to deliver a sustainable urban living quarter with a key focus on public realm space.

Proposed public amenities include cross-city walking and cycling routes, cultural and event spaces, recreational water sport facilities and a re-imagined street network.

The project, in conjunction with the proposed port extension, aims to expand the city to the water’s edge while future proofing the port as a transport and renewable energy hub.

A six week public consultation process opened in May with 198 submissions received by the closing date.

Presentations were also made to 20 separate stakeholders groups.

Conor O’Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company has welcomed the high level of engagement and submissions made by the people of Galway which he says will inform plans for the development of the inner dock lands.

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