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River archway to mark legacy of Easter Rising

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An archway to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising in 1916 will be built at a pedestrian bridge in the city.

City councillors have voted to proceed with plans for the commemorative arch at O’Brien’s Bridge and Bruach na Coiribe.

The erection of a commemorative arch in Galway City was first suggested in the 1930s, and again in the 1950s.

As well as celebrating the heroes of 1916, it was also intended to celebrate those who took part in the War of Independence.

Although there are no costings for the arch itself or associated ground works, the City Council previously made budget allocations towards the project and there is some €57,000 in a kitty at City Hall for it to proceed.

Senior Engineer, Seán Langan, drew up an assessment report, identifying four possible locations, including O’Brien’s Bridge which was the preferred option and the one chosen by Councillors.

Mr Langan said an arch at O’Brien’s Bridge would complement the one located already located at Newtownsmyth, which was erected in 2010 in memory of Irish people who died promoting peace and democracy at home and abroad, and would signify the entrance/exit to the river walk.

“The wide paved area at this location also provides ample space for tour guides operating river walks to stop with small groups without obstructing other users of the walkway, give information on the arch, maybe the history of the walkways, and other heritage features near this location and enjoy the views and sounds of the river,” he said.

Independent Councillor Terry O’Flaherty expressed her delight at the go-ahead for the commemorative arch.

“I am delighted that this commemorative arch, which has been planned and talked about for so many decades, is finally about to go ahead – it’s something I have been years campaigning for.

“County Galway was actually one of the most active areas outside of Dublin at the time of the 1916 Rising, so it is only right that we should have such a fitting memorial erected in the city more than a century later,” said Cllr O’Flaherty.

Cllr O’Flaherty said that after many false dawns, the commemorative arch would now finally be erected and as well as honouring those involved in the fight for Irish freedom, it would be an aesthetic addition to the city.

She added that it was Tom Kenny of Kenny’s Bookshop who had ignited her interest in reviving efforts to erect the arch, designed by sculptor Seamus Murphy, and at her behest funding had been set aside in previous Council budgets, while she’d had meetings with the Council’s Chief Executive and senior officials to discuss the location of the arch.

Labour Party councillor Billy Cameron said he agreed with the location, but felt the arch would bring more pedestrian traffic to the area and it should only proceed after an anti-slip surface was install on the wooden footbridge, which is slippery when wet.

More reports will now be undertaken to progress the project further.

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Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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