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Student travel award winner retraces Lenin’s epic journey

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A Barna man has won the annual Maeve Binchy UCD Travel Award, worth €4,000, and plans to follow the route of an epic journey taken by Lenin nearly 100 years ago.

John McHugh, from Ballard, is the son of Sean and Mary, and is currently a post-graduate student of fine arts at UCD. He is also working towards the completion of his debut collection of short stories.

Winners use the award to fund a travel opportunity to enhance their creative writing – John’s intention is to track Lenin’s journey in April 1917, from Switzerland to Leningrad.

“The sealed carriage, containing Lenin, travelled through Germany, Sweden, Finland and across the Baltic Sea, and I want to follow this exact path,” he says.

“The entire journey, which began with Lenin hearing in passing about the beginning of the revolution in Russia – a moment itself worthy of a Monty Python sketch – is bizarre, surreal, and rife with potential.

“What fascinates me about travelling is the period before you arrive at your destination, how all your thoughts are either lost in the past or drifting to the future. In the midst of travelling, the present is partially erased for the journey-goer.

“Maeve Binchy herself explored a form of this idea in ‘The Lilac Bus’, where the journey to Rathdoon acts a mode of reflection. The bus grants the characters’ sustained space to examine themselves, whereas Rathdoon and Dublin act as present points of drama. It is the quality of fluxion between past and future – musing upon past decisions whilst racing towards future ones, the present neither here nor there – which Lenin’s journey represents for me.”

The Maeve Binchy UCD Travel Award, which is only in its second year, commemorates the late author’s love of travel and her creative writing.

The Award is open to any student currently enrolled in UCD’s College of Arts & Celtic Studies.

“The Maeve Binchy UCD Travel Award is greatly cherished by our student body and the UCD School of English, Drama and Film has been delighted to develop it, with the support of the Maeve’s family.” Professor Margaret Kelleher said.

“We can see its value, not only in the many quality applications we have received, but also in the widespread welcome for a writing award that encourages imagination and supports adventure. This a very fitting way to mark the continuing legacy of Maeve Binchy and we all warmly congratulate John on his success.”

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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