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The night Lawrence of Arabia crashed Connacht Tribune party

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Stan Shields, The Connacht Tribune

 It was a January night in 1968 when staff of the Connacht Tribune in Galway celebrated an apprentice ‘completing his time’ and a very welcome ‘gatecrasher’ joined in the revelry . . . the world famous actor Peter O’Toole.

 The star of Lawrence of Arabia six years previously, O’Toole had been staying in the Great Southern Hotel, and had asked barman Brian Ferry where he might ‘head for’ to sample a bit of craic for the night.

“We headed for Patsy Glynn’s bar in Mary Street (formerly Laffeys and now the Asian Lounge) where a gang from the Connacht Tribune were having a party. It was a great night out and a late night too,” Mr Ferry recalled yesterday.

This week, following his passing on Saturday last at a London hospital, memories of O’Toole’s visit to the city have been recalled by many people, including Connacht Tribune staff photographer of the time, Stan Shields.

“I remember being at the party for one of the lads having served his time as an apprentice and we were pretty chuffed when Peter O’Toole landed in.

“I made my way back around the corner to the Connacht Tribune office and then took the picture of Peter O’Toole in the middle of the party. He was having a whale of a time.

“He didn’t mind a bit the picture being taken – he was a very down to earth person, who seemed to love the party, the music and the few pints,” says Mr Shields.

He recalls that at the time, Peter O’Toole was involved in the making of The Lion in Winter [in which he played the role of Henry II] but that didn’t stop him from partying on until the early hours of the morning.

According to Mr Ferry – one of the city’s best known barmen for the best part of a half century – the late Peter O’Toole was a regular guest at the Great Southern Hotel, and would often invite staff there to join him for a night out at some local pub.

“He spent a lot of time in Connemara but he loved his trips to the city as well and in those days he really enjoyed his nights out. There were absolutely no airs or graces about him – he just loved going to a local pub and enjoying the craic,” says Mr Ferry.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel

 

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Council rows back on ‘reduced delays’ projections for Kirwan junction

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Motorists have described it as ‘a disaster’ and a former mayor has said the project gave very poor value for money, but Galway City Council have this week asked the public to be patient with the revamped Kirwan junction, close to the Menlo Park Hotel.

Since the four-arm signalled junction opened early last week, motorists have complained of traffic queues stretching back to the Quincentenary Bridge and Corrib Park.

And now the Council has rowed back on its consultants’ claims that the junction would increase capacity by 15% and reduce waiting times by 25%.

Former mayor and local taxi driver, Cllr Frank Fahy, told the Galway City Tribune that given the negative impact of the junction on traffic, the €5 million spent on the project represented ‘very poor value’ as regards taxpayers’ money.

“I will admit that the junction is now safer for pedestrians in that they can hit a button to give them a safe crossing, but since it opened there have some very serious traffic tailbacks,” said Cllr Fahy.

However, City Council Acting Director of Services for Transport, Uinsinn Finn, told the Galway City Tribune that the new junction needed time to ‘bed in’ with a familiarisation process.

“The main objectives of this project were to make far safer for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate, as well as making it safer for motorists too, without impacting [negatively] on the traffic flow,” said Mr Finn.

He added that since it opened – and over the coming few weeks – data on all aspects of how the junction was functioning would be compiled which could involve changes to light sequencing, lanes and peak traffic flows.

One motorist who contacted this newspaper said that the daily “nightmare” journey from the Barna Road to the Headford Road during the morning peak traffic time had added up to 40 minutes to his journey time.

“The two lanes are regularly gridlocked from the junction, back the N6, over the Quincentenary Bridge and back to Corrib Park.

“In the mornings, it’s now easier to go down Taylor’s Hill and into town, past Eyre Square and up Bohermore to get down to the Headford Road.

Councillors were told by consultants in 2017 and again in 2018 – when they voted to proceed with the changeover to a junction – that average delays would be reduced by 25% and junction capacity would increase by 15%.
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Man hospitalised following Eyre Square assault

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Gardaí have appealed to the public for information into an assault in Eyre Square last weekend which led to a young man being hospitalised.

The victim of the assault – a man in his early 20s from the city area – suffered a cut to his knee and may have had a substance sprayed towards his eyes.

Following the incident – that occurred close to the Eyre Square taxi rank shortly after midnight on Saturday night last – the victim was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway.

It is understood that the victim was released later that morning and has made a full recovery. This week, Gardaí are poring over CCTV footage in an effort to try and identify the perpetrators of the assault.

The assailants are understood to have fled on foot after the incident towards St Patrick’s Avenue on the east side of Eyre Square.

A Garda spokesperson has appealed for anyone who was in the vicinity of the taxi rank on Eyre Square between 12 midnight and 12.30am on the Sunday morning (Saturday night) of July 25 last, and who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

(Photo: the assailants fled on foot towards St Patrick’s Avenue off Eyre Square)
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Council turns down controversial phone mast plan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Galway City Council has refused an application by Eircom to erect a 12-metre telecoms mast in a housing estate in Knocknacarra.

The local authority turned down the company’s application for planning permission to install the structure in the heart of Drom Óir over concerns that it would create a visual obstruction in a residential area – and would have a detrimental impact on property prices.

Eircom had also sought retention to keep a concrete foundation for the mast in situ after it was forced to abandon works earlier this year, amid protests from residents in Drom Óir and Leitir Burca. This was also rejected.

City planners issued the company with a warning letter in April to cease works after contractors on site drew the ire of nearby residents, who accused Eircom of seeking to install the mast ‘by stealth’.

A total of 26 letters of objection were submitted to the Council from residents of the two estate.
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