It is hard to imagine that a North Galway company would part and parcel of Donegal’s bid to win the All-Ireland title today.
But a flag-making industry in Tuam has received the contract to print as many Donegal flags as possible in advance of the biggest football event of the year.
Irish Wholesale Flags is based in the N17 Business Park in Tuam but they have been commissioned by flag-sellers in Donegal to pull out all the stops.
The flag manufacturing company was established in 2011 in Tuam but the owner Keith Costello has been involved in the sale of flags since Galway were last in the All-Ireland final in 2001.
“I remember being in Ballinasloe and selling around 30 to 40 flags at the time which was good. It was from there that I got into the business,” Keith told The Connacht Tribune.
Keith Costello, who is from Tuam, then got a grant from Galway Enterprise Board which allowed him to establish his flag manufacturing business which has proved a major success.
At the moment the company employs a staff of four but there is the potential that this can be increased in the future.
“I was hoping that we would get a bit of business from Mayo if they beat Kerry but when they didn’t we were somewhat deflated.
“Then when Donegal beat Dublin, I did not expect that we would receive anything like the orders we have taken in from flag sellers. Basically our products will be appearing on Jones’ Road on the way to Croke Park on All-Ireland final day.
“We had to work last weekend to get out the orders. It was great because we never expected to receive the amount of orders from Donegal,” Keith Costello admitted.
The company supplies bunting for all of the major events including the Galway Oyster Festival, the Fleadh Ceol in Sligo, the Clifden Arts Festival and even the Volvo Ocean Race.
Keith Costello said that they were now one of the biggest suppliers of flags and bunting in the country and were in the process of expanding.
“We have been quite busy but the order from Donegal really surprised us. If Dublin had beaten them, then we probably would not have benefited to the same degree,” Keith said.
Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain
The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir
The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete
Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.
Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.
Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.
Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.
Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.
It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.
The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.
Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.
In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.
This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.
Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.
It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.
Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.
Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.
“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.
He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.
Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.
In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.
“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.
(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)
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