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Date Published: 16-Mar-2011

Thousands of people are expected to attend parades around the city and county tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day.

Weather forecasts for tomorrow are indicating a dry sunny day which will give parades in local towns and villages a major boost.

The annual blessing of shamrock and mass by Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, will take place at Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa barracks in Renmore at 9 am tomorrow.

Galway’s first parade of the day will get underway after 11 am mass tomorrow in Athenry, beginning at the Railway crossing and will follow the traditional route up to Bridge Street.

There will be live music and dance at St. Patrick’s Monastery, Esker, Athenry for a Celtic con-celebreated mass at 11 am to celebrate the feast of its patron saint.

In Dunmore, floats are asked to make their way to Sion Hill by 11.30 tomorrow morning for registration for the parade.

The second annual Mountbellew parade gets underway at noon, with floats gathering at the Co-Op mart at 11 am.

There will be live traditional music and an open market in Mountbellew Square all day.

Galway City’s parade gets underway at 12.30 pm tomorrow starting at Fr. Griffin Road, travelling up through Dominick Street, Bridge Street, Mainguard Street, Shop Street and into Eyre Square.

The Irish Naval vessel, the L.E Aisling will also be open to the public at Galway Docks tomorrow from 2.30 – 5.30 pm to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Up to 5,000 people are epxpected at the parade in Abbeyknockmoy, which gets underway at 12.30 pm tomorrow, with floats gathering at noon.

Bands, floats, walkers, marchers, comic sketches, music and the All-Ireland senior camogie champions, Killimor, will feature in the Portumna parade which starts at 12.30 pm from the mart.

The main thoroughfare in Loughrea will be closed off for its parade from 12.30p.m to 2p.m.

A display by Gort Reserve Defence Force will feature in the Gort Parade which will begin at Church Street at 12.45 pm tomorrow.

The Glenamaddy St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1 pm sharp from the Community Centre.

Kinvara will also host a parade this year, starting at the Windmill field at 1.30 pm, making its way through the village and around the Quay.

Don Stiffe will be the Grand Marshall at the Headford Parade, which will start at 1.45 pm at the GAA pitches.

Supported by the Shrule parade participants, the Headford parade will make its way up Main street to the top of the town.

Ballinasloe’s parade starts at 2 pm and will travel from the Fairgreen, through Society Street, Main Street and River Street, proceeding to Dunlo Street, finishing at St. Michael’s Square.

The Barnaderg / Killererin parade also gets underway at 2 pm and has no entry fee for floats.

‘You hold the future in your Hands’ is the theme of the parade in Tuam this St.Patrick’s Day.

It gets underway at 2 pm and vehicles can line up near Quinns shop, Bishop Street.

The last parade of St. Patrick’s day will take place in Oranmore at 3 pm.


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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case



Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.


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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska



Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.



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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike



Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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