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Three park & Ride sites in pipeline



Date Published: 25-Sep-2009

TWO new Park & Ride facilities have been proposed for sites on the east side of Galway City – with commuters getting preferential treatment on new bus lanes running along the hard shoulders of the N6 dual carriageway.

And another site has also been identified in the Knocknacarra area for yet another Park and Ride.

The new carparks on the east side would be provided at Carnmore (alongside the interchange for the Dublin motorway) and at the new roundabout near the Galway Clinic, which will serve the new

The head of the National Roads Authority has already given agreement in principle to using the hard shoulder of the dual carriageway as a bus lane.

Galway West TD Frank Fahey – who is Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committeeon Transport – told the Galway City Tribune that his proposals would take a huge amount of cars off the roads.

Already, Galway City Council is assessing the viability of a site in their ownership on the N6 near the Galway Clinic (where the new roundabout is currently under construction).

“I met recently with the City Council and they are looking at a site adjacent to the new roundabout. They need to assess its suitability,” said Deputy Fahey.

He added that he has also held talks with the National Roads Authority (NRA) in relation to the provision of a “fairly large site” off the Carnmore Road, where it be ideally located for cars coming off the Galway-Dublin motorway and for commuters on the east side of the city.

“I’ve asked the County Council to look at it, and I’ve spoken with Transport Minister Noel Dempsey about funding. It would be an arrangement where the landowners concerned would lease it. The NRA have said they’ll consider the suggestion.

“That means you would have a Park & Ride in the county too, which would take care of commuters.

“Fred Barry (Chief Executive of the NRA) has agreed in principle to putting a bus lane alone the existing hard shoulder on the dual carriageway, so that would create a corridor in and out of the city. It would be a matter of re-painting the road markings. There wouldn’t be much money involved.

“Inevitably, you are going to have a build-up in traffic [with cars arriving off the motorway into a bottleneck at Doughiska]. Park and Rides would considerably ease this traffic by having buses available,” said Deputy Fahey.

He explained that funding is available through the Department of Transport, and it is now up to the Councils to draw up proposals. “The money would have to come from the Department. They have money for Park & Ride sites. The county or city council have to come forward with plans,” he said.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council confirmed to the Galway City Tribune that a site in Knocknacarra and one on the east side of the city are being assessed at the moment in terms of emerging routes under proposals for a new Bus Rapid Transit programme, which will be presented to councillors next month.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



Date Published: 29-Jan-2013

Athenry FC 1

Kilbarrack United 2

(After extra time)

For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.

On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.

An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.

However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.

They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.

With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.

Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.

Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.

Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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