This week, the Connacht Tribune Group launches an innovative new digital news service which brings daily bulletins direct to your smartphone.
The free service – using the WhatsApp instant messaging app – is believed to be the first of its kind for an Irish newspaper. Once subscribed, users will receive a morning news bulletin, as well as any breaking news alerts from the Connacht Tribune and Galway City Tribune.
It’s the latest step in the roll-out of our digital strategy, which has already seen the re-launch of ctrib2019.wpengine.com and the introduction of email newsletters, digital edition apps and the firm positioning of our Twitter and Facebook feeds as the ‘go to’ social media pages for verified news and sports from Galway.
Connacht Tribune Group Assistant Editor, Enda Cunningham said: “WhatsApp currently has 700 million users worldwide, and is one of the fastest growing platforms on social media.
“The service is designed to complement our existing digital offering. The beauty of it is that it serves all smartphones and tablets, and we can keep you up-to-date – direct to your pocket – even if you’re on the move.
“We keep messages to a minimum, so each morning, subscribers will receive a daily news bulletin, and we will only issue alerts on major breaking news.”
Tribune Group Chief Executive Dave Hickey said the addition of WhatsApp “is a further expansion of the digital services we offer to readers at home and abroad”.
“We recognise that readers want to get news alerts as soon as possible and follow up with a longer read when they have time.
“Our email newsletters and now WhatsApp provide this, backed up by our website and digital editions where you can browse the entire newspaper from the palm of your hand.”
To sign up, just save our number 087 398 8866 to the Contacts list in your phone as ‘Connacht Tribune Group’, and send us a Whatsapp message with your name followed by ‘News’.
We require these details to provide the service – all details are confidential and are not visible to other users. Your details will not be shared with any third party.
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)
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.