Date Published: 21-Jun-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
The ‘grand finale’ of next year’s Volvo Ocean Race is set to generate an €80 million windfall for Galway, with more than 600,000 people expected to flock to the city.
And the Sentinel has learned that details are being finalised for a last minute joint Irish entry in the race, which gets underway at the end of October.
However, it will not be the Green Dragon – instead, the iconic racing yacht will be used as a promotional tool flying the Irish flag for the stopovers in Alicante, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland, Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Lisbon, Lorient and finally in Galway when the entrants arrive on July 3.
It’s understood that sponsorship details are being finalised at the moment which will secure a joint Irish entry in the event – it is likely to be a collaboration with the Chinese ‘Team Sanya’ which was launched last Friday.
An announcement on the joint entry – through Irish sponsorship of the team – will be made in the coming days.
A festival from June 28 to July 7, 2012 will see a huge scale ‘Global Village’ constructed at the Docks, as well as a structure at South Park and events in Salthill.
Details of the Ocean Race closing festival in Galway will be unveiled at a ‘Year to Go’ event in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill on Friday week.
John Killeen of Let’s Do It Global told the Sentinel: “We will be launching details of the Global Village, it will be a far bigger set-up than the Race Village last time around, about twice the size.
“This time, we’ll be taking space in South Park, and there will be a far bigger inclusion for Salthill.
“We’re expecting between 5,000 and 6,000 corporate guests alone. We’ve already established what Galway can achieve in terms of attracting people, last time, the publicity in the build-up to the event was quite slow. Now, we’re getting enquiries from around the world. It’s a no-brainer in terms of revenues,” said Mr Killeen.
He added that he could not comment on any possible negotiations for an Irish entry in the race.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinl.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.