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Water plant gives new hope to Spiddal hotel proposal

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The recent announcement of the provision of a new sewage treatment plant for Spiddal has given fresh hopes to a couple want to provide a new four-star hotel for the village.

It has been confirmed that a new wastewater treatment plant will be provided in Spiddal – and the developers believe that this should pave the way for a new hotel to be built in the popular tourist location.

There had been serious opposition to the plans to build the hotel on the grounds of its size while there were claims that it would not integrate into the local environment.

One of the concerns about the development related to the preservation of the Irish language.

Developer Ronan Barrett told The Connacht Tribune: “The protection of the Irish language requires the protection and growth of the Irish speaking community.

“It is important that the needs of the community now be considered and more needs to be done by Galway County Council to ensure that the community of the Gaeltacht villages are allowed to grow and flourish.

“It is not currently possible to accommodate young Irish speaking couples in these villages. Any amendment to the County Development Plan that is now under consideration, should be used to address this issue,” he stated.

When planning permission was sought for the provision of a hotel in Spiddal there were almost 50 submissions to the application and the vast majority of these were opposed to the development.

Council planners were of the opinion that the hotel would not be capable of assimilating and integrating into the local landscape because of its size and bulk.

It was the plan of Ronan and Siobhan Barrett to provide a four star hotel at Baile Eamoinn on the approach to Spiddal from the Galway side of the village.

The applicants said that the Council’s decision to refuse planning means that the community has lost an opportunity to secure a hotel for the village along with a large function room, restaurant, swimming pool and playground.

Planners felt that the hotel development would have an adverse impact on the amenities and character of this particular area.

They also said that it would detract from the visual amenity of the immediate area and would form a visually obtrusive feature as well as setting an undesirable precedent.

The Council said the proposal for a temporary sewage treatment plant for the hotel, that had the potential to create around 100 jobs, was both premature and prejudicial to public health.

But there was a lot of opposition to the development from both individuals and community groups on the grounds that it would not be a suitable development at this location.

However, those behind the project are now considering their options and if they will appeal the decision of Galway County Council.

“We had hoped to create a high quality four-star hotel facility, An Cuan, that meets the needs of the local community as a quality venue for family functions and weddings.

“We had also hoped to provide a new swimming pool, gym and children’s playground which are important recreational facilities that the local community badly need,” Mr Barrett told The Connacht Tribune.

He and his wife said that the proposed four-star hotel had been designed to include a large function room and restaurant that would have provided a venue for local weddings, family functions and community events.

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Campaigners seek state support to challenge beach bylaws

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Campaigners against controversial beach bylaws proposed by the County Council have called on Government to intervene. This comes after the local authority was met with a tsunami of submissions from the public – over 1,000 submissions were received, many voicing concerns that the regulations would ban water sports on the county’s coastline.

Galway pharmacist and Galway Bay Sailing Club member, Barra Nevin, has been one of the most outspoken critic of the bylaws which seek to outlaw activities such as surfing and kayaking anywhere near bathers.

According to Mr Nevin, there has been a groundswell of support for water sports enthusiasts, with everyone from swimmers to those who walk the coastline backing their right to use the water.

“The central problem surrounds the paragraph which states other outdoor sports participants cannot be in close proximity to swimmers. This would effectively outlaw all outdoor water pursuits other than swimming on 24 beaches in County Galway, including the lake in Loughrea, the Shannon in Portumna and all along the Wild Atlantic Way to Connemara and the Aran Islands,” he said.

The bylaws, for which an extended public consultation closed last Friday, state: “No person shall wind surf on sail boards or kite-surf on kite boards or surf on a surf board or use a canoe, kayak, dinghy, stand-up paddle board or water bike in close proximity to bathers.”

In addition, it will also be an offence to “use a personal water craft, power craft and fast power craft within 300m of the low water mark at the time of use, except for the purpose of rescue”, in the interest of the safety of swimmers.

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Bad weather a spoilsport as Salthill boys just do enough

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Salthill/Knocknacarra's Conor Gardiner comes under pressure from Mark Egan of Oranmore/Maree during Saturday's West Board U19 Final in Moycullen. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill/Knocknacarra 0-8

Oranmore/ Maree 1-3

Mike Rafferty in Moycullen

SPORT in the depths of winter is not always an appealing sight and so it was in Moycullen on Saturday afternoon as the wind and rain reduced this West Board U19 Football Final to an endurance test. Salthill/Knocknacarra did enough to get over the line and, in the process, are the first winners of the David Cox Memorial Cup.

Favoured by the elements in the opening half, they laid the groundwork for their win with some smashing points from Ryan Kavanagh and Matthew Thompson and while a four point interval lead was not exactly commanding, Salthill’s defence played their part on the resumption as they kept Oranmore/Maree to just a point from play and three in total in a frustrating chase to close the gap.

Though the city side always appeared to have the edge, Oranmore/Maree can point to many factors that could have turned the game their way. They got the boost of an early goal, but seldom looked like scoring for the rest of the half. They had plenty of possession on the resumption, but with no one taking responsibility for an occasional shot, they just hand passed the ball all over the park and had little or no penetration.

Four missed frees in succession by four different players just added to Oranmore/Maree’s frustration and as the chase went right to the wire, they also had a late goal chance which was spurned.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Scores scarce on horrible day as Ballygar fall to final defeat

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Ballygar's Stephen Lohan who scored three of their four points against Easkey. Gordon. Ryan Duffy also threatened only for defender Shane Molloy to make the block.

Easkey 0-5

Ballygar 0-4

DARREN KELLY IN BEKAN

IN horrendous conditions, Ballygar’s hurlers ended their 2022 championship season with defeat last Saturday in the Connacht Junior Final as Sligo’s Easkey created history.

Andrew Kilcullen’s winner two minutes into injury time secured the ‘Blue Devils’ a first ever provincial crown as they survived the sweeping rain and swirling wind that questioned the wisdom of playing this contest at all.

That’s not to take away from Easkey’s success. The side coached by Ballygar’s Brian Healy earned their result even if the Galway champions can feel aggrieved about the decision to cancel Cillian Egan’s late effort.

But in the shadow of the finest indoor GAA facility in the country, one has to ask could plans not have been made to bring this game into the Connacht GAA Dome when weather reports indicated the challenging environment awaiting both teams.

Either way, the teams got on with tackling the elements as well as each other and it was Easkey off the mark in the opening minute. Kilcullen stood up just inside his own 65 metre line and sailed the sliotar over the bar.

Ballygar finally settled after their first point on 10 minutes. Eammon Trayers caused problems when allowed possession in the full forward line and he won the free that Stephen Lohan converted.

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