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The West had hottest Summer in Ireland!

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The West was the place to be in Ireland during the month of August, being the hottest with drier, sunnier and milder weather than the East Coast.

Thousands of tourists, who flocked to the city during the peak holiday month, enjoyed a far drier time than those who spent their vacations in the Dublin area.

Rainfall in the city for the month of August was recorded at 94.4mms. (3.72 inches) at the NUI Galway Automatic Weather Station – close to that amount fell in one day at Dublin Airport in the early part of the month.

On the Saturday of August 2, 84mms. (3.3 inches) of rain fell at Dublin Airport with the capital having an overall precipitation figure of 173mms. (nearly 6 inches) for the eighth month of the year.

According to the Met. Eireann monthly report for August, the coastal fringes of the West tended to be milder than the East, although everywhere it was a cooler month than normal.

The average temperature for the month at the NUIG station came in at 14.6° Celsius, almost one degree cooler than the mean for August as per Frank Gaffney’s Climate of Galway statistics for the past half century.

Overall it was another quite dry summer period (June to August) in the West with just 195.6mms (7.7 inches) of rain falling over the three months – June and July were especially dry. Total rainfall for June was just under two inches and for July it was slightly over the two inch mark.

Using what is known as a Poulter Index – that measures mean temperatures, rainfall and sunshine – Met Eireann have rated the Summer of 2014 as our 11th best of the past half century.

Although we didn’t get any repeat of the heat wave conditions of last year, this Summer was actually drier – 1.7 inches less rain fell from June to August of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013.

North Galway weather recorder, Brendan Geraghty, collected just 3.13 inches of rain during the month of August reflecting local variations, but it was wetter at the Athenry Met Office station with nearly 104mms. (over 4 inches) of rain falling over the 31 days.

“Overall it was a really nice Summer in the West and we just got enough rain to keep the gardeners and the farmers happy.

“One of the most unusual patterns of our summer weather was that it tended to be drier and sunnier in the West as compared to the East Coast,” said Brendan Geraghty.

Believe it or not, the sunniest place in Ireland, not only in August but right through the Summer, was the north-western Mayo coastal town of Belmullet.

Its 603 hours of sunshine for the three summer months, and its August total of 235 hours, beat ‘hands down’ all challengers, including the so called ‘sunny South East’, for the title of Ireland’s sunniest spot during 2014.

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Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square

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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.

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Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour

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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.

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Tourists duped in Galway City rental accommodation scam

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have issued another ‘beware’ warning in relation to scammers offering fictitious properties to rent in the city area.

The advice comes after a report of a several separate tourists from overseas calling to a house in Shantalla over recent weeks, thinking that they had booked rental accommodation.

It is understood that the fake rental offer had been made through a booking website, but it turned out to be a scam with the tourists having ‘parted’ weeks earlier with a deposit of several hundred euro.

Galway Garda Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Michael Walsh, said that such rental scams were an ongoing reality in relation to the accommodation sector, especially in cities like Galway with huge rental markets for long-term and short-term lets.

He said that the first pieces of advice for anyone seeking to rent a property was to only do business with an established bona-fide rental agency and to always meet the prospective landlord in the accommodation to be rented.

Sgt Walsh said that the scammers also tended to be more active at times of the year when accommodation was in major demand as in the late-Summer/early-Autumn period as students returned to third level colleges.

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.

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