Gardai and the city’s traffic management centre will be monitoring the flow of traffic across Galway during the Races.
A colour-coded route system for traffic management – which includes temporary road closures – will be implemented by Gardaí from this (Monday) afternoon (scroll down for a high quality image of the map).
And the city’s Urban Traffic Management Centre will be watching for ‘pinch-points’ and will consult with Gardai on whether traffic lights need to be switched off.
The ‘blue’, ‘red’ and ‘green’ routes are designed to prevent any cross-flow of traffic making its way to and from Ballybrit, while also leaving the roads open for non-race traffic.
Signage has been erected on the approach roads to indicate the relevant entrances for each colour route. The blue entrance is at Racecourse Avenue, the red represents the tunnel entrance and green the Tuam Road entrance.
There is no access to the Avenue Entrance (Blue route) via the lights at the Briarhill junction (Western Motors/Clayton Hotel), and no access to the Monivea Road eastbound by the lights at the Briarhill junction during road closure times (Monday and Tuesday 3.30pm to 5.40pm; Wednesday 3.30pm to 5.30pm; Thursday 11.30am to 2.30pm and Friday 3.30pm to 5.30pm).
Traffic for Monivea will be directed onto the M6 and can exit at Exit 19 (Glenascaul) and proceed to Carnmore Cross.
All traffic from city reaching the Briarhill junction will be directed towards the Coolough roundabout (entrance to M6).
Traffic reaching the Briarhill junction from all other routes will be directed towards the city.
BLUE ROUTE (Avenue Entrance):
From the Carrowmoneash roundabout (Maldron Hotel) in Oranmore. Take third exit and travel via Carnmore Cross to the Avenue Entrance.
Motorway traffic should take Exit 19 and follow the signage through Carnmore Cross, where traffic from the Monivea Road will join the route. There will be Garda controls in place at the Briarhill junction and at the Avenue Entrance.
Traffic on the N83 (formerly called the N17) should turn up the hill at Killeen Cross (Garda control). No access to the Avenue from the N6 eastbound during road closed times.
RED ROUTE (Tunnel Entrance):
From the Carrowmoneash Roundabout, take the second exit along the N67 (the old N6) to the Martin (Galway Clinic) roundabout. Then take the first exit at the Coolough M6 roundabout (end of the motorway).
At the Briarhill junction (Clayton Hotel/Western Motors), there is no right turn to the Monivea Road or Avenue Entrance. All traffic will be directed to Tunnel entrance and Galway City direction. Race traffic should remain in the right lane, city traffic in the left lane.
From the motorway, race traffic should stay in the right lane and city traffic in the left lane. Gardai will be in place so Race traffic can cross the N6 (dual carriageway) to the course.
There is no access to the Tunnel Entrance from the N83 (the old N17).
GREEN ROUTE (Tuam Road):
Access to the course via the hill at Twomileditch (near Kenny Motors). There is no access from the N6, M6, M18 N67 or R339 roads.
Traffic from the Headford Road can join the Blue Route at the hill at Twomileditch or use the Green Route Entrance there.
Galway City and West:
Traffic from these areas can access any of the entrances. For the Tunnel Entrance, stay in the left lane along Bothar na dTreabh. For the Avenue, there is no access from Bothar na dTreabh during the road closed times. Access will be from the Tuam Road only.
The Green Entrance can be access from the Tuam Road only by turning right at Twomileditch.
Special Bus Éireann Races services will operate every 15 minutes from Eyre Square to the Racecourse from Eyre Square West (The Skeff) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 2pm, up until 7pm. Buses will depart from the Raceouse on demand up until 11pm.
On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, shuttles will depart Eyre Square West from 11am until 4.45pm every 15 minutes or as required, and will return immediately after the Races, up until 9pm. All buses will be directed through the tunnel entrance, dropping customers off within 50 yards of the course.
Tickets are €6/€3 for adults and children one-way and €9/€5 return.
The designated taxi entrance is along the Green Route. A taxi-only lane is located at the top of the Hill allowing taxis to proceed to the ‘B’ entrance. Taxis then exit back along the designated taxi route to the Tuam Road at Kenny Motors.
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Thousands on waiting list for student accommodation in Galway
The student housing crisis is ‘the worst it’s ever been’ – with thousands on waiting lists for rooms; hundreds relying on hostels and friends’ sofas; and countless more facing deferral or dropping out altogether.
The President of NUI Galway’s Students’ Union, Róisín Nic Lochlainn, told the Connacht Tribune that students had been left in a desperate situation, as she called for mass protests to have the issue addressed.
According to Ms Nic Lochlainn, 3,000 students were currently on the waiting lists for NUIG’s on-campus accommodation – Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village – with around 500 in line for any bed that might come up in the Westwood.
“Gort na Coiribe and Dunaras have told us their waiting lists are well into the hundreds too. I’ve only got to contact two of the hostels around town, but Kinlay and Snoozles have almost 200 students between them already – and they’re expecting more.
“The first years haven’t even arrived yet, and on top of all that, you have people in B&Bs and staying on their friends’ sofas,” said Ms Nic Lochlainn.
Pressure on the student rental market had been building for years, she said, but it had gone off the cliff edge this year as a perfect storm was created by increased student numbers and reduced bed availability.
“[Minister for Further and Higher Education] Simon Harris created new places on courses this year and talked about maximum access to education . . . I’m not sure how that works for students who are homeless.
“Because there weren’t many students around last year, some private landlords might have moved on. There was no new purpose-built accommodation delivered, and then Simon Harris creates new places with no new beds,” said Ms Nic Lochlainn of the causes of this year’s problems.”
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Government asked to “do everything” to ensure Intel chooses Oranmore as base
The Taoiseach and Tánaiste will be asked to do “everything in their power” to ensure technology giant Intel selects Oranmore as the location for its new microchip manufacturing plant – which could create 10,000 jobs and transform the West of Ireland economy.
The 540-acre site is owned by the Defence Forces and was selected by IDA Ireland as the preferred site for the company’s new EU ‘chip’ base.
BY STEPHEN CORRIGAN
AND DARA BRADLEY
Oranmore is up against sites in Poland, France and Germany and Intel confirmed to Taoiseach Micheál Martin that the site is under consideration.
Galway East TD Ciarán Cannon said the development would be “transformative” and would be Intel’s largest microchip manufacturing plant in the world.
Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District this week, councillors backed a proposal from Cllr Liam Carroll to write to Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar to urge them to push forward the plan.
“This would be a game-changer, not just for Oranmore but for the whole of Connacht. Imagine 10,000 directly employed at some stage in the future, and the spinoff from that,” he said.
The Oranmore site is reported to have been selected ahead of three other locations in Ireland.
It is on Intel’s short-list for the proposed project, which would involve building eight factory modules on a single campus at the site off the M6 motorway, northeast of Oranmore, the newspaper reported.
The American multinational tech company has whittled down its short-list to 10 finalists; Oranmore is up against sites in Poland, France and Germany.
The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that if it proceeds, the new Oranmore ‘mega-fab’ would dwarf Intel’s existing site in Leixlip, which employs almost 5,000.
Galway East TD, Ciaran Cannon (FG) said: “It would put Galway on the map internationally as a place for high-tech investment and it would serve to rebalance the economic imbalance that exists in our country where all of the weight is on the east coast.
“The IDA has a formula where every one new job created in that industry creates about eight or nine more jobs downstream in terms of the supply chain and services. They’re saying 10,000 jobs on site – twice the population of Athenry – on one campus and then another 80-90,000 jobs off site. The figures are phenomenal, mind boggling,” said Deputy Cannon.
The demand for the facility arose during Covid-19 when the supply chain between Asia and Europe broke down.
Fraudsters ‘spoof’ Galway Garda Station’s phone number
Fraudsters replicated the phone number of Galway Garda Station and used it to call a local woman to demand money.
Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Michael Walsh, said that the number ‘091 538000’ was somehow used by criminals who attempted to extract money – in the form of the online currency Bitcoin – from the victim. Despite the phone call appearing to come from the Garda station at Mill Street, the woman became suspicious and reported it to Gardaí.
Sgt Walsh said it was the latest in a series of ‘spoofing’ phone calls to have occurred this year.
Spoofing is where fraudsters change the caller ID to ring unsuspecting members of the public to try to extract money or personal information off them.
He said that the number of spoofing incidents reported to Galway Gardaí has more than doubled in the past year.
“It is top of my agenda,” he said.
He pointed out that criminals can obtain a ‘ready to go’ phone and SIM card, relatively cheaply, and it was “very difficult” for Gardaí to trace the caller.
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