Application for Housing Development at Rockbarton Court / Rockbarton Park

Updates: 3/9/21 Application deemed invalid by City Planning Office.

14/9/21 New site notice erected. Same as previous except for new date.

A site notice has been erected at the piece of ground between the apartments at Rockbarton Court, The Prairie and the houses at Rockbarton Park. It proposes having 6 blocks of terraced housing encompassing 24 housing units; and 1 detached housing unit. Car parking and ancillary site works for same.

The area marked in red below is a rough outline of the site.

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Audience numbers for Pearse Stadium Shows increased to 1200

TOMMY TIERNAN has been added to Friday’s comedy concert at Pearse Stadium, with capacity for the four Salthill concerts now raised from 500 to 1,200.

Tommy Tiernan will join Ardal O’Hanlon and Deirdre O’Kane for a triple header of Irish comedy giants, all hosted by the finest MC in Ireland, and a brilliant comedian in his own right, Karl Spain.

The four Pearse Stadium concerts – Christy Moore (Thursday August 26 ), Tiernan/O’Hanlon/O’Kane (Friday 27 ), Mary Coughlan (Saturday 28 ), and The Stunning (Sunday 29 ) – are now designated live entertainment pilot events, on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, and designated by the Department of Health under Public Health Regulations.

As such, capacity for each show has now increased to 1,200, with tickets sold in pods of four. This also means that there are now extra tickets to other previously sold-out shows in Pearse Stadium.

The concerts are being presented by the Róisín Dubh and the Galway Comedy Festival, and will follow Covid-19 guidelines. Gates are at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm sharp. Click and collect bar service in operation. Tickets are on sale via www.roisindubh.net

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Well Done Mayo

What a thrilling, masterly display.

Really made this supporter’s day.

Each and every time you got a score,

Your hunger grew for even more.

You played with grit and conviction.

You outplayed the competition.

Just one more game to play,

The final on all-Ireland day.

Way to go.

Well done Mayo.

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Galway Auto Meet on 2nd Sunday of the Month

Below a small selection of the cars at todays well attended Auto Meet at Galway Crystal. A very pleasant way for anyone into cars to spend a Sunday morning. They meet on the second Sunday of the month, barring things like restrictions due to things like pandemics.

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Shows planned for Pearse Stadium from Wednesday August 25th to Sunday August 29th

The following is a copy of an email passed on to me by a local resident. This is the first I have heard of this and I have no further information beyond the contents of the email.

27/07/2021


Dear Resident,

As part of the government sponsored Live Performance Support Scheme, we are planning to run a small number of shows in Pearse Stadium in Salthill from Wednesday August 25th to Sunday August 29th.

Artists currently pencilled in to perform include Mary Coughlan (25th), Christy Moore (26th), TBC (28th), The Stunning (29th) plus comedians Ardal O Hanson and Deirdre O Kane (27th).

Due to current Covid restrictions our capacity is currently capped at 500. We have applied to the Dept of Arts and Culture to potentially get this figure up to 1,000 (including all staff) but we have had no indication at this stage if this figure will be granted.


Patrons will be socially distanced in the main stand in pods of 4 or 6.
Pearse Doherty who is vastly experienced in running all the major festivals the length and breadth of Ireland will be the event co-ordinator.


The gigs will all take place strictly in keeping with current Covid guidelines. A click and collect bar system only will be in operation for the event and will be closed at 10pm nightly.


All shows will be finished at 10.30 to minimise any disruption.


Due to the very small numbers of patrons allowed to attend these events we do not envisage any significant disruptions in the area. All tickets will be sold in pods which should further reduce any potential traffic issues and all pods will be required to arrive together to gain admittance.


The Roisin Dubh have promoted and ran the vast majority of shows in Galway for the last 15 years including the GIAF Big Top, the Galway Comedy Festival, many many shows in Leisureland, Seapoint, The Black Box etc.


These Pearse Stadium shows would not be viable without the assistance of the Dept of Arts and Culture and we would ask you all to support this venture, which is helping to get artists and support staff back to work after an incredibly difficult 18 months for our industry.


Apologies for the short notice but it is beyond difficult to plan anything with any degree of certainty in the current environment.


If you have any queries or concerns that we can address please contact me at simon@roisindubh.net
or call our office on 091-585762.
Kind regards,
Simon Heaslip – Roisin Dub

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Former Oasis Nightclub to be Demolished

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Finally, the former Oasis which has lain derelict for many years is to be demolished. So too is the adjoining former An Bearna shop. It stood next to the former Warrick Hotel which has already being demolished and planning permission has being granted for a nursing home on that site.

Hopefully the wrecking ball won’t stop there. There are further buildings adjacent to these in derelict condition for many years (decades). They certainly do not do anything positive for Salthill as they are.

These were lively spots in their day. Many of you will have (mostly) fond memories. The anthem was the Garth Brooks song – “Friends in low places”.

'Cause I've got friends in low places
Where the whiskey drowns
And the beer chases
My blues away
And I'll be okay
I'm not big on social graces
Think I'll slip on down to the oasis
Oh, I've got friends in low places"

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Simple Tips to Conserve Water over next few Weeks

The fine weather has finally arrived but despite living in one of the wettest countries in Europe we will be facing restrictions on our use of water if it lasts more than a couple of weeks.

Water covers 71% of the planet but only 1% is available to us as drinking water. We share this precious resource with every animal and plant on Earth as well as using it every day in our homes and businesses. Although there is enough annual rainfall in Ireland, we are limited in how much water we can take from the environment. By using only what we need, we can all play our part in safeguarding our water for our future.

The short video shows five simple tips for conserving water in the home. Find more at Conserve Water – How Can You Be More Water Smart? | Irish Water.

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Keep Things in Perspective – We have it Good Here

Spotting the above photo, taken on June 1st, in a news report brought back memories of my trips to the Philippines.

Thousands of villagers have been evacuated after Taal volcano, one of the world’s smallest volcanoes, about 40 miles to the north the Philippine capital, belched a dark plume of steam and ash into the sky in a brief explosion. Magmatic materials came into contact with water in the main crater of Taal Volcano, setting off the steam-driven blast. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alarm to the third of a five-step warning system, meaning “magma is near or at the surface, and activity could lead to hazardous eruption in weeks. Alert level 5 would mean a life-threatening eruption that could endanger communities is under way.

Taal is located in a small island in a scenic lake and is considered a permanent danger zone, along with a number of nearby lakeside villages. Taal erupted in January last year, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and sending clouds of ash to Manila, where the main airport was temporarily shut down. The Philippines lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a region prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

When I visited Taal, on my last trip to the Philippines in 2008, the view was more like that in the image below.

After a bus journey from Manila, we got a boat out to the volcano and did a steep climb up to the top of the creator in intense heat. The climate in that part of the country is hot and humid. The creator was filled with water so you had a lake in the volcano in the lake. It was quite a spectacular view.

Other random memories of my trips to the Philippines include the following.

The first thing I noticed stepping off the plane was the intense heat and humidity. It hit you like the wall of heat you feel on your face when you open the door of a hot oven.

Then there was the journey from Manila airport to the hotel. The first time there I was unprepared for and shocked at the level of poverty as we passed mile upon mile of huts made of corrugated iron, timber or cardboard in which people lived along side the roads and under bridges. Perhaps more shocking still was the realisation that each day I passed these the more used to them I became. After a week they almost seemed normal. Its amazing how quickly we adapt to our surroundings. And on subsequent trips it took even less time for it to seem normal.

Similarly being greeted by armed police with dogs and searched every time you entered your hotel, shopping centres, banks or public buildings surprised me the first time but quickly became accepted as normal. They would check underneath the taxi you arrived in with a mirror on a long stick to ensure there were no bombs attached. Just like Belfast in times past.

The factories were located in an industrial zone a couple of hours drive away, so the work day began early and it was late when you got back to the hotel. You were too tired to do anything but shower and eat before going to bed, to be up to repeat the next day. The factory workers normal shift was 12 hours a day, five days a week and only six hours on a Saturday. But we got Sundays off and the shopping centres had air-conditioning. The route to work could vary depending on which roads were washed out and which rebuilt. It seemed the country back roads were mainly built on clay, not the massive concrete foundations we have here.

The workers were searched every time they went into or out of the factory buildings. They were searched going in to ensure they did not bring in cigarettes as the corporate management in America had decided they were no smoking zones. So they stashed their cigarettes outside and collected them on their lunch break. They were searched on the way out in case they stole any small tools like a screw driver. Not much trust built into that system.

While those of us belonging to the company working in the US or Europe could get a bonus in a year in which the company did particularly well, our Philippine collogues could not. The state had set wages so that workers would not be moving from company to company for higher reward. This was to make the employment market more stable for foreign companies setting up there. Their bonus was a bag of rice.

There seemed to be no air conditioning in the factories I was in despite the heat and humidity. But on one occasion I was surprised to arrive to a nice cool, air-conditioned building. I joked to one of my colleagues that someone had remembered to turn on the air-conditioning. I was informed that it was only turned on when the American management were visiting. It was left off the rest of the time to save money.

On another occasion after the factory had been damaged by a typhoon, communications systems were down. They pulled out all the stops to clean up the mess in the areas that would be seen by the senior management from the US who were also visiting. They got a single internet connection up and let the Americans use this, not pretending that for a while it was the only internet connection in the whole factory. They did everything they could to hide any problems from the corporate guys because they were very aware that they were being continuously compared with similar facilities the company had in different parts of the world, and that work could easily move to another location.

Family is very important to them, and if you want to really connect with them don’t ask about work first. Talk about your family and theirs. Are you married? Why not? How many children do you have? How many brothers and sisters? Take some time to share this kind of information first. Then you will get every cooperation from a great team of workers. Then they will let you know how things really work there, not what they want certain people to perceive.

Traffic: to try driving there without understanding the unwritten rules would be suicidal. Communications involved much use of the car horns, in a code I never managed to decipher. We depended on our designated driver, who was also our bodyguard.

The Philippines sit across the typhoon belt, making dangerous storms from July through October. As my trips were usually planned for October/November they were often delayed due to typhoons. These cause considerable damage; flooding, mudslides, uprooted trees, knocked buildings, power lines down, etc. But because they are so used to them the clean-up is usually swift.

On one visit to a shopping centre we came across a shop selling all kinds of guns. We were welcome to view and purchase if we wished, but not allowed to take photographs.

The poorer people do their shopping in open air markets and hygiene standards would probably have made it unsafe for someone from this part of the world to sample the food there. The better off shopped in the big shopping centres, which are pretty much like anywhere else.

Small children of about nine or ten and younger scoured rubbish tips for items that might be useful. Plastic bags were useful as refuse sacks for disposing of waste.

No matter how poor people were they still seemed to be able to get cigarettes and coke cola, which probably helped to make them poorer still. I have noticed this about other parts of the world as well.

Tap water in many areas is not safe, and with the high heat and humidity, one could easily become dehydrated quite quickly. So we always carried bottled water. We would only purchase this in shopping centres because if you purchased from street vendors it was likely to be in bottles refilled with unsafe tap water and often expertly resealed.

Mosquitoes were common once you went far from Manila and a bite could potentially have fatal consequences. So Long sleeves and pants were worn in certain areas to protect from more than the sun.

When you go to the foreign factories, shopping centres, etc. you would swear that they are the most beautiful people in the world, without what might be deemed any physical flaws. But on the streets they are like anywhere else. Its seems to be just with such a large pool of labour to pull from, jobs dealing with visitors are filled by people that visitors will perceive as beautiful. We do it here but not to the same extreme. Positions for receptionists and floor staff in hotels and restaurants tend to be filled more often by staff that would be deemed to be good looking.

I have already mentioned the huts that many lived in by the roadside. Other stone houses with walls around them and gated apartment complexes around Manila were guarded by armed private security.

Out the country among the fields where they grew rice you would come across homes made of bamboo and leaves on stilts, typically about six or seven feet by the same again. Families would sleep on mats on the floor in these. The relative dimensions of the model in the picture below would be about right.

Nursing courses were in high demand because with the proper qualifications you could get nursing jobs in other parts of the world and send money home to your family in the Philippines. We have benefited from that here in Ireland with many of our nurses and carers from there.

Whereas many of us in this part of the world would like to get a nice tan, over there they sell soap that is supposed to lighten the skin. Strange world, with so many people wanting to be what they are not, and wanting to live where they don’t.

I enjoyed my trips to the Philippines. It was a great experience. I worked with some great people and made some good friends. It certainly helped me to better appreciate what I have at home. For all its imperfections, we have it good here.

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Salthill Traffic Survey

Galway City Council is inviting feedback from residents, visitors and business on parking in Salthill, as part of a parking management study for the area. 

The study will explore potential active travel measures along the Prom, and will make recommendations on regulating parking, in order to support the continued vitality of the Salthill area and its distinctive character and charm. This study is funded by the National Transport Authority. 

The character of Salthill has changed over time but still retains its distinctive character and amenity value. In recent years it has re-established itself as an urban village with an increase in the permanent residential population, supporting a broader range of services for the local community and visitors. The purpose of this parking study is to establish a relationship between how people are using Salthill, and where they choose to park. Previous public consultation in relation to Covid measures in summer 2020 shows there is a strong demand to look at how travel and parking is managed in Salthill in the longer term. Galway City Council welcomes the input, and insight, of residents, businesses, commuters and visitors to the area. 

Feedback from all mode users is welcome, and will inform the recommendations of the study.

Submissions can be made online, through this page by 10th July 2021. 

Accessibility – if you cannot access the survey online, but wish to respond, please get in touch to request a paper copy – roads@galwaycity.ie or 091 536400. This survey is open to people aged 18 and over, but I see no reason why younger people should not also be able to give their input.

The study area is shown in the map below, including the wider area beyond The Prom or the retail area of Salthill. It covers the area bounded by Sea Road, The Prom, Galway Golf Club and Taylorshill.

The survey will not take long as most questions just require checking boxes.

Note Question 3 is headed “Visitors from outside the area” and lists all 32 counties. But it also should capture views from people in Salthill. Despite the heading Option 12 down is for people from “Galway in Salthill study area”.

Questions 13, and 14, allow for further comments and are perhaps the most important from a local resident’s point of view. This is your opportunity to comment on such things as the overspill of parking from the commercial zone into the neighbouring residential areas, the condition of footpaths, traffic flows at school times and when there are games in Pearse Stadium or The Prairie, and any other concerns or suggestions you might have. I would encourage you to fill these in.

For example are you shocked like I am that they are proposing cutting down the trees on Dr. Mannix Road to make way for a cycle path? Surely they should be looking for a way to accommodate cyclists and tree lovers, instead of ticking boxes under one heading at the expense of the other.

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Talking of Success – Local Boy in Finals of European Boxing Championships This Evening

You will be able to watch the European U22 Boxing Finals here on this page from 7pm this evening with both Adam Hession and Dean Clancy both in action.

Adam Hession’s European U22 Bantamweight Final with Artur Bazeyan of Armenia will take place at approximately 7.30 this evening Irish Time.

Meanwhile, Dean Clancy from the Sean McDermott Boxing club in Manorhamilton will take on Israel’s Ahmad Shtiwi in the Light Welterweight Final at approximately 8pm.

View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z67QmXBx5CA

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