Poor Clares release ‘Calm the Soul’

The Poor Clares have released a song ‘Calm the Soul’ with the hopes it will help others. The song was produced in collaboration with professional vocalists and musicians. An offline launch took place at the monastery in Galway last Thursday. Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald, the founder of the Cuan Mhuire addiction treatment centres was invited by the nuns to launch the song. She said some of the people the nuns work with found it deeply moving.

The simple poem ‘Calm the Soul’, from their book of poems and prayers of the same name published in 2012, touched people who read it so deeply that the Sisters thought that a musical setting to the words could make it more widely accessible. They began to experiment with various tunes and came up with a melody that draws on the musical motifs of a traditional Irish love song, and it seems to really capture the mood of the poem.

The paperback edition of the book Calm the Soul: can be purchased via The BookDepositoty.

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5th Croí Galway Night Run

Croí Night Run

This year is going to be bigger and better than ever in celebration of our 5th anniversary – register now and help us continue to lead the fight against heart disease and stroke in the West of Ireland!

What: 5km Run, Jog or Walk
When: Friday, 11th October 2019 @ 8pm
Where: Salthill Promenade, Galway
Questions? See our FAQ!

Enter a corporate team!
Contact christine@croi.ie to learn more.

Each registrant will receive an exclusive goodie-bag containing:
– Special 5th anniversary long-sleeved running top
– Team Croí neck snood
– Medal for all participants (including U-12s)
– Exclusive Evergreen Healthfoods voucher

New this year:

All abilities (competitive runners, family walkers, beginner joggers, etc.) and ages are welcome, and this year we will corral participants based on previous race finish times or on predicted times. This staging will help with a smoother flow of traffic, creating a faster and safer environment for participants.

As always, the run will be chipped timed and so all participants will receive a text with their time after the event – a real bonus for the more competitive runners!

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2019 Streets of Galway 8km Race

Streets of Galway 8k race

The 2019 Streets of Galway 8km road race  takes place at 7 pm on Saturday, August 10th. This is the 34th edition of the famous Streets of Galway 8km road race, which is organised by Galway City Harriers AC, and is sponsored by the Galway Clinic.

Many locals and visitors take on the event each year. The event will bring 3,000 participants onto the streets of our city and suburbs into what is a fantastic event and evening in the city.

The race route starts at Fr Griffin Road in the city and takes in many of the sights of Galway city. including the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square, the landmark Galway Cathedral and NUI Galway, and routes out towards Salthill, past Pearse Stadium and then back in the ‘Prom’ along Galway Bay for a fast section into the finish at the historic Claddagh.

Race entry is available at this link (hostend on Active.com) until noon on the 7th of August, unless the race sells out before then.

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Demolition work starts on Warwick Hotel

Warwick Hotel

Warwick demolition

Warwick demolition

Warwick Hotel demolition

Finally getting around to some demolition work on the former Warwick Hotel. A nursing home is to be built in its place.

A lot of memories for Salthill people in this building.

Progress as of 17/8/2019

31/8/2019

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Salthill Summer Skyscapes

View of sky over Salthill at 10.15pm last night. The sun had set below the horizon but was reflccted off the clouds.  A few minutes later the clouds were just a uniform grey.

Looking to north west

Looking to north west

Salthill Skyscape

Looking to south east

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Salthill Park being readied for Food & Craft Festival

Food Festival Salthill

Salthill Park is being readied for the Galway International Food & Craft Festival from July 5th to 7th.

The park is fenced off but you can still use the recently laid tarmac path on Rockbarton Road side. Fresh flowers have being planted and marquees erected.

Salthill Park will play host to the inaugural Galway International Food and Craft Festival this July. A food village featuring top artisan food producers, craft breweries, cooking demonstrations and entertainment will take place over the 3 days of the festival overlooking Galway Bay.

This festival will showcase Galway as a destination for food and craft while emphasising the importance of healthy eating, exercise to general wellbeing.

Throughout the festival, attendees can indulge in freshly-prepared food and see live cooking shows along with many stalls with exceptional crafts from around Ireland.

Entertainment will include live on stage music along with lots of activities for kids too.

What to expect:

        • 20 top national & international chefs
        • Live cooking demonstrations
        • Health and wellbeing presentations
        • International tasters & plates
        • Culture & History brought to life
        • Entertainment stage
        • Brands promotions
        • 200 Exhibitors selling products
        • Children’s Area
        • Lounge and chill out Area
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Application for Retention of Illegal Signage at Pearse Stadium Refused

Application Refused

It has taken nearly 10 months from the time the signage was illegally erected and formal complaints lodged with the planning authority to the stage where an application for retention was finally refused. Questions remain unanswered about the manner in which the enforcement procedures were conducted, or rather failed to be conducted in the interim. It remains to be seen how long it will take for the decision to be implemented on the ground.

Schedule referred to in Chief Executive’s order no. 70531 detailed the reasons for the refusal as follows:

  1. The commercial signage to be retained, by reason of height and size, would materially contravene Condition no.5 (b) attached to Pl.Ref.No. 94/541, which regulates the development of the overall lands of which the proposed signage structure forms part, and states that “The upper level of the proposed terrace (exclusive of safety fence) on the western end of the pitch shall not exceed 1 m in height over the adjoining boundary wall. Reason: In the interest of visual amenity”, and if permitted, would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
  1. The commercial signage to be retained, by reason of its excessive height and scale, would form an incongruous and visually obtrusive feature, which, would be out of character with and seriously detract from the visual amenities of the area. The proposed development would also materially contravene the requirements of Section 11.2 of the current Galway City Council Development Plan 2017-2023 which seeks that avoidance of developments in the boundary area of adjoining zones, which would be detrimental to the amenities of the more environmentally sensitive zone. The proposed development would therefore seriously injure the visual amenities of the area and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

 

 

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The Big Geraniums reform for two Irish live shows

Big Geraniums Band

The Big Geraniums have reformed to perform two live shows in Dublin and Galway, after a 21-year break.  They are are set to play Whelan’s in Dublin on July 11, and the Roisin Dubh in Galway, on July 13.

Their forthcoming gigs in Dublin and Galway will be their first shows in over two decades and are surely not to be missed.

When they were active their live shows were critcally acclaimed for their craziness, frenetic mix of Irish/ska/punk and rock. Expect to experience some of this again.

Tickets will be available at the box office.

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Democracy in Action

count centre in Leisureland

The count centre in Leisureland

Why do only half the people entitled to vote actually use their vote in this country?

Looking at the news reports of elections in other parts of the world we see queues of people waiting to get into polling booths.

At this early stage looks like the main story of the elections is the come-back by the Greens.

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Devon Park Clean-up

Devon Park

Great opportunity to meet your neighbours while keeping the area in shape.

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