Even though we were given a yellow wind warning for Storm Ali, we were still taken by surprise at the ferocity of the wind. Trees down all over the place. Below pictures of large branches of trees down on Rockbarton Road. Some hanging dangerously from power lines. Road blocked between Turn offs at Revagh Road and Rockbarton North. Can still turn up Rockbarton North with care.
And in Glenard
And Devon Park
This year’s Galway Clinic Streets of Galway race is on Saturday 11th August 7pm. The route is the same as the last few years. The race comes down Dr Mannix road, turns up past the stadium, then on towards the Prom. See Map below.
If you are not taking part, you can cheer on the 3000 runners as they pass by. The organising committee and volunteers will be busy on the day from 5pm setting up the water station at Pearse stadium and setting out traffic cones, bins, cleaning up etc. Civil defence may also be positioned at the stadium.
If you want to help out at the water station at Pearse stadium or as a marshal, please contact Hugh O’Donoghue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a treat in store for anyone with an interest in the history of Salthill. Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh will launch A History of Salthill, Part 1 by well-known local man, Paul McGinely, in the Galway Bay Hotel on Thursday 26th July at 7pm.
The evening will include an audio-visual presentation on 19th century evolution of the place as a marine resort. Salthill people, its attractions, fishing tradition and famine experience will all feature. Going by past presentations it will be both informative and entertaining.
I have seen a copy of the book. It is a beautiful production in hard copy, good quality paper and photographs and well researched and presented information. An excellent addition to the library of anyone with an interest in Salthill’s history.
Last March I was taking photographs in the snow which brought much of the country to a standstill. Now the weather is more like what we would expect to get in the South of Spain. A hot, dry June has led in to a July with drought conditions. Great for those selling sun screen, bottled water and ice-cream but not so good if growing crops. This weather could potentially last for months and if it does we will all gain a renewed appreciation of how valuable and delicate a resource our water supply is.
We should take practical steps to conserve it now and not wait until it might be too late. Some such steps could include:
- Placing a stone in the cisterns of older toilets with larger than needed flush volume so less water is used each time it is flushed.
- Turn off automatic flushing of toilets in unused buildings such as schools closed for the summer holidays.
- When washing hands or vegetables do o in a basin and then reuse the water for plants.
- Take shorter than normal showers, and shower rather than fill the bath.
- Don’t leave taps running when washing teeth or rinsing dishes.
- Get leaking pipes and dripping taps repaired.
- If you come across leaks coming up through the road report it to Irish Water.
- Don’t wait for the authorities to impose “hose bans” before you stop watering the grass, washing the car or filling backyard pools.
Gates open 17:00 hours Event starts 18:00 Event ends 23:00 each day.
If you have any query relating to concert works in Pearse Stadium between May 5th and 16th call Aikens Promotions on 087-9769315 between 08:00 hrs – 22:00 hrs.
Car Pass and Resident Cards will be issued in the week preceding the concerts to residents inside the Garda Cordons. These will be valid for other big GAA games to be played in Pearse Stadium this year. If you need additional passes contact Pearse Stadium on 091-862500 between 10am and 2pm, before Thursday 10th.
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Road Closures at following junctions
Dalysford Rd / Promenade
Rockbarton Rd / Promenade
Rockbarton West / Revagh Rd
Threadneedle Rd / Dr Mannix Rd
Threadneedle Rd / Glenard
Rosary Lane / Taylor’s Hill
Salthill Lower / Devon Park
Salthill Village / Oaklands
A One-Way System will operate between 7pm Friday 11th to 12 midnight on Sunday 13th. The direction of traffic flow will be from Threadneedle Road down Doctor Mannix Road and towards the Prom via Rockbarton Road or Dalysford Road.
Residents are asked to park their cars off-street if possible to facilitate safe flow of pedestrians and traffic. Residents who normally make journeys like going to the supermarket during the time of the “lock-down” might consider varying their routine a little to minimise traffic through the area at this time.
Bus Route 401 will operate but will not follow the normal route due to road closures on Saturday and Sunday.
A poem “A March Snow” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and some views from my window on March 1st.
A March Snow
Let the old snow be covered with the new:
The trampled snow, so soiled, and stained, and sodden.
Let it be hidden wholly from our view
By pure white flakes, all trackless and untrodden.
When Winter dies, low at the sweet Spring’s feet
Let him be mantled in a clean, white sheet.
Let the old life be covered by the new:
The old past life so full of sad mistakes,
Let it be wholly hidden from the view
By deeds as white and silent as snow-flakes.
Ere this earth life melts in the eternal Spring
Let the white mantle of repentance fling
Soft drapery about it, fold on fold,
Even as the new snow covers up the old.
Valentine’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
One story is that the Christian priest Valentine rose to prominence during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II who banned marriage for his soldiers to stop then leaving the ranks and to keep them focused. Secretly behind the scenes St Valentine was blessing the marriages but was caught and beheaded on February 14 around 270 AD. While awaiting execution he cured the jailer’s daughter of blindness.
Relics of the saint are to be found in Whitefriar Street Church, located right in the centre of Dublin city and is open to the public daily. See http://www.carmelites.ie/stvalentine.html for more on the story.
For many the day has religious significance, but the commercial aspect is the most obvious. UPS will deliver 88 million flowers for Saint Valentines Day. And despite coinciding with Ash Wednesday this year, a fast day for many, restaurants will be packed.
What will you do this Valentine’s Day?
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Pope Francis has appointed Derrybrien native, and Bishop of Achonry, Brendan Kelly as the new Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.
The incoming Bishop of Galway is a fluent Irish speaker, and has a keen interest in education and formation.
He taught for many years at Colaiste Einde in Salthill and Our Lady’s College in Gort. His bilingual history classes in Colaiste Einde were a pleasure to attend.
Congratulations and best wishes to him in his new position.