Ophelia visits Salthill

Ophelia, (not the character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet), visited Ireland today. Below some images of how she left Salthill mid-way through her visit. Lots of water with flooding on Rockbarton Road in front of Leisureland, in Salthill and Toft Park car parks and in front of the Aquarium. Fortunately this time all the cars had been removed before the flood waters arrived. The ESB had to deal with fallen trees in Rockbarton and some debris was scattered along the Prom.

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Businesses are closed and the road along the Prom is closed. Most people are heeding the safety warnings from the authorities but a thumbs down to those trill seekers who could put the lives of emergency personnel at risk as well as their own if they get into trouble in the sea.

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Crowds welcome victorious hurlers home

Big crowd at Pearse Stadium to welcome back the victorious all-Ireland hurling teams.  The atmosphere was electric with both senior and minor teams home as champions. And this time the weather did not try to dampen proceedings.

crowd at Pearse Stadium

Hurling Supporters

Up Galway

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Streets of Galway 8k

The streets are alive with the sound of runners, about 3000 of them.

This years Streets of Galway 8k race is on Saturday, the 12th August 7pm, same route as last year. The race comes down Dr Mannix road, turns up past the stadium, then on towards the Prom. See attached the route map.

I’m sure a few will be out to 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.

There is also a Daniel O Donnell concert on in Leisureland on 12th August at 8pm, same day as race.

There will be cones placed on Rockbarton Road by race organisers and Gardaí early on 12th August, from Pearse Stadium to the Prom. This is to facilitate traffic management around race time, when concert goers will be arriving as the race passes by Leisureland. So traffic restrictions will be more than normal on race day.

If any residents want to help out at the water station at Pearse Stadium or as a marshal, please contact Hugh O Donoghue at hugh.p.odonoghue@gmail.com.

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FivesForLives tournament to replace Salthill Fives

Pieta House

The FivesForLives Charity 5-a-side tournament is set to plug the gap left by the departure of the Salthill Fives.

It will take place in Salthill Park on Saturday, June 3. Thirtytwo men’s teams and eight women’s teams will battle it out for the FivesForLives title on a day that promises to be plenty of fun for all the family.

As well as the football there will be a family zone with live music from 12.30-4pm, two food trucks, a coffee and ice-cream stand, a face painter, a balloon maker, a sweet shop and guest appearances from Mickey Mouse, Olaf, Spiderman characters and Eddie the Eagle, the much-loved Connacht Rugby mascot. There will also be a memory wall, on which the public can write or mark a memory for loved ones who have lost their lives by suicide and there will be a minute’s silence held before the final.

All income received on the day, including money made from the sweet shop, face painter, balloon makers and the food trucks will all go towards Pieta House, who will be represented on the day.

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Salthill Devon Fives – End of an Era

Salthill Fives

Salthill Devon have announced that The Salthill Fives soccer tournament which ran for forty years and was the most successful event of its type in Ireland will not take place this year. The event which when it first began kick-started the summer season in Salthill on the June bank holiday for many years, but interest had declined in the last few years. Forty years is a long time to run a successful event but changing times means that even a long successful format needs eventually to be changed.

The event routinely attracted in excess of 120 teams, some of whom included it as part of their holiday home from abroad. It will be a disappointment to those who took part as players year after year, and to the businesses like guest houses who benefited commercially. Some still are advertising the event on their websites.

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An Post increasing price of Postage Stamps on Thursday

postagePrice increases in the cost of postage stamps have become an annual event over the last few years. This year’s increase is quite significant for anyone who sends a lot of items by post and takes effect on Thursday, 13th of April, 2017. If you have a lot of post to send then it could be worth sending it over the next two days to beat the price increase. For example posting out a hundred invitations will cost an extra €28. Twice that if you want to include a stamped addressed envelop for replies.

The standard domestic letter rate for items up to 100g within Ireland will increase from €0.72c to €1.00 while the standard international letter rate up to 100g will rise from €1.10 to €1.35.  An Post say that increases of between 12% and 39% across the full range of mail services are necessary for An Post to continue to meet its Universal Service Obligation.

Access details of the new rates here.


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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Parade route

2017 marks the 114th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Some 1,000 performers and floats are to take part this year with up to 30,000 spectators expected. The theme of this year’s parade is the environment following the city’s designation of European Green Leaf 2017, the first Irish city to win it.

The parade will assemble at Father Griffin Road before travelling from 11.30am via Lower Fairhill Road, Dominic Street, O’Briens Bridge, Shop Street, William Street, Williamsgate Stree, Eyre Square North and finishing at the start of Prospect Hill.

A free family concert will then be staged on the viewing stand in Eyre Square between 1pm and 3pm.

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Daffodil Day


The Daffodil Day concept originated in Canada six decades ago. The Canadian Cancer Society began using the daffodil in the 1950s. Representing the first flower of spring, it has proven an iconic symbol of hope and cancer research & awareness since, and has become the logo of cancer societies around the world.
This year is Daffodil Day’s 30th anniversary in Ireland.  Friday, 24 March is the day when volunteers around the country will raise funds to help in the battle against cance.
 Do you remember the peom by Wordsworth we learnt in school.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
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Online Health Information

online health

Undertheweather.ie  is an easy to navigate information site, developed by the HSE in partnership with GPs and pharmacists, to provide clear, practical information on how to manage a range of common illnesses, including colds, flus, tummy bugs, earache and sore throats.

It describes each ailment, tells you how long each can be expected to last, what to do to recover, and when to seek advice from your GP or pharmacist.

When consulting online sources for medical advice be careful to ensure they are from a trusted resource and seek professional advice in cases of serious illness or doubt.


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Galway Volunteer Recruitment Fair January 29th


The annual Galway City Volunteer Recruitment Fair takes place from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, January 29th in the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra. More than 30 charities and community organisations from across the city will be at the fair to inform the public about the work that they do and the volunteer roles they are trying to fill.

If you would like to help out in some capacity come along and see the opportunities available. Or you may have resources you no longer need that might be of use to others. Perhaps a collection of relevant books or some item of equipment. Come along and ask those there if they can use it.

For more information on Volunteer Galway see www.volunteergalway.ie, call 091 – 581727 or visit 27 William Street West, Galway.

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