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Glass free zones

Garda are reminding people that most areas in the city centre are glass free from 6pm till 4am every evening this week. Security and barriers will be in place and no glasses, bottles or cans will be allowed within the zones. The points of the barriers are

Cross Street / Mainguard Street.

Shop Street/ High Street;

Malthouse Lane;

Cross St./ Flood Street,

Court House Lane/Flood Street

and Jurys Lane/ Quay Street.

During these times no glasses or bottles will be permitted from public houses on to the street.

Gardai will be enforcing Public Order legislation and are asking members of the Public to be cooperative and to drink responsibly. This applies to all persons not just underage drinkers to which a zero tolerance approach will be taken.

Digital training event for Gort farmers

Bank of Ireland is organising a digital training event for farmers in Gort later this month.

It will take place at Gort Livestock Mark on Thursday August 24 at 6pm. While the short session, which will include advice on how to make banking easier, more convenient and cost efficient, is aimed at the farming community, anyone can attend.

During the 45 minute session the trainer will bring participants through a step-by-step online banking demonstration and will answer any questions people have.

The event is being organised by the bank’s team of advisors, known as the Digital Arrows, who provide digital training, support, and knowledge to community groups and the public.

libraries and in branch. Bank of Ireland has a Digital Arrow in each of its 250 branches.

So you think you know Galway?

Did you know the first person to travel, from north to south, across Australia was a Galway man? Or that the first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight landed in a Connemara bog?

Did you know a boxer from Tuam was a world heavyweight champion? Have you ever heard of a Tuam chair, or of the Galway castle that can answer your questions?

For all this and more, join Brendan John Murphy at the Galway City Museum this Saturday at 2.30pm as he shares some interesting facts about Galway city and county.

The Offaly native is about to publish a new book, 101 Interesting Facts About Galway, having previously published popular editions on Kerry and Dublin. For more information contact the museum on 091 - 532460.

Seven per cent of Galway residential properties are vacant — report

Nearly seven per cent of residential properties in Galway are vacant, according to figures released in the GeoView Residential Buildings Report.

The report, published by GeoDirectory, the national address database, found a vacancy rate of 6.9 per cent in Galway. Nationally, the number of vacant properties was almost 50 per cent lower than previously estimated.

The report, which outlines statistics for the second quarter of the year, found the average price of property in Galway was €199,358, the third highest in the country after Dublin and Cork. The national average property price was €250,188, or €175,782 excluding the capital. Average prices in Galway were found to have increased by €31,442 since June 2016.

A total of 341 buildings in Galway were classified as under construction in the second quarter.

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