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A motion proposing a memorial arch, first put forward in the 1930s and supported by Hollywood stars like John Wayne in the 1950s, commemorating the men and women who took part in the struggle for Irish independence between 1916 and 1923, has once again come before the Galway City Council.
Speaking on Mid West Radio this morning, Connacht GAA Council Secretary John Prenty outlined where most of the stand tickets for the big game went to. Prenty said that the capacity of the stand in Dr Hyde Park is 3,612. The competing counties were allocated 1,800 stand tickets, 1,000 tickets for player and sponsors of the three competing teams on the day including the minor final, 300 seats went on sale in Super Valu shops which is part of the agreement with the shops, 100 tickets for the Galway three in a row team that are being honoured on the day and there will be 48 invited guests of the Connacht Council.
There was plenty of shock on Wednesday evening when it was announced by the Connacht GAA Council that Hyde Park in Roscommon would be the venue for this year's Connacht Senior Football Championship final between Mayo and Sligo. All indications up to that point were that the game would be played in either Castlebar's Elverys MacHale Park or Galway's Pearse Stadium.
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A five year project to build a children’s playground in Barna will come to fruition tomorrow when the facility is officially opened.
The Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo 2015 will be held in Swinford on the weekend of May 9 and 10.
Our photograph today shows a Karrier double-decker bus which was operated by the Galway General Omnibus Company. It was taken at the Spring Show in the RDS in 1924, before it went into revenue earning service. The side panel carries the name of the company, but not the crest. The small lettering on the chassis below the word ‘Galway’ reads ’12 m.p.h.’ A major problem with this type of vehicle was its chain drive which frequently slipped off and caused breakdowns. The bus had solid-tyred wheels and was uncomfortable to ride in.
A well known local GAA official died in a single vehicle crash on Tuesday night. The incident occurred at around 10pm on Tuesday when the man’s 4X4 vehicle crashed into a wall at Liosban Industrial Estate.
A fundraising game showcasing Galway’s finest hurling talent will take place in Gort on December 28 to raise money for a new mental health awareness group.
An enterprising group of students from Gairmscoil Mhuire in Athenry will launch a book of recipes today to raise funds for local autism charities.