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EVERYTHING you need to know about Ed Sheeran’s Galway gigs



Gardaí have warned Ed Sheeran fans to plan their journeys to and from Pearse Stadium in Salthill well in advance of the gigs this weekend.

There are strict controls in place for pedestrians, motorists and local residents – anyone who will be in the area from Friday evening until the early hours of Monday morning  has been advised to pay heed to the Garda Traffic Management Plan.

There is no car parking in the vicinity of Pearse Stadium. Road closures are in place. There will be a Garda tow-away system in operation. There are dedicated car parks for the concert and shuttle buses are available from Eyre Square to Salthill Promenade Road closures will be controlled by stewards and Gardaí from 6pm on Friday to 1am on Monday

Bus Eireann will be operating shuttle buses from AIB Bank in Eyre Square to the Aquarium in Salthill. It is approximately a 10-minute walk from Seapoint Promenade to Pearse Stadium.

Bus Route 401:  The 401 will run at regular 12-minute intervals on Friday and Saturday from midday to midnight. The following changes have been made due to road closures in or around Pearse Stadium on these dates: The bus will come from the direction of Newcastle. Turn left at Kelleher’s Texaco Garage in Lower Salthill onto Grattan Road, turn right at the Seapoint Promenade, drive around the roundabout at Seapoint and let passengers embark/disembark at the Aquarium. The 401 will then return using the same route. If additional buses are required, they will be added to the route on the relevant days.  For further information log onto or contact Customer Contact 1850 836611 or 021 4508188

Taxi drop off point is located near the roundabout at Seapoint Promenade, adjacent to the Aquarium. It is approximately a 10-minute walk from Seapoint Promenade to Pearse Stadium.

Private Buses Private bus operators will have a designated parking area for patrons attending the concerts. This is located at Bishop O’Donnell Road. All bus companies must have a venue licence and must contact Galway City Council on 091 536400 for stop approval.

Trains: Patrons can pre-purchase train tickets online from all locations to Ceannt Station through Extra trains departing Ceannt Station after concerts on Saturday and Sunday (at 12.15am) Galway to Athlone, serving all stations.

Merchants Road, 444 spaces, open 24 hours.
Fairgreen Road, 450 spaces, open 24 hours.
Hynes’ Yard, Merchants Road/Dock Road, 499 spaces, open 24 hours (pre-book 24 hours in advance for overnight parking).
Dyke Road, 540 spaces, open 24 hours.
Market Street, 88 spaces, open 24 hours.
Galway Cathedral, 161 spaces, open 24 hours.

Special concert parking:
St Mary’s College, St Mary’s Road, 4,500 spaces.
St Enda’s College, Threadneedle Road, limited spaces.
Salerno Secondary School, Threadneedle Road, limited spaces.

Garda road closures

Road Closures: Residents surrounding Pearse Stadium will only be allowed access. They will be required to have an authorisation card with them at all times (supplied by
Galway GAA). Otherwise the following roads/junctions will be CLOSED to the public.
Dalysfort 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

Special needs:
Patrons who have purchased tickets for the special needs area will be contacted in
advance of the shows and will be issued with parking permits which must be printed out and brought with you to gain access on the show day. Any queries, please contact the hotline below:
Ticketmaster Special Needs Hotline:
Republic of Ireland: 0818 903001 & press Option 2
Northern Ireland & UK: 0333 321 9996
International Customers: +353 818 903 001
The areas operate a strict 1+1 policy. (1 Wheelchair + 1 Attendant)
Please email the promoter directly on and a representative will assist you and answer any other remaining queries.

Ticket collection:
The navy/blue ticket collection booth is beside Salthill Park, opposite the entrance to Leisureland.


Important notes:
■ Gates open for the concerts at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with the gigs kicking off at 6pm until 11pm.
■ Trad group Beoga, who co-wrote Ed’s version of ‘Galway Girl’ will warm up the crowd at 5.45pm.
■ Jamie Lawson, whose single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That‘ is a worldwide hit, takes to the stage at 6.30pm followed at 7.30pm by Anne-Marie, currently hitting the top of the charts with ‘Friends’ and before that with ‘Ciao Adios’.
■ Ed Sheeran is expected to begin his 18-song set from 8.45pm.
■ Fans are reminded to bring the credit/debit card used to buy the tickets – a photocopy of this card will also suffice. A valid form of ID that reflects the family name of the person who booked the tickets is also required.
■ Fans without backpacks will be admitted faster, so leave big bags behind. Bags over the size of an A4 page will not be permitted.
■ There will be four bars in Pearse Stadium.
■ Fans under 18 years of age MUST be accompanied by a person aged over 18.
Any queries about the event should be directed to Aiken Promotions on 087 9769315.

Saturday will be mild with temperatures in the mid teens. Showers are very likely for the early part of the show in Pearse Stadium, possibly less frequent through the evening period. There will be some sunny spells too.
Showers will still be lurking on Sunday, possibly not as frequent as Saturday, but still a threat. There will be some sunny spells, but it will be cool, around 11°C.


Galway ‘masterplan’ needed to tackle housing and transport crises



From the Galway City Tribune – An impassioned plea for a ‘masterplan’ that would guide Galway City into the future has been made in the Dáil. Galway West TD Catherine Connolly stated this week that there needed to be an all-inclusive approach with “vision and leadership” in order to build a sustainable city.

Deputy Connolly spoke at length at the crisis surrounding traffic and housing in Galway city and said that not all of the blame could be laid at the door of the local authority.

She said that her preference would be the provision of light rail as the main form of public transport, but that this would have to be driven by the government.

“I sat on the local council for 17 years and despaired at all of the solutions going down one road, metaphorically and literally. In 2005 we put Park & Ride into the development plan, but that has not been rolled out. A 2016 transport strategy was outdated at the time and still has not been updated.

“Due to the housing crisis in the city, a task force was set up in 2019. Not a single report or analysis has been published on the cause of the crisis,” added Deputy Connolly.

She then referred to a report from the Land Development Agency (LDA) that identified lands suitable for the provision of housing. But she said that two-thirds of these had significant problems and a large portion was in Merlin Park University Hospital which, she said, would never have housing built on it.

In response, Minister Simon Harris spoke of the continuing job investment in the city and also in higher education, which is his portfolio.

But turning his attention to traffic congestion, he accepted that there were “real issues” when it came to transport, mobility and accessibility around Galway.

“We share the view that we need a Park & Ride facility and I understand there are also Bus Connects plans.

“I also suggest that the City Council reflect on her comments. I am proud to be in a Government that is providing unparalleled levels of investment to local authorities and unparalleled opportunities for local authorities to draw down,” he said.

Then Minister Harris referred to the controversial Galway City Outer Ring Road which he said was “struck down by An Bord Pleanála”, despite a lot of energy having been put into that project.

However, Deputy Connolly picked up on this and pointed out that An Bord Pleanála did not say ‘No’ to the ring road.

“The High Court said ‘No’ to the ring road because An Bord Pleanála acknowledged it failed utterly to consider climate change and our climate change obligations.

“That tells us something about An Bord Pleanála and the management that submitted such a plan.”

In the end, Minister Harris agreed that there needed to be a masterplan for Galway City.

“I suggest it is for the local authority to come up with a vision and then work with the Government to try to fund and implement that.”

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Official opening of Galway’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge



The new Salmon Weir pedestrian and cycle bridge will be officially opened to the public next Friday, May 26.

Work on the €10 million bridge got underway in April 2022, before the main structure was hoisted into place in early December.

A lunchtime tape-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, as the first pedestrians and cyclists traverse the as-yet-unnamed bridge.

The Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, previously said the bridge, once opened, would remove existing conflicts between pedestrians, cyclists and traffic “as well as facilitating the Cross-City Link public transport corridor over the existing 200-year-old bridge”.

The naming of the new bridge has been under discussion by the Council’s Civic Commemorations Committee since late last year.

One name that has been in the mix for some time is that of the first woman in Europe to graduate with an engineering degree – Alice Perry.

Ms Perry, who was from Wellpark, graduated from Queen’s College Galway (now University of Galway) in 1906. The university’s engineering building is named in her honour.

The bridge was built by Jons Civil Engineering firm in County Meath and was assembled off-site before being transported to Galway. Funding for the project was provided in full by the National Transport Authority and the European Regional Development Fund.

(Photo: Sheila Gallagher captured the city’s new pedestrian footbridge being raised on the south side of the Salmon Weir Bridge in December. It will officially open next Friday, May 26).

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Minister branded ‘a disgrace’ for reversing land rezoning in Galway City



From the Galway City Tribune – Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Kieran O’Donnell was labelled a “disgrace” for overturning councillors’ decisions to rezone land in the new City Development Plan.

Minister O’Donnell (pictured) confirmed in a letter to Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath last week that he was reversing 25 material alternations made by councillors to the CDP 2023-29. He made the decision on the advice of Office of Planning Regulator (OPR).

Minister O’Donnell directed that 14 land parcels that were subject to land-use zoning changes by councillors as part of the Material Alterations to the Draft CDP should be reversed.

He directed that a further 11 land parcels in the city should become “unzoned”.

The Minister found that the CDP had not been made in a manner consistent with recommendations of the OPR, which required specific changes to the plan to ensure consistency with the national planning laws and guidelines.

At last week’s Council meeting Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) asked for clarity on the process by which councillors could rezone the lands that had been changed by the Minister’s direction.

Cllr Declan McDonnell said, “What he [Minister O’Donnell] has done is an absolute disgrace”.

And he asked: “Do we have to have another development plan meeting to deal with it?”

Both Cllrs Hoare and McDonnell wondered what would become of the lands that were rezoned or unzoned by the ministerial direction.

Mr McGrath said the Council had put forward an argument in favour of retaining the material alterations in the plan, but ultimately the Minister sided with OPR.

He said if councillors want to make alterations to the new plan, they could go through the process of making a material alteration but this was lengthy.

The Save Roscam Peninsula campaign welcomed the Minister’s decision.

In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, it said the direction would mean the Roscam village area on the Roscam Peninsula will be unzoned and a number of land parcels would revert back to agriculture/high amenity.

A spokesperson for the campaign said: “the material alterations made by city councillors following lobbying by developers continued the long-standing practice of councillors facilitating a developer-led plan rather than an evidence- and policy-based plan that meets the needs of the city.

“The Minister’s direction is an important step in restoring confidence in the planning system. It is clear from the City Council’s own evidence on future housing projections that there was no requirement to zone these lands for residential purposes in order to meet the needs of the targeted population increase up to 2029,” the spokesperson added.

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