Galway Bay fm newsroom – Proposals are being put forward for a world class swimming pool at Cappagh Road and a major water sports centre at Dyke Road in the city.
Plans for two separate major sporting infrastructure projects were presented to the city council for consideration under the government’s Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund
Plans for a world class swimming pool at Cappagh Road were presented by Joe Cosgrove of Kingfisher Fitness Club and Padraig Smith of Galway Water Polo.
The consortium is seeking the support of the council to apply for funding through the government’s Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.
The plans include the development of a 34 metre by 25 metre competition pool, a spacious gym and modern fitness studios.
It’s understood that the facility would act as a stadium for swimming and water polo events and would provide first class sports facilities for the community.
Other proposed facilities on the site include a cafe, an extended car park, sauna and steam rooms and a spin cycle studio.
It’s understood that after 25 years, the ownership of the centre would be retained by the council.
The estimated cost of the development totals 11 million euro and it’s hoped it would open in 2021.
The consortium is seeking 60 to 70 percent of the cost from the government’s Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Another presentation was made to the councillors by Galway Rowing Club members, Mike Gaffney, Bernard O’ Halloran and Noel Stapleton.
The club is seeking funding from the government’s sports infrastructure fund for the creation of a Water Sports Centre at Dyke Road below the Quincen bridge.
The plans are for the development of a multi-user, multi-sport centre accommodating all sports requiring river access such as rowing, kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding.
It’s hoped the 3,650 square metre development would be a regional centre of excellence for water sports.
The plans include nine separate boat storage spaces, Connaught’s first rowing tank, shared welfare facilities, large indoor training spaces, a social space and cafe.
City councillors are expected to hear Connacht Rugby’s proposal for funding next week over its plan for the redevelopment of the Sportground.
The council will then decide which project will be given priority for applying to the government’s Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Death announced of former Bishop of Galway
The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.
The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.
Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.
Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.
He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.
Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.
O’Flaherty’s promising start
Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East.
With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore.
Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened.
The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.
Tallies underway as votes are sorted
The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.
As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.
It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).
The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.
That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.
As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.
There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.