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REPORT RECOMMENDS O CONAIRE STATUE STAYS IN CITY MUSEUM

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Date Published: 09-Apr-2013

Galway City Council management is recommending that the Pádraic Ó Conaire statue remain housed at Galway City Museum.

The statue by Irish sculptor, Albert Power was erected in Eyre Square in 1935, but was moved to the museum in 2006, after several acts of vandalism and weather damage.

The most notable incidents of vandalism on the Ó Conaire statue were in 1984 when someone used a lump hammer to damage the hat and in 1999, when Pádraic’s head was broken off.

Some repairs have been carried out on the statue, which has also been damaged by weather and has scratching on the forehead and marks of what appears to be lipstick on the right cheek.

A report carried out by a sculpture conservator on behalf of the City Council recommends that the statue remain indoors to keep it protected.

The report also recommends restoration works to be undertaken on the Pádraic Ó Conaire statue.

The sculpture has been the subject of much debate in recent years, with some city councillors urging that a replica statue be placed in Eyre Square.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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