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Volvo festival finale will generate €80m for city

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Date Published: 21-Jun-2011

BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM

The ‘grand finale’ of next year’s Volvo Ocean Race is set to generate an €80 million windfall for Galway, with more than 600,000 people expected to flock to the city.

And the Sentinel has learned that details are being finalised for a last minute joint Irish entry in the race, which gets underway at the end of October.

However, it will not be the Green Dragon – instead, the iconic racing yacht will be used as a promotional tool flying the Irish flag for the stopovers in Alicante, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland, Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Lisbon, Lorient and finally in Galway when the entrants arrive on July 3.

It’s understood that sponsorship details are being finalised at the moment which will secure a joint Irish entry in the event – it is likely to be a collaboration with the Chinese ‘Team Sanya’ which was launched last Friday.

An announcement on the joint entry – through Irish sponsorship of the team – will be made in the coming days.

A festival from June 28 to July 7, 2012 will see a huge scale ‘Global Village’ constructed at the Docks, as well as a structure at South Park and events in Salthill.

Details of the Ocean Race closing festival in Galway will be unveiled at a ‘Year to Go’ event in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill on Friday week.

John Killeen of Let’s Do It Global told the Sentinel: “We will be launching details of the Global Village, it will be a far bigger set-up than the Race Village last time around, about twice the size.

“This time, we’ll be taking space in South Park, and there will be a far bigger inclusion for Salthill.

“We’re expecting between 5,000 and 6,000 corporate guests alone. We’ve already established what Galway can achieve in terms of attracting people, last time, the publicity in the build-up to the event was quite slow. Now, we’re getting enquiries from around the world. It’s a no-brainer in terms of revenues,” said Mr Killeen.

He added that he could not comment on any possible negotiations for an Irish entry in the race.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinl.

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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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