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Old October 2nd, 2013, 01:05 AM   #1
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Galway: Jewel of the West

I was reading a section in last weekend's SBP about the Galway area and it struck me how much potential there could be in Galway city if sufficient investment was put in place in and around the city. Projects like the Port of Galway, the Orbital Bypass, the M18, investments in NUIG and GMIT alongside other things like a Galway Bikes scheme could truly transform the city and make it a much bigger deal than it currently is today.

Galway is already one of the major centres for medical devices in the world today with Boston Scientific's largest facility being located in the city. The next big cluster for Galway could be in wave energy. OpenHydro are an Irish company who have pioneered research into wave energy and if you couple Ireland's natural wave resources, the existence of a third level institution like NUIG and the existence of a pool of labour in the city area then you have the ingredients for making a world centre for the research and development of wave power plants. This could prove especially attractive now that antipathy to windmills has grown across the world.

Another thing which Galway could become a major focus for is marine biology. Farmed fish is becoming a major global product and again, being beside the sea and some of the richest fishing grounds in Europe affords Galway a great chance to be a place where people conduct studies on maximising the benefit we can reap from the sea.

With these two new industries, multiple spin-off jobs can be created thus guaranteeing the economic vitality and development of Galway. From this the population will expand and the city's critical mass will increase thereby further underpinning Galway's attractiveness as a location for investment. Indeed I would say that the medium-term target could be to grow Galway city into a place of over 100,000 inhabitants, placing it in the next rank of cities.

What are other SSCers thoughts on the potential of the city of the tribes?
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 01:35 AM   #2
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Medical devices is the big cluster, gaming platforms may be the next.

Wave Energy relies on engineering skills and fabrication operations of which there is little today and was ever so, the gizmos themselves will be made in shipyards like Harland and Wolf in Belfast where the skills are.

As for infrastructure the bypass is being held up by ecoloonies as indeed are many projects in the developed world. The M17/M18 which is the other major infrastructure priority will go to contract perhaps this month and to construction around March 2014. Moycullen Furbo and Spiddal could do with being bypassed as well and Broadband is a disaster once you leave town and get away from Cable Broadband so that needs sorting.

Broadband is a priority and fixing it for 25 miles in every direction into the commuter belt would be cheaper than a Moycullen bypass would be and would be a practical way of managing peak traffic flows in the rush hours by letting commuters telecommute until 10am in many cases and then come into work. Once you go around 25 miles out the economics disimprove rapidly.

Marine Biology has been the next big thing since c.1980. This sector mainly trains up third rate unemployable scientists of whom few good ones ever get jobs in the field, the remaining smart ones retrain to jobs in Finance or something and the remainder inevitably become the next generation of local Galway ecoloonies.

The Port of Galway has no business case, while it may get through planning it is not financeable as there is no way to get any meaningful ROI and the national priority ports are Dublin Cork and Foynes (bulk) ...not even Rosslare is a priority any longer much less Galway.

So in order

M17/M18 (sorted)
Bypass Bypass Bypass
Push proper Broadband into the commuter belt.

and lets not get too excited about the rest, a town the size of Galway is lucky to have any class of world class cluster....I mean what do Bradford or Doncaster have ...clusterwise.

Lets run with the one shall we. You are aware of why Galway got devices and not Pharma in the first place i take it.???

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You are aware of why Galway got devices and not Pharma in the first place i take it.???
Because Cork is better?
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Nearly, and in true Cork style not quite.
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Got any nice pictures of Galway to throw up Sponge Bob? Also hope you put any local economic or development news in this thread. I really like Galway. Bit of a tourist trap but very nice all the same.
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'Black cloud' damages buildings and uproots trees in east Galway

Updated: 21:21, Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Galway buildings damaged by 'black cloud'

A freak weather event in east Galway has caused structural damage to a number of buildings this evening and knocked down several trees.

There are no reports of any injuries but power supplies have been affected around the Clonfert area.

ESB crews and Galway County Council staff are working at the scene.

Locals have been describing how a black cloud roared into view around Clonfert shortly after 6:30pm.

One eyewitness, who was in the local church at the time, heard what she described as a "terrible sound" and went outside to see the cloud spinning as it moved along.

Parish priest Fr John Naughton said the way in which trees had been damaged was “almost indescribable”.

He said branches had been whipped away and that a number of old trees in the area had been uprooted.

There are reports that old gravestones in the cemetery adjoining St Brendan's Cathedral in Clonfert have been knocked over by the winds.

A number of roofs have also been dislodged from farm buildings.

It is understood the roof of the tea rooms at the back of the Emmanuel House of Prayer in Clonfert has been badly damaged.

A number of trees have fallen on the approach road to the house.
Fr Naughton said the cloud seemed to have gone along a narrow strip around Clonfert.

Met ╔ireann says funnel clouds can form in isolated cases following heavy showers and when this happens they generate locally strong winds, similar to those reported in east Galway tonight.

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