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									Tuairisc Oibre/Reporting Template for Galway City Community Forum (GCCF) Reps attending meetings. Please complete and return to GCCF Office, C/o City Hall or email to communityforum@galwaycity.ie

Cruinniú /Name of Meeting Ionadaí FPCG (glacadóir - nótaí) Name of GCCF Rep (note-taker) Dáta & Suite Date & Location of Meeting: I láthair/ Attendance

Galway Tourisim Group Bríd Ní Chonghóile Dé hAoine 14 Márta 2008 Kiniska Suite, Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway, Giallimh. Fiona Monaghan, GM, Failte Ireland West (Chairperson) Mary Scott Furey, Farmhouses Neil Campbell, Galway East Tourism Sgt Martina O’Shea, An Garda Siochana Patricia Kelly, Galway Rural Development Mary Davitt, Galway Rural Development Bríd Ní Chonghóile, Fóram Pobail Chathair na Gaillimhe, Patricia Greaney, Town and Country Homes Assoc Mary Noone, Town and Country Homes, Assoc Mary Bennett, Galway City & Co Enterprise Board, Sonya Nic Lochlainn Údarás na Gaeltachta, Padraic O’Conghaile, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Brid Martin, Teagasc Rural Enterprise Advisor, Cathy Joyce, Galway City Council, Eimear Dolan, Galway County Council, Michael J. Moloney, Galway Airport, Anne Melia, Failte Ireland West, Letitia Wade, Failte Ireland West (Recording)

Please return to Galway City Community Forum Co-ordinator at City Hall, College Road, Galway. Email communityforum@galwaycity.ie

Príomhphointí pléite / Key Issues Discussed: Children’s Discovery Museum: Brid Ni Chonghoile raised this issue at recent City Development Board Meeting, and advised they would look into it. Fiona Monaghan said she understands there may be a revival of this under the Tourism Capital Investment Programme. Any updates will be brought to this group. No progress likely for immediate future. Community Cultural Campus & Conference Centre: Application submitted to Gateway Innovation Fund includes concert hall venue for Fisheries Field. Total of EUR 62m requested. Decision expected in April 08. Ongoing. Product Development & Innovation: National Product Development Scheme – Failte Ireland Infrastructure fund phase 2 currently being rolled out. Closing date for applications from local authorities due 31st March 08. Visitor Attractions/Soft Adventure fund – Calls for applications two weeks ago. Deadline is end April 08. Discussed in detail under Item 3 – Tourism Capital Investment Programme – Attractions. Progressing well. Communications campaign directed at Industry in Galway: Ongoing via newsletters/ezines. New Business Development Manager appointed in West will be delivering more training programmes and mentoring through seminars and courses. Details will be communicated with trade in due course. Progressing well. Ongoing. Pilot Looped Walks initiative: Access still problem but being progressed by Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. FI West identifying areas for car parks, signage, maps etc and Local Authorities applying for funds to develop under national infrastructure scheme. Progressing well but until access issue resolved, cannot actively promote. Develop a biodiversity and ecology project in East Galway: GRD, Galway East Tourism, and Galway County Council, Heritage Officer and Biodiversity Officer met on 6th March to discuss progressing this action further. They propose establishing a Tourism & Biodiversity Working Group, a sub group of the Galway Tourism Forum, to explore and develop actions and initiatives that realise the tourism potential of our local biodiversity and environment. Agreed Undergo Audit/Mapping of the natural highlights of East Galway and how to develop these and make more accessible. Representative from City Council, Failte Ireland West and Paddy Mathews (Manager, Environment & Planning Unit, Failte Ireland) to be invited to attend the next meeting in April. Report back to the Forum, to consider potential and requirement to establish sub-group to progress. Promotion of An Baile Beo in Gaeltacht Area: New 3 Year scheme announced in Jan 08 for 2008 - 2010. 2007 action complete. More participation: Golden Mile initiative: 2007 complete. Hope to grow more miles in 2008. Promote Development of Direct Bus Services Knock – Galway; GALWAY AIRPORT SERVICE: According to correspondence received from Brian Connolly, Bus Eireann had recently been surveying the route to establish running times only to discover deplorable traffic conditions during peak times. This situation, without priority measures, makes the original commuter plan almost inoperable. However, they have come up with an alternative plan, which is currently under negotiation with the Trade Unions, and they hope to have an answer within the next month as to an implementation date. Michael Moloney said April to Aug are peak traffic times at the airport, with 1500 people a day using the facility and with the announcement of new international flights, this will increase. 310k passengers visited Galway Airport in 2007, with no regular public transport service to the City Centre. IRELAND WEST AIRPORT KNOCK SERVICE: Licence granted for daily bus service from airport to Westport, and infrastructures in place (eg) bus shelters, but not in operation yet. No update from Bus Eireann. Failte Ireland West will enquire as to status and advise the forum. Tourism Capital Investment Programme – Attractions EUR 70m has been set aside for the development of international class visitor attractions split as follows: EUR 50m to support the upgrading of 20 existing visitor attractions. Up to 3 new attractions will be sought with a support budget of up to EUR 14m. EUR 6m is being set aside for restoration and development of major garden products in the country. A further EUR 28m is being set aside for the development of activity / adventure products over the 6-year period of the plan 2007 – 2013. Closing date is end of April 08 with no decisions expected until Sept or October, for development in 2009 season. Hope Leader funding will be available by Q4 2008 to support smaller tourism projects. A second call for applications to this fund expected in 2010.

Please return to Galway City Community Forum Co-ordinator at City Hall, College Road, Galway. Email communityforum@galwaycity.ie

Community Games: Galway was being considered as a potential location for the Community Games over three weekends in May, and two in August 2009, bringing approx. 30k visitors to the City, staying for a week. This would have been a very welcome boost to the tourism industry in the City and County. Cathy Joyce advised that unfortunately a decision has been made this morning not to hold the games here in 2009, as the university campus, which was the proposed accommodation site for the families, is not suitable for children due to its proximity to the River Corrib. This had been raised as a concern at the site inspection by the organisers initially. For now, we will continue to lobby for Galway to host the games in 2010 and later years, and investigate possibility of fencing off the riverbed beside the campus during the event, or consider alternative venues. Volvo Ocean Race: Galway Stopover Race will arrive in Galway on 23rd May 2009, and depart around 6th June 2009, spanning three weekends. “Year to Go” activities will commence on 23rd May 2008 with a view to significantly raising the profile of the race amongst the Irish public. A boat simulator is coming to a central location in the City and an outreach programme for national schools will start in Sept 08. Let’s Do it Galway (organisers) has put their team in place, with a Port Stopover Manager and Operations Manager. 8 teams will participate in the race, including one Irish entry. Docks to be rebuilt from scratch, with two days in-port racing, open to the public for free viewing along Salthill promenade. Copies of Failte Ireland West’s newly printed Outdoors and Adventure map of the West were circulated at the meeting. Socruithe déanta/ Key Decisions Made:

Gníomhaíochtaí is gá a iarraidh ar an bhFóram Action(s) required from Community Forum:

Dáta don chéad chruinniú eile Date of next meeting :

24 Meitheamh/June 2008

Please return to Galway City Community Forum Co-ordinator at City Hall, College Road, Galway. Email communityforum@galwaycity.ie

Moltaí breise /Any Other Comments:

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