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From the Galway City Tribune – The Mayor of Galway has been asked to stay away from homecoming celebrations for extreme adventurer Damian Browne, according to the Galway City Tribune.

Mayor Clodagh Higgins was told she should not attend the event at the Docks on Tuesday as the ‘Project Empower’ camp had been disappointed that funding had not been made available by Galway City Council.

The Galway City Tribune has heard that Project Empower, which is led by volunteer leader MacDara Hosty, applied for €30,000 funding from the Local Authority’s Marketing Fund in September 2021 but was deemed ineligible.

A spokesman for Galway City Council confirmed this week that Project Empower did not meet the criteria set by the fund which aims to support major events and festivals in the city.

In documents seen by this newspaper, Project Empower has offered Galway City Council to be the title partner at a cost of €30,000 plus VAT.

The Tribune understands Council’s refusal to provide the funding was behind the mayor’s snub on Tuesday, which drew attention online as members of the public questioned his absence.

When contacted, the Mayor declined to be drawn on Marketing Fund matters, but said she intended to host a civic reception for Damian Browne as soon as possible.
This is an abbreviated version of this article. To read the rest of this story and full coverage of Damian Browne’s return, check out the October 7 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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