By Gerry Murphy
All of us have different ideas of what constitutes a functional car for our everyday needs. Some cars fit the brief better than others, and it is important that we look at all cars from the point of view of the target market and assess them with this in mind.
If you are after space, family practicality or you need a car to answer some mobility needs, then the new Peugeot Rifter may just be the ticket for you.
Based on the platform of their very successful Partner light commercial vehicle, the Rifter is a fully-fitted passenger car that comes with its own charm and all the space in the world. That’s what makes it ideal for families, taxi operators, shuttle services, wheelchair users, or even if you need space for a couple of dogs.
Access to the vehicle is simplified by the height of the stance through regular hinged door up front and two sliding rear doors at either side. At the back, there is a huge top-hinged tailgate that opens up a monster amount of room and easy access with its low floor height being another bonus.
There is a choice of five or seven seats that can be adjusted, shifted, turned or removed to alter the interior space to suit many needs. It means that the inside space is totally flexible to cater for every passenger or cargo option. Peugeot have also been clever in the placement of a plethora of cubby holes and storage areas throughout the cabin.
This week’s test model is the Peugeot Rifter GT Line with a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel engine with 130bhp, a 6-speed manual gearbox at a retail price of €30,890. CO2 emissions are 114g/km which equates to an annual road tax bill of €200. My fuel consumption over nearly 1,000 kilometres came in at 6.2L/100km.
In all there is a choice of three trims: Active, Allure and GT Line, two petrol engines and four diesel engines: a 1.2 PureTech petrol 110bhp 6-speed; a 1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp automatic 8-speed; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 75bhp 5-speed; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 100bhp 5-Speed; a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp 6-Speed (as tested) and a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp automatic 8-Speed S&S.
At the base level prices start at €23,540 for the 5 seat version, and €24,490 for the 7 seat version. All vehicles come with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit with 8” touchscreen, compact steering wheel and customisable heads up digital instrument panel.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal
For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.
This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.
Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.
Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie
UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU
UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.
Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.
Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.
The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.
Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.
“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.
Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point
Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.
The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.
Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.
“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.
“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.