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An Post claims Carna post office closure is temporary measure

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Residents in Carna have been assured that the current closure of their local post office is only temporary – and that An Post is committed to maintaining its facility in the village.

That’s what Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Seán Kyne, said in Carna on Monday night at a public meeting called on foot of the post office closure since May 3.

An Post says the closure is due “to circumstances beyond their control” – and Minister Kyne said he could not comment in any detail on an investigation by An Post into certain matters at the post office in Carna.   The Minister said these were matters involving An Post and the Postmistress in Carna which related to the contract between both parties.

But Minister Kyne said he had arranged that a deputation from the meeting would meet the regional personnel in An Post, if they wanted to do that. He hoped this could help in moving closer to getting the services up and running again in Carna.  It was agreed that a deputation would meet the Post regional management at an early date and that there would be a call for an early resolution to the situation in Carna.

The deputation will also indicate the support and satisfaction expressed for the present Postmistress in Carna to An Post regional management.

A petition will be available for signatures in the Carna area.  The deputation will be accompanied by politicians.

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh said that the closure of the post office in Carna was a totally unfair inconvenience to the public in the area and he said questions needed to be answered about An Post’s protocols in cases like this.

Councillor Joe Folan said that an early resolution to the post office situation in Carna is needed and that he had indicated this strongly to the regional management.

Over 80 people attended the meeting which was arranged by Coiste Pobail Charna who are working in tandem with Fóram Iorras Aithneach and community interests and business in the area on the post office issue.

Meanehwil – with up to 300 post offices across the country facing closure under a rationalisation programme – a public meeting has been called on Gort next week to discuss the future of the entire network.

The meeting is organized by Galway East Deputy, and will take place in O’Sullivan’s, Gort, next Monday at 8.30pm.

Guest speaker on the night is her Fianna Fail colleague, Communications Spokesperson, Timmy Dooley.

“Deputy Dooley has been consistent in raising concerns over the uncertain future of rural post offices, he has been the driving force behind the campaign for the Government to up its game, to invest more in the post office network, securing its future”, explained Deputy Rabbitte.

“This is an important opportunity for the people of Galway East and surrounding areas to come together and raise their concerns, to highlight the significant role the post office plays in their communities, and impress upon the Government the need for their post office to be protected.

“This is your opportunity to be apart of the discussion, and I would urge everyone with an interest in protecting this vital community service to attend the meeting and have their voice heard,” concluded Deputy Rabbitte.

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

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