Properties in Galway City and County, as well as Donegal, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon and Sligo, will dominate the next O’Donnellan & Joyce ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ auction taking place on June 8.
Auctioneer Colm O’Donnellan said: “There is plenty of variety in our property auctions to suit investors and first-time buyers with all the counties on the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ having something for sale.”
Some of the Galway properties being offered for auction are in popular areas such as Salthill, Claddagh, Riverside, Loughrea, Athenry, Furbo, Shantalla, Roscam and Mervue with a selection of sites and houses on offer.
Among the highlights of the auction are:
Invermore House, Tyrone, Kilcolgan. Approached through a gated entrance, this fine six-bed family home extends to 2,723 sq ft, with a southerly aspect garden, underfloor heating on the ground floor, and cobbled patio area with manicured gardens, all on a site of 0.7 acre. The property is an ideal home for any potential purchaser seeking a quality finish with ample living space inside and out, in an idyllic setting, whilst also benefiting from nearby services and easy access to Galway City. The Advised Minimum Value is €475,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Saturdays 11am to noon.
19 Grattan Court, Fr Griffin Road, Galway. Overlooking a large green space, this four-bed detached property extends to 1,927 sq.ft. and will provide a wonderful family home. It comes with ample off-street parking to the front on a cobblelock forecourt, side access at either side and a fully landscaped rear garden with patio. The AMV is €575,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Saturdays 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
79 Dalysfort Road, Salthill. Within walking distance of the Prom and all amenities in the locality, Dalysfort Road is a much sought-after area. This four-bed semi-detached house of 1,290 sq ft has a large garden to the rear with westerly aspect. It will benefit from refurbishment and modernisation, however the home has been well looked after and offers excellent potential for an exceptional home. The AMV is €450,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Saturdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
23 Whitestrand Avenue, Salthill. An excellent semi-detached home in a popular residential location within walking distance of the Promenade and city centre. It boasts an exceptional rear garden with side access and over 20m in depth. It would make an ideal owner occupier residence or gilt edged investment property. The AMV is €420,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Satudays 5pm to 6pm.
9 Dr Mannix Avenue, Salthill. In one of the most sought after areas in Salthill, this large detached bungalow style property is situated on a corner site, is arranged over two floors with approximately 1,600 sq ft of generous living space throughout. This house will benefit from modernisation but offers huge potential for any purchaser to enhance and establish their own quality home. The AMV is €375,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Saturdays 5pm to 6pm.
11 St Nicholas Road, Claddagh, Galway. In a fantastic central location, being within walking distance of both Galway city centre and Salthill Village, this three-bed property would prove to be the ideal investment. It offers a gated entrance and off-street parking to the front, whilst the back garden offers a large amount of space, approximately 9m in depth, a built shed and westerly aspect. The AMV is €350,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Saturdays 12.30 to 1.30pm.
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Packed like sardines in Salthill and only 200 allowed gather at a game
Inside Track with John McIntyre – email@example.com
IN a moment of madness, I decided to take a cycle out to Salthill last Saturday. By the time I got to the Blackrock Diving Tower, I thought I had just come through Torremolinos or one of those sun hot spots on the Costa Del Sol. There were cars and people everywhere.
The first inkling that Salthill would be heaving came when there was a traffic-jam halfway back the Lough Atalia Road leading to the Docks. Such were the number of cars, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Pearse Stadium was hosting a Connacht football final that afternoon.
If the people of Offaly, Laois and Kildare – all currently under partial Covid-19 lockdown – could see the carefree holiday mood in one of the West’s favourite tourist attractions, they’d be wondering had they stumbled on a parallel universe.
As readers will know from previous columns, I have a jaundiced view of NPHET and the Government’s cautious approach to relaxing the coronavirus restrictions. The scaremongering continues at frightening levels and many people are living in a climate of fear – though few of them were in Salthill.
NPHET must be immune to what’s really happening on the ground. If it thinks that there is widespread compliance, the group is living in cloud cuckoo land. All over Ireland’s favourite tourist attractions, there are thousands of holiday makers with little or no observance of social distancing.
My frustration over this scenario is fuelled by the way sport and its followers have been so badly compromised by the Covid-19 restrictions. My club Lorrha was playing in the Tipperary hurling championship last Friday evening and many of our diehard supporters couldn’t get a ticket to the match.
It’s the same in every GAA parish. So much unnecessary agitation and frustration. On Sunday evening, reporting duties took me to Ballinasloe for an attractive derby clash between Tommy Larkins and Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry. In a nutshell, there was nearly as many people inside as outside the wire. The ‘gathering’ limit of 200 annoyingly remains, especially in the context of the throngs in places like Salthill.
NPHET have justified not increasing crowd limits to beyond 200 over fears that people will congregate afterwards and the assumption that individuals from different families are travelling together in the one car. Frankly, it’s a load of nonsense and just irrational justification for not being prepared to compromise.
Of course, if the Government had any backbone instead of acting like a lapdog, it would never have come to this. I am fed up of hearing the line, in the interests of ‘public health’, as if people are dying from nothing else other than the coronavirus. The reality is that there have only been a handful of fatalities from the disease over the past fortnight. In the same period, how many have passed away from cancer and cardiac issues when their standard of care wasn’t what it should have been due to the fixation with Covid-19 over the past four months?
There’s now a genuine health and safety issue at play as well in relation to sporting fixtures. We have all images of fans hanging off trees and ladders, and others on rust-laden roofs, in their desperation to support their local teams. Furthermore, does NPHET have any idea what their draconian approach is doing to the mental health of some people?
There was no justification for stopping sporting activity in Laois, Offaly and Kildare last Friday. Locking down the affected towns where there was a surge of new infections in local meat processing plants would have made more sense. There have been no clusters spread through sport so why should codes like GAA and soccer be punished?
We all appreciate that the virus hasn’t gone away and there is an obligation on all of us to act responsibly, but only making the use of masks compulsory for most indoor settings from last Monday takes the biscuit altogether. Why has it taken so long? The pandemic has been with us since last March and only now is this measure deemed appropriate.
Over the past few weeks, I have observed individuals wearing masks travelling alone in cars, while cycling, and outdoors where there’s hardly a sinner in sight. What’s that all about? It’s not as if you can pass on the virus to yourself! Horse racing is going to extremes altogether. Now everybody at a meeting has to wear a mask outdoors. Suffice to say, they all look ridiculous walking around in what is the equivalent of big open fields.
I have absolutely no issue with our civil liberties being compromised in the ongoing quest to supress the virus, but logic is being repeatedly thrown out the window. NPHET’s ‘one size fits all’ approach must be urgently reviewed and the Government needs to stand back and make up its own mind about what activity constitutes genuine risk.
Though I believe the horse has long since bolted when it comes to wearing masks in indoor centres, I am willingly obeying the rule while as team manager of Lorrha, all our players have their temperatures checked before each training session; there are hand santisers supplied; and the training props are disinfected.
The primary focus should be on sorting out meat processing plants and the direct provision centres, while travel in and out of the country ought to be restricted to emergencies or on compassionate grounds. House parties also need to be clamped down on. Everything else is hardly worth a hill of beans in tackling this pandemic.
Keeping gatherings at 200 and not allowing pubs to reopen are soft targets. I am not proposing anarchy or anything like that, but the powers that be need to wise up and concentrate their efforts on the places where outbreaks of the virus are occurring. Everything else is just window dressing.
Old mills set for new life as distillery
An old corn mill in East Galway is set to be transformed into a €6 million whiskey and gin manufacturing distillery – once planning permission has been granted for the development.
And if approved, the distillery has the potential to create more than 15 new jobs directly in the village of Ahascragh, providing a huge economic boost to the area – and rescuing the old corn mill which ceased operation in the 1950s.
A planning application for the new brewery has just been submitted by Gareth and Michelle McAllister of McAllister Distillers in North Dublin, with a decision due before the end of the year.
Gareth McAllister told The Connacht Tribune that he intended to renovate the old building while retaining some of the old features such as a mill wheel, and utilise the stream that runs through the property.
The complex, as well as producing various styles of Irish whiskey and gin, will also include a visitor centre, rooms for hospitality events, a retail shop and cafe.
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Wait is over for frontman’s first solo venture
Multi-instrumentalist John Martin Tierney has been a recognisable face on Galway’s music scene for several years – but up to now, largely as the focal point in a band setting. Comfortable operating as both energetic frontman and rhythm-setting guitarist, he has featured in an array of impressive local outfits; most notably, his work with Dead Horse Jive has seen the five-piece develop into one of the city’s top live acts.
But with all of that experience in a collaborative setting, John’s solo work has sometimes been put to the side.
That’s about to change – if just temporarily – as John releases his debut single, I Will Wait, this Friday; a three-and-a-half-minute ballad, the song incorporates piano and acoustic guitar more than much of his band work has done.
Though the track has existed in some form for a long time, its subject matter was particularly pertinent over lockdown.
“Around the start of June, I started properly putting energy into something that would have an end product,” John recalls.
“I wanted something I could be proud of, even if I wasn’t going to release it while lockd I Will Waitown was going on. I had an earlier version of it but I was never happy with it. I started rewriting it in about May or June.
“It kind of talks about missing people that you love. It’s from the point of view of not being able to see someone physically because of whatever restrictions are in place. That’s where it came from anyway and I think it translates well… I hope it does.”
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