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Ballinasloe residents appeal crematorium plans

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Galway bay fm newsroom – A residents association in Ballinasloe, representing more than 10 individual groups, is appealing the decision to allow a crematorium be built in the area.

Poolboy community development council has lodged an objection to Kevin Tuohy’s plans for the single storey facility in Garbally demesne.

They argue that no strategic site selection appears to have been carried out, and the only rationale for selecting it seems to be that a sufficient area of land is available.

Several members of Ballinasloe town council have also submitted documents to An Bord Pleanala stating that a legal challenge will be considered if the permission is not revoked at the appeal stage.

 

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Mixed views among local councillors on 2021 Ballinasloe Horse Fair

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s mixed views among local councillors as to what should happen with the Ballinasloe Horse Fair this year.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Ballinasloe municipal district by Councillor Tim Broderick.

He expressed an opinion that they shouldn’t be looking at hosting any part of it, for fear it could “spiral out of control”.

He said the event is a full package and felt it was wise to err on the side of caution this year to avoid a situation that could “end up in disaster”.

Councillor Michael Connolly said that whatever the public health advice is, he was sure the committee will follow that advice as they did last year.

While Councillor Declan Geraghty felt it would be “great” to have the fair back in some form this year, as long as it adheres to public health advice.

Councillor Broderick says he understands people would be disappointed, but feels with the pandemic ongoing, the focus should be on hosting a full event next year.

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€400 thousand for monuments and historic sites across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – €400 thousand in funding has been announced for monuments and historic sites across Galway.

The funding from the Government’s Community Monuments Funding will cover 10 projects in the city and county.

The funding will support measures including essential repairs and conservation works, the development of conservation plans, and improved public access.

The largest allocation of almost €80 thousand will go towards the Spanish Arch and Galway City Walls.

A further €70 thousand will support works at Tirellan Tower House, while €30 thousand has been awarded to the Tirellan Merlin Public Realm.

In the county, €70 thousand has been allocated to Kilclooney Tower House, while a further €70 thousand will go towards the Abbeygormican Ecclesiastical Site in Ballinasloe.

€22 thousand will support the Dolphin Burial Tomb at Bullaun Graveyard – while Kiltartan Church and Graveyard, and Killora Church and Graveyard in Craughwell, will both receive €16 thousand.

St. Kerrill’s Abbey is also to receive €16 thousand, while Kilbought Church and Graveyard will receive funding of €15 thousand.

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Renvyle Letterfrack one of five seaside locations to record largest property price hikes since pandemic

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Renvyle Letterfrack area in Connemara has been listed as one of the top five seaside locations with the biggest house price increases since the pandemic took hold.

A new report from Daft.ie reveals the price of a home by the coast has risen by an average of 23% since the pandemic began – with Renvyle Letterfrack recorded as having the fourth highest coastal house prices.

Homes in Kilmore Quay in Wexford experienced a jump of over 52% in price, while properties in Dunmore East in Waterford saw a price rise of over 51%.

Residential units in Lahinch in Clare and in Renvyle Letterfrack in Connemara recorded a price hike of over 39%.

Dr. Tom Gillespie, Environmental Economist with NUIG and author of the report, says there’s a clear trend emerging at such seaside locations.

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