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Biggest-ever auction with 60 homes on the market

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Carrowkeel, Kiltullagh.

The biggest-ever property auction in the West of Ireland – with more than sixty homes and commercial premises going under the hammer – takes place in Galway next month.

The O’Donnellan & Joyce auction takes place on October 3, and is also expected to be a big draw for investors, with a number of city apartment blocks up for sale.

Thirty-five properties going under the hammer are in Galway City, while there will also be a large amount of receivership properties across Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon.

Colm O’Donnellan told Tribune Property: “It’s a tremendous opportunity for buyers, particularly first-time buyers and investors. And for people who want to acquire a quality family home, then the auction is where they will find incredible diversity and value.

“Thirty-five properties are in the Galway City area, particularly in established locations such as Salthill, Newcastle, and Renmore where properties have been difficult to obtain.

“Investors are expected to be out in force, as this may be the last opportunity for them to acquire properties and avail of the tax incentive scheme, where there is no Capital Gains Tax if they hold them for a period of seven years.

“We will also be launching a large number of receivership properties which will cover the areas of Galway City and county, Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon.

“These properties will mainly comprise investments and will all be listed at extremely attractive reserve prices. Included on this list are a number of small apartment blocks within Galway City which are currently rented and are being sold with tenants in place,” said Mr O’Donnellan.

Among the properties set to go under the hammer are:

► 7 Burrenview Heights, Knocknacarra Road, Salthill.

Stunning 5/6-bed family home presented in immaculate condition. Close to Promenade and all amenities. Advised Minimum Value (AMV) €500,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Saturdays 2pm to 3pm.

► 38 D’Alton Drive, Salthill.

Large four-bed family home located in one of the most popular areas in Salthill. On the doorstep of a number of notable schools in the area, also Galway Golf and Tennis clubs. AMV €410,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Saturdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

► ‘St Rita’s’, San Antonio Terrace, Salthill.

Unique four-bed semi-detached family home with basement and small self-contained flat. Moments from the Promenade. AMV €300,000. Open viewings Wednesdays and Saturdays 5pm to 6pm.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Over half of west’s adults have no will

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Almost six out of every ten people in the west do not have a will – and that’s in line with the national average of 59%.

And according to the Royal London’s “Let’s Talk About Death” survey, one-third of the population say they’ve been meaning to, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

The survey was undertaken as part of a campaign launched by Royal London, which aims to tackle the taboo surrounding death to encourage a vital dialogue on bereavement, to help people enjoy the time they have with those they love and to honour those lost.

Padraic Benson, Royal London’s Broker Consultant for Galway, acknowledged that it was understandable why many people are reluctant to discuss the topic of death and dying.

But he added: “this survey indicates that it’s hampering the necessary provisions to be made. While men appear to be slightly more prepared than their female counterparts, with 48% saying they have a will compared with just 34% of women, it still leaves over half the population unprepared.”

But the pandemic has helped to focus the minds of many, he said.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 254,870 recorded cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 10,511 confirmed cases in Galway alone.  And when asked, 55% of people surveyed said Covid-19 had made them realise how important it is to have a will in place,” he revealed.

“While the survey results do show that most people have a sense of when they should make a will, it seems the majority aren’t following through with the necessary actions. Many people have the best of intentions, with 34% saying they’ve been meaning to get around to it. Others believe they are too young (25%) and many more, 23%, have just never thought about it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Council has no cash for tourism sector dig-out

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Cllr Evelyn Parsons

Hopes of a post-Covid helping hand for tourism interests in East Galway has been dashed by the local authority which said that any such leg-up could only be part of the budgetary process for later in the year.

The matter was raised by Cllr Evelyn Parsons at a recent meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council when she said that the east of the county needed to reap the economic benefits from the lifting of restrictions.

Cllr Parsons asked that a presentation be made to area Council members with a specific focus on works to develop, enhance and stimulate tourism growth for the area.

The independent councillor proposed that Director of Services Alan Farrell outline details of the various outdoor spaces and potential business opportunities to allow for the successful reopening of businesses, outdoor dining, drinking, retail, hospitality and outdoor entertainment as soon as possible.

Cllr Parsons also wants Director of Services Liam Hanrahan to consider short term and immediate measures with regards to sanitary and public needs should as portaloos, bins, benches, Covid-19 signage as well as outdoor power points.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Transport key to success for west

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Ibec’s Helen Leahy....recommendations.

A world-class transport infrastructure is critical to the west achieving its economic potential, according to the umbrella group for the Irish business sector.

Ibec has again reiterated its shopping list for the West region, which it outlined in its recent NDP submission.

It wants to see the state step up to progress a host of key road projects – including the N6 Galway City Ring Road, and the Atlantic Economic Corridor from Galway northwards by completing the M17 Tuam to Sligo and N15 Sligo to Letterkenny.

It has also called for the implementation of the Galway Transport Strategy to deliver vital public transport across metropolitan Galway – and investment in future Port of Galway developments and expansion, including the facilitation of offshore renewable energy projects.

And in more general terms, across the region, Ibec has called for an increase capital investment in the further and higher education sector and establish a Technological University in the region, and the acceleration of the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan and ensure a supportive regulatory environment for the successful roll-out of 5G.

The body also wants to see town centres revitalized, to ensure their future viability and underpin recovery across the region.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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