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Boy with autism to lose place in special school due to cutbacks

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A boy from North East Galway with autism will lose his place at a special school in Galway City – because Government has pulled the plug on funding of a bus service.

And there are fears that the cruel cuts to school transport to St Anne’s School in Merlin Park, could threaten the very future of the facility, as new pupils cannot apply for a transport grant.

The 10-year-old from near Mountbellew was due to start school in St Anne’s School in Merlin Park, also known as Scoil Áine, this September. He suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), autism, dyspraxia, which is a developmental co-ordination disorder, and oppositional behavioural disorder.

He was referred to the school by North Galway CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) but the grant for transporting him to the city has been axed by the Department of Education.

Principal of the school, Geraldine Donnelly, broke the bad news to the family by letter.

“I am writing to you to let you know that I am unable to apply on your behalf for school transport/transport grant for (child’s name) for September to support his placement in St Anne’s school. The Department of Education and Skills, Special Education Section has withdrawn the School Transport Resource from St. Anne’s School, effective from September.

“The existing students who already have access to transport are allowed that provision for the remainder of their placements in the school, but no new applications will be accepted from the school.

“It is with regret that I have to send you this notification as I know it may have very significant implications for you in accessing the school placement for (child’s name). The CAMHS service is aware of this resource withdrawal for St Anne’s school.”

Galway East Fianna Fáil TD Anne Rabbitte, who is lobbying the authorities on behalf of the child, said the family has no alternative.

“He has four other siblings who are going to school, and there is no way of getting him into the city every morning. What may end up happening is this child may have to go back into mainstream school, which is very unfair,” said Deputy Rabbitte.

“On a broader issue, I would be very, very concerned that the funding for new applications is now gone. It means that the very viability of the school is under threat. If children can’t get transport to access the school, then the demand for school places will go down, because they cannot get to the school from the county, and then over a number of years the department will turn around and say that they cannot keep the school open because the figures won’t justify it and there isn’t the demand. The demand is there, but they’re penny-pinching on transport/ This is a terrible tragedy for this autistic boy near Mountbellew but the bigger picture is St Anne’s is under threat from Government cutbacks.”

She said this was another example of the cruel cuts being inflicted on people with disabilities from this Government. “These cuts to transport, on top of the despicable cut of taking away €31.80 in a training allowance for people with disability, highlights where this Government’s priorities lie,” added Deputy Rabbitte.

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway historian’s 14 new books bring running total to 70!

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Steve Dolan.

There may be a book in everyone – but producing 18 of them for publication in one week is taking it to a different level. And yet that’s what Galway historian Steve Dolan has done for Heritage Week. . . adding 18 books this year to bring him up to 70 over the last seven years – and he’s firmly committed to hitting one hundred.

By day – and given the workload, increasingly by night – he is the chief executive of Galway Rural Development (GRD), but the Carrabane resident has had a lifelong passion for history. And that’s what he turns to as a form of relaxation which peaks at this time every year.

Not alone that; he already has the first five of next year’s publications completed – and he’s only starting!

This year’s booklets are all on the theme of Gaelic Games and every one of them is in aid of a different community group or charity. Theoretically, they are limited editions, but – given his own love of the subject matter – he won’t see anyone who shares that passion miss out.

While all eighteen new publications share that GAA theme, the diversity of subject matter within that is breath-taking – and an incredible achievement in terms of the workload and production.

From the story of the county title that Liam Mellows were robbed of in 1942 to the contribution of An Cath Gaedhealach to Galway GAA in 1947/48 or Galway’s 1923 and 1925 All-Ireland victories to sport in County Galway during the revolutionary years; the books are as much about social history as about sport.

See the full list of publications in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

And if they are of interest to you, you can contact Steve at sdolan@grd.ie to buy them.

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Scenic farmland for sale in Joyce Country

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Stunning vista: the farmhouse (bottom left of photo) for sale in Knockaunban Valley.

An outstanding residential hill farm in the renowned Maam Valley – better known as Joyce Country – a stunning and scenic hill farming area between Leenane and Maam.

Located in the Knockaunbaun Valley, which is a part of the Maum Turk mountain range, the farm extends to 114.04 hectares (281.79 acres) and is held in three large sections with other smaller sections along Bealnabrack River which flows into Lough Corrib nearby.

It provides excellent hill grazing on which a small herd of cattle and a large flock of sheep were farmed for many years. The land on both sides of a country lane is well fenced in the valley while a large section of hill on the Maum Turks being unfenced.

The dwelling house is nestled in a grove of pine trees is an 1930s cottage which consists of an entrance hall, living area, kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The roof and windows of the property were upgraded several years ago. However, the dwelling is in need of full refurbishment.

It has a private water source, mains electricity and a telephone connection. To the rear of the house there are a selection of traditional farm sheds with a storage shed to the front of the dwelling.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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