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Chadwicks Group announces reopening of branches in Galway

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Patrick Atkinson, CEO of Chadwicks Group Ireland, pictured announcing the reopening of Chadwicks branches nationwide from 18 May to cater for the construction industry. Chadwicks Group closed its 50 branches nationwide in late March as part of the national effort to safeguard public health and help prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Group has adapted its operational procedures and has implemented rigorous new health and safety protocols. These have been designed to protect customers and colleagues while also making the experience as easy as possible for customers. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Following the government announcement on 1st May, Chadwicks Group, Ireland’s leading builders’ merchants will reopen its branches in Galway from 18th May to cater for local construction activity.

The branches that will reopen are

  • Barretts of Ballinasloe, Society Street
  • Chadwicks, Wellpark

Customers are being encouraged where possible to pre-order with their local branch via phone or email and orders will be available for collection at the branch.

Chadwicks Group closed its 50 branches nationwide in late March as part of the national effort to safeguard public health and help prevent the spread of Covid-19. An emergency delivery service was made available for HSE projects and essential business maintenance during the closure to ensure essential services could keep functioning during the closure.

While branches have been closed, the Chadwicks Group team has adapted its operational procedures and has implemented rigorous new health and safety protocols. These have been designed to protect customers and colleagues while also making the experience as easy as possible for customers.

All members of the Chadwicks team have undergone training on the new protocols which include hygiene, delivery procedures, social distancing and footfall management. To ensure consistent high levels of compliance with these new procedures, all colleagues have completed an online certification course before returning to their local branch.

Customers arriving to their local branch can expect the following changes:

  • Hand sanitising units at the main entrance of each branch which will offer gloves and hand sanitising gel. All customers will be required to sanitise their hands, on arrival
  • Perspex screens have been erected at all counters to protect customers and colleagues
  • Where possible customers will be asked to pay by account, and they will be invoiced accordingly
  • Updated signage reminding customers and colleagues of the new safety protocols have been implemented in each branch. This includes clear two metre markings outside each branch to allow for social distance queuing
  • Capacity in branch will be restricted to allow for social distancing and customers will be asked to limit their time in branch where possible
  • Daily cleaning schedules have been increased to ensure rigorous cleaning in key touchpoints throughout the branches
  • Designated collection points have been created outside the branch for orders which have been placed online or via phone
  • Pre-booked time slots for deliveries into branches to manage capacity

Commenting on the reopening, Patrick Atkinson, CEO, Chadwicks Group Ireland said: “The wellbeing of our colleagues and customers is always our top priority at Chadwicks Group. That is why we took the decision in March to close all branches nationwide as we felt it was extremely important that we play our part in helping flatten the curve and safeguard public health.  We created an emergency delivery service for HSE projects and essential businesses as it was important that we could still be available for those critical projects during the closure.

We are now reopening our branches in line with the lifting of government restrictions for construction sites and look forward to supplying our customers in Galway once again with the materials they need.

A huge amount of work has been put in behind the scenes by our whole team to create new operational procedures and protocols which allow us to operate in this ‘new normal’ and above all put health and safety first. We believe these new protocols are industry leading and we are confident that customers will feel hugely reassured walking into any of our branches thanks to the new measures in place. 

The in-branch experience has had to change, but we have strived to make it as easy as possible for customers and we can promise our customers that our team remain committed to providing them with a best in class customer experience coupled with unrivalled expert product knowledge.”

Chadwicks Group operates 50 branches nationwide including Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, The Panelling Centre, Davies and Cork Builders Providers. To locate your nearest branch, visit www.chadwicksgroup.ie/branch-locator

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Homemade Wimbledon is a different bale game!

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James Craughwell about to serve over the tape – and the sheep gates – to brother Christopher with mum, Anne, in the background. The family dog Prince is showing a keen interest in taking up the role of ‘ball boy’. The brollies on the deck chairs were actually purchased at the Wimbledon tournament that the Craughwells attended in 2017.

WIMBLEDON mightn’t be happening for the tennis professionals this year due to COVID-19 – but one North Galway family are planning their own version of the tournament.

The younger members of the Craughwell family in Menlough village have had a tradition over the years of lining out their own court on the silage slab that’s available for recreation purposes during the early weeks of the Summer.

The three sons of Jarlath and Anne Craughwell – Christopher, Shane and James – rarely missed the opportunity through the years to ‘get the silage slab ready’ for their own Wimbledon tournament.

“The dimensions of the silage slab are almost exactly the same as a tennis court [78 feet X 36 feet} so back the years we always organised our own games. When the silage was made, then that was always it for another year,” Christopher Craughwell told the Connacht Tribune.

As the lads grew older the summer tennis court hadn’t been used for a few years but in 2020 with the introduction of the coronavirus restrictions, it seemed like a perfect time to bring it back.

“This year we took it a stage further. We used the sheep gates for the net with a line of white electric fence tape along the top so this is probably the best job we’ve ever made of it.

“The silage won’t be made for at least another month so were planning to stage our own family tournament over the coming weeks. With the weather so good, it’s been a great way to pass the time,” said Christopher.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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City Council houses Travellers in county

Declan Tierney

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Cllr Donagh Killilea.

Galway City Council will spend close to half a million euro to house a Traveller family – in a property well outside its own local authority boundary.

Instead the family of four, who previously lived on the Carrabrowne halting site, will be accommodated in the house at Kiltulla near Carnmore, which is deep in Galway County Council’s local government area.

The City Council is understood to have paid €388,000 for the property which will require another €50,000 to refurbish – leaving little change out of half a million euro.

Angry residents, who were unaware of the plan, have now organised a petition to City Council CEO Brendan McGrath to voice their objection to the move.

But Cllr Donagh Killilea believes that there is a bigger issue at stake – with Galway City Council acquiring property wherever they like.

And Senator Ollie Crowe said that he believed the City Council – of which he was a member up to his Seanad election – should be acquiring property within their own area and that this acquisition was ‘unprecedented’.

He said that it was his view that there would be nothing bought outside the city boundary and that the money spent on this property would refurbish a lot of the City Council’s housing stock that had fallen into a state of dilapidation.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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Long drives still out of bounds for golfers

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Teeing off from the 12th tee at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore this week on the re-opening of golf courses around the country. There is nothing to suggest that any golfers travelled more than 5km to play in Oranmore. Photo: Keith Kelly.

This week’s relaxation of travel restrictions saw an exodus to the garden centres and the golf courses – but Gardaí have this week reiterated their warning to those planning to excede their five kilometre limit that they may find themselves in the heavy rough.

The first phase of a return to ‘normality’ went to plan, despite the early rush to newly reopened facilities. Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of furloughed golfers, who were on the first tee from daylight.

Time sheets for golf clubs across the county were choc-a-bloc as they opened their doors to members for the first time since the end of March – but many clubs privately admitted that more than half of those who played had travelled way beyond the 5k restriction.

That led Gardaí to warn that they will be mounting checkpoints and turning people back home – adding that the golf clubs themselves have a responsibility to advise members on the travel rules.

Tuam Sergeant Pat Hastings confirmed that Gardaí had the power under the Health Preservation and Protection Act 2020 to turn back individuals travelling more than 5k from their homes.

He warned that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with anyone who continually breached the regulations.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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