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City house prices up about 3 per cent since January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – House prices in Galway city have risen by about 3 per cent in the first three months of this year.
According to the Real Estate Alliance Average House Price Index, an average semi-detached house in the city now costs 265 thousand euro, a rise of 2.9 per cent since December.
House prices in the county are up by about 1.5 per cent since the start of the year, with the average house price costing 150 thousand euro.
REA Agents McGreal Burke say that there are about 10 buyers for every property on the market in Galway.
Year on year, house prices across the country have seen a 9 per cent rise in the last year.

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Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.

Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.

Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.

The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:

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Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.

Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997

She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.

Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.

Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.

Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.

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