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Clancys reign in Spain!

Denise McNamara

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A Galway family who emigrated to Spain five years ago to escape the housing crisis and set up an English language school are recruiting Irish people to their adopted home to learn Spanish.

Eoin and Ingrid Clancy had been renting a house in Knocknacarra and teaching English to foreign students. But by the time their second daughter Lily was born, the prospects for their family were bleak.

“Many people talk about the housing crisis in Galway as just another one of Ireland´s many problems when in fact it is – by far – the most destructive and frightening circumstance for thousands of hard-working families in Ireland,” said Eoin.

“Spain is the antithesis of Ireland in so many ways and we had always wanted to live there but I suppose we were afraid of the language barrier and upsetting our eldest daughter, Sophia.

“But having lived in this crisis for over six years – and realising that the situation was only going to get worse – my wife and I searched and searched for the best place in Spain to settle and bring up our family before Sophia turned twelve.”

As well as teaching hundreds of Spanish students over 10 years, the couple had hosted many of them in their home and had built up contacts in Spain.

After doing their research, they decided to settle in the port city of La Coruña in the Galicia region of northwest Spain.

Within a year the pair had set up an English academy, called Clancy’s English or Clancyenglish.es, which now has 120 students, aged from three to 80.

“Being qualified, professional native English teachers, we very quickly became successful, which was what we had expected. What we did not expect was the response from all our former students from around the world,” Eoin stated.

“Thanks to social media, we were immediately inundated with requests to come to La Coruña to learn Spanish. So, once again we became a host family, but this time for Spanish language learners.”

As a result, they have now set up Spanish School Coruña, catering for students who want to learn Spanish.

They offer courses for secondary students in Ireland and Britain studying Spanish at second and third level, as well as people who simply want to learn one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway City shoppers ‘intimidated’ by scourge of street drinkers

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Street drinking and associated anti-social behaviour in Galway is dissuading customers from entering popular city centre stores.

The proprietor of a well-known business has raised concerns over “ongoing intimidating behaviour” outside shops on the city’s main thoroughfare.

“We have had customers turn away because they sometimes feel threatened by the atmosphere they encounter outside,” the store manager said.

Meanwhile, businesses ‘back the West’ are also concerned about drug dealing and drug taking in the area. Simon Heaslip, Chair of Galway’s Westend, said the area’s biggest problem is “open [drug] dealing in Pump Lane that takes place on a regular basis”.

“There is also a large amount of anti-social behaviour in Fr Burke Park with either underage drinking or drug dealing and drug taking,” Mr Heaslip said.

The concerns were communicated to Galway Business Watch, which held a meeting yesterday (Thursday) at Galway Chamber’s office to discuss retailers’ concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour. Galway Gardaí and Galway City Council representatives addressed the meeting.

Former mayor, Councillor Niall McNelis (Labour) said the experiences of both businesspeople was “startling”.

“I think it is startling that in the city centre you have examples of where policing is falling down,” said Cllr McNelis, a member of Galway City Joint Policing Committee (JPC).
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Kids training next to heroin users ‘shooting up’

Denise McNamara

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Young people are training for a city rowing club while addicts are ‘shooting up’ heroin at all times of the day and night on a lane beside them without any fear from the authorities.

That was the claim made by Gerard Nally of Galway Rowing Club, who said his pleas for something to be done about the huge amounts of drugs paraphernalia left beside their boat shed at Waterside have been ignored.

There are very regularly between two and ten people using needles in an area located behind the ‘Plots’ in Woodquay between the old railway line, the rowing club boat shed and the Special Olympics Kayak Club and fronting onto Steamer’s Quay.

The ground is covered with drug paraphernalia such as syringes, empty vials of sterile water, disposable spoons (for ‘cooking up’ the drugs) and dozens of pocked-sized ‘sharps bins’, which are for the disposal of used syringes. The area is also littered with blackened squares of tin foil, which are used for smoking heroin.

“Kids are training in one room and guys shooting up next door,” Mr Nally exclaimed.

“We’ve been on and on to the [City Council] to clean this up and close it off and we’ve been onto councillors, but we don’t seem to be getting anyone to do anything about this. It’s been going on for years.”
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Lidl plans new supermarket in the Westside

Enda Cunningham

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An aerial view of the entire Arch Motors site, adjacent to Aldi. Under the plan, the former showroom would be demolished and a new Lidl built, while Monaghan's filling station would not be affected.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – German discount supermarket chain Lidl has drawn up plans for a €3 million store on the site of the former Arch Motors in the Westside.

The company has applied to Galway City Council for permission to demolish part of the empty Arch Motors premises and construct a new foodstore and off licence.

The Monaghan’s filling station and shop will remain in situ and are not affected by the plans.

According to Lidl, the new supermarket would create between 40 and 50 jobs in construction and up to 25 full-time jobs when operational.

The supermarket chain said the new premises will be in addition to its existing stores at Headford Road and Doughiska, and the planned store in Knocknacarra, which is currently a separate application before the City Council.

“The subject site is currently significantly underutilised despite its strategic location adjoining and functioning as part of the existing Westside District Centre. The applicant is seeking to secure the beneficial use of the site and its redevelopment will considerably enhance the appearance of the site and its contribution to the established commercial area at Westside,” the application reads.
This is a preview only. For full coverage and to read the Council statement in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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