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Connaughton Auctioneers invite listings for their machinery auction in Athleague

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Connaughton Auctioneers are holding a Machinery/ Commercial Auction on Saturday 30th March starting at 12 o’clock sharp in Athleague GAA Pitch (across from Kepak).

With an extensive marketing campaign both locally and nationally to attract sellers and buyers from near and far, Connaughton Auctioneers are delighted to report considerable interest with over 60 lots entered to date including c.10 lots of plant from Roscommon County Council (vans & commercial vehicles).

Auctioneer on the day is Matthew Donnellan, renowned Livestock/ Machinery Auctioneer. Matthew has previously carried out our Machinery/ Commercial Auction last year. There is a change from last year and all lots will be sold at their location in the auction and the auctioneer and clerk will be moving around accordingly. Viewing of lots is from 10am.

Catering facilities will be in place including tea/ coffee and hot food. Entry to the Auction is free and everybody is welcome to attend.

Registration fee for any lot is €20 and there will be no other fee for sellers, whether they sell or not. Anyone wishing to enter lots for the auction, must contact the office on 090-6663700 as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

A link to the auction is on their website: http://connaughtonauctioneers.ie/auctions/ and will include details/ pictures of lots as they are entered. The pictures will also be included on their Facebook page and newspapers right up to auction day.

All lots entered into the auction can be dropped off to the auction site from 3pm on Friday 29th March and up to 9am on auction day. Any lot withdrawn from auction, not sold or purchased must be removed from the site by 8pm on  auction day unless alternative arrangements are agreed with the auctioneer. There will be full security on site throughout this period.

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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team

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Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.

The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.

Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.

Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.

“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.

It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.

“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”

She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.

“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.

There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.

Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968

As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.

From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.

When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.

A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.

Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later

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Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man

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Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.

Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.

He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250,  the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

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