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Councillor offers money to help acquire land for cemetery

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A Galway county councillor is willing to provide a substantial five-figure sum in order to acquire land so that a new cemetery can be provided in Annaghdown.

Cllr James Charity said that he would provide the money subject to four or six similarly interested locals also becoming involved by providing matching funding so that the necessary land can be purchased.

It would result in a not-for-profit company being established – and those involved in the company would be reimbursed from the sale of plots over the coming years.

The controversy over the extension to Annaghdown Cemetery has been rumbling on for several years with Galway County Council coming in for criticism for not acquiring lands necessary – the local authority said that the asking price for the properties viewed was excessive.

But Cllr Charity has said that the two potential sites being considered by Galway County Council have development potential and therefore they are worth more than mere agricultural values.

He said in only wishing to pay agricultural value for land (€10,000 per acre), the Council fail to admit they sell a minimum of 270 plots per acre for a price of € 726 per plot, meaning they profit nearly €190,000 on every acre.

“If the Council are of the view that landowners are being unreasonable, they can acquire the land for the purposes of a cemetery under the Public Health (Ireland) Act 1878. The onus is then on the landowner to prove to an independent arbitrator that the land is worth more.

“To date, the Council have not used this legislation to procure land, despite one third of the county’s 230 cemeteries being full or near full, because they know they are profiting substantially at the expense of local communities and the agricultural value argument would not hold up at arbitration,” Cllr Charity added.

In saying that he has no faith in the Council’s willingness to resolve the situation in Annaghdown, he believes the only solution is to follow the model used in Furbo and acquire land privately.

“To that end, I am willing to pay in a substantial five figure sum for the land acquisition and development costs of a local cemetery in Annaghdown, subject to a minimum of four to six similarly interested locals also becoming involved and providing matching funding.

“A charitable not for profit company would then be established which, after reimbursing those involved of their initial outlay, interest free, would ring-fence all further monies for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the cemetery.

“It would also allow for the procurement of future lands needed in the event of expansion. I am calling for anyone interested in becoming involved in this mechanism to approach me over the coming weeks,” Cllr Charity added.

Last week Galway County Council issued a statement saying that the viewed nine properties and they were all either unsuitable or too expensive.

The local authority says negotiations over two new potential sites have now ended, as the prices sought by the landowners are beyond their financial means.

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GAA club’s tournament honours stalwart who died at just 28

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Pictured at the launch of the Darragh Frain Memorial Tournament which takes place in Mervue this Saturday. Back: Kevin Curran, Kevin Barrett, Robert Fitzgerald, Aidan Brady, Alan O'Donnell, Donal Murphy, Eanna O'Connell, Eoghan Frain, David Henry. Front: Aodhain Ó Conghaile, Liam O'Donnell, Rory Murphy, Fionn Fitzgerald and Michael Barrett.

The untimely passing of a city GAA stalwart six years ago is still deeply felt by the club he represented but he remains an inspiration to young up-and-coming footballers who will be displaying their skills this weekend.

The Darragh Frain Memorial Tournament for under-age teams will take place in St James’ GAA grounds at Mervue tomorrow, Saturday, when many memories of a great young clubman will be exchanged.

Darragh, from Lurgan Park in Renmore, was just 28 years of age when he lost his battle with cancer in 2016. Since then his beloved club has been organising a tournament for young footballers that’s proving immensely popular.

For tomorrow’s event, the St James club will entertain local teams including St Michael’s, Salthill-Knocknacarra, Killanin and an Cheathrú Rua, as well as Kiltane (Bangor Erris) and Elphin-Ballinameen from North Roscommon.

It is a nine-a-side tournament, which takes place from 11am to 5pm, and will involve Under-11 teams who will compete against each other during the day.

The fact that Darragh’s late father, Tom Frain Senior, hailed from Roscommon means that GAA support for the event is coming from both counties – this makes it extra special, as well as adding to the profile of the tournament.

Best friend and one of the event’s main organisers, another St James stalwart David Henry explained that this was the sixth year of the tournament and that Darragh would be very pleased that his name was being associated with the development of under-age football.

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‘Too many cafés’ as city retail continues to decline

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Barber Tom Nally outside his premises.

The changing face of Galway city centre is a source of concern to those who say it reflects a decline for people in terms of retail choices.

Those who regret the loss of several long-standing family-run operations in the city in recent years don’t believe that what has replaced them has enhanced the appearance of Shop Street, in particular.

“We are looking at a proliferation of coffee shops, bookies and mobile phone outlets in their place,” observed long-standing city centre businessman Tom Nally.

Cllr Niall McNelis agreed there were far too many coffee shops in the city centre and believed that anything that has been zoned retail by the Council should remain retail.

The Labour Councillor said a proper retail strategy needed to be adopted and some of the ‘big-name brands’ needed to be encouraged into the centre of Galway to lure shoppers into town.

Meanwhile, popular barber Tom Nally regretted the number of family operations that have ceased trading in the recent past.

“It is sad to see the long-established family businesses in the city centre going and it would be great to say that what is replacing them will enhance our streets . . . but unfortunately this is not the case,” he added.

Mr Nally who has been operating out of his High Street premises for almost 50 years, said the number of unoccupied premises in an around the city centre was a new phenomenon.

Get the full story in this week’s Galway City Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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State cracks down on quick-buck landlords

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New measures to clamp down on illegal short-term lets in the city will kick in next month, in an attempt to tackle mounting pressure on the rental market.

From September 1, sites such as Airbnb and Booking.com will no longer be allowed to advertise short-term rentals if the correct planning permission is not in place.

The measure seeks to strengthen laws introduced in 2019 which state that the use of a property for short-term letting for longer than 90 days in a rent-pressure zone requires permission from the local authority.

City Councillor Niall Murphy (Green) said the move follows on from an objection he lodged with the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI).

“The ASAI said it couldn’t be expected to police these ads so the websites like Airbnb were off the hook. But after September, they will have to ensure that those advertising on their sites have planning permission,” he said.

The proliferation of short-term lets in the city has been a contentious issue for a number of years, with scores of holiday leases available at the same time as city residents are battling it out for an extremely limited number of rental properties.

This week, almost 400 short-term lets were available on the leading website, Airbnb, while just 19 homes were up for rent on Daft.ie.

Get the full story in this week’s Galway City Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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