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Decluttering is the key to a stress-free Christmas

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Christmas time doesn’t just mean the arrival of Santa; it also means a whole host of new items winging their way into your home.

WEEE Ireland has created the ultimate ‘Pre Christmas Clean Up’ list for keeping your home tidy and stress free this festive season.

Improve each room in your home, declutter and make some much-needed space in time for the Christmas rush by following WEEE Ireland’s Green tips.

Keep, recycle, donate – go through your rooms and make a list of what can be kept and identify what you don’t need and send it to a better place. Whether this means recycling old electrical toys and gadgets, or donating those ignored books and clothes to friend, relative or a charity follow this simple rule – if you haven’t used it in a year get it out of here!

Hold a swap night with friends or family. A fun way to ‘gift on’ and reuse unwanted or unused items and maybe pick up something for yourself instead. Smaller children in particular can appreciate toys and books whether new or pre-loved. 

When you buy something new or receive a gift – get rid of something old. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a similar item, but once you are replacing an old unused item for every new one that comes in to the house you are keeping potential clutter under control.

Recycle any old electrical appliances. Still hanging on to that old hair straightener or toaster hoping it will be of use again? Take this as an opportunity to get rid of anything with a plug or battery that no longer works. Simply bring it to your local civic amenity site, or bring it back to your electrical retailer when replacing it with like for like. Log on to recyclefree.ie for more information.

Check for waste batteries throughout the house and replace them – recycle the old ones (check toys, remote controls, Christmas decorations in drawers) at your local retailer wherever you see the blue battery box. Buy rechargeable batteries or maybe ask Santa for a charger to save on battery costs in 2014.

Energy efficient light bulbs are the norm now and come in almost every shape in size. LED bulbs and lights are becoming more affordable and accessible so consider replacing with these where you can. Local hardware shops and lighting suppliers as well as recycling centres have special recycling bins for these types of bulbs so be sure to recycle responsibly when the lights go out!

Where possible shop locally this year and consider sustainably sourced and eco friendly gifts and gadgets. The best presents of all can be homemade or come in the shape of a babysitting or DIY voucher costing you and the environment nothing but your time.

Now your home should be ready for the arrival of presents, food, decorations, selection boxes, and of course a big green Christmas tree!

 

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Galway’s housing stock on the rise

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A total of 1,147 residential buildings were under construction in Galway as of June – according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report.

Over half of the residential buildings under construction in Ireland in June 2021 were located in the Leinster region (58.4%), revealed the report which is published by GeoDirectory and EY Economic Advisory.

The Greater Dublin Area of Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow accounted for 35.6% of the total number of buildings under construction in the country. In contrast, the lowest levels of construction activity were recorded in Ulster (6.5%) and Connacht (10.6%).

In all, 1,182 new residential addresses in Galway were added to GeoDirectory’s nationwide database in the twelve months to June 2021.

At 30.8%, the highest proportion of the new residential address points were again located in Dublin, followed by Cork (10.8%), Kildare (9.7%) and Meath (5.7%).

In percentage terms, Leitrim (219.6%), Carlow (146.5%) and Roscommon (144%) registered the highest year-on-year growth in new address points, albeit from a previously low base.

The report also found that 9.5% of all residential stock in the state are apartments. In total, there were 194,898 apartment address points across the country in June 2021.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway towns included in home support pilot

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Confirmation...Minister Anne Rabbitte.

Tuam, Athenry and Loughrea will form one of a select number of areas for a nationwide pilot scheme to see how to improve home support services for families in need of carers.

Minister for Disabilities and Galway East Deputy Anne Rabbitte confirmed that the Galway towns were among nine across the country to form part of a national Home Support Pilot Programme, which will commence next month.

The pilot scheme will deliver an additional 230,000 hours of Home Support services over a six-month period, with the evaluation of the outputs to continue over a twelve-month period from its commencement.

Minister Rabbitte described this as a major boost for Tuam, Athenry and Loughrea.

“This will deliver in-home supports across the three towns, which are in the heart of East Galway and I know from working with families across the constituency that this will be a major boost,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway passengers are all smiles at Shannon!

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Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport

The smiles on the faces at Shannon Airport very much told its own story this week – with passengers taking to skies as the easing of restrictions and the first day of the European Digital COVID Certificates took effect.

And it wasn’t just the joy of travel starting to resume that lifted spirits at the airport but also the announcement by Ryanair of a new once-weekly service to Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) to commence on August 7 – the third new service announcement for Shannon Airport over recent weeks.

There was a real sense of excitement as passengers of all ages became very much at ease with the heightened public safety measures in a ‘back-to-the-future’ day for the West of Ireland gateway airport.

There were reunions as inbound flights arrived but also a palpable degree of anticipation as others got set to depart on the earliest flight out of the airport today, the 7:10am flight to Gatwick.

Among those boarding was Clarenbridge native Claire Tomlin and her husband Jake, together with their three children, including their twins who turn a year old next week.

“It’s been amazing to get back. The kids saw their grandparents for the first time and their cousins and aunties and uncles, so it was fantastic,” said Claire.

“Shannon is just so convenient for us because it’s only about 40 minutes’ drive. So, it just makes everything a lot easier in terms of getting to and from places with little ones. So, yeah, Shannon is a great resource for us. Really, really good. We hope to be able to go back more and more.”

It was smiles all around for Shannon Airport staff as they got back to doing what they do best. “Well, today is a great day because you can see the atmosphere around the place, people are at ease here and they’re glad to be back, they’re glad to get up in the sky again,” said Shannon Duty Free Sales Associate Helen Quinlivan.

“It’s great to see the excitement. People are really looking forward to going back and seeing their loved ones and they’re very at ease.”

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