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Developers to go ahead with massive ‘Dundrum-style’ centre

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BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM

Two well-known international property developers from Galway are set to proceed with plans for a massive ‘Dundrum Town Centre’ type development, after buying nearly 30 properties in Eyre Square, the Galway City Tribune can reveal.

Brothers Luke and Brian Comer – who are originally from Glenamaddy – are fronting the consortium that purchased most of the eastern side of Eyre Square this week for just under €14 million.

The four-acre site will be ‘mothballed’ for the time being, but a source close to the Comers confirmed to the Galway City Tribune that they will proceed with plans for a development along the lines of Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin.

There was significant interest from international investors in purchasing the site, according to Aidan Gavin of DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald, who handled the sale.

The ‘Odeon’ site – which includes properties on the Square, Prospect Hill, Forster Street and St Patrick’s Avenue and stretches back towards St Patrick’s Church – would create hundreds of jobs during the construction phase and in the proposed retail units.

Properties purchased include Odeon House, O’Connell’s Bar, Murty Rabbitt’s, An Púcán, the former Mulryan Auctioneers office and a row of houses on St Patrick’s Road.

The consortium has already looked at the long-term plans for the site and is expected to further increase its property portfolio around the site.

The 500,000 square foot development will feature a major fashion retailer as an anchor, as well as around 60 other retail units, along with offices and residential units.

It would cost around €100m to build and take two years to construct, employing hundreds of workers. The Comer Group source said: “The site will see no significant changes in the immediate future, until there is some sign of a market recovery, and it would take around two years to build.

“The big-name retailers are crying out for large open spaces, and the site has been purchased at the bottom of the market. It’s a viable project,” he said.

The properties had been owned by the so-called ‘Odeon Syndicate’ – which comprised developers Michael Burke, Tom Considine, Peter Gilhooley and Walter King – which spent 12 years putting the portfolio together at a cost of around €100m.

However, the former Bank of Scotland (Ireland) appointed a receiver to the syndicate’s assets, and their portfolio was snapped up by the Comer consortium.

Read more in today’s Galway City Tribune

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Cherish every moment; hug and kiss your loved ones every night

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Happier days…Geraldine Mullan with her husband John and their children Tomas and Amelia.

Last August, GERALDINE MULLAN (née Connaughton) endured an unfathomable nightmare, losing her husband and two children in a crash that she herself was lucky to survive. Here the Williamstown native writes of life since – and how the support of so many has helped her over the last three months.

My husband John was a fan of Bruce Springsteen. In normal circumstances he would be currently enjoying Bruce’s latest album “Letter to You” and taking particular interest in the songs, especially the one entitled “House of a Thousand Guitars” (given John’s love of that instrument).

But these are not normal days and instead it is me appraising the new offering from The Boss and taking poignant note of some of the other lyrical melodies on the album, particularly those entitled “One Minute You’re Here” and “I’ll See You in my Dreams”.

These two songs in particular speak to my situation and have become musical reminders of my beloved departed, my husband John and our children Tomas and Amelia, who were cruelly taken from this world in late August of this year.

Since the tragedy unfolded, I have been surrounded by many wonderful people and wrapped up in their familial and communal embraces, all united in offering me solace, comfort, assistance and no end of love, understanding and compassion.

I stand each day and get through it, in no small part, due to the continuous support you provide to me.

Such is the outpouring and swell of sympathy and empathy alike, and many are the calls, messages, cards, letters, flowers, gifts, acts of service and human kindness which have reached my Moville doorstep, that I am truly overwhelmed, very much humbled and ever-grateful.

I am genuinely appreciative of it all and your love and caring has taken root in my heart and in my head. That being said, I am unable to respond to everyone individually, therefore this is my “Letter to You”, my simple way of acknowledgement and sincere thanks.

You can read Geraldine’s full, heart-breaking letter in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now.

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Early Christmas box for 13,500 Galway farmers

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CLOSE on 13,500 Galway farmers should be getting an early ‘Christmas Box’ this week with the final tranche of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) monies being paid out – ‘bang on schedule’, according to Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue.

Back in October, farmers got the 70% advance payment in BPS with a commitment given at the time that the balance would be paid out in early December – balancing payments under the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme are scheduled to commence next week.

Total BPS payments to Galway’s 13,500 farmers come to just over €82 million, according to figures released by local TDs this week, with the average individual payment per farmer working out at just over €6,000.

East Galway TD and Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte, said that the final tranche of the BPS payments was a most welcome one for thousands of farmers across the county after a most difficult year.

“The really important thing about these payments is that they are being made on schedule and they will help a lot of farmers to ‘balance the books’ for 2020,” said Minister of State, Rabbitte.

The Minister for Agriculture also confirmed this week that payments under the 2020 National Reserve and the Young Farmers Scheme will also commence alongside payment of the 2020 BPS balancing payment – this will also benefit a significant number of Galway farmers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Baby born in a hurry outside Ford garage – and he’s called Henry!

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Baby Henry Dyar with proud parents Lisa and Robert, and big brother Darragh.

There was only one choice of name for a new arrival born in a hurry outside a Ford garage, almost in the passenger seat of a Ford Mondeo – he was always going to be Henry after that.

And after his speedy arrival in the middle of a nationwide go-slow, little Henry Dyar is thriving – despite arriving three weeks ahead of schedule.

Mum Lisa McCauley was thankfully on alert as she had been caught out before; her first born son Darragh had arrived a month early two years ago.

So when she began to feel the first twinges of labour at 6.30am on November 17 – and after contacting the maternity ward in University Hospital Galway – she and husband Robert Dyar organised a babysitter for Darragh and headed out on the motorway from their home in Loughrea.

As they were approaching Oranmore and the traffic was beginning to build, Lisa was hit with the realisation that she would not make it as far as the hospital.

So the quick-thinking Garda called Mill Street Station requesting an escort to bring her the rest of the way.

She was met at the top of Bothar na Treabh by a patrol car, who had pulled in off the Kirwan roundabout beside Sheil’s Motorpark garage.

But by then things had progressed beyond the point of no return.

Read the full happy ending in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. 

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