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Dream comes true for Ronan

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Ronan with his favourite characters Minnie, Mickey and Woody.

The magic of Disney descended on a brave Connemara boy, making it a Christmas to remember for the four year old who is fighting a terrible life threatening illness.

Ronan Gaynor, from Lettergunnet, Furbo, spent the afternoon in the company of a host of Disney favourites – including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck – as well as Woody from Toy Story and some of the Minions for good measure.

The surprise visit was thanks to the Share a Dream Foundation and Ronan’s granny Bridie Faherty from Barna, who asked if they could bring their Dream Machine and Dream Team to Galway.

“It would give us all such a lift and give us a very happy memory to hang onto seeing Ronan playing and having fun with his sister, all his cousins and family,” she said.

So, on December 29, the Dream Machine the Dream Team headed from Limerick to Galway – having to do battle with Storm Frank along the way.

“We asked God to get us there and back to Limerick safely, which he did and we thanked him for the wonderful experience and privilege to meet such a lovely family and to organise the best Christmas party ever for their beautiful little boy who is fighting such an uphill battle,” said Share a Dream founder Shay Kinsella.

Ronan’s favourite characters all arrived to his door to surprise him and he then headed into the Dream Machine, the interactive fun bus where he spent the next two hours enjoying the magic inside.

His family were thrilled with the lift it gave the little fighter.

“They made the day so special, battling through Storm Frank to make it to us to put a smile on a very special little boy’s face,” said Ronan’s aunt Amanda Gaynor.

And granny Bridie agreed: “They are wonderful people and this has given everyone a great lift.”

Ronan is the young son of Evelyn and Mark Gaynor; he has an older sister – six year old Katie – and has been battling serious illness.

“It is our privilege to be invited into the homes of very sick children to make their fondest dreams come true.

“We pray for Ronan and all the amazing children we worked with over the Christmas and even Storm Frank couldn’t dampen the true spirit of Christmas that we experience all over the country,” said Shay Kinsella afterwards.

If you can help Share a Dream continue their work in helping sick children in Ireland by organising a fundraising event or making a donation you can contact them today at 061-200080 or email dreams@shareadream.ie

 

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Galway husband and Roscommon wife cheer on different sides of Connacht Final fence!

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Galway supporter Michael Bradley and his wife Roscommon supporter Siveen Bradley in Ballinasloe this week. Pic Gerry Stronge

The Bradley family in Ballinasloe have divided loyalties ahead of this Sunday’s Connacht senior football final between neighbouring counties Galway and Roscommon.

Mike Bradley, from Ballinasloe town, is a ‘stone mad’ Galway GAA fan – but his wife Siveen is from Newtown, a village three miles over the border and will be very much shouting for the Rossies.

Her nephew is Paul Carey, a rising star of Roscommon GAA, and already a legend in the Pádraig Pearses club, who could torment the home team’s defence at Pearse Stadium if he’s recovered from injury and if he’s fit and picked to play.

Though he may not feature this weekend, the 21-year-old Carey made his senior inter-county debut this season during Anthony Cunningham’s march to Division Two League success; and landed eight points for Pearses in the South Roscommon club’s first ever provincial title win in January.

Siveen, a sacristan in St Michael’s Church, and Mike, a caretaker in Canal House, live on Bridge Street and they’ll watch the provincial decider at home on television – because she could not handle the nerves of watching it live in Salthill.

“I watch the matches on telly or listen on the radio. The only reason I don’t go to the matches is I’d get too excited! I wouldn’t be able to deal with it. Even when it’s on the telly I’d be turning it off and on and texting my sister have they won because I couldn’t watch! I’m fierce bad,” laughed Siveen.

Her daughter, Siobhán, a Galway supporter, is married to a Mayo man, Seán Vahey, who live in Castlebar.

“As bad and all as I am I have a daughter married to a Mayo man! I’m up against it,” joked the proud Roscommon woman.

Read full coverage ahead of the Connacht Football Final in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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Galway not getting its fair slice of Government cake

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Galway County Buildings.

Galway County Council needs a bailout – because it is continually underfunded by central government…and not because of rapidly rising inflation.

Chief Executive Jim Cullen warned County Councillors this week that Galway County Council is the lowest funded local authority in the country per capita.

This underfunding, ongoing for years, was impacting on its capacity to deliver services in the county.

Mr Cullen said he was also concerned that cost inflation and rising cost of inputs, materials, fuel and energy were going to have an impact.

But he said that ‘the only bailout we need’ is a correction in the per capita funding it receives from central government.

He said “I don’t expect to get a bailout” to cover the cost of inflation, because it was impacting on all local authorities.

“If we do, that’s good,” he said.

But Mr Cullen urged County Councillors to ‘stay focused’ on the real financial problem facing the local authority historically and now, which was underfunding.

He said he has taken every opportunity to raise this issue with junior and senior ministers who visit Galway, including most recently Environment Minister Eamon Ryan.

He signalled it involved a fairer distribution and retention of the money raised in the county through Local Property Tax.

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

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Drugs feud boils over with pipe bomb attack

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TWO arson attacks on houses in Ballinasloe over the past week – one of them involving a pipe bomb – are believed to be part of a feud related to drugs.

Both incidents occurred in the Hymany Park area of the town with a pipe-bomb used in the first one which took place shortly after 2am on the Friday morning of May 20 last.

The pipe bomb was set off at the front door of the house which had one occupant when the attack occurred – the man did not suffer any injury in the incident.

However, extensive damage was caused to the front of the house with a door and window destroyed – Gardaí have described the use of a pipe bomb as ‘very worrying’.

In what could be a related incident, another house in the Hymany Park was the target for an arson attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning last.

A fire accelerant – possibly petrol – was splashed onto the front door of the house at around 4am which was then set alight. The damage is understood to have been confined to the front door area.

A Garda spokesperson issued an appeal for anyone with information in relation to either incident – or who may have relevant dash cam or camera footage – to make contact with them.

“Both incidents were highly reckless, but we are particularly concerned at the use of an explosive pipe-bomb device in the first one.

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

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