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Drop in Claregalway traffic falls short of expectations

Declan Tierney

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The opening of the new Gort to Tuam motorway has taken just 4,000 cars away from Claregalway on a daily basis – although it was envisaged that the gridlocked village would have as many as 10,000 less vehicles travelling through it.

Traffic counts have revealed that motorists travelling between Tuam and Galway city are not opting for the motorway to the degree that was anticipated – and this is mainly down to the delays that are being experienced at the Coolough Roundabout near the Galway Clinic.

But on a more positive note, it seems that the motorway is the more preferred option for those exiting Galway city towards North Galway in the evenings, according to figures obtained by local Cllr James Charity.

Figures have shown that the number of cars that the motorway has taken away from Claregalway has fallen far short of expectations.

At the moment, there are on average 16,700 vehicular movements through the village since the motorway opened in September last year compared to 21,600 in 2016. This is not in accordance to what was anticipated by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

And it has also been learned that because the bottlenecks through Claregalway have intensified because of problems being experienced further in the old N17 towards the city, the rat runs through Cregmore have intensified.

Cllr James Charity, who represents the area, said that while some motorists were using the new Tuam to Gort motorway to access Galway city but it is not to the extent that was expected.

“When they were talking up the motorway, the impression was given that this would be the solution to all of Claregalway’s traffic woes when most people in the area knew full well at the time that this would not be the case.

“There was even talk of traffic calming measures being implemented for Claregalway in the aftermath of the motorway opening but the experts are most welcome to stand in the village any morning of the week to see for themselves how foolish that concept was,” he added.

During the height of the building boom, there were 30,000 daily traffic movements recorded through Claregalway on a daily basis but some motorists say that the tailbacks at the moment are just as bad as they were ten years ago with considerably less traffic.

A change in the sequencing of the lights at the Tuam Road junction in Galway, which certainly does not favour traffic approaching from the old N17, has resulted in traffic between Claregalway and the city being reduced to a crawl each weekday morning.

“It is a case of picking the lesser of two evils”, Cllr Charity added. “And while some are using the motorway, there are still a lot of motorists opting for Claregalway and, more worryingly, there seems to have been a huge increase in activity along the rat runs around Cregmore and other areas which cannot take such volumes of traffic”.

He is calling for the provision of additional public transport into Galway city and a look at other options besides the provision of mulitple sets of traffic lights as a means of trying to solve the traffic crisis that exists.

The independent councillor believes that in the absence of an outer city bypass, the possibility of fly-overs at some of the city’s notorious junctions (Tuam Road, Headford Road and at the Shopping Centre) be seriously considered.

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

Francis Farragher

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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