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Dunnes Stores unveils new-look Briarhill store

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Rian Spillane, Sheridan's Cheesemonger , Anne Marie Devine, Textile Manager, Paul O'Connor, Chef with Baxter and Green, Robert Rogala, Bakery, Hillary Killoran, Fresh Food Manager, (front row) Models Katie G and Laura from Catwalk models with Paul McGrath, Store Manager pictured in the new look Dunnes Stores Briarhill Store.

Dunnes Stores will celebrate in style this weekend as they unveil their new look state-of-the-art store in Briarhill – with a weekend full of fashion, food, lots of giveaways and fun for all the family.

Lovers of great food and fashion are invited to come along this Saturday and Sunday to experience this exciting and innovative new shopping experience, which has been created in collaboration with some of the leading Irish names in food, fashion, and homeware – all under one roof, and all delivering on the Dunnes Stores award winning promise of better value.

Another big magnet for shoppers to Dunnes Stores Briarhill is the new Food Hall, home to artisan food producers such as Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, which was first established in Galway by Kevin Sheridan; and Dunnes Stores own in house fishmonger, as well as the full range from the multi-award winning Simply Better Collection.

Dunnes Stores Briarhill Manager Paul McGrath said that they had more reason than ever to look forward to this Christmas.

“We are officially Ireland’s number one Food Retailer, and just recently we have been awarded Irish Retailer of the Year,” he said.

“And now with our beautiful new look store in Briarhill – we’re bringing the celebrations to Galway in a big way!”

The weekend celebrations will include very special fashion shows on Saturday, hosted by Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon.

As well as showcasing their own Lennon Courtney collection, which is exclusive to Dunnes Stores, there will be the collections from Dunnes Stores own brands including Gallery and Savida, along with all the other exclusive designer brands.

One of Ireland’s top make up artists, Derrick Carberry will also be in store to meet customers and to provide Styling Sessions for some lucky competition winners.

On Sunday, Ireland’s leading garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin will be in store, running a number of gardening workshops. Also taking to the stage will be Aileen Cox Blundell of Baby Led Feeding fame, with mini workshops on how mums and dads can prepare food that can be enjoyed by the whole family, including baby.

Paul and his team are also organising lots of kid friendly activities throughout the weekend. There are plans for a very special guest, Santa Claus, together with some of his elves, to call in store over the weekend to celebrate with everyone.

For Family Day on Sunday, there will be puppet shows, a Fyffes Banana Colouring Station and a special reading of the Dolls Complaints children’s book.

Throughout the weekend there will also be lots and lots of prizes to be given away at the tills.

More details on the schedule of activities and events for the festive weekend will be announced over the coming week, and these will be available through Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Homemade Wimbledon is a different bale game!

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James Craughwell about to serve over the tape – and the sheep gates – to brother Christopher with mum, Anne, in the background. The family dog Prince is showing a keen interest in taking up the role of ‘ball boy’. The brollies on the deck chairs were actually purchased at the Wimbledon tournament that the Craughwells attended in 2017.

WIMBLEDON mightn’t be happening for the tennis professionals this year due to COVID-19 – but one North Galway family are planning their own version of the tournament.

The younger members of the Craughwell family in Menlough village have had a tradition over the years of lining out their own court on the silage slab that’s available for recreation purposes during the early weeks of the Summer.

The three sons of Jarlath and Anne Craughwell – Christopher, Shane and James – rarely missed the opportunity through the years to ‘get the silage slab ready’ for their own Wimbledon tournament.

“The dimensions of the silage slab are almost exactly the same as a tennis court [78 feet X 36 feet} so back the years we always organised our own games. When the silage was made, then that was always it for another year,” Christopher Craughwell told the Connacht Tribune.

As the lads grew older the summer tennis court hadn’t been used for a few years but in 2020 with the introduction of the coronavirus restrictions, it seemed like a perfect time to bring it back.

“This year we took it a stage further. We used the sheep gates for the net with a line of white electric fence tape along the top so this is probably the best job we’ve ever made of it.

“The silage won’t be made for at least another month so were planning to stage our own family tournament over the coming weeks. With the weather so good, it’s been a great way to pass the time,” said Christopher.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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City Council houses Travellers in county

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Cllr Donagh Killilea.

Galway City Council will spend close to half a million euro to house a Traveller family – in a property well outside its own local authority boundary.

Instead the family of four, who previously lived on the Carrabrowne halting site, will be accommodated in the house at Kiltulla near Carnmore, which is deep in Galway County Council’s local government area.

The City Council is understood to have paid €388,000 for the property which will require another €50,000 to refurbish – leaving little change out of half a million euro.

Angry residents, who were unaware of the plan, have now organised a petition to City Council CEO Brendan McGrath to voice their objection to the move.

But Cllr Donagh Killilea believes that there is a bigger issue at stake – with Galway City Council acquiring property wherever they like.

And Senator Ollie Crowe said that he believed the City Council – of which he was a member up to his Seanad election – should be acquiring property within their own area and that this acquisition was ‘unprecedented’.

He said that it was his view that there would be nothing bought outside the city boundary and that the money spent on this property would refurbish a lot of the City Council’s housing stock that had fallen into a state of dilapidation.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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Long drives still out of bounds for golfers

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Teeing off from the 12th tee at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore this week on the re-opening of golf courses around the country. There is nothing to suggest that any golfers travelled more than 5km to play in Oranmore. Photo: Keith Kelly.

This week’s relaxation of travel restrictions saw an exodus to the garden centres and the golf courses – but Gardaí have this week reiterated their warning to those planning to excede their five kilometre limit that they may find themselves in the heavy rough.

The first phase of a return to ‘normality’ went to plan, despite the early rush to newly reopened facilities. Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of furloughed golfers, who were on the first tee from daylight.

Time sheets for golf clubs across the county were choc-a-bloc as they opened their doors to members for the first time since the end of March – but many clubs privately admitted that more than half of those who played had travelled way beyond the 5k restriction.

That led Gardaí to warn that they will be mounting checkpoints and turning people back home – adding that the golf clubs themselves have a responsibility to advise members on the travel rules.

Tuam Sergeant Pat Hastings confirmed that Gardaí had the power under the Health Preservation and Protection Act 2020 to turn back individuals travelling more than 5k from their homes.

He warned that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with anyone who continually breached the regulations.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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