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Entire Tuam development sells for €200,000

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Tuam development sold for €200,000

The property market in Tuam appears to be in a Shambles – an entire residential and retail development in the town has sold for around €200,000.

That means that the residential units alone – eleven in total – are worth around €18,000 each.

However, the auctioneer who sold the property believes it is a positive for the town that somebody was even willing to purchase it.

A buyer from the UK purchased The Shambles on Vicar Street – which comprises four retail units, seven four-bed townhouses and four two-bed apartments – for a figure believed to be around €200,000 after an Allsop Space auction in Dublin.

Asking prices for townhouses in the development were around €149,000 in 2010 – that represents a cut in perceived value of almost 90%.

The block failed to reach its reserve price of €200,000 at the auction, but sold afterwards following negotiations.

Last February, Allsop Space put the seven townhouses on the market with a €200,000 price tag, but they remained unsold, and the block with additional retail units was subsequently marketed.

Robert Hoban, Director of Auctions with Allsop Space told the Connacht Tribune the selling price was not necessarily “bargain basement”.

“There was huge interest in it. Buying it is only step one. Investing in it is the next step. I wouldn’t call the selling price ‘bottom of the barrel’ or ‘bargain basement’. It’s the open market value.

“It’s actually a positive sign that somebody wants to take it on, it’s good for the town. The alternative is that it would sit there derelict,” said Mr Hoban.

Meanwhile, a two-bed apartment in Ballinasloe sold for just €40,000 at the auction.

The property at An Aonach on Dunlo Hill had a ‘reserve price not to exceed’ (the highest bid over this figure secures the property) of €25,000. It is currently generating a rent of around €4,500 per annum.

Similar properties were on the market for around €90,000 to €100,000 just two years ago.

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Patients vent their spleen over ED chaos

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The new ED at UHG.

Complaints about the Emergency Department of University Hospital Galway (UHG) jumped by 55% last year, the Connacht Tribune has learned.

During 2021, when strict Covid-19 restrictions were in place at UHG, a total of 80 official complaints were lodged about the West’s main public Emergency Department.

But in the following year, official complaints about the Emergency Department at UHG totalled 124.

It represents an increase of 44 complaints, or a year-on-year jump of 55%. It does not include complaints made to frontline staff that were resolved soon after they were made, and only refers to complaints formally assigned to a complaints officer.

A further 13 complaints were lodged but are not included in the total over the two years because the complaints were withdrawn, or consent was not given to progress them.

The increase in complaints to Saolta University Healthcare Group came in 2022, when medical activity returned to pre-pandemic levels, and overcrowding at UHG’s ED dominated the headlines.

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Connemara pride in teenager just pipped at the post for Eurovision

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Jennifer Connolly on stage at Eurosong.

Connemara singer Jennifer Connolly was basking in the pride of her community this week – even though she was pipped at the post for the chance to represent Ireland in this year’s Eurovision in Liverpool.

Going by the stage name Connolly, the 19-year-old from Leitir Mealláin was the bookie’s favourite going into the Eurosong contest to pick the Irish contestant on RTE’s Late Late Show.

Her atmospheric number, Midnight Summer Night, scored 32 points, losing out by just two points to the Dublin band Wild Youth’s anthemic We Are One.

She scored highest with the international jury with twelve points, compared to Wild Youth’s ten points – but she lost out by two points from the Irish jury and two points on the public vote.

Wild Youth had the edge in the familiarity stakes, having previously supported Lewis Capaldi, Niall Horan and The Script on tour. Their hit Can’t Move On has been a firm Irish radio hit since its 2018 release.

They certainly appeared very confident onstage last Friday. But few could fault Connolly, who after an initial shaky start blew it out of the park with her strong voice.

This is the first year that the winner was chosen by a combination of an international jury, a national jury and a televote.

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White House hopeful boasts Galway roots

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Galway roots...Steve Laffey.

You wait an eternity for one US President with Galway roots to come along – and then a potential second Galwegian in the White House emerges in quick succession!

Because with earlier confirmation of Joe Biden’s roots embedded deep in Ballinacourty, outside Oranmore, now the first official challenger to Donald Trump’s planned renaissance turns out to be a direct descendant of a North Galway native.

And while Steve Laffey, the former Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, might not make it to the final shake-up, he has officially declared his intention this week to seek the Republican nomination to run for the White House next year.

Mr Laffey, who lives in Colorado, is the great great grandson of Michael Laffey from Sunhill, Menlough, according to Mountbellew genealogist Martin Curley, who also established President Biden’s Galway credentials – despite the higher-profile claims of Mayo and Louth to his roots.

Mr Laffey served as mayor of Cranston, a city just outside of Providence, Rhode Island, from 2003 to 2007. He also made an unsuccessful bid for Senate in 2006.

Get 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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