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Falling for the wife all over again!

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A loving husband overcame his fear of heights to take a spectacular dive for his wife – and in the process help her tick another adventure off her bucket list.

Marian Daniels from Tuam was all set to do a skydive as the second last thing on that bucket list – until her hips told her otherwise. So she asked hubby Ronnie to stand in, and fall for her all over again!

The only problem was that Ronnie has no great love of heights, so tumbling from a plane at 10,000 feet – albeit in tandem, strapped to a seasoned professional – was far from his idea of fun.

But because it was for Marian – and to raise funds for the RNLI – he did it.

“The parachute jump took place in Clonbullogue, outside Edenderry in Co. Offaly last Saturday week, after many hours of waiting round for the cloud to lift,” reveals Marian.

“Ronnie eventually made the jump at 4.40 – and for a man who doesn’t like heights he absolutely loved it,” she adds.

Marian would have happily done it herself, but recurring problems with her hips ruled her out on medical advice.

She had her hips replaced four years ago, and when one of them dislocated, she needed a new replacement, and it was only a year since the surgery.

“My consultant said it could be healing for another eight months. I hated to let the RNLI down as I already had to cancel it a year ago. So I asked my husband to go in my place,” said the 67 year old.

Ironically the dive was a Christmas present from Ronnie and daughter Pamela to Marian, who lives in Brownsgrove in Tuam.

“I’m the only one in this family who’s a daredevil,” she laughs. “He wouldn’t go over the speed limit he’s so careful. He must love me very much.”

She may have to upgrade Ronnie to hero status after this, because it’s been a busy time for him – on and off the ground. He spent the lockdown, delivering oxygen to hospitals from a base in Oranmore.

Marian is nearly at the end of her bucket list, having swum with dolphins and gone to a Celine Dion concert in Las Vegas.

She has tested Ronnie’ s fear of heights before, because she had already roped him in for a hot air balloon ride in France as well as a paragliding session over the water.  “He didn’t want to do it but he did and loved it,” she reveals.

Her three hip operations have done nothing to dint her enthusiasm for life – and she is already making plans to take to the skies herself when medical advice allows it.

“I want to do this skydive – maybe to celebrate my 70th in three years’ time. It will have well healed by then,” she says.

But first she wanted to thank all who have donated to the RNLI in her name, via iDonate.

“I am very grateful for all of their support – and for those who still wish to donate to this very worthy cause the iDonate page is active until the end of August,” she adds.

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Hospitality group raises €90k

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Lorraine Gallagher (left) and Charlene Hurley of Galway Hospice presented with a cheque for €27,537 by Brian Lynch and Eveanna Ryan of Connacht Hospitality.

The Connacht Hospitality Group this week announced that they raised more than €90,000 for a range of good Irish causes throughout 2022.

The group, which owns well-known Galway establishments including The Connacht Hotel, An Púcán, HYDE Hotel, Residence Hotel and 1520 Bar, as well as the Galway Bay Golf Resort, held a range of events at various stages of 2022 to fundraise for Claddagh Watch Patrol, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), Galway Hospice and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The announcement of over €90,000 worth of funds raised by the Connacht Hospitality Group for national and local charities comes off the back of the past 12 months which saw the group aim to make Corporate Social Responsibility a core part of their identity. This focus allowed them to become more aware of the causes that need assistance while also raising the profile of many of the charities.

The group arranged a diverse array of events to raise funds, and had lots of imaginative ways of grabbing the public’s attention. One event saw people attend HYDE Bar to savour a menu made by a mystery celebrity. In the end, it was revealed that TV personality Gráinne Seoige was the Executive Chef on a night that generated over €8,000 for the NBCRI.

Another event saw staff take part in a ‘Sunrise Swim’ in Salthill – and the public donated in their droves. All money raised went towards Claddagh Watch Patrol, an organisation that works to make Galway’s waterways safer by preventing accidental death and suicide.

One of the most successful fundraisers was the Galway Bay Golf Resort’s Golf Classic, which raised over €22,000 for Galway Hospice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Residents in fear of gangs travelling to rural Galway to burgle homes

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Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins.

Residents in rural County Galway are living in fear of being burgled after one small area suffered at least 10 raids in the month of January.

Councillor Mary Hoade told a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) this week that those figures were for around Headford alone, as she called for additional resources to target travelling crime gangs visiting the county.

“Some of these burglaries are taking place in the morning when people go to work; some are in the evening; and others at night. It’s very frightening.  We recognise that these criminals are coming into the county, but we need more support to fight crime,” said Cllr Hoade.

“Rural garda stations have less resources . . . we’re relying on the resources in the nearest town,” she continued.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said gardaí couldn’t be everywhere at once, but communities needed to act as their eyes and ears and report suspicious activity when they see it. Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins (pictured) told the JPC that Galway was being targeted from time to time by travelling gangs.

“Three different gangs visited the county on one day recently,” said Det Supt Cummins.

Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) said she believed increased CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras – to capture known gangs on tour – should be rolled out.
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IDA Ireland’s €10m land purchase backs Oranmore for industry base

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Former Mayor of County Galway, Liam Carroll.

IDA Ireland has trebled its footprint on the outskirts of Oranmore by purchasing more than 100 acres of land to support industry.

It’s understood the semi-state body purchased some 42.9 hectares on the outskirts of Oranmore, for a price in excess of €10 million.

The strategic purchase of land adjacent to some 21 hectares zoned ‘business and technology’ and already owned by the IDA, was a “major vote of confidence” in Oranmore and Galway, according Cathaoirleach of the Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District, County Councillor Liam Carroll (FG).

It brings the total amount of land owned by the IDA in the area to over 150 acres.

This latest parcel, purchased at the end of 2022, is located off the N67 Claregalway Road, to the north and east of the Galway to Dublin Rail line.

“It would be ideally suited and attractive to a major multinational company or companies for the establishment of a high tech, pharmaceutical or medical device type facility,” Cllr Carroll said.

The entire site of 150-plus acres is close to the M6 motorway, and an hour away from international links, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport in Knock.  It is also close to a number of potential Park & Ride sites, identified by the National Transport Authority as being suitable for commuters.

It’s understood the land is zoned agricultural and would require a material alteration to the County Development Plan to be voted on by county councillors, in order for it to be rezoned before 2028.

(Photo: Cllr Liam Carroll, who believes the land could be developed for a tech or pharmaceutical hub).
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