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Family won’t be free of flooding threat before 2020

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A South Galway house which has been flooded on numerous occasions over the years will have to wait until at least 2020 before it can hope to get any relief even though a scheme to avert the flood risk could be completed for just €15,000.

The family home of Paddy McGlynn’s at Roxboro, outside Loughrea, located 1km off the N66 south of Kilchreest Village, has sustained serious damage whenever water rises at the Owennashree River.

At one stage during the flooding in 2015, waters reached over a foot and a half inside the house.

Houses in areas that are to be examined by consultants investigating the South Galway Flood Relief Scheme will not be eligible for funding to alleviate flooding issues before the project is finalised.

In a letter to Loughrea Independent councillor Pat Hynes, project manager Enda Gallagher confirmed that Roxboro is within the scheme to be considered by the consultants and will therefore not be funded in advance of the consultant’s appointment.

“Any works identified by the consultants will be undertaken as p1art of one large contract,” he stated.

The briefs for the tender documents are currently being prepared to appoint engineering and ecological consultants.

Work on the project is scheduled to being in mid-2020 if no difficulties arise.

Cllr Hynes said the Owenashree River starts in the town land of Raheen Eighter, Kilchreest and flows through the townlands of Roxboro, Caherlinny, Grannagh and other town lands onto the sea.

“This recurring problem has and is causing great hardship to Paddy McGlynn. The flood waters from the nearby Owennashree river flow into his house is causing damage to downstairs rooms entailing replacement of furniture, floor covering and other household goods.”

That action has been estimated to cost €15,000 under an assessment carried out by Galway County Council.

They concluded that the main problem at the location is the narrowing of the Owenshree River downstream from McGlynns house into a bottle neck preventing sufficient water flow downstream during flash floods.

Deforestation has also contributed to the problem at the location with increased runoff from the Slieve Aughty.

Following the 2009 flooding works were carried out on the eastern side of the river but, due to lack of funding, no works were carried on the western side.

The minor works scheme which would solve the problem would involve widening the river bank on the western side by up to 2m keeping the river a constant width of over 5m to prevent a build-up of water

“Immediate action is required to address and rectify this problem,” urged Cllr Hynes.

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Family-friendly location just a stroll to the beach

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Family friendly location: 26 Tearmann Eala (red door) in Renmore.

This large semi-detached residence in the popular Tearmann Eala estate in Renmore has come to the market with an asking price of €395,000.

Number 26 is a well-presented four-bed property with very generous living space spread out over two floors.

The ground floor comprises a wide entrance hall with under stairs toilet, a large living room with open fireplace and to the rear, the kitchen/dining room and utility both with access to the back garden.

Upstairs are four double bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes and the master is en suite. Completing the upstairs is the main bathroom.

Externally, there is off-street parking to the front and a well-kept rear garden.

Selling agent Kyle O’Brien said: “Tearmann Eala is a quiet cul de sac development in Renmore. It is a perfect family friendly development and is well serviced by local amenities and services nearby.

“Ballyloughane Beach is only a short stroll away and not to mention all the communal green areas and facilities such as Galwegians Rugby Club and the Kingfisher Leisure facilities.

“Additionally, there are many further amenities such as schools, Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Parkmore IDA Park, the major employment hub on the east side of the city.”

For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact DNG Maxwell, Heaslip & Leonard on 091 565261.

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Consumer spend hit by inflation

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The average planned monthly spend among Irish consumers has decreased by ten per cent, according to Deloitte’s latest State of the Consumer Tracker.

The survey found that consumers in Ireland are ten per cent more concerned about inflation than the global average, with more than half (56 per cent) worried about their level of savings.

It also found that consumer confidence in engaging with businesses and services in person has increased over the last month; 80 per cent feel safe going to the store (up six per cent since the previous wave); 80 per cent feel safe engaging in one-to-one services such as hairdressing (up five per cent); 78 per cent feel safe going to a restaurant (up seven per cent); and 66 per cent feel safe attending in-person events (up ten per cent).

Despite this, financial concerns among consumers in Ireland have remained constant or lessened only slightly since the previous wave: 26 per cent are concerned about making upcoming payments (down two per cent); 52 per cent say they are delaying large purchases (no change); 44 per cent are optimistic that their personal financial situation will improve within the next three years (up one per cent); and 56 per cent are concerned about their level of savings (no change).

In fact, of the 23 countries surveyed, Ireland is the third-most-concerned about inflation, with 85 per cent of consumers in Ireland saying that they are concerned about inflation, compared to the global average of 75 per cent.

Consequently, the average planned monthly spend among consumers in Ireland has decreased by a significant ten per cent, from €2,654 in the previous wave to €2,396.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Little by way of ready relief from hypochondria ailment

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

Not all the time, but here and there, I get occasional nominations for being the number one hypochondriac in my immediate circle, an ‘accolade’ I hotly dispute but often to no avail. There is always that tendency when a sudden headache arrives or a twinge in the back comes like a lightning strike or a cough starts out of the blue to straight away harbour thoughts of impending doom.

With the passing of years – even decades – you get subtle hints of your finitude (a fancy way of saying that you’re going to die sometime) and you begin to check out medical terms like floaters (little black spots that appear in your line of vision), cataracts, osteoarthritis, diabetes, depression and of course the dreaded dementia.

If you can tick off more than two of those boxes then you know that you’re in a bit of bother and the only hope is that if you tick them all, you’re probably just in a state of chronic hypochondria rather than being on your last legs.

Luckily many years ago after a brief flirtation with cigarettes while at school (secondary), some kind of a spirit descended upon me and prompted me to turn my back on the dreaded weed, which has now become horrendously expensive as well as killing you off before your time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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