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Food forum’s recipe for success

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Dayana Maltese, Sabanero Artisan Cheese; Ricky Conneely, Local Enterprise Office Galway; Nicky Wilmott, Galway Hooker Brewery and Máirtín Walsh of BIM, pictured at the Galway Hooker Brewery, Oranmore, at the launch of the Local Producer Trade Event takes place next Monday.

A host of food and drink producers from across the west will showcase everything from honey to cheese and sea cucumber to craft beer – all aimed at increasing the range on offer in local shops, cafes and restaurants.

It’s all part of the Galway’s Food & Drink Showcase, organised by the Local Enterprise Office Galway and Bord Iascaigh Mhara and takes place at the Galway Hooker Brewery in Oranmore next Monday, March 6.

The local food producers are busy preparing for this trade only event which aims to help them get a foothold in the marketplace.

Seafood including sea cucumber; oysters; regional honey and local specialty cheeses such as Irish Moiled cow’s cheese, goat’s cheese and sheep’s milk cheese will feature in this free event running from 10am to 1pm.

Producers from across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon will be exhibiting their products. Producers and BIM chefs will also provide a demonstration of displaying seafood sharing platters which are proving ever more popular with tourists travelling the Wild Atlantic Way.

Rory Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Irish Hotels Federation Galway Branch, said his members were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with so many first class local producers at this showcase.

“We want to work towards building new relationships that allow us to promote the very best produce this region has to offer.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Split level home on large site in Drum

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Drum East near Bushypark

This is a superb detached family home on a large site of 1.4 acres located around 5km from Galway City.

Built in 1999, the property at Drum East near Bushypark extends to 3,000 sq ft and has around 0.75 of an acre of easily maintained gardens.

The residence is deceptive from the front as it appears to be single storey, but is in fact split level and is over three floors.

On the ground and first floors are the sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility room, four bedrooms (two of which are en suite), main bathroom and guest toilet.

On the lower ground floor is a large open plan room suitable for a variety of uses and two further separate rooms.  All rooms are large, bright and spacious.

The care and thought that has gone into this home is evident with the quality of fittings, such as solid timber floors, tiling, kitchen fittings and bathrooms have recently been refitted with new showers, tiling and suites.

The thermal efficiencies have been improved with extensive retro fitting of insulation, including pumping walls and attic insulation.

Externally, the gardens have been planned and have matured well with natural stone wall boundary to front, mature trees and shrub beds on side and rear boundary, extensive lawn, tarmacadam drive to the front, side and rear.  In addition, there is a rear field of approximately 0.65 acres.

Drum is a popular location to the west of Galway City approximately 5km from the city centre; Boleybeg Primary School is 1km and the Salthill Devon pitches are nearby.

It offers space, privacy, scope and all the benefits of country living yet on the doorstep of the city.

■ The asking price is €575,000. The BER Rating is C1. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Sherry FitzGerald on 091 569123.

 

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Rowers Murtagh and Keogh in final Olympic Games bid

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Galway rowers Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh who have qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games in their sights.

TWO talented Galway oarswomen will be striving to book their ticket to Tokyo when competing in the final Olympic Qualifying Regatta in Lucerne over the coming days.

Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh from Na Forbacha will be part of the Irish Women’s Four seeking to clinch their passport to the rescheduled Olympics Games in Japan.

The Galway pair will join with Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty in pursuit of one of the two qualifying places up for grabs on the famous Swiss lake.

Fresh from their silver medal winning exploits in last month’s European Championships in Poland, the Irish crew are one of the favourites for their event in Lucerne. The regatta goes ahead from May 16 to May 18.

 

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Consistency is the key as Walsh ‘good to go’ for tie with Kerry

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Galway captain Shane Walsh comes under pressure from Mayo’s Fionn McDonagh during the 2020 Connacht final at Pearse Stadium.

GALWAY captain Shane Walsh admits it is difficult to know where his side are at, but that the Tribesmen are going to give it “a right good go” against Kerry in Tralee this Saturday afternoon.

When these two met pre-pandemic in the National League last year, they served up a lively encounter that saw Kerry edge out Galway on a 1-15 to 2-11 scoreline. Walsh was in sparkling form in that game, tallying 1-4, including a brilliant goal.

“I suppose, it’s harder to gauge where everyone is going to be at going into Saturday,” says the Galway captain. “We haven’t had ideal preparation as regards challenge games and that, I suppose that timeframe was out of our hands.

“But we’ve been training hard, lads have been putting their best foot forward and they are just delighted to have had this date in mind. Everyone is looking forward to going down to Tralee and giving a right good go at it.”

Despite the narrow defeat in 2020, Galway were in fine fettle during that period and, by the time the competition was suspended due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, they were sitting top of Division 1.

Sadly, the momentum they had generated could not be sustained when activities resumed later in the year. Injuries did play a part in that – Walsh was one of those – but he agrees that it is imperative they are consistent in their performances and return to winning ways.

“Yeah, it (consistency) builds momentum as well, and the more momentum you can get behind you, the better it is going to be. So, again for us, that starts on Saturday and we can’t wait for it.

“Last year, I suppose, was a year for us to learn from. Like Padraic (Joyce, manager) was

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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