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CONFIRMED: Map of the new Galway Bypass

Enda Cunningham

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Up to 400 home and landowners along the route for the new city bypass will receive letters in the post today informing them they live along the ‘emerging preferred corridor’ for the scheme – which has been touted as the solution to Galway’s traffic woes.

While hundreds will receive letters, the route will affect 41 homes along the route (while a further 10 will have an option to ‘sell up’) which includes a tunnel running from Coolagh near the end of the M6 motorway to the entrance of Galway Racecourse.

You can download a high resolution PDF here of the Bypass map

Details of the route were exclusively revealed on our website last Saturday morning.

Details published by a national newspaper on the same day were incorrect and caused much concern amongst homeowners who incorrectly believed their properties were at risk.

The selected route is not specifically one of the existing six ‘coloured’ routes which were previously published, although it does incorporate significant parts of the blue route.

The three main areas affected in terms of homeowners will be on the city side of Castlegar, on the N84 (near Clada Minerals) and at the Dangan/Circular Road.

At the end of the Dublin motorway at Coolagh, new junction arrangements will be put in place, and a tunnel will run from two derelict houses at Briarhill to Racecourse Road (commonly referred to as ‘the avenue’).

It’s understood a number of stables at the Racecourse will have to be demolished, but the course itself will be unaffected.

The tunnel runs to ‘the avenue’ (where Brooks and a number of other businesses are based), before going above ground again for a run down the hill behind the Racecourse (adjacent to the An Post depot) and across to the N84 near Clada Minerals.

That will be a ‘cut and cover’ tunnel, where the ground will be excavated, and pre-cast concrete beams laid, allowing the roadway to be reinstated overhead.

A second small tunnel will be built through the Menlo area – to avoid limitations imposes by the EU Habitats’ Directive on protected limestone in the area, part of the problem with the original Galway City Outer Bypass route.

A fifth bridge across the Corrib will be built, and the route then runs through NUI Galway lands at Dangan, through a point on the Dangan side of Bushypark (near Circular Road) and to a point west of Barna.

The route does not traverse the existing Sportsground at NUIG, but will be through a green area close to a GAA pitch.

However, the route corridor chosen is 150 metres wide, and this will have to be narrowed to an actual route of 25 to 50 metres wide, and it’s understood there has been some flexibility built into its journey through NUIG lands and at Barna.

It ties into the exisiting R336 at a roundabout junction approx 2km to the west of Barna village and then proceeds towards Letteragh.

Roundabouts are also proposed at the Barna to Moycullen road and at the Ballymoneen Road which provides connectivity to Knocknacarra.

Letters to landowners were posted yesterday and are expected to be delivered to between 300 and 400 home, land and business owners today, and a briefing will take place for local councillors this morning.

Those affected will then be invited to consultations with the designers Arup and the National Road Design Office over the coming fortnight, before the route open up to a wider public consultation process.

The route will then be narrowed down to a corridor of up to 50m wide, before it can be progressed to final design and Compulsory Purchase Order process.

It is expected to cost in the region of €600 million.

PDF of the bypass map

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

Francis Farragher

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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