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Galway man tackles 18 golf courses in one day



Golfer plays 18 courses in one day

A former star goalie became a modern day Moses as he ‘parted the waves’ on an incredible 18 golf courses throughout Galway and the rest of Connacht in a single day.

Golfers stood aside and watched in awe as Vinnie Mullen from Dunmore toured the province’s best courses in an amazing feat to raise funds for Pieta House West.

At the moment it is estimated that he may have raised more than €11,000 for the Pieta House which is based in Tuam. He was helped greatly by the Dunmore MacHale’s GAA Club.

The former Dunmore MacHale’s goalkeeper, who now plays off a 14 handicap, played a hole in 18 golf courses across the five counties in the province.

He started out in Oughterard Golf Club and ended up in his native Dunmore Demesne Golf Club having covered hundreds of miles during the course of a very eventful day.

Vinnie shot a very respectable 37 points for his 18 holes despite having the misfortune of not having recorded a score when he pulled his drive into trouble at the par three fifth hole in Tuam Golf Club.

The adventure began at around 6.30am when he teed off in the company of his good friend Ollie Turner of Galway Bay fm at Oughterard.

Fourteen hours later he had played a golf hole in Galway, Galway Bay, Cregmore, Athenry, Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Mountbellew and Tuam.

It is the time of year when many Captain’s Prizes are being held in golf clubs and Vinnie happened to come across a few of them.

On one occasion in Loughrea, the Captain James Kennedy asked members to step aside as Vinnie hit his drive on the sixth hole just in front of the clubhouse.

The members duly obliged and applauded Vinnie as he made his way down the fairway following a spectacular shot.

He completed his first nine in Tuam by around 1pm with a very respectable score of 19 points. It was then on to courses further afield.

Vinny’s next stop was Ballinrobe where men’s club captain Charlie O’Sullivan from Headford was among the welcoming party.

It was then on to Claremorris, Ballyhaunis, Ballaghaderreen, Tubbercurry, Boyle, Carrick on Shannon, Castlerea and finally Dunmore at 8.30pm.

There he was greeted by golf club Captain Charlie Kelly, Lady Captain Margaret Gerrard and Club President Brian Sweeney were on hand to congratulate Vinny on finishing his challenge with a very credible 37 points.

St Jarlath’s Credit Union in Tuam sponsored €1,000 for the Drive 4 Pieta fundraiser with local Dunmore MacHales volunteers helping out with bucket collections on the day in many of the venues where Vinnie played.

Connacht Tribune

Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.


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