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Galway’s Golden Miles are a valued treasure trove of the county’s heritage

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AN exciting new element – The Golden Mile of Galway Talks and Walks – has been added to the Golden Mile of Galway Project this year, with the announcement of nine events open to the public, free of charge, taking place throughout the county in Spring 2014.

 The Golden Mile of Galway is a countywide project which encourages rural communities to come together to identify a mile long stretch of road in their local area and to recognise and celebrate the elements that make up our rural roadways, stonewalls, flora and fauna. This initiative is rolled out on an annual basis by Galway Rural Development Company Ltd and Galway County Council in partnership with Comhair na nOileán Teo. and FORUM Connemara.

 The launch of the 2014 Golden Mile of Galway competition took place in the Athenry Heritage Centre where details of the upcoming information events, ‘Talks and Walks’, and a newly produced Golden Mile of Galway information pack as well as a supporting programme were announced.

 The team directly involved in the organisation of these events and the production of the information pack were Frank Keane, Enterprise Officer, Galway Rural Development Co.; Michael Burke, GRD; Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council; Máirín O’Reilly, Golden Mile of Galway and heritage specialists, Zena Hoctor and Christy Cunniffe.

 The Golden Mile of Galway first began in 2004 and has successfully run for 10 years. During that time 149 different communities entered their local Golden Mile – a one mile stretch of roadway. The Golden Mile of Galway Talks and Walks, led by Zena Hoctor and Christy Cunniffe, will take place at the following venues:

  Johnston Hall, Kinvara (10am-1pm Sat. 8th Feb.); Lackagh Parish Centre (1pm-4pm Sun. 16th Feb.); Craughwell Community Centre (10am-1pm Sat. 22nd Feb.); Woodford Woodford Youth Club Hall (10am-1pm Sat. 1st March); Solus Resource Centre, Headford (1pm-4pm Sun. 2nd March); Killimor Hall (10am-1pm Sat. 8th March); Tuam Stars GAA Complex (10am-10pm Sat. 22nd March); Glenamaddy Community Centre (10am-1pm Sat. 5th April) and Ballymacward Hall (10am-1pm Sat. 12th April).

 Suitable footwear, warm clothing and rain wear is recommended for the 90 minute guided walk on the Golden Miles. A hot ‘cuppa’ will be offered in the centres for all participants. Members of the public, community groups, schools and families of all ages who wish to explore and learn more about the wealth of heritage and natural treasures to be found on the Golden Miles, are invited to register for one of the Golden Mile Talks and Walks.

 Mayor of County Galway, Cllr. Liam Carroll commended Frank Keane of GRD and Marie Mannion, Galway County Council for their dedication to this project and continuing to extend its reach and long lasting effects in rural County Galway.

 “We have a treasure trove of curiosity in our rural environment, the flora and fauna in our hedgerows and there’s a wealth of stories and history to be shared with local communities through the Golden Mile project,” said Frank Keane, Enterprise Officer with Galway Rural Development Co.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Tractor run will remember a local legend

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Some members of the 10-person organising committee for the PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run that takes place in Ardrahan on Sunday, December 11. (Left to right): Anthony Whelan, Brian Kilkelly, Declan Sylver, Patrick Mahoney and Aonghusa Fahy. Absent from the photo are: Mary Forde, Lena Taylor, Conor O’Dea, Gerald Harney and Mícheál Kelly.

THE PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, December 11, in memory of a very well-known and highly regarded figure within the Ardrahan and South Galway local community, who passed away just a year ago this month.

PJ Mahoney was steeped in farming and the GAA and for this he was known far and wide. He was a talisman for Ardrahan GAA, playing in goals for the senior hurling team when they won county hurling titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

All down through the years, he was a most dedicated and guiding servant to the club up until his untimely death in a road accident last year.

PJ farmed locally throughout his life and was well known as an agricultural contractor in both Galway and North Clare, a business carried on by his son Patrick.

There are many tales and anecdotes of PJ Mahoney that still bring a smile to the faces of those recalling them.

He was a keystone in the local community, the neighbour you could always call on, and indeed the neighbour that didn’t need to be called upon as he would turn up to help regardless.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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More info needed in land rezoning changes

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Albert Dolan: Start building houses for our young people.

A BIGGER effort needs to be put in by local authorities to notify farmers close to towns and villages – whose land is zoned as residential – according to a number of councillors at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council.

Independent councillor for the Athenry-Oranmore electoral area,  Jim Cuddy, told Monday’s meeting at County Hall that landowners should be written to by the Council to inform them if they had land zoned as residential.

“They should at least be informed that their land has been zoned as residential and will be liable for tax [3% of value]. Some of those people just don’t know if their land has been zoned as residential – they’re just hearing rumours,” said Cllr. Cuddy.

According to Cllr. Pete Roche (FG) there was an onus on the Council to get the information ‘out there’ about zoned land through the various media outlets. However, Cllr. Michael Connolly (FF) said that the issue of land zoning and tax was a decision taken by central government.

“This is national legislation – the local authority can’t be taking this on – we can’t be carrying the can for central government,” added Cllr. Connolly.

Cllr. Albert Dolan (FF) said that young people like himself ‘had damn all chance of buying a house’, adding that this tax wouldn’t be coming into force until 2024. “We need to start building houses for our young people,” he added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway is top of the table for payments in GLAS

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Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan

GALWAY tops the league both in terms of payment total and farming numbers for the GLAS environmental scheme, the latest figures from the Dept. of Agriculture reveal.

Almost €13.7 million is being paid out in the 2022 Advance GLAS Payments to 3,951 farmers in Galway – averaging out at nearly €3,500 per farmer.

Mayo comes second on the payments list with over €12.4m being paid out to 3,683 farmers – equating to an average payment of just under €3,400 per applicant.

The importance of GLAS payments to the western seaboard counties is also highlighted by the fact that Donegal comes in third on the pay league, with €9.54m being paid to 3,026 farmers in that county – averaging out at just under €3,200 per applicant.

Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, said that the uptake in GLAS across the whole western region highlighted the importance of the scheme to farmers in the more marginal areas.

“While we had hoped that the ACRES would be of a similar nature to GLAS, farmers here in the West still should definitely give serious consideration to applying for inclusion in the new scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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