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Galway senators declare their interests

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Pádraig Ó Céidigh tops the list of Galway-based senators’ business interests, with shares in aviation and transport companies, as well as nursing homes, according to the newly-published Seanad Register of Interests for 2016.

The independent senator – who lives in Spiddal – lists his occupations as ‘aviation/senator’ with Galway Aviation Services in Inverin as well as a public broadcaster with RTE.

He also declared shares in Galway Aviation Services, Forbairt Atlantis, Cornaron Teo, Calket, Compoird Teo, Ronnach Teo, Bainistíocht Aerfort, Cúran Baile Casla Teo, Everdeal Holdings and Fáinleog Teo.

Mr Ó Céidigh is also an executive director of Galway Aviation Services and Forbairt Atlantis Teo as well as a non-executive director of Cornaron, Calket, Comoird, Ronnach, Bainistíocht Aerfort, Cúram Baile Casla, Croke Park Teo, RTE and Fáinleog Teo.

He also listed contracts with the HSE between his nursing home companies in Inverin, with An Post for postal transport and a Public Service Obligation (PSO) to provide an air link with the Aran Islands.

Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh declared rental income from a chalet adjacent to his home in Carraroe, and owns an unoccupied house on a small holding at An Áird Mhóir, Cill Chairáin. He explained this is his father’s house which was left to him in his will and is going through probate.

Chicago-based independent senator Billy Lawless lists his occupation as a restaurateur, owning three premises in Chicago.

He has also declared holiday homes on the Old Bog Road in Menlo in Galway and a condominium in the Hilton Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr Lawless also owns two premises on Michigan Avenue in Chicago from where his Acanto and Gage restaurants trade.

As a retirement fund, he has also invested in Capital Bank & Trust American Balanced Fund; Capital World Growth and Income Fund and A New Perspective Fund, all in the US.

He has also listed a series of directorships, including 25 S Michigan; Henri and Dangan (the companies which operate the restaurants) and Lawless Consulting Inc. He is the founder and President of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform; Vice President of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; board member of the Illinois Restaurant Association and a member of the Hibernian Charity Board of Trustees. He is also co-chair of the Chicago-Galway Sister City Committee.

Senator Rónán Mullen is a lecturer with the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown – and on a career break since 2015 and is also in receipt of rental income.

He owns farmland in Aughrim and also has mortgaged houses in Maynooth, Co Kildare and Glasnevin, Dublin.

Senator Gerard Craughwell has declared his occupation as a full-time member of the Seanad, while he is also on a career break from his teaching post with Dublin-Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board. He is also on a break from the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, where he is a past President.

His only other declaration was 1,000 shares in Bank of Ireland.

Meanwhile, other senators from outside Galway with interests here include Paul Coghlan from Kerry, who owns a student apartment at the Glasán complex near GMIT; Michelle Mulherin from Mayo owns an apartment at Cúirt Seoige in Bohermore, Galway, while unsuccessful Dáil candidate John O’Mahony owns an apartment on Sean Mulvoy Road in the city.

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Record crowds pack Ballinasloe to celebrate Fair’s 300th anniversary

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Crowds flock to the Fairgreen at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair.

RECORD crowds packed into Ballinasloe last weekend for the return of the famous October Fair – but it turned to be a ‘dry day’ for the punters with most of the pubs in the town taking the decision to close their doors on Sunday.

Hotels in the town also adopted either a ‘food only’ or ‘residents only’ policy through Sunday but Gardaí reported a trouble-free weekend in the town.

“There were huge crowds around and especially so on Sunday, but we had no reports of any trouble – it was practically an incident free weekend,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Many visitors to the Fair on Sunday expressed disappointment at the decision of the pubs to close  – although a few establishments did open their doors with special security arrangements in place.

The last ‘official fair’ took place in October, 2019, and while there was an unofficial event last year, it was only a small gathering due to the Covid restrictions.

An estimated 3,000 people turned out for the free open-air country music concert with Mike Denver in the Square on Sunday afternoon and Fair organisers also reported a very busy sales day with many horses changing hands.

Trustee of the Ballinasloe Showgrounds, Gerry Stronge, told the Connacht Tribune, that after a three-year break, the crowds had really thronged back into the town on Sunday.

“Most people I know that have been attending the Fair for years said that it was biggest crowd they had ever seen there on the first Sunday of the event.

“It was an incredible day – the streets were absolutely jammed with people – and it was most enjoyable with no trouble whatsoever,” he said.

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A remarkable rally sees St Thomas’ reel in the ’Bridge

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Clarinbridge's Conor Lee tries to shake off the attentions of St Thomas' Victor Manso during Saturday's Senior A Group tie at Kenny Park. Photos: David Cunniffe.

St. Thomas’ 4-20

Clarinbridge 4-17

DARREN KELLY AT KENNY PARK

NOTHING at ‘stake’ but pride and last year’s two senior hurling championship finalists had plenty of that on Saturday as St. Thomas and Clarinbridge served up a thriller in their final group game.

Both teams were already guaranteed places in the knockout stages but for the winners, a path straight through to the quarter-finals proper was the reward and they played like that meant everything.

Obviously, neither side wanted to show weakness ahead of a potential showdown later in the year. The contest even had a half-time scuffle that resulted in yellow cards for St. Thomas’ duo John Headd and Conor Cooney.

Despite all that and the changing weather, the hurling was the only item for discussion afterwards. Three first half Clarinbridge goals gave them a 3-10 to 0-11 interval lead.  Four green flags for St. Thomas in the second period reminded the county that they still are the team to beat.

And that was the talking point before throw-in following their 22-match unbeaten streak ending with a heavy defeat to Turloughmore two weeks previously. And it wasn’t looking any better for St. Thomas’ when TJ Brennan struck a second minute goal for Clarinbridge.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Recalling strange times that ‘shook up’ our lives

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

THE other day while doing another of those clear-outs of old documents that are well past their sell-by-date, I came across a couple of letters from my employer, which jolted me back into another world . . . but still a quite recent one.

Their purpose was to indicate that I needed to show up for work in-person (an essential employee if you don’t mind!) and if I was stopped at a Garda Covid checkpoint, then I could produce this piece of paperwork. We really did go through some strange times.

There are occasions too when I leave my desk and just for a split-second think that I’ve forgotten to don my mask. That same feeling also crosses my mind at times as I enter shops or other public places but then I realise that’s all very much of ‘yesterday’s news’.

Reminders still persist of those black days across the country mostly on visits to healthcare settings like pharmacies, GP surgeries or nursing homes, where staff still wear masks, and visitors are encouraged to do the same.

It takes me back to a Sunday evening on March 15, 2020, in my local watering hole less than 48-hours before the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, when we were all highly sceptical about any pubs closing down.

We reassured ourselves too that such a development could never happen in a country noted for ‘the craic’ as our traditional day of national celebration approached. In our innocence, we thought we were wise old sods . . . but we had gotten things spectacularly wrong.

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