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Galway’s latest maritime attraction performs for crowds

Enda Cunningham

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Last month it was a Black Swan in the Claddagh. This month, Galway has another star of the sea which is proving a major attraction for locals and tourists – a bottlenose dolphin!

The dolphin – which has been nicknamed ‘Nimmo’ and ‘Salty’ by locals – has been making regular appearances in recent weeks around Nimmo’s Pier.

Its antics have been drawing crowds to Galway Bay hoping to catch a glimpse – last weekend he was out in all his glory, and stunning video footage of him ‘breaching’ or jumping out of the water was captured by Harbour Master, Captain Brian Sheridan.

According to Ireland’s foremost authority on dolphins, little is known about it – including its gender – because it does not have any distinctive markings.

However, Dr Simon Berrow, founder of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and Marine Biology lecturer at GMIT, said he believes the same dolphin has been visiting Galway for the past five to ten years.

“It’s not very well marked, so it’s hard to tell, but it’s likely to be the same one that’s been hanging around the Docks for years. We don’t know anything about it because of the lack of markings, we can’t tell if its male of female.

“It is probably here for the seasonally abundant salmon running up into the Corrib. With dry weather there would be a lot of salmon congregating at the mouth of the Corrib, so there’s a plentiful supply of food,” said Dr Berrow.

He warned onlookers not to attempt swimming with the dolphin.

“Why would you want to do that, when you can watch from the shore or from a boat. It would most likely swim away, and you might get a wallop,” he said.

Captain Brian Sheridan said the dolphin is a beautiful sight and another ‘string in the bow’ of Galway’s attractions.

He was sailing his boat in the shipping channel leaving the harbour on Sunday afternoon when the dolphin appeared alongside him, and he filmed it on his mobile phone.

“It was beautiful; blue skies, blue water, the sun shining and then this magnificent dolphin appears alongside the boat. He seemed quite friendly,” said Capt Sheridan.

Dr Berrow said the dolphin’s behaviour in the video was “very deliberate” and it was displaying at the boat.

Two other dolphins make regular appearances off the Galway coast – Dusty (also known as Sandy), a female from Doolin who holidays off Inis Oírr, while Clet is a male from France who visits England before stopping off around Galway.

Clet (pronounced ‘clay’) is well-known for his bad temper and is easily identifiable damaged dorsal fin, and is believed to have been behind an ‘attack’ on five swimmers at Blackrock in April 2015.

One lady was struck by his tail, while a man suffered bruising after receiving a headbutt to the ribs. He was acting aggressively by prodding swimmers and would not let them swim away.

Dr Berrow asked members of the public to report any sightings of dolphins on the iwdg.ie website as it helps the team track movements.

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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.

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