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Househunters continue to purchase homes despite Covid-19 emergency

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Tigh an Ghabhann in Moycullen.

While viewings may be on hold due to the Covid-19 crisis, this has not stopped potential buyers of new homes, according to local agents O’Donnellan & Joyce.

Manager of the estate agency’s New Homes Department, Niall Browne: “We currently have eight new developments for sale. We have a large database of buyers who are mortgage approved and wanting to purchase a new home.

“Over the past twelve months, we have agreed approximately 120 new home sales and are continuously adding more properties and residential developments to our catalogue, with some of the latest developments in Moycullen and Bearna selling very well.

Among the new developments currently on the market are:

Tigh an Ghabhann, Moycullen

This development of 9 four and five-bed homes in a Woodland setting in the village was constructed by Rhatigan Homes. The properties range from 1,593 sq ft to 2,076 sq ft and are finished to the highest of standards with a fusion of cobble and stone to the exteriors creating a wonderful contrast of finishes that complement the postcard-perfect landscape. Prices range from €365,000 to €475,000. See moycullen.ie for more.

Gort na Carraige, Seapoint, Bearna

A collection of 17 three and four-bed homes built by CastleStar Developments. These bright and spacious homes have been thoughtfully crafted for modern-day living in the heart of the village, combining style and comfort. Prices start from €445,000 with sizes ranging from 1,663 sq ft to 1,898 sq ft. See gortnacarraige.ie for more.

Dún Éibhir, Furbo

A development of nine luxury homes finished to a high standard by Kinport Construction. Measuring over 2,100 sq ft, these beautifully bright and spacious homes are on large private sites and are the considered as the best homes to come to the market in recent times. There is just one home remaining in this luxury development and is due for completion in just a few months. Priced at €540,000

Caislin, Dyke Road, Galway

The last remaining detached family home in this development of three homes has wonderful views over Lough Corrib. Priced at €595,000 for a 2,196 sq ft home, this property would make the ideal family home.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

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Leona Paula Leoncio...in ICU.

UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.

Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.

Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.

The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.

Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.

“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.

The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.

Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.

“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.

“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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