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Huge success for Galway at Connacht championships

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The East Galway AC squad which took aprt in the Connacht Championships in Sligo. Baxck row, from left: Amelia Doyle, Luisne Keane, Michael Burke, Darragh Diskin, and Kyle Delaney. Front: Enda Keane, Lucy Roberts, Laoise Burke, Saoirse Coleman, Melissa Diskin, Orla Healy, and Orna McNama. Missing from photo: Lucy Kenny.

Galway athletes had a very successful and enjoyable day out at the Connacht Championships in Sligo IT held Saturday last in changeable conditions.

Galway City Harriers had some fantastic performances, with Ava McKeon in formidable form at the championships, taking home four medals on the day demonstrating great ability over a range of events.

McKeon won the U-13 Girls Hurdles in 10.72 and the 600m in 1.49; took a silver medal in the 80m sprint; and anchored the 4x100m relay team to bronze medals, along  with team mates Kelsey Wall, Anna Lee, Isabella Burke and Rachel Fahy.

Isabella Burke had a fine performance to pick up the silver medal in the U-13 Girls’ 600m; while Richard McGrath and Shane Meagher of GCH teamed up to take gold in the U-11 Boys’ 60m with Richard running 9.56 and Shane 9.8. Juno Hayes and Elisa Jaime Stapleton, also GCH, teamed up to take bronze medals in the U-10 Girls 60m.

Craughwell AC had multiple winners and the most podium finishes of any club on the day.

In the U-13 Girls’, Aoibhe Fahy claimed gold in the javelin, with clubmate Millie Geraghty third; Jade Moorhead took silver in the high jump and bronze in the long jump; while Clodagh O’Meara won bronze in the 600m.

In the U-13 Boys’ category, Evan Hallinan had a stormer, with gold in the high jump , and three silvers in the hurdles, long jump, as well as being part of the 4x100m squad to relay silver.

Cian Lavan took silver in the high jump, and bronze in the hurdles.

Craughwell’s U-12 Girls had two victories, as Chloe Hallinan won gold in the long jump; and the 4x100m relay team of Grace Keaveney, Niamh Duffy, Grace Lynch, Chloe Hallinan also won gold.

Niamh Duffy claimed silver in the 60m; Chloe Hallinan won silver in the hurdles; and Jenny Cloonan took silver in the turbo javelin; and Grace Lynch took bronze in the long jump.

In the U-12 Boys’ category, there were gold medals for Evan Moran in the 60m Hurdles and Conor Gilligan in the long jump; while Eddie Silke claimed bronze in the 600m.

In the U-11 Girls’, the pair of Ella Farrelly and Jessica Ross won silver in the long jump; and Tara Keane and Mollie Gilligan took silver in the turbo javelin. Sara Craven and Sophie McIlrath were second in the 600m; while the U-11 Boys’ pair of Darragh Kelly and Sean Lavan placed third in the long jump.

In the U-10 Girls’ events there were silver medals for the pairs of Kelly Hallinan & Katelyn Walsh in the 500m; and Katelyn Walsh & Emma O’Donovan in the Long Jump; while the 4x100m relay squad were third winning bronze

 

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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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

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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.

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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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