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Keeping it in the family

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Nuala and Jack Kinnevey with son Jonathan and his wife Nollaig pictured in front of the remains of the original Kinnevey's pub and the current one across the road.

Lifestyle – This weekend the fifth generation of the Kinnevey family will take over the running of a pub that has become an integral part of the community in Roscahill since 1826. The transition is going smoothly as Judy Murphy found out on a visit to the premises.

This Friday, Jonathan Kinnevey will become the fifth generation of his family take the reins of a business that has been part of the community in Roscahill, on the Galway-Clifden Road, since 1826.

His parents, Jack and Nuala who ran the pub for 40 years will have a formal ‘handing-over’ ceremony on the premises to mark the occasion, although they’ll continue to help out as needed.

For more than 50 years, Kinneveys’ has been based in a large 1960s building on the righthand side of the road in Roscahill as you drive from Galway – “it’s known as the orange pub”, says Nuala with a laugh. That description will have to change, as it’s being repainted a cream colour by the next generation, Jonathan and his wife Nollaig.

Originally, Kinneveys’ pub was across the road, in a building that’s still standing. It doesn’t look particularly impressive from the front, but the back is a different story – it’s deep with stone-cut features in a large space that contains the ruins of stables.

During the 19th and early 20th century travellers stabled their horses there while travelling from Galway City to the greater Connemara region, explains Jack, who was reared in the now roofless building.

Although he formally took over the business 40 years ago, Jack who’s a youthful 70, has been working in it all his life, and has fond memories of the original premises.

When he’d come home from school in the evening, he’d help out, and it was normal to have customers in the kitchen having a pint while the family was having dinner, he recalls.

“We were brought up with it and we didn’t mind.”

Those were days when women didn’t frequent pubs and weren’t encouraged to – there was a small snug at the front especially for the rare female visitor.

“It was all men at that time,” he observes, “and today, there are nearly more women than men.”

Friday was the day when pensioners came in for a drink after collecting their money in the Post Office, which also formed part of the Kinnevey family business, along with a grocery.

Jack recalls one occasion when a group of 14 pensioners from opposite sides of the parish challenged each other to a tug-o-war over post-pension drinks one Friday.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hospitality group raises €90k

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Lorraine Gallagher (left) and Charlene Hurley of Galway Hospice presented with a cheque for €27,537 by Brian Lynch and Eveanna Ryan of Connacht Hospitality.

The Connacht Hospitality Group this week announced that they raised more than €90,000 for a range of good Irish causes throughout 2022.

The group, which owns well-known Galway establishments including The Connacht Hotel, An Púcán, HYDE Hotel, Residence Hotel and 1520 Bar, as well as the Galway Bay Golf Resort, held a range of events at various stages of 2022 to fundraise for Claddagh Watch Patrol, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), Galway Hospice and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The announcement of over €90,000 worth of funds raised by the Connacht Hospitality Group for national and local charities comes off the back of the past 12 months which saw the group aim to make Corporate Social Responsibility a core part of their identity. This focus allowed them to become more aware of the causes that need assistance while also raising the profile of many of the charities.

The group arranged a diverse array of events to raise funds, and had lots of imaginative ways of grabbing the public’s attention. One event saw people attend HYDE Bar to savour a menu made by a mystery celebrity. In the end, it was revealed that TV personality Gráinne Seoige was the Executive Chef on a night that generated over €8,000 for the NBCRI.

Another event saw staff take part in a ‘Sunrise Swim’ in Salthill – and the public donated in their droves. All money raised went towards Claddagh Watch Patrol, an organisation that works to make Galway’s waterways safer by preventing accidental death and suicide.

One of the most successful fundraisers was the Galway Bay Golf Resort’s Golf Classic, which raised over €22,000 for Galway Hospice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Residents in fear of gangs travelling to rural Galway to burgle homes

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Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins.

Residents in rural County Galway are living in fear of being burgled after one small area suffered at least 10 raids in the month of January.

Councillor Mary Hoade told a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) this week that those figures were for around Headford alone, as she called for additional resources to target travelling crime gangs visiting the county.

“Some of these burglaries are taking place in the morning when people go to work; some are in the evening; and others at night. It’s very frightening.  We recognise that these criminals are coming into the county, but we need more support to fight crime,” said Cllr Hoade.

“Rural garda stations have less resources . . . we’re relying on the resources in the nearest town,” she continued.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said gardaí couldn’t be everywhere at once, but communities needed to act as their eyes and ears and report suspicious activity when they see it. Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins (pictured) told the JPC that Galway was being targeted from time to time by travelling gangs.

“Three different gangs visited the county on one day recently,” said Det Supt Cummins.

Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) said she believed increased CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras – to capture known gangs on tour – should be rolled out.
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IDA Ireland’s €10m land purchase backs Oranmore for industry base

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Former Mayor of County Galway, Liam Carroll.

IDA Ireland has trebled its footprint on the outskirts of Oranmore by purchasing more than 100 acres of land to support industry.

It’s understood the semi-state body purchased some 42.9 hectares on the outskirts of Oranmore, for a price in excess of €10 million.

The strategic purchase of land adjacent to some 21 hectares zoned ‘business and technology’ and already owned by the IDA, was a “major vote of confidence” in Oranmore and Galway, according Cathaoirleach of the Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District, County Councillor Liam Carroll (FG).

It brings the total amount of land owned by the IDA in the area to over 150 acres.

This latest parcel, purchased at the end of 2022, is located off the N67 Claregalway Road, to the north and east of the Galway to Dublin Rail line.

“It would be ideally suited and attractive to a major multinational company or companies for the establishment of a high tech, pharmaceutical or medical device type facility,” Cllr Carroll said.

The entire site of 150-plus acres is close to the M6 motorway, and an hour away from international links, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport in Knock.  It is also close to a number of potential Park & Ride sites, identified by the National Transport Authority as being suitable for commuters.

It’s understood the land is zoned agricultural and would require a material alteration to the County Development Plan to be voted on by county councillors, in order for it to be rezoned before 2028.

(Photo: Cllr Liam Carroll, who believes the land could be developed for a tech or pharmaceutical hub).
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