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Kinvara flood news ‘doesn’t hold water’

Declan Tierney



Cllr Joe Byrne at Kinvara quay, where rising tides threatened houses following the downpours last weekend.

Yet another announcement has been made on the provision of essential flood relief measures for houses along the quay in Kinvara – but a local councillor remains unconvinced.

Cllr Joe Byrne claimed that this was at least the third announcement made over the past 18 months that barriers are to be provided to protect houses from rising tides and prolonged rainfall.

More than a dozen houses were flooded during the downpours at the end of 2017 – there was also extensive flooding in 2014 – and in early 2018 a commitment was given that measures would be put in place to protect the 19 houses along the quay.

And even last weekend, following Friday’s prolonged downpours, the houses were under threat with rising tides but fortunately they escaped being flooded on this occasion.

But Cllr Byrne said that he was ‘sick and tired’ of such announcements being made over the past year and a half with nothing to show for it.

The Fine Gael councillor said that he has been informed on a number of occasions that progress was being made but yet no application for funding had been submitted.

This week, Minister Sean Canney stated that he had received confirmation from Galway County Council that it is to begin a survey and costing of a Minor Works Scheme to tackle the problem.

He said that an application for funding would be made to the Office of Public Works and that this process will commence in the next four to six weeks

“After the properties along the quay flooded two years ago, I brought the Minister for the Office of Public Works Kevin Moran to Kinvara to see at first hand the devastation caused.

“The Office of Public works has indicated that it will look at an application for funding under the Minor Works Scheme,” Minister Canney added.

But Cllr Byrne pointed out that both Minister Canney and Minister Moran visited Kinvara along with Council engineers back in early 2018 and the process hadn’t even gotten off the starting blocks.

“Back in 2017, salt water entered 13 houses and commercial premises while sandbags saved six others. At the time we called for individual property protection to be provided.

“We were visited by the Ministers and assured that individual property protection wold be provided but it has been a long and very frustrating wait”, he said.

During mid-2018, all houses were visited by the Council engineers and the door openings were measured to facilitate the fitting of barriers to individual dwellings that would rise in the event of the threat of flooding.

A couple of months later there was another announcement about an application being submitted for the flood relief scheme to be funded but again nothing came of this.

“This is a totally unacceptable situation for the residents and commercial property owners in the quay area of Kinvara to have waited 18 months since the first confirmation from Minister Canney,” Cllr Byrne added.

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




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

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

Dara Bradley



Leona Paula 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

Dara Bradley



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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