Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Connacht Tribune

Locals insist on pitches for new Oranmore development

Dara Bradley

Published

on

Locals are insisting that playing pitches be included in the planned new housing estate in Oranhill, which will increase the population of the area by 50%.

County councillors have been lobbied by residents on the outskirts of Oranmore to complain about the lack of sports and playing fields contained in the plan for 212 homes.

They described as “incredible” and “shocking” the admission from Council officials that there would be no community gain element in the project, which was a private development.

The application will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála under new ‘fast-track’ planning legislation for large-scale developments.

It will include a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, as well as apartments and duplex units, and a creche on a 21.5-acre site at Moneyduff.

Arlum Ltd, which is headed up by Padraic Rhatigan of JJ Rhatigan, has sought permission for the development.

Councillors and the public have an opportunity to make submissions in writing on the proposal up until close of business on July 31.

Galway County Council planner James Russell explained at the latest Oranmore/Athenry Municipal District meeting that this is the third time this fast-track legislation has been used in County Galway – one development in Barna was refused, because of low density, and one in Tuam was granted.

He said that the site, measuring 8.7 hectares is effectively landlocked and to the right of it is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which forms part of the Galway Bay Complex.

There is agreement with the adjacent landowner to get access to the site via a new road, he said.

Mr Russell explained that there was no community gain, like in windmill developments, for example, but 21 of the homes will be handed over to the Council for social housing. These homes will be evenly dispersed throughout the estate.

Some 31% of the homes are to be two-bed units or duplexes; 52% are semi-detached three and four beds; 12% are terraced houses and 8% are detached.

County councillor Martina Kinnane (FF) said it was “incredible” that there was no community gain in the development.

Since 2006, the people of the area have been crying out for amenities and facilities, she said, and this was an opportunity to deliver playing pitches and a community centre along with the creche.

Residents have made it clear that they will not tolerate the homes being built without the road going in first, she said, and there must be a plan put in place for traffic calming if and when the estate is built, she said.

Cllr Jim Cuddy had concerns about the lack of public transport mentioned in the plan, about the lack of shop units, about the lack of public consultation, and the large number of two-beds.

“The quality of life of the people who are going to live there has to be the priority, not density,” he said.

Cllr Cuddy said there were 400 homes in that area already, and this development would bring it to 600 and there needed to be additional amenities provided.

All councillors’ concerns will be submitted in the Council’s report to ABP.

Connacht Tribune

Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward

Dara Bradley

Published

on

Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.

All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.

Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.

“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.

“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?

“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”

Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.

A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Island museum gets the green light

Declan Tierney

Published

on

An artist's impression of the proposed Inishbofin museum.

Work is expected to begin shortly on the construction of a museum on Inishbofin after planners gave the green light to the project.

The museum at Middlequarter is being developed by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne – and when completed, it will be home to items of historical significance from both Inishbofin and Inishark.

There is an existing museum on the island but it is too small to house the amount of artefacts, photographs and family histories that have been assembled over the years.

The new building will also include a photographic exhibition room, restoration workshop along with a gift shop and coffee dock. It is proposed that the new 3,400 square feet museum will be built on a site at the rear of Ms Coyne’s home.

Eamon Gavin of Eamon Gavin Architects based in Cornamona told the Connacht Tribune that this was an important project for the island and it was a welcome decision.

And he said that the green light would kickstart the process of conserving the vast and unique artefacts and archives built up over the years.

“As a practice, we have a long history of dealing with planning consultancy on unique rural sites in Connemara and the islands, therefore we fully understood how sensitive the proposed location of the project would be – the site is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and National Heritage Area,” he said.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Tuam woman a picture of health a year after Covid crisis

Declan Tierney

Published

on

Tuam's Kitty Farrell with her dog Lulu a year after her Covid diagnosis.

Last year was a Mother’s Day like no other for Kitty Farrell who spent it in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital with Covid – but the 80 year old Tuam woman can look forward to a more sedate celebration this time out….thankfully restored back to full health.

Kitty, from Ballygaddy Road, had developed a debilitating cough the previous week – and when she was admitted to UHG on Mother’s Day, she tested positive for the coronavirus despite a lack of symptoms.

The retired businesswoman spent the next nine days seriously ill in isolation – and all alone as her four children could not visit her.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come through it but I was so sick that at times, it didn’t really matter. But the thought of passing away in isolation made a bad situation even worse,” Kitty said at the time.

A year on, she is back to full health, and while she restricts her movements, Kitty told The Connacht Tribune that she is just happy to be alive and she spends her days ‘pottering about’ and looking forward to the arrival of family members.

“Even though I don’t particularly agree with the current lockdown because everyone should be responsible for their own behaviour, I am living a life of relative isolation at the moment,” she said.

Read Kitty’s full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending