Date Published: 23-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
The Mervue Community Centre may be sold, with the trustees of the centre confirming that preliminary discussions have taken place with at least three organisations that were interested in purchasing the property.
However the trustees have stressed to the Sentinel that the centre, which was built for the benefit of the Mervue community in the 1980s, will not be offloaded unless and until consultation with, and agreement of, the local community in Mervue is secured.
Those organisations that have used the centre, which is located beside the credit union in Mervue, will continue to have residency in the centre even if it is sold, trustees have said.
The building has fallen into disrepair in recent years – the trustees estimate that it could take up to €150,000 to renovate the centre up to modern standards.
The building needs to be reroofed, the entire heating system needs replacing while the toilets and showers also need to be upgraded.
The cost of running the premises – it costs around €4,000 to insure it every year alone – is also a factor in the trustees’ decision to explore the possibility of selling the building.
The facility is used weekly by members of Mervue Active Retirement Association (ARA) and the local Ladies’ Club. A Thai boxing club also used it in recent years.
It used to be used by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) for holding students’ examinations but this ceased about two years ago, with a subsequent loss of vital income to operate the facility.
The third level institute is thought to be one of the organisations with an interest in buying the property.
One of the trustees, parish priest Fr Willie Cummins, confirmed that sale of the building is under consideration.
Fr Cummins stressed that nothing would be done without the consent of the community – the trustees hold the building ‘in trust’ for the community, he said.
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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.