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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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.