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More than 30 properties to go for auction

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Carragh Drive, Knocknacarra

O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers will hold their final ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ auction of the year on December 14.

The catalogue will feature more than 40 properties, and according to auctioneer Colm O’Donnellan, open viewings have already been very busy.

He said the auction will offer something for everyone – first-time buyers, investors and owner-occupiers.

Among the properties for sale are:

1 Carragh Drive, Knocknacarra Road, Galway. A large family home offering 220 sq m of space, with views towards Galway Bay. Presented in good condition, it comprises of substantial sized reception and kitchen areas, along with a study room, five bedrooms, one en suite, family bathroom, separate utility room and guest toilet. There is ample off-street parking, an elevated garden space at the rear and manicured flower beds throughout the premises. The Advised Minimum Value is €575,000.

46 Whitestrand Park, Salthill. A wonderful five-bed semi-detached residence which could prove to be an excellent owner occupier residence or gilt-edged investment due to its exceptional location and ease of access to a host of amenities and services. The AMV is €350,000.

Adrigoole House, 186 Upper Salthill. A fine end-of-terrace house full of character and charm which could provide a delightful home. The location is second to none. The AMV is €275,000.

32 The Elms, Forster Street, Galway. A two-bed apartment within walking distance of Eyre Square, which would be ideal as a first home, holiday home or somewhere to downsize to. The AMV is €210,000.

76 Gleann Rua, Renmore, Galway. A four-bed semi-detached residence offering exceptional convenience for modern day living. The property is within walking distance of GMIT, Merlin Park Hospital, Ballyloughane Beach and a wide selection of shops located at the Wellpark and Briarhill shopping centres. The AMV is €260,000.

Barna Road, Knocknacarra, Galway. A 1.3-acre site adjacent to the junction with Cappagh Road. The AMV is €65,000.

Attymon Beg, Athenry. A large 4-bed detached house located on 7.29 acres of land. The property is in need of complete renovation. Accommodation comprises entrance hall, living room, sitting room, kitchen, utility, four bedrooms and a family bathroom. It is within walking distance of Attymon National School and the train station and five miles from the M6 motorway junction. The AMV is €175,000.

For more,  read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team

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Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.

The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.

Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.

Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.

“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.

It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.

“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”

She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.

“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.

There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.

Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968

As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.

From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.

When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.

A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.

Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later

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Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man

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Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.

Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.

He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250,  the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

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