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Moycullen expansion gets green light despite traffic concerns

Declan Tierney

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The construction of more than 200 houses and apartments in Moycullen has been described as premature pending the provision of a bypass for the village.

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of 113 houses in Moycullen while there are planning applications before Galway County Council for the provision of more than 70 other residential units.

But some local residents are concerned that the infrastructure in Moycullen cannot accommodate an additional 200 houses and particularly when it comes to the quality of footpaths while questions have been raised about the impact that this would have on the main sewage treatment plant in the village.

There are also demands for traffic calming measures to be implemented on the Mountain Road out of Moycullen where most of these residential units are planned.

However, Cllr Noel Thomas has told the Connacht Tribune that such development was welcome for the village in view of the shortage of houses that there are in towns and villages within “shouting distance” of Galway city.

“The traffic situation in Moycullen is chronic at the moment and I don’t think that the provision of an additional 200 residential units is going to make it any worse. I am of the firm belief that these developments should happen,” Cllr Thomas added.

The Fianna Fail councillor said that there was no indication when a new bypass for the village would be provided but he was advocating that essential housing development be provided in Moycullen because of the demand that is out there.

Recently, Galway County Council granted an extension of time to the Comer Group for a 113-house development to be built at Kylebroghlan, Moycullen – this development includes the provision of 24 five-bedroom houses which are expected to command prices at the latter end of the six-figure sum.

A planning application has also been submitted to the Council for the development of an eleven-bed B&B in Moycullen along with 16 one, two and three bedroom apartments – also at Kylebroughlan, Moycullen, which is located on the Mountain Road towards Spiddal.

There is some opposition to this development on the grounds that the three-storey development will overshadow a neighbouring property and will restrict sunlight. It has also been argued that the development will compromise the privacy of the neighbouring dwellinghouse.

Údarás na Gaeltachta have made a submission asking that Article 47 of the Planning Act which relates to the Irish language be implemented.

They want all signage on the building, which also includes office and commercial units, to be in Irish. They have also asked that all efforts be made to promote and protect the Irish language as laid out in local planning for the Gaeltacht

It is also proposed to provide An additional 30 dwellings which include three and four bedroom detached houses along with semi-detached units around the same location but this is being opposed on the grounds that it should not be permitted until the Moycullen bypass is constructed.

There are also plans to provide an additional 30 houses in the village which is expected to grow considerably over the coming years. House prices are also expected to rise considerably given its location to the city.

But Cllr Thomas said that other towns and villages around the county would welcome such development with open arms. “We have a number of vacant retail units in Moycullen and these developments could ensure that they are occupied in the not too distant future,” he said.

He also wants these developments to be connected to the village with footpaths along with the provision of essential playing facilities.

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

Francis Farragher

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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