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Naíonra parents find more questions than answers

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An ad-hoc committee of Connemara parents have come back with more questions than answers following their meeting with the board of the Ionad Tacaíochta Teaghlaigh in relation to their policies for running the local Naíonra.

A group of 30 parents met at the Poitín Stil in Indreabhán on Monday night to find out the response from the ITT board on concerns surrounding their staff issues and Irish language policy- which involves the separation of children based on their command of Irish.

Most of the questions asked by the committee, however, were redirected to the newly appointed temporary manager who was not in attendance on the night of the committee’s meeting with the ITT board.

The committee did say that the ITT were very insistent on their Irish language policy despite an apparent majority of parents who don’t want the segregation of children based on their language skills.

Committee member Caroline Schmidt said it felt they were prioritising the language over the well-being of the children.

“We all want our children to have the highest level of Irish but it’s like they are putting the Irish language to one side and the welfare of children to another when they should be working together,” she said.

The committee noted that the ITT board did not seem to be well informed with regards to the Síolta Early Childhood Care and Education guidelines that were mentioned by the group of parents.

They also questioned the validity of the study the ITT used to justify their policy which said the best way for both native and non-native child speakers to learn is to be grouped with similarly-skilled speakers.

Committee member Anne Marie Gannon said that the report looked as if it was commissioned by the Department of the Gaeltacht and argued that if this was the case then it would be limited by having such a profound conflict of interest.

“What they are basing this on is very questionable because it is not an independent study to our knowledge.

“We haven’t been able to find any evidence that the study has been peer reviewed or published in any scientific journal so we can’t be sure of the validity of this study,” she added.

Staffing was another concern raised at the meeting with only one appointment confirmed to the committee despite the naíonra opening its doors on Wednesday. The ITT reassured parents there would be an adequate number of staff by the start of the term with interviews being held last Thursday.

There was confusion over this timeline as those in attendance at the Poitín Stil argued that from their experience, Garda vetting would take at least a week to complete.

The committee said that they brought this up with the ITT board and they assured them that the process would only take a few days because they were doing it online.

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh was also at the meeting to give help to the committee and he says that it was important that these issues were brought to the board’s attention.

“The parents are now going to monitor how this Irish language policy is implemented and will come back to it this September,” he added.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said that the meeting at the end of September would give an indication whether the board listened to the parent’s concerns.

“The upcoming meeting is about following up on these issues, and it’s a test to see how seriously the ITT are taking the concerns of the parents.”

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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

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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.

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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.

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