Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Connacht Tribune

No loneliness for these long distance runners!

Published

on

Members of the Ballinasloe Road Runners gather before participating in this year’s Dublin City Marathon. Pictured are (back – from left, with the number of marathons they’ve run in brackets) Vicky Costello (2nd), Antoinette Beegan-Gallagher (5th), Éilis Treacy (2nd), Caroline Kennedy (3rd), Gerry Bruen (2nd), Helen Leyden (2nd), Noel Kenny (32nd), Brian Dolan (3rd); (middle) Karol Fitzgerald (2nd), Breda Arru (2nd), Carol Pender (1st) Margaret Connaughton (2nd), Elaine Daly (1st), Aidan Fallon (1st), Richard Bruen (1st), Sorina Nutu (2nd), Gerry Blake (3rd), Mark Dunne (3rd), and (front) Kim Connaughton (1st), Marion Ruana (1st), Ciara Mulkerns (1st), Tracey Moore (1st), Fionnuala Mulryan (1st), Clare Madden (1st), Gabrielle Fallon (1st) and Martina Keighery (1st). Insets: Phyllis Moran (1st), Eric Naughton (2nd), Ollie Grenham (18th), Pearse Keller (5th), Paul Flynn (2nd).

Some are running their first marathon and one is setting off on his 32nd – but what unites the diverse group of Ballinasloe Road Runners setting off to Dublin next week is that their commitment is inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

Last year’s odyssey saw 20 marathon medals came back to Ballinasloe. Many of those were first time marathon runners – and this year, 31 signed up to join them!

Again there are many on their first marathon; they range in age from 25 to 65, and while some have hard miles behind them, others are recent Couch to 5k runners who just over a year ago would had reservations about signing up for a simple 5k!

One of the marathon first-timers is Marian Ruane – although she’s been a runner for years at a shorter distance.

“Running has always been part of my life having been a member of Ballinasloe & District Road Runners for a number of years and enjoyed many events from 5ks, 10ks to half marathons,” she says.

“Running a full marathon however was never part of the plan – until now!” she adds.

But she was inspired by the journey of the Ballinasloe Road Runners (BRR) Marathon Group 2018; many of whom started their running in the BRR Fit Town Couch to 5k Programme.

So much so that she decided to sign up for Dublin City Marathon.

“Back then it felt like it was a distant dream and now here we are over four months into our Training Plan, tapering for Dublin and it is all beginning to feel very real,” she says.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app

The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Connacht Tribune

Hospitality group raises €90k

Published

on

Lorraine Gallagher (left) and Charlene Hurley of Galway Hospice presented with a cheque for €27,537 by Brian Lynch and Eveanna Ryan of Connacht Hospitality.

The Connacht Hospitality Group this week announced that they raised more than €90,000 for a range of good Irish causes throughout 2022.

The group, which owns well-known Galway establishments including The Connacht Hotel, An Púcán, HYDE Hotel, Residence Hotel and 1520 Bar, as well as the Galway Bay Golf Resort, held a range of events at various stages of 2022 to fundraise for Claddagh Watch Patrol, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), Galway Hospice and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The announcement of over €90,000 worth of funds raised by the Connacht Hospitality Group for national and local charities comes off the back of the past 12 months which saw the group aim to make Corporate Social Responsibility a core part of their identity. This focus allowed them to become more aware of the causes that need assistance while also raising the profile of many of the charities.

The group arranged a diverse array of events to raise funds, and had lots of imaginative ways of grabbing the public’s attention. One event saw people attend HYDE Bar to savour a menu made by a mystery celebrity. In the end, it was revealed that TV personality Gráinne Seoige was the Executive Chef on a night that generated over €8,000 for the NBCRI.

Another event saw staff take part in a ‘Sunrise Swim’ in Salthill – and the public donated in their droves. All money raised went towards Claddagh Watch Patrol, an organisation that works to make Galway’s waterways safer by preventing accidental death and suicide.

One of the most successful fundraisers was the Galway Bay Golf Resort’s Golf Classic, which raised over €22,000 for Galway Hospice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Residents in fear of gangs travelling to rural Galway to burgle homes

Published

on

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins.

Residents in rural County Galway are living in fear of being burgled after one small area suffered at least 10 raids in the month of January.

Councillor Mary Hoade told a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) this week that those figures were for around Headford alone, as she called for additional resources to target travelling crime gangs visiting the county.

“Some of these burglaries are taking place in the morning when people go to work; some are in the evening; and others at night. It’s very frightening.  We recognise that these criminals are coming into the county, but we need more support to fight crime,” said Cllr Hoade.

“Rural garda stations have less resources . . . we’re relying on the resources in the nearest town,” she continued.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said gardaí couldn’t be everywhere at once, but communities needed to act as their eyes and ears and report suspicious activity when they see it. Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins (pictured) told the JPC that Galway was being targeted from time to time by travelling gangs.

“Three different gangs visited the county on one day recently,” said Det Supt Cummins.

Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) said she believed increased CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras – to capture known gangs on tour – should be rolled out.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see this week’s Connacht Tribune. You can support our journalism by buying a digital edition HERE.

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

IDA Ireland’s €10m land purchase backs Oranmore for industry base

Published

on

Former Mayor of County Galway, Liam Carroll.

IDA Ireland has trebled its footprint on the outskirts of Oranmore by purchasing more than 100 acres of land to support industry.

It’s understood the semi-state body purchased some 42.9 hectares on the outskirts of Oranmore, for a price in excess of €10 million.

The strategic purchase of land adjacent to some 21 hectares zoned ‘business and technology’ and already owned by the IDA, was a “major vote of confidence” in Oranmore and Galway, according Cathaoirleach of the Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District, County Councillor Liam Carroll (FG).

It brings the total amount of land owned by the IDA in the area to over 150 acres.

This latest parcel, purchased at the end of 2022, is located off the N67 Claregalway Road, to the north and east of the Galway to Dublin Rail line.

“It would be ideally suited and attractive to a major multinational company or companies for the establishment of a high tech, pharmaceutical or medical device type facility,” Cllr Carroll said.

The entire site of 150-plus acres is close to the M6 motorway, and an hour away from international links, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport in Knock.  It is also close to a number of potential Park & Ride sites, identified by the National Transport Authority as being suitable for commuters.

It’s understood the land is zoned agricultural and would require a material alteration to the County Development Plan to be voted on by county councillors, in order for it to be rezoned before 2028.

(Photo: Cllr Liam Carroll, who believes the land could be developed for a tech or pharmaceutical hub).
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see this week’s Connacht Tribune. You can support our journalism by buying a digital edition HERE.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending