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O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers sold more than 600 properties over the past twelve months

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This four-bed detached house on Fr Griffin Road in Galway sold for €570,000.

In their end-of-year report, O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers disclosed the sale of more than 600 properties in 2019.

The company said it was one of their biggest years of sales to date, with new homes sales rising considerably in demand over the past 12 months and enormous demand expected to continue with the news of the Help to Buy scheme being extended.

More than 350 properties went to auction in 2019 – 80% of those properties being sold.

A number of properties situated in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow went under the hammer, with large volumes in Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Sligo and Donegal.

It is understood that the company is planning a nationwide property auction which will be held in Dublin.

Auctioneer Colm O’Donnellan said: “We have seen a significant increase in the auction department this year. We look forward to an even bigger year of sales in 2020 as we launch our upcoming auction campaign and grow our private treaty and new homes listings. 2019 boasted exceptional value and variety in the room, the atmosphere is always electric and buyers and sellers alike were always delighted with the outcome.”

O’Donnellan & Joyce introduced their new online bidding platform in 2019 and after it made its debut in the September auction, it attracted interest from international investors picking up rental properties and others acquiring farm lands and new family homes.

Senior Sales Negotiator Mary Fahy said: “The beauty of this system is that we can interact with buyers from anywhere in the world – from those thousands of miles away to those who purchase property from the comfort of their own homes here in Ireland.

“Bidding on property has never been easier with phone bidding and proxy bidding proving as popular as ever with huge numbers of people from across the globe tuning in to the live auction stream with some auctions attracting over 15,000 views,” said Ms Fahy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

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Leona Paula Leoncio...in ICU.

UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.

Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.

Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.

The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.

Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.

“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.

The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.

Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.

“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.

“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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