An open viewing will be held this Sunday (July 30) at the new Rinn Dúin development at Rindifin in Gort.
Located on the Circular Road, Rinn Dúin is a stylish, yet affordable of 32 homes – these 4-bed semi-detached properties would make an ideal starter home for a couple or equally for a young family.
Boasting a superb range of features, these homes – spanning 1,318 square feet – are finished to an exceptionally high standard. The ground floor consists of an entrance hallway, living room, kitchen/dining area, utility and toilet.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms (with the master en suite) and a main bathroom.
All homes will be A3 rated as standard, with the benefit of triple glazed windows and doors, thermostatically-controlled under floor heating on the ground floor, pumped shower system, internal oak doors, a choice of quality modern integrated kitchen and utility. The front drive, side access and rear patio area will be paved with brick paving and there will be parking for two cars. The front garden will be laid with a lawn and planted shrubbery.
These brand new semi-detached properties are a SIP (structural insulated panel) Energy build, which provide a high thermal and airtight performance.
Rinn Dúin is just a six-minute walk to Gort town which is supplied with a fantastic choice of hotels, leisure centre, community centre, playground, pubs and shops. Lidl, Aldi, Supervalu, Centra and a selection of locally-owned shops provide for all your consumer needs. There are also several local national schools nearby with a state of the art secondary school within walking distance. Gort town is also served with a train station and bus service.
Construction of the M17/M18 Gort-Tuam motorway is ahead of schedule, with the road set to open in November, bringing faster commutes to Galway, Tuam, Mayo, Ennis, Shannon and Limerick.
Selling agent Emma Gill said: “These homes represent high quality low energy emissions with an abundance of open countryside where you can truly appreciate the peace and quiet of the surroundings.”
Prices start at €225,000. Open viewings take place this Sunday from 1pm to 2pm. For further information, contact Property Partners Emma Gill on 091 884000.
Community fights back on hospital ‘downgrade by stealth’
Raw emotion, sadness and some anger filled the air at Clifden Town Hall on Sky Road last Sunday afternoon as a shaken community gave honest, personal accounts of the impact the closure by stealth of Clifden District Hospital would have on the people of North Connemara.
The public meeting was hastily organised after fears emerged on Friday that the HSE may transfer respite services from Clifden to Merlin Park Hospital, 50-plus miles away in Galway City.
Families were told their loved ones in Clifden Hospital may have to move home, or go to Merlin Park the following Monday, due to ‘issues with staffing’.
An axe has hung over Clifden Hospital for some years, but this latest move stirred the community to fight back to retain services locally.
Galway County Councillor Eileen Mannion (FG), who organised the public meeting with Senator Sean Kyne, said 625 people signed the attendance sheets and an estimated 650 people attended.
“The community effort spreading the word was unbelievable; the turnout was unbelievable,” she said.
“It wasn’t just anger; it was raw emotion in the room. Sadness. Family members spoke about the calls they got on Friday. The feeling that their elderly person was being rejected; that they weren’t being respected.
“One man stood up, three years waiting for respite care for a family member, and then to be told after a few days in there that she’d have to be taken home or to Merlin Park.
“We’re 50 miles from Galway. If there’s no traffic you might get to the outskirts in an hour but with the traffic in Galway, you could be another hour to get to Merlin Park. Not everyone has transport either and they’ve to rely on buses.
“A young woman stood up at the meeting and said her dad was dying in Galway. And she had to go to Saint Vincent de Paul to get money to pay for a B&B so that the family would be close to him when the end came. People gave their personal stories, and it was just heart-breaking.”
(Photo by Carmel Lyden: Teresa Conneely from Roundstone addresses people at the public meeting in Clifden Town Hall).
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Pilgrim took to his feet to realise dream!
Clifden man Breandan O Scanaill, who is on a pilgrimage from his home town of Clifden to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, received a Mayoral welcome and a memorial crest when he arrived at the Asturian town of Navia last week.
Breandan, whose walk from his home outside Clifden to the reputed burial place of St James in Santiago, began in April, was walking through Navia in Spain when a local man came over to chat to him.
“He asked me about my journey and was interested in the fact that an Irish man had turned up in the town,” says Breandan, who had been admiring the Chapel of San Roque at the time.
The local man outlined the history of the building and the town to Breandan and they began chatting more generally about history and architecture – topics dear to the pilgrim’s heart.
Breandán’s new friend introduced himself as the Mayor of Navia, lgnacio Garcia Palacios, who invited the visitor from Clifden to visit the Town Hall.
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Local Property Tax rate to stay unchanged despite Council chief’s plea
Councillors have agreed to keep the Local Property Tax (LPT) rate unchanged – despite pleas from management that Galway County Council is predicted to spend at least €22 million more than it brings in for the next two years.
County Chief Executive Jim Cullen had recommended an increase of 15% on the LPT rate for 2023 and 2024 – amounting to €2.1m extra in the coffers annually – which would bolster its case when it came to pleading for a greater share of funding from central government.
In an estimation of income and expenditure for the Council, taking into account “unavoidable” expenditure and income changes set to hit, the Council would run a deficit of €9.04m in 2023 and 13.2m in 2024 – well over €22m unless there was a change in finances.
“I am hopeful of an uplift in baseline [funding] levels . . . we cannot continue to ignore the fact that other councils have raised LPT and their citizens enjoy a better standard of services that in Galway,” he stressed.
He told a meeting this week that €9m would be needed to maintain services next year at the same level as 2022. This was due to significant cost increases given that inflation is reaching 9.6% currently. Pensions, gratuities and payroll increases from the national pay agreement, increments and additional staff were all adding to bigger outgoings.
Without that extra funding, it will be necessary to reduce spending by that amount with a negative impact on service and staffing levels, he said.
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