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Plans lodged for apartment blocks on Salthill site

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Plans have been lodged by a major local property developer to demolish a bungalow in Salthill to make way for the construction of 39 apartments.

Catena Property Company Ltd – which is owned by Tom McEvaddy Junior, formerly of Nexus Homes – has sought permission to demolish ‘Cova da Iria’, 105 Upper Salthill, a small bungalow on a half-acre site opposite the former Warwick Hotel.

The plans are for two blocks of apartments – one fronting onto Upper Salthill (Block B) and the other onto Toft Park (Block A).

Block A will be 6-8 storeys in height and will have 26 two-bed apartments and a three-bed penthouse, along with a community room, roof garden and patio at penthouse level.

Block B will be 3-4 storeys high and will have 11 one-bed apartments and a three-bed penthouse, along with a winter garden/balcony at penthouse level, as well as a concierge room.

The plans include new vehicular access from Upper Salthill Road, basement parking for 31 cars and 30 racks for bicycles. The proposals include solar panels at roof level and a rainwater harvesting system.

According to the planning application, at pre-planning meetings, the proposed scheme was agreed in principle and “deemed to be an appropriate use” of the site.

“The proposal represents an opportunity to redevelop and under-utilised infill and brownfield site. The subject site is zoned ‘residential’ and is fully serviced and is capable of accommodating higher density residential development at this appealing seafront location along a public transport corridor,” the application reads.

It also notes that the design has been ‘future-proofed’ so that it could facilitate redevelopment of a site next door – not in the applicant’s ownership – “to enable the completion of the streetscape at this location”.

According to the application, the fact that the site is located on the proposed high-frequency bus route under the Galway Transport Strategy, a reduced carparking requirement can be considered by the Council.

“Owing to the nature of the proposed higher-density apartment development, situated along a public transport corridor where a bus stop is located, a reduced carparking provision can be considered in this case.

“We consider that a relaxation of the carparking requirement can also be considered owing to the lower anticipated carparking demand from the 11 one-bed apartments, together with the spare carparking capacity experienced at the public carpark at Toft Park,” the application reads.

Toft Carpark and apartment blocks along Quincentennial Drive have flooded on several occasions in recent years.

“Although there is no history of flooding on site, the proposed development has been designed to ensure it is not vulnerable to flooding in the future,” the application reads.

According to plans, a Flood Risk Assessment for the area states that the risk of flooding is minimal and it is also predicted that the two proposed apartment blocks will not impact flood risk elsewhere in the area.

“Having regard to the height and character of development in the area, the infill and brownfield condition of the site, the seafront/parkland setting within the built environment of Salthill, the high quality nature of sustainable benefits of the proposed scheme, on serviced residential zoned lands along a public transport corridor, together with Government policy on apartments, housing and infill residential development, a grant of permission can be considered in this case,” the application reads.

The house was purchased in March of this year for €1.8 million, having gone to auction with a guide price of €1m.

A decision on the proposal is expected from City Hall at the beginning of January.

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Former hotel won’t be ring-fenced for college

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No designation....Corrib Great Southern during demolition.

The site of the former Corrib Great Southern will no longer be ring-fenced for educational purposes if a clause removed in a draft of the next development plan is eventually adopted.

A motion by Mayor Colette Connolly proposed earmarking one-third of the six-acre Dublin Road site for educational use as well as research or collaborative ventures between third level colleges and industry.

Mayor Connolly said her proposal reinstates the text of the current plan reserving a portion of any planned development for education.

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) was supportive of the motion, the Independent councillor she told a planning meeting convened to collate a draft of the plan.

Councillor Declan McDonell (Ind) said GMIT had recently purchased the home of the Galwegians Rugby Club at Glenina for €9 million and were progressing developments at the Cluain Mhuire site and a proposed Centre of Excellence for Health, Sport, and Marine Science at Murrough.

The former hotel had been offered to GMIT for €3.75m by NAMA (National Asset Management Agency) but they had to pass because they could not come up with the money.

“So I fail to see how they could come up with the money to buy two acres for educational purposes – therefore we could be left with a derelict site for years,” he warned.

Cllr Noel Larkin (Ind) told the meeting he was in favour of an expanding GMIT but agreed the site which only recently saw the demolition of a major eyesore could be left derelict for another decade if developers were hamstrung by what could be built.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Conamara siblings take to stage for TradFest

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Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, who will perform in Collins Barracks next Thursday.

The musical talent of Conamara siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Uí Fhlatharta from An Áird Mhóir, will be on show at this year’s Temple Bar TradFest, which runs from January 26-230 in venues across Dublin. They will be performing at Collins Barracks at 1pm next Thursday, January 26.

Séamus and Caoimhe, who have won multiple All-Ireland titles for their music, are well-known among fans of traditional music as brilliant multi-instrumentalists, singers and dancers, whose vocal arrangements and harmonies bring new life to well-known and less familiar songs. Their performance on last week’s Late Late Show as part of a musical tribute to murdered Offaly woman, Ashling Murphy, was widely praised.

TradFest is one of the first largescale events to host live audiences again, something that performers and fans alike hope will continue.

Other participants include actor Stephen Rea, hosting a night of poetry and music with Natalya O’Flaherty, Sasha Terfous, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy and Neill Martin; Fairport Convention; Peggy Seeger, Aoife Scott and Wallis Bird; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Boxing Banjo; Dervish, Altan and 4 Men and a Dog; Séamus Begley, Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey; Martin and Eliza Carthy; The Lost Brothers; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Joe and Steve Wall; Cór Cúil Aodha and Seán Ó Sé; Karan Casey; Niamh Ní Charra; Brídín; Laoise Kelly; Brenda Castles, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh; Tim Edey, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien.

Tickets and more information at tradfesttemplebar.com.

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NUIG Mystics sticking to their routine ahead of Cup decider

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Alison Blaney of NUIG Mystics in action against Sophie Moore of Limerick Sport Huskies during the Women’s Division 1 National Cup semi-final. The Galway club face Templeogue in Sunday's final.

NUIG Mystics head coach Paul O’Brien says his squad are treating this week like any other as they prepare to head to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Sunday to take on Templeogue in the Women’s Division One Cup final (1.30pm).

Mystics go into the game as favourites, having lowered the Templeogue flag on the Dublin side’s home court in the league with a 76-60 win back at the end of November, though O’Brien insists that game will have little bearing on Sunday’s contest.

“That was a couple of months ago, they are a much better side now, defensively they are far stronger now then they were for that game, so we are going to have to shoot the ball well, certainly better than we did in the semi-final,” he says.

That semi-final saw Mystics overcome Limerick Sport Huskies 70-54, and they go into Sunday’s final in great form, having trimmed Tipperary Knights 92-65 at the NUIG Sports Complex on Saturday, their eighth win on the bounce since their one and only defeat of the season, a 77-74 loss to Ulster University Elks back in November.

“That was a very good game at the weekend and the final scoreline doesn’t do justice to Tipperary. They were right in it until about half way through the third quarter, they were leading in fact, but we just pulled it out with a big final quarter,” he said.

Templeogue are also on a decent run of form, having won four games on the spin, their last defeat being that reversal to Mystics, and O’Brien says that the Dublin side will be boosted by having something of a home court advantage, given the fact the NBA is just a 20-minute drive from their home court.

However, Mystics have plenty of players used to playing high-pressure games, and the national arena won’t hold any surprises for a side packed with players who have worn the green of Ireland at the venue, and have contested schools’ and club finals there.

“We have a great team spirit, there is no ego in the squad, players don’t mind who gets the scores as long as the team wins, and that has been crucial to our season so far. We are treating this week the same as any other, we’ll train Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and we’ll get the bus up on Sunday morning and hopefully we will play to our ability,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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