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Pub’s all-nighter – for a good cause

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Sleepout...Michael Coyne, here with staff at his Coyne’s Gastropub in Cill Chiaráin

The staff and customers of a Connemara pub plan to pull an all-nighter this weekend – for charity instead of a party.

Because Michael Coyne – owner of Tigh Chadhain in Cill Chiaráin – will lead the group in what will be their sixth Sleepout for Galway Simon, the charity that plays such a key part in tackling homelessness here in the west.

“Our first Sleepout took place in 2015 as a one-off event as the homeless crisis was relatively new at the time,” says Michael.

Myself and some Coyne’s Gastropub customers decided to come together to fundraise for Galway Simon. Ten people in all took part and managed to raise over €5,000. And as the homeless crisis deepened, it then became an annual event raising over €25,000 for Galway Simon,” he adds.

Since that first Sleepout, over fifty people from Ros Muc to Cashel have taken part in the Coyne’s Gastropub Sleepout.

“We didn’t hold one last year due to Covid but this Friday, we are giving up our beds and usual comforts again in support of those facing homelessness this Christmas. Our Sleepout will be different this year, as it will be a socially-distanced event, held outside in the Coyne’s Gastropub car park,” says Michael.

But it will still be run like previous Sleepouts, starting at midnight and finishing at 9am. Participants will just have a sleeping bag and the clothes they have on them as they brave the elements.

“One thing that we do know is that this is just for one night and there are many, many people who must do this on a regular basis,” says Michael.

If you’d like to donate to this year’s Sleepout you can do so by directly sponsoring one of this year’s team – Michael Coyne, Meabh Coyne, Con Hynes, Sarah Ní Chuirrín, Kevin Naughton, Ríona Ní Chuirrín , Cathal Coyne, Aoife Dunworth, Seamus Canavan , Tommy Canavan – or you can contribute via iDonate https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11421819_coyne–s-gastropub-sleepout-for-simon.html

 

 

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Development hailed as major boost in tackling local housing demand

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Artist’s impression...the proposed Claregalway housing development.

The green light has been given to a sizeable residential development in Claregalway, which was the subject both of strenuous opposition and support in the area.

An Bord Pleanála have granted planning permission for 111 houses and apartments in Claregalway following a strategic housing development application by K King Construction for the development at Lakeview, Claregalway.

Local councillor David Collins (FG) welcomed the decision saying that there was an urgent need for new housing in Claregalway given the demand.

And he also paid tribute to developer Walter King for offering land for the development of community facilities to the local area.

“We need the houses and we need the land so this decision satisfies Claregalway on both fronts,” Cllr Collins added.

The Athenry Oranmore area councillor also said that requirement that a certain number of houses be reserved for Irish speakers was also a boost to developing the language in the area – Claregalway is part of the Gaeltacht.

The higher planning authority ruled that the proposed development would constitute an acceptable residential density at this location and was also acceptable in terms of traffic and pedestrian safety.

They also said that the site could be drained satisfactorily and that surface water would not be an issue.

The site for the development measures over twelve acres in size and is located at the junction of the Lydican Road about three quarters of a mile from the village off the main Oranmore road.

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Carna’s Community Café raises a cuppa – and funds – for new Ukrainian arrivals

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Carna Community Café volunteers presenting a cheque to Irish Red Cross Conamara Area Director Niall O'Meachair (third from right); pictured are (from left) Máirín Ní Churraion, Kate Mulkerrins, Siobhán Kennedy, Tom Lane and Máire Ní Domhnaill.

Carna’s new Community Cafe has donated €1,000 to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal – thanks to the village’s love of tea, cake, and a good old chat.

The brainchild of a group of sea-swimming enthusiasts living in the area, the weekly café started just before Easter as a way to help people begin socialising again after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Looking to simply cover costs – with the café’s bakers and servers all volunteering and charging just a euro for a cup of tea or a piece of cake – the team decided any excess income would be donated to charity.

Little did they know that just five weeks later they would be passing on €1,000 to the Red Cross.

“The aim initially wasn’t to raise money at all, we just wanted to provide a friendly, welcoming and affordable place where people could come and have a chat and see each other again,” said Máirín Ní Churraoin, who runs the local Post Office.

“But it’s been proving more popular than we could have imagined, so we decided that any income generated has to go to a good cause – for this first donation we all felt the Red Cross Ukraine appeal was an obvious choice.”

The Ukraine appeal is even more fitting given the location of the Café: the dining room of the Carna Bay Hotel, which is currently providing accommodation to people who have fled the conflict.

“We’re delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative, it’s just brilliant to see people coming out and socialising over a bit of cake again,” said Karl Rogers from the Carna Bay Hotel.

“And with the tea, musicians and chat, it’s a great way for our guests from Ukraine to meet local people and experience Irish culture first-hand.”

At the most recent event on Saturday May 7th, Irish Red Cross Conamara Area Director, Niall O’Meachair was on hand to collect a cheque for €1,000.

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive this money from the Community Café in Carna, and through the work of the Red Cross we’ll make sure it goes to helping people affected by this awful, awful conflict.”

The Community Café is held every Saturday in the Carna Bay Hotel, 10am to 12:30pm.

 

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Old stone-carved bank sign to be retained after community lobby

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Deputy Sean Canney outside the old Bank of Ireland building at Shop Street in Tuam.

An old stone carved sign on the front of a former bank building in the heart of Tuam is to be retained, following intense representations from the local business community.

The building is currently being renovated by the Department of Social Protection which is moving into the property over the coming months

Galway East TD Sean Canney received confirmation from the Department that the red brick building on Shop Street will retain the old Bank of Ireland name.

The Bank of Ireland was originally located at Shop Street in Tuam before moving to its current location at Dublin Road several decades ago.

The building on Shop Street was then occupied by the town library, which has since moved to the local Council offices, and now it is being renovated so that it can be occupied by the Department of Social Protection.

During the renovations of the old library building on Shop Street to make way for the new Intreo Centre, which brings together various social welfare services, the old stone carved sign was revealed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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