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Residents claim their properties will be devalued by social housing

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Residents of a housing estate in Athenry claim up to €2 million will be wiped off the value of their homes if Galway County Council proceeds with a plan to purchase units there.

The local authority is in the process of buying 14 houses in Lorro Gate, Prospect to be used as social housing. It is understood agreement to purchase has been reached and contracts have been exchanged.

The County Council said it is buying the houses to meet its social housing targets, and to clear some of the backlog of people on the local social housing waiting list.

However, some of the existing residents said that the Council’s plans have the potential to devalue their homes significantly. One estimate suggests a home that was purchased in Lorro Gate for €235,000 could be worth €150,000 if the Council’s plans proceed.

Phase one of the estate has 41 homes, and four of them were earmarked for social and affordable housing. If the County Council succeeds in purchasing 14 more units, it would mean 44% of the homes in the private estate would be social housing.

If that happens, residents said they have an initial estimate indicating a potential loss in value of €1.5m to €2m to the private houses in the estate.

“As well as the monetary impact, we are also hugely concerned about the high probability of anti-social behaviour in the estate,” said Paul Lenihan, director of Lorro Gate Management Company.

Residents have contacted the County Council with their concerns, and they have also engaged solicitors with a view to taking a class action.

There was a meeting between residents and local representatives in Athenry on Good Friday, during which locals aired their concerns again.

Around 20 residents met for over an hour with County Councillors Peter Feeney (FG) and Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) and Galway East TD, Anne Rabbitte (FF) at the community centre.

There are plans to build a further 28 homes in phase two of the estate. Cllr Peter Feeney told last week’s meeting with residents that there are “no plans” by the County Council to purchase any of those units for social housing.

The meeting heard that the purchase of property was a function of the Council management executive, and was not a reserve function of Councillors.

In an email to the estate management company, County Council acting director of housing, Michael Owens, said it in responding to the significant housing need that exists, it is guided by Government policy ‘Rebuilding Ireland – An Action Plan for Housing & Homelessness’.

“There are currently a range of measures available to the Council to respond to housing need and to meet the housing targets set for the County of Galway both for the current year and out to 2021.

“These measures including the provision of high quality homes by means of construction, acquisition, leasing and the return of vacant properties. In all such instances the Council’s approach is guided by our commitment to developing and supporting sustainable communities by providing high quality homes with an appropriate social and tenure mix in full compliance with all relevant national policy and legislative requirements,” said Mr Owens.

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Magnificent property boasts all the elegance of a showhouse

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High standard of finish: Bóthar na Mias in Kinvara.

Farrell Auctioneers are handling the sale of this magnificent home at Bóthar na Mias in Kinvara.

Number 19 simply oozes style and there’s no question it’s right up there with the best of showhouses.

It boasts character and comfort with its design allowing light to flow brightly throughout – thanks to the large glass wall window it features.

A three-bed property, there is also potential for a fourth bedroom on the ground floor. The living area and kitchen are tastefully designed and laid out with modern day comforts in mind.

The bespoke kitchen is every homemakers dream, with its floor to ceiling kitchen units as well as many other features.

This beautiful residence is located within walking distance of Kinvara Bay which is one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Not alone would the property make a beautiful family home and the occupants would have the benefit of the unrivalled natural beauty that the area has to offer, but this lively picturesque village has all amenities needed for everyday living such as schools, childcare, post office, a host of restaurants/cafes/bars, playground, medical centre, hotel, GAA facilities not to mention the instant access to a selection of beaches dotted along the Wild Atlantic way.

Selling agent Colm Farrell said: “This property has to be viewed to appreciate both the dwelling and the stunning setting.”

 The asking price is €450,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Farrell Auctioneers on 091 632688.

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Bemoaning loss of innocence in a sport driven by big bucks

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Brazil dazzled the world of football in 1970 with their mix of pace, grace and sheer footballing class.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

I’m not big into trying to resolve the huge issues of the world like wars, climate change or attempting to dethrone the obnoxious Elon Musks of this world, primarily on the basis that my influence would be akin to a moth trying to stop a herd of charging elephants.

And, I suppose at this stage, I have to accept that it’s far too late to try and call a halt to the World Cup proceedings in Qatar but for the life of me, the event doesn’t even send a sliver of enthusiasm through my nervous system.

Maybe, it’s an old-fashioned streak that’s there inside of me, but the thought of watching World Cup matches in the run-up to Christmas just doesn’t seem right. Okay, so it will be about 30°C in the heart of the Qatar desert but watching a World Cup semi-final in the middle of the Christmas office party is just a stretch too far for me.

Alas, World Cup memories go back a long way with me to a late Sunday in July 1966 when as a ‘small boy’ I was given the job of ‘minding’ the house while the ‘rest of them’ saved a small field of hay a couple of miles away from the house.

Of course, at the time there wasn’t even a faint chance of a black-and-white TV in the house, while visits to any abode that might have a telly, were strictly confined to a Sunday with the stipulation that Galway footballers had to be involved.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tractor run will remember a local legend

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Some members of the 10-person organising committee for the PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run that takes place in Ardrahan on Sunday, December 11. (Left to right): Anthony Whelan, Brian Kilkelly, Declan Sylver, Patrick Mahoney and Aonghusa Fahy. Absent from the photo are: Mary Forde, Lena Taylor, Conor O’Dea, Gerald Harney and Mícheál Kelly.

THE PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, December 11, in memory of a very well-known and highly regarded figure within the Ardrahan and South Galway local community, who passed away just a year ago this month.

PJ Mahoney was steeped in farming and the GAA and for this he was known far and wide. He was a talisman for Ardrahan GAA, playing in goals for the senior hurling team when they won county hurling titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

All down through the years, he was a most dedicated and guiding servant to the club up until his untimely death in a road accident last year.

PJ farmed locally throughout his life and was well known as an agricultural contractor in both Galway and North Clare, a business carried on by his son Patrick.

There are many tales and anecdotes of PJ Mahoney that still bring a smile to the faces of those recalling them.

He was a keystone in the local community, the neighbour you could always call on, and indeed the neighbour that didn’t need to be called upon as he would turn up to help regardless.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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