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Salthill homes had lowest ’09 price drops in country



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Residential properties in Salthill and Taylor’s Hill saw the lowest recorded price drops in the country last year at just 10%, according to a new nationwide property survey.

And on the other end of the scale, homes in County Galway saw prices halved in just 12 months.

According to the Sunday Times Price Guide 2010, prices on the east side of the city are down 18% over the past year, Knocknacarra is down 14% and the Newcastle area is also down 14%.

The report, which relied on figures supplied by O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers said that the strong demand for quality properties in Salthill/Taylor’s Hill resulted in lower price drops.

It found that while buyers are still looking for good quality homes in established residential areas, the likes of former local authority homes on the east side of the city have been hard hit with price drops of around €85,000.

Salthill/Taylor’s Hill

Over the past year, prices were down around 10% on average, although new two-bed apartments were worst hit at 24%. The average price of a new or secondhand home here is now €340,000.

“Detached houses are the most sought-after, while apartments are largely being ignored. While high-earners ted to seek properties here, investors are non-existent,” the report reads.

At the moment, a secondhand five-bed detached in the Salthill/Taylor’s Hill area is valued at €870,000, down from €900,000 in January 2009, and O’Donnellan & Joyce expect prices to remain static over the next twelve months.

A secondhand four-bed detached has dropped from €800,000 to €750,000, with no drop expected in the next year. A new two-bed apartment is down €80,000 to €260,000 at the moment, with a further €10,000 drop expected within the next year. Secondhand two-bed apartments are down €40,000 to €300,000, and no drop predicted this year.


The survey record average drops of around €100,000 since the height of the property boom, with prices down 14% on average, and apartments down 22%. Prices are expected fall by another 5% this year.

However, the area is still popular with buyers, with semi-detached homes still most sought-after. An average new home is €245,000 with a secondhand averaging €250,000

A five-bed detached has dropped from €435,000 to €400,000 and is expected to take another €5,000 hit in the next 12 months. A four-bed detached has gone from €395,000 to €370,000 and is expected to drop another €5,000.

A four-bed semi-detached has droppedfrom €310,000 to €260,000 over the past year, with a drop to €255,000 expected in the next 12 months.

A three-bed semi is down €20,000 to €250,000 with a further €5,000 expected. New and secondhand three-bed townhouses are down to €210,000 from €245,000, with a further €10,000 drop expected.

A secondhand two-bed apartment is down €40,000 to €190,000, with a further €5,000 drop expected. One-bed apartments are currently €160,000, down from €205,000 and another €10,000 is predicted.

For more, read page 5 of this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



Date Published: 29-Jan-2013

Athenry FC 1

Kilbarrack United 2

(After extra time)

For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.

On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.

An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.

However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.

They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.

With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.

Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.

Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.

Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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