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Study shows growth in jobs across county

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The dynamism of smaller towns across the county has resulted in significant increases in the number of people working locally – according to a new study from the Western Development Commission.

The local studies examine the various labour catchments across the county, that area from which a town draws most of its workforce.

In Tuam labour catchment alone, the number of people working in the town has almost doubled – from 1,000 in 2006 to almost 2,000 a decade later.

Other labour catchments across the county are showing similar patterns of growth – an increase of 32.8% was recorded in Loughrea and 13.8% in Clifden.

Only the Gort labour catchment saw a decline in resident workers – down 15.6% – with a significant proportion of the town’s total workforce commuting to places of employment in Galway City.

The WDC studied Census data from 2016, comparing some statistics with 2006.

The study found that manufacturing continues to play a significant role in local employment in Galway’s smaller labour catchments.

It found that while wholesale, retail and commerce is the main sector in Clifden labour catchment with 42% of the catchment area’s workers employed in this area, manufacturing accounts for close to one fifth of the Gort labour catchment resident workforce.

It was also a vital employment sector in the Loughrea (25.4%) and Tuam labour catchments (26.1% of jobs)

The studies also found that the number of people who live in Tuam LC but who now work in Galway city, or suburbs, increased from 833 in 2006 to 1,200 in 2016.

Manufacturing accounts for double the state average of workers in Tuam – Valeo Vision accounts for a large element of this and some of those employed by the company work in Research and Development.

While Gort LC recorded a decrease in resident workers between 2006 and 2016 this is, in part, due to the size of the catchment which decreased in 2016.

A large number of workers across the county continue to make long commutes for work.

One hundred people commute from Clifden labour catchment or LC to Galway City and suburbs – while ten of the town’s residents list Dublin city as their place of employment.

And in Loughrea LC, workers who live in the area work in locations such as Galway City, Ballinasloe, Athlone, Gort, Portumna, Dublin City, Athenry and Oranmore.

There was good news for rural Galway too with analysis showing a vibrancy in rural employment in the county.

Western Development Commission policy analyst Deirdre Frost said the figures showed that smaller town labour catchments across Galway were not just holding their own but increasing new and varied career options for those who want to live and work locally.

Rural employment was still very important in County Galway, she said.

“Some of these workers are likely to avail of e-working and facilities at enterprise hubs which can reduce travel time,” she added.

“The growth of employment in Tuam is very noticeable and the figures indicate a spread of employment opportunities across the county, thanks in part to better transport links such as the M6 motorway and people making lifestyle choices for their families,” she concluded.

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Public auction of Castlesampson farm with c.143 acres

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Connaughton Auctioneers are handling the sale of a c.143.40 acre farm located at Corraree and Ballygatta, Castlesampson, just 9km from Athlone/ M6 Motorway and 15km from Ballinasloe Town.

Located in a renowned farming district, the property has an extensive range of modern farm buildings including five-bay single slatted with lay back, three bay double bay slatted, covered yard with crush, two-bay double slatted, three-bay double flat shed and three-bay single flat shed with an overall area of c.10,274 sq. ft.

The lands are being offered for sale in four lots, Lot 1: c.77.77 acres with the farm buildings mentioned above, Lot 2: c.52.43 acres, Lot 3: c.13.20 acres and Lot 4: The entire property c.143.30 Acres with farm buildings. With a public road passing through the farm, there is extensive road frontage to an area of c.2,500 metres thereby holding huge potential for building sites in the future.

The property comes with mains connections to electricity and water and includes overall c.55.07 entitlements included in the sale.

Auctioneer for the sale, Ivan Connaughton stated: “This is a fine farm to come on the open market. The large investment in the ultra-modern farm buildings by the current owners together with an extensive holding of top-quality agricultural lands has attracted interest from both near and far.

The potential for transformation into dairy or usage as a large feed lot has attracted additional interest. Its location in a renowned farming district and conveniently situated close to the Galway/ Dublin M6 Motorway is a major advantage. The farm entitlements that total c.€21,000 per annum are included in the sale and has received a positive response from interested parties to date. I encourage any interested party to contact our office on 090-6663700 for further information and viewing”

The Public Auction is being held in Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe on Friday August 30th at 4.00pm. All are welcome to attend. All legal enquiries can be made to solicitor for the carriage of sale, Hayden & Co. Solicitors, Athlone Tel: 090-6470622

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Offering a lifeline to people affected by cancer

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Lifestyle – The Daffodil Centre at UHG which is celebrating its 10th anniversary has given practical and moral support to thousands of cancer patients and their family members since the Irish Cancer Society set it up as a pilot project. DENISE MCNAMARA hears one man’s story of its role in his recovery.

When Alan Rushe began to feel cramps in his stomach, he did not hesitate in attending his local doctor.

His GP asked if he had ever suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As he had been diagnosed with the condition when he was younger, he was prescribed tablets for that and told to see how they worked.

Six days later, Alan’s condition hadn’t improved so his GP referred him for a colonoscopy. When the invasive test revealed he had colon cancer he was operated on within ten days. Two months later he was started on six months of chemotherapy, getting treatment once every fortnight.

When he was coming to the end of the treatment, Alan found himself in a bind.

He wanted reassurance about what to expect as the chemicals left his body but the doctors and nurses in the oncology ward were far too busy to give him the time he needed to sit and chat.

“One of the things about having cancer, your whole life becomes obsessed with your problem and how you’re dealing with it,” Alan reflects.

“Suddenly you’re coming to the end of chemo and you find yourself in a very strange place; you are in a vacuum. You might be told things by different doctors and nurses but you haven’t taken it in.

“You can’t just drop back into the ward, yet you want to talk to people who know all there is to know about your type of cancer.”

He was advised to go to the Daffodil Centre in University Hospital Galway (UHG), which is run by the Irish Cancer Society to seek further information.

There he found oncology nurse Fionnuala Creighton who manages the Galway Daffodil Centre. She sat down with Alan and gave him the time to answer the myriad of questions that were swirling around his mind.

“She gave me all this information about what to expect when chemo is leaving the body, how it would affect me. She gave me information leaflets and told me about services that are available, such as exercise classes in Cancer Care West,” he explains.

The Daffodil Centre at UHG began as a pilot project for the Irish Cancer Society a decade ago this month.

Aileen McHale, who is now Cancer Information Services Manager with the Irish Cancer Society, was the first nurse to work there.

“We wanted to set up a designated cancer centre in a hospital to provide information to the patient, relatives and general public at the point of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up,” she explains. “I was involved in the setting up and running it and, from the beginning one of my roles was recruiting and training a group of volunteers who would help me in the running of the centre.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hanley’s high-quality minors break new ground in great style

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Galway 3-14

Kilkenny 0-12

HURLING history was made much easier than expected at Croke Park last Sunday when Galway claimed a third consecutive All-Ireland minor hurling title for the first time ever.

As it transpired, this repeat of last year’s championship decider was a no-contest. Galway were so superior it made a nonsense of the conventional theory that the more games a team plays, they better they should become.

This may have been Kilkenny’s eighth match of a protracted campaign, but it was undoubtedly their worst display in falling to a heavy 11-point defeat. The young Cats were almost too bad to be true and their tame challenge faded completely after the break.

Though Kilkenny’s poverty considerably eased the task of the defending champions, the manner in which Galway went about their business was still impressive. Their overall skills set was in a different league, while their big-match temperament also stood them in good stead.

Having to beat the same team twice in the same championship can be problematic and although only three points had separated Sunday’s protagonists in the quarter-final round-robin series a few weeks ago, there was little or no drama in the championship’s defining battle such was the gulf in standard.

Not alone were Galway completing a notable three-in-a-row, but this was also the fourth time in the last five years that the Irish Press Cup has returned west, while the county has now captured eight of the last 16 All-Ireland minor titles.

This is an exceptional feat by any standards and new Galway manager Brian Hanley has clearly followed in the footsteps of his successful predecessor, Jeffrey Lynskey, in recognising young talent and then shaping them into a formidable team.

Galway are now the undisputed brand leaders at minor level and while the failure to translate this dominance to greater success in senior ranks remains a deep source of frustration, this week in not the time to be looking at the wider picture.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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