Valley House off the Glann Road in Oughterard is a beautifully-appointed six-to-eight bed family home with ample space and just a short drive from the village.
The property, which was once run as a luxury B&B is superbly designed with great privacy, functionality and charm. Extending to 312 square metres (3,356 sq ft), there is no shortage of accommodation – six generously sized bedrooms, three reception rooms, extensive kitchen/dining/breakfast facilities, large utility room, gym and sun room which overlooks the rear gardens.
The family lounge which is positioned to the right of the entrance hallway is a superb room which runs the full width of the property taking advantage of the beautiful garden views from three sides. The lounge connects to a beautiful fully glazed conservatory via double doors and also to the kitchen, dining and TV/games room.
The kitchen is spacious and well laid out with two large picture windows, an abundance of beautifully fitted cream country style cabinetry to include breakfast bar, large stove and good quality appliances.
Double arches lead you from the kitchen to a very spacious dining room which in turn leads onto the TV/games room. When originally constructed, the property had four bedrooms on the ground floor and four on the first floor and was run as a very successful B&B. Now used as a family home, one of the ground floor bedrooms is utilised as a large utility and on the first floor one bedroom now accommodates a home gym. The remaining three bedrooms on the ground floor are good sized bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and all boast en-suite shower rooms. The three bedrooms on the first floor are again good sized bedrooms and all are en-suite.
There is also a good sized family bathroom on this floor and access to one of the properties most spectacular features – an extensive horseshoe shaped balcony with ornamental cast iron railings overlooking the manicured grounds with lovely views of Lough Corrib.
The asking price is €455,000. For further information, contact DNG Martin O’Connor on 091 866708.
First pub in County Galway to be convicted over Covid breach
A County Galway publican has become the first in the county convicted of breaching Covid-19 regulations after 70 customers were found on his premises during the partial lockdown last year.
Tuam Court was told that when the Gardaí entered the premises at Tierney’s of Foxhall, there was very little social distancing – and no food being served, as was the requirement at the time.
Proprietor Tom Kelly was prosecuted for the breach of Covid-19 regulations which carries a maximum penalty of €5,000.
After Judge James Faughnan was informed that it was an extremely large premises in rural North Galway, he remarked that when so many people are allowed into a pub, no matter how big, it is extremely difficult to control them.
Prosecuting Sergeant Christy Browne explained that several months ago there had been opposition for the renewal of the publican’s licence on the grounds of alleged breaches of Covid regulations.
He said that, on August 30 last, there were 70 people on the premises, at a time during the pandemic when there was the requirement to purchase a €9 meal before being served a drink.
Sergeant Browne explained that when the premises was inspected, there was no social distancing, there was no food being served and no evidence of food receipts.
Defending solicitor Gearoid Geraghty said that his client ran a huge premises that can accommodate 227 customers and added that his customers were spread among three separate sections of the premises.
While there have been objections to the renewal of publicans’ licences by the Gardaí for breaches of the guidelines, this was the first criminal prosecution that has taken place in County Galway.
Tom Kelly with an address of Corohan, Tuam, the proprietor of Tierney’s of Foxhall, was charged with breaching a regulation to prevent, limit, minimise or slow the spread of Covid-19. It relates to an alleged breach that occurred on August 30 last year.
The same defendant had been the subject of an objection to his licence by Garda Inspector John Dunne a number of months ago. He was ordered to pay €500 towards a charity at the time.
The Inspector had opposed the renewal of the licences for what he said were breaches of Covid guidelines during the course of inspections carried out when the situation was relaxed during the course of 2020.
Headford’s plans for public park and gardens
Plans to create a new public park and gardens in the heart of Headford were unveiled this week.
Headford Community Garden and Headford Men’s Shed have submitted a proposal to the Headford Development Association to create the park on the lands adjacent to their gardens in Balrickard.
A rewilded, multi-habitat park would transform outdoor living in the town and provide a much-needed greenspace that would be accessible to all – offering a relaxing setting for all ages and abilities.
The promoters also hope that the project would act as a model for other Irish towns, with Headford becoming a leading example of how parkland and greenspace can help to revitalise rural settlements.
“This proposal for a park and gardens in Headford will create a quiet natural space in the centre of town for all to access and enjoy. It is a project that will benefit the people and the businesses of the town and surrounding areas for generations to come,” said Aengus McMahon, spokesperson for Headford Park and Gardens.
Within the park the emphasis will be on biodiversity; the planting of native trees, introduction of biodiverse meadow spaces with mown paths, walking trails, picnic and play areas.
The existing gardens and new parkland will serve as an outdoor classroom for use by local schools.
There are existing plans for Presentation College Headord’s Seomra Seoda to utilise Headford Community Garden for outdoor classes. The park will be fully inclusive and accessible to all.
The space will also include an outdoor cultural space for concerts, theatre shows and special events.
“During the Covid lockdowns, it was our walks in the rural countryside and wild landscapes that provided therapy for both mind and body,” said Brendan Smith of the Galway National Park City initiative.
“So, in a post Covid world it is important that, for the health of human society and of the planet, we integrate green and blue spaces into the fabric of our cities, towns and villages,” he added.
Recently Galway’s County Councillors unanimously supported a proposal to fund a feasibility study to examine the development potential of a cycleway and greenway from the Galway city to Headford. The park would be the perfect landing site for a future greenway.
Groups already sharing the existing garden area include Tidy Towns, environmental groups, Scouts, Headford Lace Project, Yarn Bombers, Meals on Wheels and Ability West.
Split level home on large site in Drum
This is a superb detached family home on a large site of 1.4 acres located around 5km from Galway City.
Built in 1999, the property at Drum East near Bushypark extends to 3,000 sq ft and has around 0.75 of an acre of easily maintained gardens.
The residence is deceptive from the front as it appears to be single storey, but is in fact split level and is over three floors.
On the ground and first floors are the sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility room, four bedrooms (two of which are en suite), main bathroom and guest toilet.
On the lower ground floor is a large open plan room suitable for a variety of uses and two further separate rooms. All rooms are large, bright and spacious.
The care and thought that has gone into this home is evident with the quality of fittings, such as solid timber floors, tiling, kitchen fittings and bathrooms have recently been refitted with new showers, tiling and suites.
The thermal efficiencies have been improved with extensive retro fitting of insulation, including pumping walls and attic insulation.
Externally, the gardens have been planned and have matured well with natural stone wall boundary to front, mature trees and shrub beds on side and rear boundary, extensive lawn, tarmacadam drive to the front, side and rear. In addition, there is a rear field of approximately 0.65 acres.
Drum is a popular location to the west of Galway City approximately 5km from the city centre; Boleybeg Primary School is 1km and the Salthill Devon pitches are nearby.
It offers space, privacy, scope and all the benefits of country living yet on the doorstep of the city.
■ The asking price is €575,000. The BER Rating is C1. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Sherry FitzGerald on 091 569123.