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Top Oil is new Tribe of Galway!

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Top Oil on the Tuam Road in Galway was announced as the overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh at a special awards ceremony which took place in the Westwood Hotel on Thursday the 12th May 2016.

Former Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, presented Top Oil with Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, a beautiful piece of sculpture specially designed by the famous artist Pádraic Reaney symbolising the 14 Tribes of Galway, with one ‘present day Tribe’ representing the winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016 and other winners to come.

The gala awards ceremony attracted over 100 representatives from all aspects of Galway life who came to celebrate the use of Irish in business in the city as well as Galway’s status as the first city in Ireland to gain bilingual status.

Top Oil was also named as the winner of the ‘Services’ Category sponsored by Snap Galway before going on to scoop the overall award on the night.

The Moltóirí said that they were particularly impressed by the integration of the Irish language into Top Oil: from a ‘Seirbhís i nGaeilge’ to bilingual signage, bilingual stationery, Gaeilge on delivery trucks and a new bilingual logo – “Fuelling Ireland/Éire Á Breoslú”.

They were also impressed with how the staff were inspired and encouraged to use Irish. Top Oil also intends to extend the use of the Irish language to other branches around the country.

Other category winners for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016 were Faherty Paints (Retail winner, sponsored by Galway Bay FM); the Connacht Hotel (Tourism & Hospitality winner, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland) and the Galway Technology Centre (Other Companies winner, sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh).

They all received a business package to the value of €2,000 from their respective category sponsor as well as a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh specially designed for the Gradam by Pádraic Reaney and sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

A reflection of the high standard of entries this year is Bronnadh Speisialta na Moltóirí, a special award designed to acknowledge a business who has entered the Gradam for the first time and has achieved a very high standard which could not go unrecognised.

This award, sponsored by Judy Greene Pottery, was presented to Péarla na Mara. The Moltóirí were particularly impressed by the attitude and passion for the language displayed by the owner. Péarla na Mara have embraced the ‘Spirit of the Gradam’ and see it as something that is integral to the success of their business.

For the first time this year, the Moltóirí bestowed a University Scholarship sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh on a business that is making a special effort to develop a ‘Service in Irish’ for their customers.

Michaela McDermott of Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop was presented with a one year scholarship on the language acquisition course, ‘An Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge’, a university qualification from NUI Galway.

 

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Brexit impact on online shoppers

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CCPC chairperson Isolde Goggin: before you buy, check where the business is located and read the terms and conditions on the website.

Almost one in three Irish consumers has bought online from a UK-based retailer in the past two years – with 29% of consumers having done so more than ten times.

That’s according to research carried out to mark the start of a six-week public awareness campaign, aimed at preparing consumers for the potential impact of Brexit on their rights when they buy online from UK-based retailers.

The survey also found that 40% of consumers who bought online said they have returned items they purchased from a UK retailer.

And 71% of those who had made returns did so because the product did not fit or they changed their minds – the right to return in these circumstances is a right under EU consumer law.

One in four consumers said that, following Brexit, they will buy more from Irish companies either in-store or online

The research was published by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, tracking the experiences of consumers in Ireland who buy online from retailers based in the UK.

The CCPC’s research, which was carried out amongst 1,000 adults across the country, found that a significant majority (72%) of Irish consumers had bought online from a company based in the UK in the last two years.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New hope for homeowners in mortgage arrears

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Paul Cunningham, CEO, Home For Life.

Over 1,100 Galway householders have mortgage arrears of two years or more, according to Central Bank figures – but there’s a glimmer of hope for them on the horizon.

Because figures also show that a state scheme has ensured a small number of those families – crippled by unsustainable mortgage arrears – have been able to stay in their own homes.

They have availed of the Government’s Mortgage to Rent scheme aims to keep homeowners with unsustainable debt in their current properties debt-free as long-term tenants of their local authority.

So far, 51 Mortgage to Rent cases have either been completed or are being actively progressed across the city and county, according to figures just released by The Housing Agency.

And a recent rise in eligibility values in the county to €395,000, combined with an increased appetite from lenders to work with the scheme, could see Mortgage to Rent engagements dramatically increase in the coming months.

Lenders and funds are now showing a greater willingness to use the Mortgage to Rent scheme as an alternative to repossessing family homes, according to a prominent mortgage expert.

“My experience since Home For Life began operating last year is that both lenders and funds want to find workable solutions to mortgage arrears once and for all,” said Paul Cunningham, CEO of Home For Life, the only Government-approved private Mortgage to Rent operator.

“This means they want to do a deal with families in trouble in Galway and move on.

“What we are witnessing here are changes which very much favour the Galway householder.

“The Government has shown it is interested in developing the scheme by widening the eligibility bands by €30,000 while banks and funds have made it clear they prefer to see a solution where the householder can stay in their home paying an income-based rent.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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State grants give new energy

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Seán Canney TD: “Cutting emissions is key to achieving our Climate Action targets.”

A host of community and commercial buildings across the county will benefit from a share of the state’s €25 million scheme to improve their energy efficiency.

All the buildings will receive grants towards energy efficiency retrofits involving a variety of areas, including heat pumps, heating controls, doors and windows, roof insulation, lighting and solar panels.

The grants form part of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s national Community Energy Grants Scheme.

Galway buildings covered under the scheme include Tuam Leisure Centre; Portumna Town Hall; Mystical Rose Nursing Home, Claregalway; Loughrea Athletic Club; Castlegar GAA; Corinthians RFC; Glinsk Community Centre; Ballinasloe Leisure Centre, and Hewland Packard Enterprise (HPE) Galway.

They also include the Bon Secours Hospital; Temperance Hall, Galway; Corrib Shopping Centre; Supervalu Galway; Musgrave Market Place, Galway; Aviva, Galway; Cleary’s Insurance, Galway; NCBI charity shop Galway; Glynn’s Service Station, Carnmore; the Connacht Hotel, Oughterard Church, and Cómhar Caomhán Teo, Aran Islands.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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