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Tuam house which hosted Mick Jagger is back on the market



The house that, in its heyday, hosted Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull is back on the market once again with a price tag of €1.5 million.

The stately Bermingham House outside Tuam home once had an asking price of €4.5 million – but the fact that the seven bedroom property now needs extensive works, the price has dramatically dropped.

But Tuam auctioneer Michael Mannion told The Connacht Tribune that since it went back on the market, there have been a considerable number of inquiries – with many coming from the Midlands and the east of the country.

He said that the distinctive pink coloured house needed quite a lot of investment to restore it to its former glory. However, Mr Mannion was satisfied with the amount of renewed interest in the property.

Bermingham House in Tuam was the residence of the late Lady Molly Cusack Smith and it is now on sale for one third of what it could have commanded maybe 10 years ago. It was the venue for some famous hunt balls over the years.

The house comes with 211 acres of rolling countryside which was the location of many hunts down through the years as well as some legendary hunt balls at which the rich and famous attended.

The property has been on sale for some considerable time and at one stage the asking price was €4.5 million.

But with the property crash, Bermingham House is now valued at one third of what it once was and it is not surprising that the auctioneer selling the property has generated quite an amount of interest in it.

Michael Mannion of Sherry Fitzgerald Mannion told The Connacht Tribune that the price being asked for the extensive property was reflective of the current situation in the property market in the area.

However, he said that at the current asking price, he had received a better than average amount of interest and had conducted a number of showing over the past week.

Mr. Mannion said that the house evoked memories of hunting, dawn meets, crisp St. Stephen’s Days, elegant parties along with pictures of the indomitable owner of Bermingham House, Lady Cusack Smith and the current owner, her daughter Oonagh Mary Hyland.

Bermingham House is situated just two miles from Tuam and is a classical Georgian country house, which has been modernised over the years but has remained faithful to its Georgian heritage.

The house was built in 1730 by John de Bermingham, Earl of Louth and 15th Baron of Athenry. In the 19th century the estate passed to the Dennis family. Legend has it that the house was won by a member of the Dennis family in a bet.

John Dennis, first master and huntsman, founded the County Galway Hunt in 1829. When he died the estate passed to the family of his sister whose descendant Oonagh Mary Hyland now owns the property which remains a dominant part of the North Galway countryside.

The house has seven en-suite bedrooms, an elegant staircase and a drawing room which hosts a grand piano which is reputed to have been played by Mozart.

It comes with a courtyard and stables which have the capacity to house 21 horses along with a walled garden.

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Confusion reigns – but publicans continue serving pints outdoors



Galway City publicans continued this week to serve alcohol in newly created on-street outdoor dining sections – despite warnings from Gardaí that it was against licensing laws.

The local branch of the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) said it is hoping Government will, if necessary, introduce legislation that facilitates pubs serving alcohol in public spaces reclaimed for outdoor hospitality.

On Friday last, our sister newspaper, Galway City Tribune revealed that Gardaí had visited a number of city pubs warning they were not legally permitted to serve alcohol outdoors in temporary on-street seating areas created by Galway City Council.

Publicans were told that if they continued to flout the rules, files would be sent to the DPP.

When the crux subsequently hit the national headlines, Justice Minister Heather Humphreys urged Gardaí to ‘use their discretion’.

“The overwhelming majority of licensed premises are operating safely, and we in Government are determined to continue to support them. If local issues arise, I would urge local authorities, Gardaí and businesses to engage.

“However, I will also examine whether further measures are required from Government. Licensing law is a complex area but I have spoken to the Attorney General this morning and we will take further action if necessary,” Minister Humphreys said.

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Apple plans second bite at Athenry data centre



An artist's impression of the proposed Apple Data Centre.

Apple intends to have another bite at plans to build a data centre in Athenry.  Apple Operations Europe has applied to Galway County Council for more time to construct a controversial data centre on a greenfield site at Derrydonnell.

The company said it will identify “interested parties to develop the project” between now and 2026 to meet global growth in demand for data storage facilities.

It will spark hope in the County Galway town of a revival of the €850 million project that was dogged for years by planning delays and court appeals and was subsequently shelved. It may also attract fresh objections.

The world’s largest technology company was granted planning permission to build a €850 million data centre near Athenry in 2015.

An appeal to An Bórd Pleanála by a handful of local residents was not successful, and the planning appeals board confirmed the local authority’s decision in 2016.

But the company ultimately aborted its plans for County Galway in 2018 after three objectors sought a review of the decision through the courts.

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Mum’s dream holiday turns to nightmare after cancer diagnosis



Julia McAndrew, in hospital in Mexico.

A mother who went to Mexico on a dream holiday to spend Christmas with family is too weak to return home after being diagnosed with advanced cancer.

From the minute Julia McAndrew landed in the South American country, her health took a major downward spiral.

Her son and daughter were shocked when she asked for a wheelchair to make it through the airport.

She and daughter Eliska had flown out to see her son Patrick, who had relocated to Mexico to run an online learning business.

They initially thought she had fallen ill due to the rigours of a 22-hour, multi-stop flight.

But when her stomach problems did not improve and she began to lose a lot of weight and suffered from very low energy, they sought medical help.

This had to be done privately and without the financial help of an insurance company, Patrick reveals.

She was initially diagnosed with anaemia and kidney failure and underwent various treatments, including blood transfusions that appeared to be working.

But three weeks ago, medics discovered that what she had was Stage 4 breast cancer. Julia had cancer a decade ago but was given the all-clear after receiving treatment and a major change in lifestyle.

“It’s returned with a vengeance this time around. It’s spread to her pelvis, ribs and lungs,” reflects Patrick.

The cost of the treatment is $40,000 (€33,000) a month. Her family are hoping to build up her strength enough to endure the long flight home to Oranmore.

They have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise €280,000 to pay for her treatment and in less than a week a phenomenal €36,000 has been donated.

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