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Tuam social housing plan gets green light

Declan Tierney

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A €10 million social housing scheme has been approved for Tuam – despite ongoing issues with illegal dumping on a neighbouring farm.

Director of Services Michael Owens told members of Tuam Municipal Council that work on the 49 new houses at local authority-owned Tirboy in Tuam would commence this year.

Concern was expressed by members of Tuam Council with regard to the illegal dumping on adjoining land owned by a local farmer who grazes cattle there.

Mr Owens said that he would engage in consultation with the residents of Tirboy in Tuam and the land owner in an effort to resolve the problem.

The Director said that permission for the new houses had been granted subject to 15 conditions being complied with by Galway County Council. One related to the height of the boundary wall in relation to the adjoining lands.

Cllr Pete Roche welcomed the development of 49 new houses – but warned that the issue of illegal dumping had to be tackled.

The Fine Gael councillor said that the landowners had carried out clean-up and reclamation works on the property and were trying to develop a herd there – but he said there were cattle eating plastic products that were being illegally dumped there.

He was supported by Cllr Donagh Killilea who said that he welcomed the development of 49 new social housing in Tuam and hoped that the occupants would be carefully selected.

The Fianna Fáil councillor wanted the removal of a footpath from the boundary wall as he believed that this would lead to escalation of illegal dumping. He believed that this footpath should be relocated.

Cllr Killilea believed that the new housing development would go a long way towards tackling the accommodation crisis in Tuam.

Cllr Andrew Reddington (FG) said that he didn’t want a situation of illegal dumping taking place and there was no way that plastic should be fed to animals as is the case at the moment.

Members were informed that there were 374 on the housing waiting list in Tuam. Cllr Joe Sheridan (FF) opposed the development on the grounds that it would be abused by residents.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

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Leona Paula Leoncio...in ICU.

UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.

Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.

Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.

The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.

Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.

“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.

The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.

Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.

“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.

“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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