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Inaugural RNLI flag day event

Kinvara will host its inaugural flag day in support of the RNLI at the weekend. The event is aimed at the whole family and Dominic Gallagher, one of its organisers, is hopeful the community can raise a significant amount of money for the charity. “The RNLI is a great organisation. It has always been close to my heart. “It doesn’t get money from the Government so fundraising is vital to keep it going. “We have a huge number of volunteers taking part and we are hoping to make this an annual event,” Dominic stated. “People often take the RNLI for granted. “The old motto is the RNLI always answer the call, they always go when they are called, no matter what the circumstances. Other countries don’t have organisations like the RNLI. It is a most professional outfit made up of brave men and women and we are lucky to have them. “We are a seaside community and a lot of …

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Councillor’s fears over flood relief funding

Fine Gael TD Ulick Burke this week expressed reservations about the allocation of between €10m and €12m for South and East Galway flood relief works.“Whilst I welcome the announcement, I am somewhat sceptical that this amount will be made available on the ground within the two-year time frame indicated by the minister,” deputy Burke stated.He made his comments after Minister at the Office of Public Works, Martin Mansergh, announced that he expected to spend between €10m to €12m over the next two years on schemes in the area.“The greatest fear now is that we will have another report gathering dust on the shelves and as yet, no meaningful works have occurred in South Galway, nothing on the Dunkellin River Basin and little in Ballinasloe,” Deputy Burke remarked.Last December, a Humanitarian Aid package of €10m was announced by the Government to assist families throughout the country who were affected by the flooding. “As at February last, only 718 payments had been …

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Flood victim taking case to Europe

WHEN water gushed into Tom Flatley’s home in South Galway on November 21 last year, he didn’t know that it would consume his life ever since and eventually carry him to Europe.In the mid 1990s, Tom moved from England to Enniscrone in Sligo before then renting a home in Oranmore.“It was a halfway point because most of my work was in Castlebar and Sligo and my wife got work in Shannon. Eventually, my work started coming more towards Galway so we moved as soon as we could afford to buy our own house and Ardrahan was the right side of Galway for Noreen’s journey,” outlines Tom.The young couple bought an old farmhouse in Tullira, Ardrahan. They sought to renovate it and applied for planning permission in March 2002. In October that year, Galway County Council granted planning permission for an extension to the existing house and a septic tank.Tom’s experience buying his home was like that of many others across …

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Turning a passion into a profession

Galway man Conor Madden moved to Kinvara seven years ago, where he is now turning his love of sport into a business opportunity.The sailing and cycling enthusiast, along with two friends Andrew Deakin and Eoin Ryan, set up an outdoor experience company, which this week holds its first sprint triathlon, Tri the Burren. The set-up at Dolmen Events is unusual, with Conor living in South Galway, Bunratty man Andrew living in Limerick and Eoin based in Dublin. “The key thing we do is a weekly Skype call. Everything is on email and we use technology very well. We have common drives where we store files. It was a bit of a challenge initially but when you get into the pattern of using all those technologies then it gets easier. We all meet up then a couple of times a month at various things,” explains Conor. After studying at home, where he was an accomplished whitewater kayaker, Conor spent five years …

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