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Funding for 24 heritage buildings in the county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 24 protected buildings and structures in the county are to benefit from more than 100 thousand euro in heritage funding.

The funding of 127 thousand euro is part of the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht’s new ‘Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme.’

The biggest allocation of heritage funding in the county is 11 thousand euro for the former Market House at the Square in Eyrecourt.

Grants of 10 thousand euro each have been allocated to Ballynagar House, Abbey, Kylemore House, Connemara and Kylemore Church.

The other historical buildings which will get funding are
St. John the Baptist Church, Eyrecourt
Church of St. Francis, Meelick
Country House, Castle ffrench, Ballinamore Bridge
Kiltullagh House
The Rectory, Caherkelly, Ardrahan
Oranmore Castle
St. Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert
Ivy Lodge, Ballinasloe
Cloondadauv Castle, Power’s Cross
Woodville House, Craughwell
Danesfort House, Woodford
Clareville House Oughterard
Creggs House
Longford House, Ballycrissane, Portumna
St. Matthew’s Church, Glan, Clontuskert
Raford House, Athenry
Boula House
Teach Caislean Ellen, Athenry
St. Corban’s Church, Ballyshrule
Prospect House, Eyrecourt and Ryehill Demense, Monivea.

Almost 100 thousand euro has also been allocated for protected buildings in the city.

Galway West T.D Seán Kyne says the money will be used to carry out important conservation works and will support employment.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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