• Galway East Independent deputy Seán Canney says it’s a very welcome move by Minister Denis Naughten  to make €700,000 available to remove stock piles of tyres from farms.

    The collection point for tyres in this region is Athenry Mart, Co. Galway and the date for collection is Saturday the 13th of October.

    The tyres will be collected by the Irish Farm Film Producers Group and they have agreed to the removal of tyres from farms through four Bring Centre collection points. Farmers must bring their herd numbers to these collection centres for verification purposes.

    Deputy Canney is encouraging  all farmers who have stock piles of tyres to bring them to Athenry and they will be disposed of. The cost to the farmer under this heavily subsidised scheme is 15 euro per tonne, for the first 3 tonne and after that the market price of 160 euro per tonne applies.

    The vast majority of tyres collected will be recycled in Ireland which will support Irish jobs’

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  • A site the GAA invested €2.8m in at the height of the Celtic Tiger is now being turned into a soccer academy.


    It's understood the 103 acres of land near Athenry has been bought by the Comer Group for less than €1m - representing a loss to Galway GAA.


    The Comer brothers Luke and Brian property developers from Glenamaddy want to turn the land at Mountain South in Athenry into a base for Galway United, which would develop footballers in the region.


    It previously belonged to the GAA with the Galway hurling board spending €2.8m on the site in 2006 with a view to turning it into a Centre of Excellence in the long term.


    It had borrowed to pay for the land and continued to make contributions in the form of bank interest before working out a deal with Croke Park which saw the GAA take over the loan.


    But the development failed to materialise and late last year Galway GAA acknowledged it would have to cut its losses and sell the site for a price far below what it paid. It was bracing itself to lose around €2m on the venture.

    The 'Connacht Tribune' reported the Comer Group bought Mountain South for less than €1m.


    It plans to submit a proposal to Galway County Council which would see the construction of six soccer pitches, a gymnasium facility and 30 apartments which would be used to house the young footballers.

    The estimated cost of the project has been set at €20m.

  • Galway United receives cash injection from Comer brothers to start planning a €20m football academy near Athenry.

    The 40-acre site at Mountain South, will be one of the biggest football projects in the state.

    €The Comer brothers from Glenamaddy, Brian and Luke, purchased the site for less than €1m from the GAA last year with the intention of building a state-of-the-art complex, including six pitches and 30 apartments for staff and players.

    It is understood the Government and UEFA are looking favorably on financially assisting the venture

    They have been the main sponsors of Galway since 2013, pumping around €2m since into the running of the club.

    Both brothers were at Eamonn Deacy Park to confirm the latest extension of their partnership.


  • The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton will today address the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools Conference in the Galmont Hotel and Spa, Galway. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Leadership and Making a Difference”.

    The Minister will also turn the sod in Presentation College, Athenry during his visit to county Galway today. The development will provide  a 1000 pupil post-primary school together with a 2 classroom special needs unit, a PE Hall and 6 hard play court areas.

  • Large crowds turned out yesterday in Tuam to take part in a march calling on Galway county  council to approve a Greenway Feasibility Study from Athenry to Miltown  - that would run along the former railroad, part of the proposed Western Rail Corridor.

    The matter is due to go before Galway county councillors  at the monthly meeting of the authority later today.

    The Athenry to Milltown section of the closed railway has been branded as the “Quiet Man Greenway” by local campaigners seeking government funding from the National Greenway strategy to have a feasibility study completed on the route.

    Both Minister Ciaran Cannon (FG) and deputy Anne Rabbitte TD (FF) spoke in favour of securing the funding required for a feasibility study on the route yesterday.

    Brendan Quinn of the Western Rail Trail Campaign, a group campaigning for the development of a greenway from Athenry to Collooney, and supporting “The Quiet Man Greenway” development told Midwest News today that the turnout was phenomenal and he said however today’s vote goes at Galway County Council, the campaign to secure a greenway will nor go away.