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The Blake family started work on the construction of Merlin Park House in 1808 and it was completed in 1812. It cost £12,000 to build and provided much needed employment for many local skilled workers and labourers. Getting materials to the location proved difficult – it was said that more than 40 mules were used to transport goods and building materials from Galway to the site.
The first nationwide survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) of Ireland’s rivers, beaches and harbours has revealed that the River Shannon in Athlone is ‘moderately littered’.
A new residential development is on its way to Moycullen, with construction already under way and the first phase scheduled to be launched in autumn 2018. BRTW Developments is the first company to build a substantial development in Moycullen for a number of years. The company will provide employment during the construction phase and deliver much needed homes to an under supplied market.
In the summer of 1840 two of London’s most prolific writers and journalists, Mr and Mrs S C Hall, set out from London for an ambitious tour of Ireland. They would later publish their journey and observations in Ireland - its Scenery and Character, a best selling three volume snap-shot of Ireland, sumptuously illustrated by engravings created by the best artists of its time*. It is a treasured collector’s item today.
A favourite of the 2017 Galway International Arts Festival,the spectacular architectural build, is back this year.
This Saturday is the grand opening of TJ O’Mahonys Gort Newly Designed Store. Formally Coen’s Hardware TJ O’MAHONYS is one of Ireland’s best known names in Builders Providers and Hardware stores.
Ireland’s largest privately owned Builders Merchant group, the HPC Group, has recently acquired two Builder Merchants & DIY stores in Oranmore and Gort securing 42 jobs with further growth expected in the coming months.