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					Table of Contents
1. Why Loughrea? 2. Introducing Loughrea 3. What Loughrea has to Offer? 4. Living in Loughrea 7. Community Partners and Community Action 3 4 6 15 18

Appendices
Appendix 1: Appendix 2: Appendix 3: Appendix 4: Appendix 5: Appendix 6: Appendix 7: Maps of Town and Hinterland Religious Services Health Facilities Educational Facilities Sporting/ Cultural/ Recreational Facilities Principal Manufacturing Industries/Services in Loughrea Housing 19 20 21 23 24 27 30

Why Loughrea ?
 Loughrea is located on the National Primary N6 Galway to Dublin Route and has a regular bus service, 7am-9pm daily, serving Galway and Dublin.  Loughrea has a wide and varied selection of affordable housing.  Loughrea has excellent local educational facilities and is within close proximity to both the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).  Loughrea is well serviced with telecommunications being linked to the Western Digital Corridor; and also has access to the new National Gas Grid Pipeline.  Loughrea has excellent natural amenities as it is situated on the shores of the „Grey‟ lake on which the town is built and has five public parks.  Loughrea has a wide and varied choice of social, sporting and cultural activities available to new arrivals.

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Introducing Loughrea
Location
Situated approx. 22 miles south east of Galway City on the northern shore of Lough Rea, the town is located at the junction of the N6 National Primary route between Dublin and Galway and the N66 National Secondary Route to Gort.

Origins
Loughrea was founded in the medieval period. The town itself can be dated back as far as 1236 A.D. when an Anglo-Saxon knight, Richard De Burgo, erected a castle on the north shore of Lough Rea. A number of well-preserved medieval features still survive in the town today.

Population in Loughrea (Urban and Rural DED)
1996 Urban & Rural DEDs 4017 Source: Central Statistics Office 2002 4833

Employment
Loughrea has traditionally acted as a market town for a prosperous agricultural hinterland. In recent years in line with national trends there has been a marked decline in the wealth of the farming economy. Loughrea‟s recent growth and commercial expansion is therefore a credit to its versatility and ability to cope with rapidly changing economic circumstances. There is an IDA Industrial Estate at Greeneenagh on the Dublin road as well as a smaller site occupied by Channelle Veterinary on the Galway road. The principal employers in Loughrea are as follows;      Cigna Healthcare, Schlegal, Krakajack, Chanelle Pharmaceuticals, OMAC Laboratories.

(See Appendix 6 for details of Principal Manufacturing Industries/Services in Loughrea including employment figures)

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What Loughrea has to offer
Loughrea Town Renewal Plan
Certain areas within the town of Loughrea are designated by the Department of Environment and Local Government under the Towns Renewal Scheme 2000

Loughrea Town and Environs Draft Development Plan 2003
Loughrea has zoned an additional 63 acres of land for industrial use, this brings the total industrial zoning within the Loughrea Plan area to 92 acres. The total amount of land zoned commercial in the town amounts to 82 acres. *Under the amendments to the Loughrea Draft Development Plan office developments over 1000 sq. m. are permitted in principal in commercial zones and are open for consideration in industrial zones.

Housing information
Loughrea has a range of prestigious serviced sites available. The town is also very well served with a range of housing accommodation spanning detached, semi-detached and apartment for purchase or rent. (see Appendix 7)

Infrastructure
Water Services The water supply is extracted from the crystal clear blue flag Lough Rea with the treated water pumped to two reservoirs on high ground east of the town centre. Telecommunications Loughrea is connected to the Western Digital Corridor (WDC) linking Dublin and Galway. Energy Loughrea is adjacent to the National Gas Grid Pipeline to the West. This pipeline has the following benefits: - The extension of the natural gas network to the midlands and west of Ireland - The development of a major infrastructural project supporting regional development - The making of gas available for power generation. - The facilitation of natural gas discoveries off the west coast. There is a recently enhanced power supply available in the town

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Education
There are a large number of primary, post primary schools and Creche/Pre-school facilities in the Loughrea area (see Appendix 4). The town is fortunate in having an abundance of spare capacity to deal with a large-scale increase in student numbers. There are also a wide range of educational institutions and modern academic courses available in the area. The following is a summary of facilities available. Primary Schools There are two national schools in Loughrea. St. Brendans National School (Boys - 196 pupils) and St. Ita‟s (Girls - 322 pupils). St. Brendans is situated on a splendid site overlooking Loughrea lake and is surrounded by spacious grounds and pitches. St. Ita‟s is situated on the corner of Cross Street and Moore Street and overlooks the Grey Lake and the mature deciduous trees of the Convent of Mercy. The schools are continuosly adapting to modern educational requirements. For example each classroom is equipped with a computer and internet facility. The schools also enjoy a shared educational psychologist who maximises the potential of student abilities. There are also 15 National Schools within a 15 mile radius of Loughrea. (Gaelscoil Riabach) Gaelscoil Riabach was set up three years ago in temporary accommodation in Meadowbrook Court, Loughrea. The school is a primary school and all subjects are taught through Irish with the exception of English. Gaelscoil Riabach is a multi-denominational school and it has two teachers and hopes to expand. It welcomes all children regardless of religious background, class, or race. It has been such a huge success they are moving into permanent premises on the Old Galway Road/Tulla Hill area during the summer. This school is recognised and funded by the Department of Education and Science, but like all schools, is suffering from severe cutbacks. They have fifty pupils enrolled at present and a waiting list of eighty pupils. They hope to have a five-roomed school by the year 2007. Gaelscoil Riabach is a great foundation for students entering second and third level education as they have been learning Irish from an early age and also classes are considerably smaller. It provides after schools service in the school which is open to all school children regardless of whether they speak Irish or not. This is a very useful way of integrating into the community. It also provides Summer Camps for 7 – 13 year olds for all children. Naionra/Pre-school. One year after the opening of Gaelscoil Riabach a pre-school was opened in the town which is called Tigh na Si. This pre-school provides an Irish language play environment. It hopes to expand on this to include a Parent and Toddler group one morning each week. This will help parents and the children to mix socially and promote the use of Irish. Secondary Education Loughrea has two second level schools, St. Brigid‟s Vocational School (mixed) and St. Raphael‟s College (mixed). Both schools offer a full range of subjects up to honours leaving certificate.

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St. Brigid‟s is situated on a beautiful landscaped terraced site. It is traversed by a trout stream and flanked by playing pitches and hard courts. It currently has 560 pupils attending. It also offers a Post-Leaving Certificate Course (P.L.C.) in Information Technology. This course is grant aided with no tuition fees and is certified by the National Council for Vocational Awards (NCVA) and the Department of Education and Science. Graduates from this course are equipped with the necessary skills to take up work in the ever expanding IT sector both in Ireland and abroad. St Brigids has been approved as an E.C.D.L. test centre. St. Raphael‟s is owned by the Clonfert Sisters of Mercy. This mixed school provides a diversified academic programme for its 405 pupils. Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities include public speaking, debates, quiz, elocution, music, European Studies projects, various sports and outdoor pursuits, leadership programmes and school competitions in many subject areas. These activities act as a major enhancement of the core curriculum. Furthermore, a teaching course is run by the Galway Education Centre at St. Raphael‟s in the evenings. The schools in Loughrea contain dedicated caring teachers and offer the highest standard of education possible. The second level schools have the capacity to cater for an additional 200 pupils immediately. There are also 4 second level schools within a 15 mile radius of Loughrea- New Inn, Woodford, Athenry and Gort. Third Level Education Loughrea is fortunate in having a number of third level colleges located within close proximity and within easy access of the town. National University of Ireland, Galway - 22 miles (www.nuigalway.ie) Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (Galway Campus) - 21 miles (www.gmit.ie) Galway Technical Institute – 22 miles (www.cgvec.ie) University of Limerick - 54 miles (www.ul.ie) Athlone Institute of Technology - 33 miles (www.ait.ie) Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (Castlebar Campus) - 65 miles (www.gmit.ie) Limerick Institute of Technology - 54 miles (www.lit.ie) Sligo Institute of Technology - 96 miles (www.itsligo.ie) Other Educational Facilities Business Management Course: This was established by Galway City and County Enterprise Board in association with the Chamber of Commerce. It consists of 10 evening sessions over 5 weeks and is designed for adults who want to equip themselves with additional business skills. Subjects include bookkeeping, VAT, PRSI, taxation, support agencies and marketing. Individual counselling is also available. Other facilities to mention include the Adult Education Centre, and the New Inn School of Music. (For a full list of Educational Facilities refer to Appendix 4) .

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Health Services
Primary Care Services The Loughrea Health Centre premises provides the base for a range of services which includes those of the Area Medical Officer, Public Health Nurse, Dental, Community Welfare Officer, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Environmental Health and pre- school services. Acute Services Galway Regional Hospitals are located approximately 20 miles west of Loughrea. Extensive acute and regional specialties are provided and include orthopaedic, vascular, ear, nose and throat, eyes, oncology, plastics, urology, thoracic, renal, haematology, obstetrics and gynaecological services together with laboratory facilities. Older People Services- St. Brendan’s Home:- St. Brendan’s Long-Stay Unit has 200 places approximately. St. Martins Day Centre This centre (which is adjacent to St. Brendans) provides care for the elderly and those living alone within a radius of fifteen miles from Loughrea. It is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5.30pm. People are collected at their home via mini bus and are taken home in the evenings. Associated services include physio and occupational therapy facilities. It also provides chiropody and hair dressing facilities. Mental Health Services Training and workshop facilities are located on a site adjacent to St. Brendan‟s long stay facility for the elderly. A day centre premises is located in Waterview House, Cross Street. Independent living accommodation is located in numerous houses throughout the community. Associated consulting services operate from the day hospital on Barrack Street. Other Medical Services Alternative practices available include reflexology, chiropody, psychiatric services and dental services to name but a few. (For a full list of health services see Appendix 3)

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Transport Links
By Road From Loughrea All major urban centres in the region are within one hour of Loughrea. For instance Loughrea is just a 30 minute drive away form Galway, Europe‟s fastest growing city. Destination Galway Ballinasloe Athenry Gort Portumna Tuam Athlone Birr Ennis Dublin Airports Destination Knock Galway (Carnmore) Shannon Dublin Mileage 52 20 49 115 Travel Time 1hr 15 mins 30 mins 1hr 20 mins 2hrs 30 mins Mileage 22 19 11 15 20 28 33 36 34 111 Time Travelled 30 mins 20 mins 15 mins 15 mins 25 mins 30 mins 35 mins 40 mins 35 mins 2hrs 15 mins

Recreation, Amenity and Cultural Facilities
Open Space Loughrea has an abundance of open space provision due to its close proximity to the lake and the surrounding amenity area (approx. 30 acres). The Fair Green extending up to Corry‟s Park to the west of the town and adjacent to the lake is the principal amenity space within the town. To the north of the town, “The Walks” which links Abbey Street to the old railway station provides an important corridor of amenity space. Lough Rea Lake Activities Lough Rea is one of the few inland lakes to receive European Blue Flag Status, a distinction which it has retained for the last seven years. The Long Point swimming area is well equipped with changing rooms and showers, ample parking and picnic areas. A lifeguard is employed by Galway County Council during the Summer months The walkway through Corry‟s Park is a haven for the walking enthusiast. This lakeside walkway traverses c. 15 acres of natural wetlands and meadow. The area is dotted with wild flowers and provides a good vantage point for birdwatchers. The adjoining Fair Green on

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which the Court House is located, boasts a very well equipped playground, large recreation area and picnic facilities. The lake serves as an Angler‟s dream. Stocked by the Loughrea Angling Association, it is well supplied with trout. There is also a good quantity of coarse fish, namely perch and pike. Boats are available for hire and a fishing permit is also available for a modest fee. The lake also provides fascinating information for the Ornithologist, as it is a very important site for winter birds such as the Shoveler, Tufted Duck and Coot. The scale of the lake as well as the abundance of aquatic insects and plant life provide a perfect feeding ground for large numbers of birds. Free fishing is available on a number of nearby rivers in the area. These include the Bullaun river, the Kilcolgan river and the Duniry river.

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Other Recreation facilities  Two 18 hole golf courses  Tennis courts  GAA stadium  Rugby pitch.  Athletics Club which include a running track, playing pitch, pitch and putt course and a small passive recreation park.  Driving range in Masonbrook (one mile from Loughrea)  Karting Centre in Tynagh - 12 miles  Dartfield Horse Museum in Kilreekil - 4 miles.  It is envisaged that the building of a Leisure Centre with a swimming pool will have commenced by the end of 2003.  Walking group established in the town.

Tourism
Loughrea and its hinterland contain a wealth and diversity of heritage items. These range from geological and geographical features, to aspects of its flora and fauna, its archaeological, architectural and historical remains, to its literary and cultural traditions. Loughrea Town and Surrounds Baile Locha Riach (the town of the grey lake) is surrounded by a ridge of low hills with fields of pasture and tillage thereby creating a pleasing combination of old world charm and modern bustle. Historically, Loughrea‟s numerous antiquitues and ancient sites act as an imprint of the ages, from prehistoric times to the modern day. Crannoga (man made islands) are witness to settlements dating to the stone and bronze ages. The Turoe stone, one of Ireland‟s most significant monuments (probably carved c.100 B.C.) is located north of the town. Ringforts are widespread. In total, there are 199 sites of archaelogical importance within a four mile radius of the town.„The Walks‟, parallel to Main Street leads to the Carmelite Abbey. This important amenity is flanked by mature deciduous trees, the town moat (the only surviving functioning moat in Ireland.) and the town walls. A town walking tour has recently been developed as a tourist attraction. Other features in the area include Thoor Ballylee and Michael Burke‟s castle. St. Brendan’s Cathedral Built almost 100 years ago, this gothic revival church contains works of unique beauty. The Cathedral has been described as „the greatest monument Ireland has to the revival of Celtic Art, a wonderland of stained glass, statues, altars, confessionals and lamps wrought by a multiplicity of artisits and crafts men‟ (Ireland of the Welcomes). This is truly a treasure house of early twentieth century Irish art. An audio tour is now available. Other attractions in the Region From Loughrea, one can set off on a day‟s touring in any direction and be guaranteed to discover a variety of natural and historical treasures. The synopsis of places of interest listed below is intended to give an indication of the historical and cultural variety, which is within
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easy reach of Loughrea. Athenry: The medieval town of Athenry was founded after the Norman conquest in 1235, when Meiler de Bermingham built his castle there. The nearby Dominican Priory was founded in 1241 and contains some interesting tombs. The town has the finest remaining medieval town walls in Ireland including five towers and a town entrance known as the North Gate. Today, Athenry is a busy market town. Its medieval castle has recently been restored and is open to the public. The town hosts a spectacular medieval festival which takes place in August of each year. Aughrim: The Aughrim Interpretative Centre, which is located in the village, tells the tale of the bloody battle of Aughrim. Fought in 1691, it changed the course of Irish history. Some 8,000 soldiers lost their lives in this last great land battle in Ireland, when the army of King William of Orange defeated the mainly Catholic Irish and French Jacobites who were led by the French general, St. Ruth. The French leader was killed by a stray cannon ball and his head is said to be buried in the ruins of the abbey in Loughrea. The story of Ireland‟s bloodiest battle and its impact on Irish and European history are detailed in the centre

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Bullaun: The famous Turoe stone is located just outside the village of Bullaun, at Turoe Pet and Leisure Farm .This much visited national monument, presumed to be a ritual stone, stands about one metre high. The stone, of fine granular granite, was probably carved around 100 BC. Clonfert: This little village was once a centre of learning where about 3,000 students came to study in the 16th century. It is thought that the original monastery was founded by St. Brendan the Navigator in 563 AD. The earliest part of the well preserved Cathedral at Clonfert dates to the 12th century. The portal of the Cathedral is one of seven Irish Romanesque doorways with a gable above and has been rightfully described as „the crowning achievement of Irish Romanesque decoration‟. Galway City: The cultural capital of Ireland, the city of the tribes is located just 30 minutes away. Its abundance of commercial and tourist attractions are within easy reach of Loughrea. www.galway.ie Gort: Gort is an estate town with fine buildings, wide streets and market square with its charming 18th century weigh-house. There is a strong interest of Irish music in the district with the highlight of the traditional music year being the Cooley/Collins Traditional Music Festival which takes place annually in October. Gort contains Coole Park which is a national forest and wildlife park with well laid out nature trails and picnic areas. The park was home to Lady Gregory and therefore has strong associations to the later 19th century Celtic literary revival movement. A W.B. Yeats interpretative centre is located in the Thoor Ballylee tower house just outside Gort town. Kilmacduagh: This important monastic site exhibits a superb collection of church buildings. The most impressive being a round tower, 122 feet high, which leans about 2 feet out of the perpendicular. Kinvara: This quaint, picturesque fishing village is located on the southern shores of Galway Bay. It was once a lively port and the annual festival of Cruinniú na mBád celebrates the traditional sailing craft of the area. Dún Guaire Castle stands majestically at the head of Kinvara Bay and echoes to the sound of medieval-type banqueting during the tourist season. Portumna: The town of Portumna, ideally situated by the River Shannon and Lough Derg, is a centre for boating and cruising. The Forest Park with its delightful walks and wealth of flora and fauna adjoins the town. The recently restored 17th century Portumna Castle, located in the park was once the home of the Clanricarde Burkes, descendants of the Norman de Burgos. Portumna Castle is open daily during the tourist season. The Slieve Aughty Moumtains: Looking across the lake of Loughrea, one sees a low range of rounded hills. They are sparsely populated and heavily afforested. The stark natural beauty of the little explored Slieve Aughty‟s offer a unique experience to the seasoned walker. Woodford: The peaceful village of Woodford is home to the East Galway Family History Society. Here visitors are assisted in tracing their ancestors in the East Galway area. This facility is a fantastic resource for anybody wishing to compile a family tree as all the church records of the area are on a computer database.
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Living in Loughrea
Shopping
Loughrea‟s tradition as a market town was established in medieval times. This tradition continues and flourishes today. It is vibrant and prosperous and offers a wide range of quality retail services to its customers. Loughrea is a focal point for an extensive catchment area. The main shopping outlets include two large supermarkets. These centres have evening and Sunday opening hours, as well as a selection of convenience stores. Long established fashion houses cater not only for outfits for special occasions but everyday casual wear for all ages. The range of boutiques (including two bridal boutiques) provide a selection of exclusive designer ladies wear. The town also caters for DIY enthusiasts with hardware and department store. Loughrea‟s reputation as a leading shopping centre is long established. The town‟s retailers are committed to providing a quality, personal service with a guarantee of price competitiveness. In terms of accessibility to the retail core, car parking needs are primarily served by the Main Street car park (72 spaces) and the Barrack Street car park (58 spaces). On street car parking is estimated at approximately 430 spaces. Plans are in place for additional car parking spaces in the town.

Eating Out and Entertainment
Eating Out There is a wide range of restaurants available to cater for all tastes. These vary from restaurants to coffee shops. Traditional Music and Dance Loughrea has a strong history of traditional music, with numerous successes at the National Fleadh Cheoil over the years and famous names include Joe Burke, Ann Conroy and Music Matters. Night Clubs Loughrea has two Night Clubs

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Annual Events March ·

St. Patrick's Day Parade Commencement of the fishing season on Loughrea lake Cuirt Poetry Festival Annual concert performed by the Choral Society East Galway & Blazer Hunts Point to Point Horse Races. . Edward Martin Weekend Tynagh Horse Show

April ·

May/June ·

July ·

Loughrea Horse Show Galway Film Fleadh Galway Arts Festival Galway Races Athenry Medieval Festival Cruinniú na mBád Festival, Kinvara

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September ·

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival Galway Oyster Festival Galway Races Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering – Coole Park, Gort Loughrea International Road race B.A.F.F.L.E. Poetry Festival, Loughrea Ballinasloe Horse Fair Galway Races Cooley/Collins Traditional Music Festival, Gort

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November/ December ·

Annual production by St. Brendan's Choral & Dramatic Society.

Other events - Loughrea Youth Theatre – Two productions per year - Loughrea Summer Youth Development Project Places of Worship Catholic mass services are available both at St Brendan‟s Cathedral and the Carmelite Abbey. There is a Church of Ireland service in the area also. (see Appendix 2)

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Public transport A number of public and private bus operators service Loughrea mainly to destinations along the N6 route. Local information Local newspapers in circulation include; Connacht Tribune, Galway Advertiser, Tuam Herald, Connacht Sentinel. There are a variety of information brochures describing everything from activities to heritage sites available at the Loughrea Tourist Office.

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Community Partners and Community Action
Loughrea Chamber Of Commerce
The Loughrea Chamber of Commerce aims to promote Loughrea and its businesses, to encourage new enterprise and to enhance the town‟s attractiveness for residents and potential visitors. The Chamber seeks to be a forum for all business people in the area as well as being alert and responsive to the needs of the community. Loughrea Environmental Group is a voluntary active group set up a number of years ago and acts as watchdogs on all matters environmentally. They compete in the National Tidy Towns Awards each year run which are adjudicated by the Department of the Environment and Local Government. Loughrea is improving its marking each year and it is hoped that the coveted national awards will be received in the town in the not too distant future. They also compete in the local competitions run by Galway County Council. They have provided picnic tables and litter bins at the recreational area of the Lake at the Long Point. They also keep the Blue Flag area litter free. They do a clean up weekly during the summer months and have a recycling scheme for newspapers. They contribute to the bedding plants provided by Galway County Council all over the town.

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Appendix 1: Map and Figures of Town and Hinterland
Front Cover – Aerial view of Loughrea Map of Loughrea – P.5

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Appendix 2: Religious Services Roman Catholic Services
Masses are said at both St. Brendan‟s Cathedral and the Camelite Abbey. St. Brendans Cathedral - Mass times Saturday 8pm. Sunday 10am, 12 noon. Carmelite Abbey Sunday at 9am, 11am and 6pm.

Church of Ireland
Loughrea St. Brendan‟s Aughrim

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Appendix 3: Health Facilities
An inventory of all health services both public and private available in the Loughrea area are listed below. Hospitals UCHG (University College Hospital Galway). Merlin Park Regional Hospital, Galway. Bon Secours Hospital, Galway. Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. St. Brigids Psychiatric Hospital. St. Brendans Home, Loughrea. Lakeland Nursing Home, Loughrea. Galway Private Clinic. Galway Hospice. Local Doctors O‟ Reilly, John and Margurite, Medical Centre, Barrack Street, Loughrea. O‟ Beirne M, Westbridge, Loughrea. Moloney Dr. Bart, Abbey Street, Loughrea. Flaherty Dr. J, Main Street, Loughrea. Dentists Mr. Denis Healy, Abbey Street, Loughrea. Mr. Rory Walshe, The Medical centre, Barrack Street, Loughrea.

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Chemists Brogans, Main Street, Loughrea. Leahy‟s, Dunkellin Street, Loughrea. Killian‟s, Main Street, Loughrea. Walsh‟s, Main Street, Loughrea. Podiatrist Catherine Cunnane, Main Street, Loughrea.

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Appendix 4: Educational Facilities
Primary schools St. Brendans Boys National School, Cross Street, Loughrea. St. Ita‟s Girls National School, Cross Street, Loughrea. Secondary Schools; St. Raphael‟s College, Convent of Mercy, Loughrea. St. Brigids Vocational School, Cross Street, Loughrea. Creches / Pre-schools; Little Scholars (Montessori), Ashlawn Drive, Athenry Road, Loughrea. Tir na Nog, Mount Carmel Road, Loughrea. Head Start (Montessori), Old Galway road, Loughrea.

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Appendix 5: Sporting/Cultural/Recreational facilities Clubs
Horse Riding Aille Cross Equestrian Centre. Flower Hill Equestrian Centre. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced rider, the equestrian establishments in the Loughrea area can cater for all your needs. Rugby Loughrea Rugby Football Club. Loughrea RFC, which sports one of the largest clubhouses in Connaught, currently fields teams in all grades from mini- rugby through youth to adult sides. Boxing Loughrea Boxing Club. The Club has many amateur titles to its credit and continues to send boxers to the National Championships each year. Caters for all ages. Golf Loughrea Golf Club. The Club boasts a superb 18-hole parkland golf course. New members / visitors of all ages and both genders are welcome. Reasonable green fees, panoramic view from clubhouse, which is equipped with restaurant and bar facilities. Curra Golf Club. 18 hole golf club with clubhouse and restaurant. GAA Loughrea GAA Club. While Gaelic football is played, it is the tradition of hurling which is strongest in the town. Games are played at St. Brendan‟s Park. There are teams for all ages and both genders including the Shamrocks Camogie team. Tennis Loughrea Tennis Club. The Club is equipped with well-maintained courts and a clubhouse for its members. Coaching is available during summer months for both junior and senior players. Members compete both in Connaught tournaments and the Midland league.

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Other clubs include;
Anglers Association Athletic Club Badminton Club Ballet and Modern Dance Bridge Club Chess Club Fraughan School of Irish Dancing Galway Yoga and Meditation Centre Greyhound Racing Supporters Club Gun Club Handball Club Karate Club Lakers Motorbike Club Lakeside Celtic F.C. Lions Club Model Flying Club Karting Parish Bingo Pitch and Putt Racquet Ball Club Rams Soccer Club Snooker Club Tai Chi Club Tarmac Rally Club

Cultural Societies
St. Brendan’s Choral and Dramatic Society This is an extremely active society which stages at least one well known production annually. The public‟s demand for more polished performances has led to the society employing a professional producer and musical director in recent years. New members welcome. Bowes Academic Fellowship and Fraternity of Literary Esoterics (B.A.F.F.L.E. Poetry Group) The Bowes Academic Fellowship and Fraternity of Literary Esoterics is basically a social group with a literary interest. Its humble origins stem from the pastime of a small drinking group and has evolved into an active literary group which prides itself on its humorous and creative innovation of poetry. The group has published three books of poems which make interesting reading and holds a poetry festival each October. Loughrea also has its own Literary and Historical Society.

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Other Societies/Organisations
Abbey Choir Cathedral Choir Civil Defence Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann- Loughrea Branch Heritage Development Association Seamus O‟ Kelly Players Show Society Vintners Association Foroige Youth Club

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Appendix 6: Principal Manufacturing Industries/Services in Loughrea
Channelle Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Athenry road, Loughrea. Description: Manufacturer of Pharmaceutical products Established: 1981 No. of employees: 120 Cigna Healthcare Ireland Ltd., Athenry road, Loughrea. Description: Processing of medical health insurance claims Established: 1989 No. of Employees: 140 E.P. Engineering, Earlspark, Loughrea. Description: Sheet metal fabrication and engineering / welding for agricultural purpose. Established: 1978 No. of employees: 6 Flynn Concrete Products, Cahercrea, Loughrea. Description: Manufactuers of pre-cast concrete products. Established: 1982 No. of Employees: 2 Irish Drilling Ltd., Old Galway road, Loughrea. Description: Site investigation for civil engineering projects and contract diamond drilling for exploration companies. Established: 1968 No. of Employees: 40 JIT Assemblies „Westbrook‟, Clostoken, Loughrea.

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Description: cable and medical assemblies Established: 1993 No. of Employees: 4 Keane’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Barrack Street, Loughrea. Description: Production of bakery, confectionary and deli products for wholesale to restaurants and supermarkets. Established: 1996 No. of Employees; 6 Krakajack Ltd. Athenry road, Loughrea. Description: Manufacture of Christmas Crackers Established : 1986 No. of Employees: 105 Loughnane Meat Products, IDA Industrial estate, Dublin road, Loughrea. Description: Meat Processing and wholesale Established: 1991 No. of Employees: 10 Loughrea Machining Ltd., Gort Road, Loughrea. Description: Precision engineering - component part manufacturer established; 1988 No. of Employees: 3 Omac Laboratories Ltd., Athenry road, Loughrea. Description: Geochemical Laboratory Established: 1979 No. of Employees: 26

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Schlegel Ireland Ltd., Dublin road, Loughrea. Description: Manufacturer of automotive sealing components Established: 1979 No. of employees; 48 Sean Cleary & son Engineering, IDA Industrial Estate, Dublin Road, Loughrea. Description: Engine re-manufacturing and light engineering works Established; 1987 No. of employees: 8

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Appendix 7: Housing Information Residential land availability has been obtained from the DoELG Housing Land Availability Study 2000. Town Boundary Area = 531.7ha Residential zoning area (as in Draft Development Plan 1999) = 158.1ha Residential zoned land (developed recently/under development) = 11.26ha Residential zoned land (underdeveloped) area= 74.41ha

The following information provides details of average new house prices currently on offer in the town:4 bed semi-detached - €185,000 3 bed detached bungalow - €175,000 4 bed detached bungalow - €220,000 5 bed detached - €300,000 Examples of second hand prices available in the town:3 bed semi-detached - €150,000 4 bed semi-detached - €195,0 00 4 bed detached - €220,000 Period houses - €350,000 For those who prefer country living, a superb choice of houses in rural settings and in surrounding villages are also available. Average house prices are:3 bed bungalow on 1 acre site - €165,000 4 bed detached bungalow - €200,000 4 bed dormer bungalow - €200,000 A wide range of properties including townhouses and apartments are available for letting. Average rents are:3 bed house - €150 per week 2 bed Apartment - €120 per week 2 bed townhouse - €120 per week 4 bed house - €175 per week

(The information as outlined is courtesy of Martin Keary, Auctioneer M.I.P.A.V. Main Street, Loughrea as well as Martin Shaughnessy, I.P.A.V.I Barrack Street, Loughrea, and is based on the market at date of going to print and is intended as a guideline only. Full details and listings are available from any of the local auctioneers, details of which can be found in Appendix 7). Picture of long point at Loughrea lake

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