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Future Projects 3rd March '16
It's in your hands! Lawrencetown needs ideas, input & advice from all groups of the entire community - kids, teens, young adults, middle aged, senior citizens- What's important to you and your families? Post comments, send private messages, contact any of the committee or e-mail:
Community Group 29th Feb. '16
Lawrencetown Community Development Group have a newly appointed Committee of:-
Chairperson: Brian Kenny
Secretary: Ger Tully
Treasurer: Yvonne Campbell
Public Lights 20th May '05
Six new Public lights have been erected on the Eyrecourt-Banagher entrance to Lawrencetown and four new lights have been erected on the Ballinasloe Road. Hopefully the lighting system which was installed with the Village Renewal Scheme can also be turned on in the near future.
New Footpaths 10th October '04
Work on the prevision of new footpaths and new public lights has been going on for the past few weeks in Lawrencetown Village. Galway County Council are carrying out the work. It is also planned by the Council to carry out new surface dressing on the Regional Road through the village during the month of October but this is dependent on the weather and the availability of a Contractor to do the work.
Heritage Award 6th October '04

Bellevue Gate-lodges Restoration Committee were the winners this year of the Couny Council Heritage Award in the Ballinasloe Electoral Area. At a special awards ceremony in Claregalway in September the Chairman of the County Council, Cllr William Burke, presented Mrs Anne Fenton with the award which is a beautiful piece of Bog Oak with a silver map of County Galway attached. Work continues on at Bellevue Gate and it is hoped to have the project fully completed in September 2005.

Golden Mile Competition 5th October '04
This year for the very first time Galway County Council are holding a "Golden Mile" Competition which is similar to a Tidy Town Competition for a rural area. We entered a mile of roadway from Bellevue Gate through the Bellevue Estate as far as the beautiful Heritage House owned by Ted and Pauline O'Leary (Kelly). Special items of interest on the route include the Heritage buildings, a very traditional Farmyard, the striking "Lios na Rátha" (Hill Fort), a wide variety of ancient trees.
Judging has already taken place and we are awaiting the results.
Water Scheme 1st October '04
During the past few weeks the Clontuskert Group Water Scheme was extended to 6 houses and a number of farms in the Crowsnest - Gannaveen area close to Lawrencetown. The Chairman of the Group Water Scheme, Mr. Michael Larkin, is to be highly commended for getting the work done. Michael is a valuable director of the Lawrencetown Community Enterprise Company.
Houses €200,000 extra for Road 21st September'04
Galway County Council are spending an extra €200,000 on the main Regional Road going through the village in the month of September-October. Also €20,000 is to be spent on upgrading the existing footpaths in the village.  
Houses for the Elderly 1st September '04
Work commenced in August on the site for the nine new houses for the elderly in the middle of the village. The two old houses which were in a derelict state for many years disappeared in a day. The site was purchased from Michael Glynn over a year ago. Already a lot of site development has taken place and soon the construction work will commence. The house are in three groups of three, they will be centrally heated and have low maintenance. The Respond Housing Agency will own the houses and they will be let to elderly people. It is hoped that some of those who will be housed will be people who want to come home from England or any other country. If you know of any elderly people who want to move to Lawrencetown please contact us at this site.
Lawrencetown Twinning Formalised 25th June '04

At a ceremony in Laurencetown, Co. Down on Friday the 25th June a Twinning Oath and Charter were signed by Councillor Ian Burns, Chairman, Banbridge District Council , and Councillor James Joyce representing the Chairman of Galway Co. Council, and by Norman Kerr, Chairman, Laurencetown, Co. Down Twinning Committee and Brendan Dervan, Chairman, Lawrencetown Community Enterprise Company Ltd. Co. Galway.
A group of 12 people had travelled north to Co. Down for the weekend to further develop human and cultural relations and to establish a firm foundation for future understanding, respect and friendship between the people of the two Lawrencetowns. The two communities agreed to maintain permanent ties with each other so as to develop a living sense of European kinship through a better mutual understanding and to join forces to help to secure peace and prosperity.
On the Friday night there was a meal and a reception for all in the Laurencetown Community Centre followed by the signing of the Charter and Oath. Afterwards the new CD of Henry and the young people was shown and followed by a late night sing-song in the bar.
On Saturday the group were brought on a conducted bus-tour of many well-known places in Belfast which included the Falls Road and the Shankill Road. After lunch some went shopping while the rest went on a very enjoyable conducted walking tour of the city centre and visited many areas of cultural and historical significance including several Heritage Pubs. Saturday night they had dinner in the local Hallsmill Inn Hotel followed by a night of entertainment.
Sunday morning was nice and easy with a trip to Norman Kerr’s Linen Mill museum which again proved to be another highlight of the tour. Then after lunch in the local Banville Hotel it was time to head for home after what was once again a most interesting and enjoyable week-end.
One of the decisions we made was to have the visits on a two year basis but if at any time people were travelling north or south to either Lawrencetown, they would be always welcome to come for a visit. Some people expressed a wish to come down for the Ballinasloe Fair and this will probably happen.

Parking in the Village  23rd March '04
Galway Co. Council has provided an extra €25,000 to increase the parking area beside the Community Hall. Work commenced on the 25th March and it will be fitted into the programme of works that were planned during the Village Renewal programme. When all is completed we should have a very up-to-date parking area in the centre of the village.
New Sculpture 23rd March '04
Since the completion of the €5 Million extension of the Regional Water Scheme to Lawrencetown we have been pressing for funds to erect a suitable piece of sculpture in the Village to commemorate the event as part of the Community Arts Programme. Recently we were informed by Galway Co. Council that €32,000 was being allocated for this project. A group of 25 Professional Artists have visited the village and have been shown the Western Green where we would like the Sculpture to be sited. They are being asked to take part in a competition to design the Sculpture and the Artist who designs the winning entry will be awarded the project. The whole process will take several months but all should be completed before the end of 2004.
Village Enhancement 23rd November '03
The Village enhancement programme of works began this week when machinery began digging up part of the village green. Curiosity is very much to the fore as to what is actually happening. The plans were altered a number of times due to budgetary constraints but hopefully the completed works will be seen as good value for the €115,000 that is being spent in the village by the Councty Council.
Rural Resource Study 3rd November '03
On Monday 3rd November there was a large attendance of farmers in Lawrencetown Hall to meet with representatives of Teagasc and Galway Rural Development to discuss the many changes that are taking place in the whole Agricultural scene in Ireland. Special guest on the night was Dr. Jim Frawley, Rural Economist with Teagasc, who presented the findings of the Lawrencetown Rural Resource Study which was done earlier this year. 
The survey was carried out in the Lawrencetown area by Teagasc to get a good picture of what is happening in this rural area where the quality of land is considered to be good. Preliminary findings from the survey show that only 39% of the households are involved in agriculture and that only 18% are full time farmers.
All farmers present were asked to take part in a voluntary free confidential programme on a one-to-one basis with a Teagasc Representative to plan for the future. A further meeting is to be held in a week's time to explain the details of the Fischler Proposals that will govern all farming activities for the next ten years.
New Courses 27th October '03
New Courses Planned For Enterprise Centre
On Thursday the 23rd October Mr. Seán McLoughlin, Adult Education Organiser with Co. Galway VEC met with a group from Lawrencetown to discuss a range of new courses that can be put on in Lawrencetown for the benefit of the community over the coming months. He was accompanied by Ms Olivia Leonard of the VEC.
Among the services on offer are Computer Classes leading to ECDL, Back to Education iniatives such as adult guidance, adult learning, tracking and advocacy for young people, courses on Childcare leading to FETAC qualifications, culture and heritage courses and performing arts.
The proposal at the moment is that the VEC would rent an office in the Enterprise Centre from which all the activities would be directed and it is hoped to commence with the computer classes before the Christmas.
New Houses 27th October '03
A meeting was held with the Architect and a representative of the Housing Agency, Foscadh, on the 23rd October to discuss further the plans for the houses on the site the LCECo. purchased some time ago. Further meetings are necessary to clarify some points in relation to who will carry out the project, Planning Permission etc. Plans for the new Pre-school building were examined and it was decided to move ahead with these immediately through the planning process and to look for the funding from the Department.
Belview Gate  20th October '03
Work on the second gate-lodge of Bellevue Gate commenced in early summer and has continued, making great progress throughout the wonderfully dry spell of weather we have experienced for the past three months. As with the southern gate-lodge the work is being done in partnership with the Co. Council, FÁS, The Heritage Council, Dúchas, and the local Bellevue Gate-lodges Restoration Committee. A lot of the work is being done by the FÁS Community Employment Scheme but the main contract is being carried out by Dervan Brothers. It is hoped to have the roof fully restored by the end of October.
The second gate-lodge was in a very dilapidated and dangerous condition but now its future is secure and this very historic monument will be preserved well into the future.
Sewerage Scheme 20th October '03
Recent documentation issued by the Department of the Environment has indicated that the Lawrencetown Sewerage Scheme is scheduled to commence in 2005. The plans of the scheme are with the Department and the Co. Council are now awaiting approval to prepare tender documents. Phase one of the scheme is designed to cater for the village as far out as the speed limit signs. A second phase is planned to take in the Oghilmore area.
Tidy Towns 15th October '03
There was a welcome surprise for Lawrencetown in the 2003 Tidy Towns Competition when Lawrencetown was nominated for a special "Endeavour Award" because we had increased our marks over last year by a greater margin than any other town in Co Galway. A special certificate and a prize of €650 will be presented to Lawrencetown at the annual awards ceremony in Keadue, Co. Roscommon later in the year. Keadue won the All Ireland Tidy Town Competition this year. Congratulations to all the residents of Lawrencetown for keeping the village so tidy and especially the FÁS workers who are so dedicated to their work in the village.
New Houses 11th October '03
A derelict site in the centre of the village has recently been purchased by Galway County Council and the transfer was recently completed. Already Respond, a voluntary housing association, has been awarded planning permission to erect nine small houses for the elderly on this site. Tenders to carry out the work have been received and at present negotiations are ongoing between Galway Co Council, Respond and the Dept. of the Environment about the scheme. The DOE are the funding body for such projects. Hopefully work will commence in the coming year
St. Brendan's 7th September '03
St. Brendan’s Cathedral Loughrea celebrates its Centenary this year. Celebrations to mark the Centenary include: On Sunday October 12th the Bishop of Gyor in Hungary will be present at 12 noon Mass and will make a presentation to the Diocese of Clonfert of a painting of Our Lady of Gyor. On Wednesday October 15th Fr. Sebastian Wolfe will give an organ recital in
The Cathedral. On Saturday October 18th the Palestrina Choir from the Pro Cathedral in Dublin will sing at the 8.00 p.m. Mass. On Sunday October 19th the commemoration of the official dedication will take place with Mass in the Cathedral at 3.00 p.m. which will be attended by The Papal Nuncio Most Rev. Giuseppe Lazzarotto and the bishops of the Tuam Province. This will be followed by a parish celebration in the Temperance Hall to which all are welcome. Photographs from The Norman Morgan Collection pertaining to the Cathedral will be on display in the library during opening hours
Camogie Win 18th July '03
Congratulations to Kiltormer under-10 Camogie team on their great victory last Friday in the Galway Special A County Final. They beat Clarenbridge 5-0 to 0-0. We wish the under-13 Camogie team every success in their county final match against Killimor in Portumna next Saturday at 7.00 p.m.