denartha wrote: »
I live about 5 miles away and my mother is in the nursing home there. Its quite a nice town.
I think it's small enough that there aren't really any specific areas to avoid.
The lake is a great amenity, especially since you have kids and it's stocked with trout if you are into fishing.
Can't give any advice on schools, as my only experience of a loughrea school was playing hurling against one about 30 years ago. We won(!).
It has really grown up as a town in the past 10 years or so, with the addition of an Aldi, Polish shop, and Indian restaurant.
It's certainly a spot worth considering.
Milly33 wrote: »
Their are a few estates i would think to avoid, id say a lot of trouble goes on... One over by the hotel ill get the name of it..
Tis a nice area in fairness to live you have everything close by, and well you will never fear of running out of hairdressers or mens grooming stations, or beauty places because every second shop is one or the other...
Not to offend anyone but locals are'nt friendly unless you talk to them.. Can be very heard to mix, we are here 5years and well yeah bar the few in our estate thats it...It might be differant with kids going to school..Galway can be very very clicky, people are just not as friendly as you think they would be.. Its like they size you up first and then think about whether they would like to talk to you or not.
Mad_maxx wrote: »
Galway county is unreal clannish
DaCor wrote: »
You could say the same about any place
You make friends by getting out and getting involved. You into sports? Join the local team etc.
Having kids is an easy way into any local community.
Years ago Loughrea, Athenry, Tuam, Gort etc were all made up of mostly locals to those area but the boom, bust and subsequent growth since has seen a LOT of mobility so most of these places are anything from 30-50% made up of outsiders. As an example, Loughrea went from 4k to 5.5k in 14 years between the 2002 & 2016 census' and Athenry went from 2.1 to 4.4k in the same period.
As for being a Dub, that won't make any difference. Sure you will get slagged for being a jackeen from da big smoke etc but who doesn't enjoy a good slagging session.
If you are going to go ahead with the move and choose Loughrea best of luck to you, hope it works out for you and your family. Just make sure you make the most out of that lake (swimming, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking etc) for you and your kids. I've been to Loughrea loads over the years and I can honestly say I'm jealous of that amenity, very few places have something like that
Mad_maxx wrote: »
I've lived in lot's of places, foreign and domestic
Galway county is by far the most clannish, didn't say Galway folk weren't decent but they're not friendly towards people who aren't seed breed and generation and getting involved locally doesnt change that
Countless blow ins I've spoken to have agreed
flazio wrote: »
And do you want it to stay that way or something?
Have you given up all hope of inter county integration?
Stu79 wrote: »
Hi Stu here from Dublin married with 3 kids , were thinking about selling up and moving to Galway , Looking at Loughrea been up a few times just for the day looks a nice place and houses are reasonable prices , Would like to know if anyone from Loughrea or near would know have advice as in estates or estates to avoid , the area in general and schools, also our biggest fear is not knowing people would the area be welcome to blow in dubs.
Any comments or advice be most welcome thanks