Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
by Peter Horgan
The Galway Society of Prevention Cruelty to Animals is urging people to neuter their pets as the only solution to prevent kittens and puppies being left to die in tragic circumstances.
On Monday, a four-week old kitten was shoved through the letterbox of their headquarters on St. Augustine Street at 9:45am.
“We’re used to getting boxes of kittens and puppies and bags of clothes with animals, but this is the first time we’ve had one pushed through the letterbox. We recently received a gear bag with clothes on the bottom, four kittens in the middle and clothes on top and it was by pure chance that it was opened,” says Margaret O’Sullivan of the GSPCA.
“Neutering animals is the only solution to stop this madness. We’re overloaded and we can barely cope with the kittens and puppies we do find. Quite a lot of them are left in woods and at the side of roads and die horrible, slow deaths.
In 2010, the GSPCA took over 26,000 calls, of which over 6,000 were cruelty cases. The animal shelter cares for sick and injured and young animals who are abandoned or whose owner is unknown, with the purpose of re-homing.
The GSPCA can be contacted on 091 563631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.