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April 21, 2011



Date Published: 20-Apr-2011


Infanticide charge

An unsavoury sensation – fortunately of a kind that is of rare occurrence in this country – occurred in Tuam this week, when the dead body of a newly born infant was found in a back yard at The Mall, Tuam. The police pursued investigations, and the result of which a young unmarried girl was placed under arrest.

Land sale

Official intelligence has been given of the completion of the very extensive St. George Estate, situate in the counties of Galway and Roscommon. The prices has been arranged for some time back, but the sale was not effected in consequence of a dispute over extensive grass lands, tenanted and untenanted, which remained at issue.

Defied constable

At Galway Petty Sessions, Martin Ward was charged with being drunk and disorderly. The prosecuting constable said Ward got three months’ hard labour on a former occasion for assaulting the police and was only three weeks out of jail. He defied the constable to arrest him, but with the assistance of another constable, he brought him to the barracks. He was fined 10s or fourteen days.

Returned Yank

Bryan Fitzpatrick, who was described as a ‘returned Yank’, was charged with being drunk on Mainguard Street. It was stated that the defendant was for a time in the Asylum and was sent back from America where, he stated himself, he was not a success. Defendant promised to take the pledge, and the case was adjourned to enable him to produce the pledge certificate.


April snow

On Tuesday morning, Loughrea was visited by one of the most severe snowstorms experienced for some time. There was a continuous fall throughout the day, covering the ground with snow more than three inches in depth. Traffic was considerably impeded and agricultural work now in full swing in the district had to be abandoned. Pedestrians were also hampered getting to and from their business. Livestock, particularly young lambs, are suffering from the increase in cold. Fear is entertained for animals in the mountainous district.

New Census

Gardaí in Clifden and throughout Connemara have been busy during the past week distributing forms for the coming Census on Sunday next. In no part of the country have the duties been so arduous as in Connemara where long miles of wild mountain county have to be covered often to reach one house. All the men have taken a cheerful interest in the work and they are not dismayed at the prospect of the miles to be covered during the coming weeks when the forms will have to be collected.

Families burnt out

A fire, which burned two families out of a house at the Mall, Tuam, broke out on Wednesday night. The two families were safely removed, some of the children having to be taken from their beds. Most of the furniture was saved, but the house after burning for over four hours, was totally destroyed, and the roof, which was a thatched one, fell in.

The outbreak was noticed about 11pm. Gardai under Supt. P. Cronin and Sergt. Reynolds, were on the scene in a few minutes and got the town hose into action. They were assisted by civilians, and they took steps to see that the adjoining houses, which are slated were safely cut off.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent



Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis



Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action



Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.


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