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April 28, 2011



Date Published: 27-Apr-2011


Policeman runs over boy

As a little lad of 4 years and 5 months was playing on the roadway at about 5 o’clock at Eyre-square on Easter Monday afternoon, he was run over by a policeman riding a bicycle. The incident was witnessed by some people who were on the scene, and general indignation was expressed at the action of the constable who, it is stated, rode away after the incident had occurred.

The boy’s father immediately reported the matter to Mr. Hears, D.I., and to the Head-constable, who took a statement from him, but up to now the name of the constable – who, it is presumed, hails from a county station – has not been disclosed; although Mr O’Dea, solr., who has the matter in hand, has demanded it. The police, it is understood, are making all inquiries.

Scandalous outrage

On last Sunday night at Craughwell railway station what would, from the details to hand, appear to have been a wanton and cowardly attack was made on the train conveying the Galway Gaels from Cork where they had been engaged with the Gaels of that county in the final for the Croke Cup in hurling and football.

The entry of the train to the station was heralded by a volley of stones from behind hedges close to the station. As the tickets were being collected, another fusillade started and the windows of the compartments were completely wrecked. To avoid the onslaught, the passengers had to get on all fours. Some were injured and many ladies fainted.

The only reason that can be assigned for the discreditable display is that a split has taken place amongst the local Gaels, and during the attack the name of one gentleman prominently identified with the Gaelic movement in the county was greeted with boos and hisses.

The attack was so continuous and heavy that the collection of tickets had to be abandoned until the train reached Athenry, where passengers and train presented a most sorry appearance. The affair has met with general condemnation.


Galway airbase

At 7.10pm on Wednesday evening, a Crilly Airways ‘plane arrived at Oranmore Aerodrome, Galway, from Baldonnel, Dublin. Major F.L. Crilly, managing director, said: “Two years ago, we offered to open a service between England and Ireland, but your Government did not then consider that the time was opportune. I have not yet been to Cork or Foynes, but I am well satisfied with Galway’s aerial possibilities.”

Captain G.S. Jones-Evans, pilot, said that this was the first occasion on which he had landed at Oranmore. With but very few improvements, he said, Oranmore could be made a first class landing ground.

Wonderful horse

There is a horse in the town of Ballygar that is gaining a great reputation as a leg breaker. Last week, the horse was borrowed by a schoolteacher from its owner. When the teacher took out the horse, it lashed out and the man’s leg was broken. He was removed to Central Hospital Galway. A few days afterwards, the owner of the horse took it out and it lashed out again and broke his leg.

Murder bus

A special ‘bus which arrived in Ballinasloe on Sunday evening took up to twenty witnesses to Dublin who are giving evidence in the ‘Curley murder charge’. Superintendent Dunphy, Inspector Monnelly, Sergeant Cahill and other officers of the guards in Ballinasloe also left for Dublin.

Dangerous corner

James McMullan, a driver of a demonstration lorry (two tons) for McCairns Motors, Dublin, had a nasty spill on the Ballinasloe-Portumna road last weekend. The driver, who was accompanied by Charles P. Miller, Galway, lost control and the lorry went head on into the ditch.

Several efforts were made to get it out of the ditch, but it was found that the vehicle was so deeply embedded in the drain that it had to be abandoned and left there for a couple of days.

The lorry was badly damaged and broken up and part of it, including the spare wheels and tools, were taken into Ballinasloe guards’ station. Mr McMullan, the driver, was fortunate in not being badly injured. With the exception of a few cuts and a tooth or two broken, he received no other injuries. The second man was not injured.

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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