Date Published: 05-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
Galway is positioning itself to ‘cash-in’ on the 2012 Olympic Games in London by luring participating country’s to set-up their pre-Games base here, as well as attracting to the city the ‘overspill’ of tourists visiting the English capital before and after the event.
The Galway City Tribune has learned that the Chilean Olympic team are currently considering using Galway as a pre-Olympics’ base for training and acclimatization before the Games begin in August next year. ‘Feelers’ about setting up camp in Galway City, which is a short hop to London and has a similar climate, have also been sent out to other countries including Brazil and Kenya.
The drive to attract Olympic teams to Galway is being spearheaded by Glenlo Abbey Hotel’s general manager Brian Burke, who heads a sub-committee of Galway Chamber, which was established in early 2010 with a view to boosting tourist numbers.
The Chamber’s sub-committee produced a document outlining the advantages to teams of locating in Galway and this was distributed to a dozen or more foreign ambassadors and embassy staff of participating countries.
Chile was the first country to ‘bite’ and this week the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to Galway Chamber that the Chilean Olympics team are considering using Galway as a pre-Olympics base for training and acclimatization.
The Chilean Ambassador to Ireland has asked for further information in relation to the proposals that its national team would spend the weeks prior to the Games in Galway.
“It’s still early days but we’ve managed to put Galway on the agenda and on the radar of participating countries,” said CEO of Galway Chamber Michael Coyle, who is optimistic about getting a positive response from the Chilean team and others.
Mr Coyle said the sports facilities at the NUI Galway campus at Dangan, would be ideal for smaller participating teams – it has the Kingfisher gym, synthetic running track, international hockey pitches, basketball courts as well as ample space for meeting rooms and buildings for indoor pursuits such as gymnastics. Accommodation close to the facilities at Corrib Village could also be offered.
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.