Date Published: 05-May-2011
By Eamonn McLoughlin
Clifden man Fearghus Foyle is planning a road trip with a difference this summer – driving 10,000 miles to Mongolia.
Described as one of world’s last great adventure races, the ‘Mongol Rally’ involves competitors driving across a third of the world through some of the roughest terrain in cars better designed for city use.
Competing under the name ‘Team Terremoto’, the London-based Galwayman will be joined on the trip by John Martin from Carrickmacross and Tralee man Paudie Sugrue.
The team aim to raise €10,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Christina Noble Foundation, hoping to raise €1 for each of the 10,000 miles they will cross.
Though no stranger to remote places and extended travelling, Fearghus jokingly said “We had signed up (to the rally) before we realised what we were getting ourselves into”. Leaving in July, the rally will take Team Terremoto from Ireland through Europe, across deserts, over mountains and onto to the vast Mongolian plains, ending in the capital Ulaanbaatar.
Planning the route along the old Silk Road, the team will pass through countries which the Department of Foreign Affairs recommend are best avoided. Among the many possible dangers they will face are treacherous roads, car jacking, theft and terrorism.
“Our biggest challenge will be Iran and Afghanistan and crossing the high mountain ranges,” said Fearghus, “though I’d be more concerned with breaking down in a remote area than the treat of terrorism.”
Among the precautions the team are taking will be a supply of radios and a GPS system but Fearghus sombrely points out: “There will be no backup, it will be just us three”.
The team hope supporters will be able to track their progress in real time on their website (www.mongolianmadness.com)
The rally team will drive an ’02 Nissan Almera 1.3, which Fearghus modestly described as “not ideally suited for the trip, though that’s part of the challenge”.
While none of the team are mechanics, Fearghus feels “Pretty confident we can do it in that car”, adding: “John is a plumber!”
As part of their fundraising efforts the team are organising a golf competition at the Connemara Golf Club in Ballyconneely this Saturday from 11am to 3pm, and entry for each team of four is €200.
Fearghus described the response as “Pretty good, we have 15-20 teams so far. Hopefully we will reach 30 teams, which will raise €6,000 for the charities”.
Kate White, Fundraising Director of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research said: “Every cent raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will help make a difference to the lives of patients with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
Among the other fundraising efforts will be a ‘Battle of the Bands’, table quizzes, and raffles held around the country and in London.
To book a place in the golf competition, call the golf club on 095 23502
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.