Date Published: 02-May-2011
Efforts to bring gorse fires across Galway under control are continuing this evening.
Fire fighters are battling an extensive bog fire that broke out in Looscaun along the main Portumna to Scariff road this afternoon.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the area if possible because of poor visibility.
Meanwhile, fire fighters are still at the scene of a gorse fire in the Rosmuc area that broke out this morning.
In the Mountbellew area, Gardaí say they are liasing with Fire fighters who continue to monitor an area of land that is still smouldering after a major fire last night.
The fire broke out in the Springlawn/Gurteen area yesterday afternoon.
As the winds and dry weather continued to feed the flames, the fire stretched along bog lands and posed a serious threat to homes in the area.
Fire crews from Mountbellew, Roscommon, and others areas were drafted in to fight the blaze with the help of a Helicopter, and managed to get it under control this morning.
Two houses in the area were saved from the flames, however local Gardaí say the fire claimed several hectares of forestry that belongs to Coillte.
This is the latest in a series of bog and gorse fires to take place in the Mountbellew area over the past few days.
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.