Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
A devastating fire in one of the county’s most renowned bakeries destroyed part of the plant which employs ten people.
Luckily, nobody was injured in the blaze at the Foods of Athenry bakery at Oldcastle, Kilconieron, five miles outside the town of Athenry.
It is thought to have begun at about 10am on Wednesday after the morning’s produce had left for deliveries.
Four units of the fire brigade fought the blaze, which took over part of the converted agricultural buildings.
At one stage the fire crews were unable to enter the buildings because of the heat inside.
Speaking to the Connacht Tribune as two extra units of the fire brigade had just arrived, owner Paul Lawless was distraught. “It’s devastating,” he said.
He said he did not know w
hat had caused the fire. It was “way too early” to speculate when the bakery might be back operating.
“The wheat side of it is destroyed, the gluten-free side isn’t. The dispatch area is gone but that’s cosmetic. We’re salvaging what we can,” he said.
The artisan food business was set up by Paul and his wife Siobhan in a converted bicycle shed in 2000. The family looked to diversify from dairy farming after struggling to raise a family of five on a small milk quota.
See full story in this week’s Connacht 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.