Date Published: 03-May-2011
THOSE who might believe that every festival in this country is effectively a ‘beer festival’ had their eyes opened in Salthill at the weekend when the Oslo hosted ‘Brewers on the Bay’.
Independent brewing companies from all over the country were represented at the Salthill venue for Galway’s only festival which is dedicated to the art of brewing.
Ales and lagers, including Galway’s own Bay Brewery and Galway Hooker, were showcased to visitors to the premises who were able to view how beer is brewed in the Oslo itself at first hand.
It was just one of three festivals to take place in Galway over the May Bank Holiday, as the promenade in Salthill hosted the ‘An Tostal’ festival for the first time since the late 1950s.
The festival, which showcases the best in Irish coastal traditions and culture, featured currach and Galway Hooker races along the coast in Salthill on Saturday and Sunday, with hundreds of spectators watching from the promenade.
Members of the winning currach team from 1955 performed the opening ceremony at noon on Saturday and a fundraising dance for the RNLI took place at the Galway Bay Hotel on Sunday night.
The city centre also played host to the first ‘Coors Light Live at the Latin Quarter’ at the weekend, featuring a variety of free performances from artists such as Cathy Davey, Jape, Donal Dineen, and Converse Allstars in 19 venues.
After the success of the city’s three festivals over the Bank Holiday Weekend, a new event is set to be added to the city’s calendar next month when the first Galway Bike Festival takes place from June 18 to 26.
The festival, which is part of national bike week, is set to take place in a city outside Dublin for the first time with music, fun, games, and lots of bicycles.
Part of the programme of events will include a ‘Family Friendly Mass Cycle’ from Eyre Square to Salthill and back on Saturday, June 18.
Other events will include a teachers’ cycling competition, a ‘critical mass’ cycle through the streets of the city, children’s races in aid of Crumlin Children’sHospital, a treasure hunt, and a ‘Wild West Tour’ of Connemara.
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.