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Garda tells of horror attack by two pit bulls

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A savage attack by two pit bull terriers on a Garda conducting a drugs search at a house in the Claddagh during the summer of 2008 was recalled again last week at a High Court hearing in Dublin.

Uniformed officers and members of the Garda Drugs Unit had been engaged in a heroin search on the house at St Dominick’s Road, when they were savagely attacked by the pit bull terriers.

One of the Gardaí involved in the search – Detective Garda John Leahy – suffered horrific cuts and a gash to his leg in the attack, and is bringing a claim for compensation against the State in relation to the incident.

The proceedings date back to the night of June 26, 2008, when a Garda search party entered the house in the Claddagh that had seven people inside at the time.

During the course of a struggle that ensued during the course of the search, three dogs were ‘released’ from another room in the house with two of the pit bulls ripping into the trousers of Det Gda Leahy and the flesh of his leg.

Det Gda Leahy’s colleagues eventually managed to pull the dogs off him, but he had to be rushed to University Hospital Galway where emergency medical treatment had to be administered.

One of the wounds required 100 stitches and had left Det Gda Leahy’s leg with multiple scars, the Garda Compensation Hearing at the High Court was told this week.

One man present on the night of the search was subsequently convicted of impeding a member of the Gardaí by putting drugs in his mouth and for resisting attempts by Gardaí to prevent him from swallowing the substance.

John Tompkins (39) with an address at Ard Alainn, Ballybane, was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment by Judge Aeneas McCarthy following his conviction. The court heard that Tompkins had 16 previous convictions.

At the time of the incident, city councillor Terry O’Flaherty called for the putting in place of a total ban on dangerous and aggressive dog breeds.

“It appears to me that someone will have to be maimed – or worse still, killed – in this country, before any action will be taken to ban those highly dangerous breed of dogs,” Cllr O’Flaherty said at the time.

A colleague of Det Gda Leahy, Garda Orla Keenan, who was involved in the search of the house that night, told this week’s High Court hearing that it was one of the worst experiences of her life.

She described how the dogs had “ripped open” Det Gda Leahy’s leg with “blood everywhere” – Gda Keenan broke down as she gave her evidence before Mr Justice Bernard Barton.

The incident on the Thursday night of June 26, 2008, began when both Det Gda Leahy and Gda Keenan noticed a known heroin addict and another man acting in a suspicious manner in the Spanish Arch area at around 10.45pm.

Later, the men were seen entering the house at St Dominick’s Road, leading to a full search of the house that night by Gardai, during which the dog attack occurred. Seven men in the house were arrested at the time.

During the course of the search, according to Garda evidence at a subsequent court case, one of the occupants of the housed swallowed a package suspected of containing heroin.

When the man was challenged about what he had swallowed, Det Gda Leahy later recalled in court evidence, that the name ‘bull’ was called out, at which point the dogs were released from the room.

The dog attack lasted about 15 to 20 minutes, according to the resultant court case, with one of the pit bulls only being released after being ‘semi-choked’ by one of the Gardai.

Two dogs were later seized by Gardaí with the help of the city’s dog warden and put down – in a follow-up search of the house after the initial incident, the dogs also attempted to attack the Gardaí.

During this week’s High Court compensation hearing, Det Gda Leahy outlined the extent of the injuries that he had suffered in the attack and its subsequent impact on him.

He said that the attack had exacerbated a degenerative condition in his back, had caused hip pain and had left his leg badly scarred.

Mr Justice Barton reserved his judgment in the case to a later date.

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Development hailed as major boost in tackling local housing demand

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Artist’s impression...the proposed Claregalway housing development.

The green light has been given to a sizeable residential development in Claregalway, which was the subject both of strenuous opposition and support in the area.

An Bord Pleanála have granted planning permission for 111 houses and apartments in Claregalway following a strategic housing development application by K King Construction for the development at Lakeview, Claregalway.

Local councillor David Collins (FG) welcomed the decision saying that there was an urgent need for new housing in Claregalway given the demand.

And he also paid tribute to developer Walter King for offering land for the development of community facilities to the local area.

“We need the houses and we need the land so this decision satisfies Claregalway on both fronts,” Cllr Collins added.

The Athenry Oranmore area councillor also said that requirement that a certain number of houses be reserved for Irish speakers was also a boost to developing the language in the area – Claregalway is part of the Gaeltacht.

The higher planning authority ruled that the proposed development would constitute an acceptable residential density at this location and was also acceptable in terms of traffic and pedestrian safety.

They also said that the site could be drained satisfactorily and that surface water would not be an issue.

The site for the development measures over twelve acres in size and is located at the junction of the Lydican Road about three quarters of a mile from the village off the main Oranmore road.

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Carna’s Community Café raises a cuppa – and funds – for new Ukrainian arrivals

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Carna Community Café volunteers presenting a cheque to Irish Red Cross Conamara Area Director Niall O'Meachair (third from right); pictured are (from left) Máirín Ní Churraion, Kate Mulkerrins, Siobhán Kennedy, Tom Lane and Máire Ní Domhnaill.

Carna’s new Community Cafe has donated €1,000 to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal – thanks to the village’s love of tea, cake, and a good old chat.

The brainchild of a group of sea-swimming enthusiasts living in the area, the weekly café started just before Easter as a way to help people begin socialising again after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Looking to simply cover costs – with the café’s bakers and servers all volunteering and charging just a euro for a cup of tea or a piece of cake – the team decided any excess income would be donated to charity.

Little did they know that just five weeks later they would be passing on €1,000 to the Red Cross.

“The aim initially wasn’t to raise money at all, we just wanted to provide a friendly, welcoming and affordable place where people could come and have a chat and see each other again,” said Máirín Ní Churraoin, who runs the local Post Office.

“But it’s been proving more popular than we could have imagined, so we decided that any income generated has to go to a good cause – for this first donation we all felt the Red Cross Ukraine appeal was an obvious choice.”

The Ukraine appeal is even more fitting given the location of the Café: the dining room of the Carna Bay Hotel, which is currently providing accommodation to people who have fled the conflict.

“We’re delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative, it’s just brilliant to see people coming out and socialising over a bit of cake again,” said Karl Rogers from the Carna Bay Hotel.

“And with the tea, musicians and chat, it’s a great way for our guests from Ukraine to meet local people and experience Irish culture first-hand.”

At the most recent event on Saturday May 7th, Irish Red Cross Conamara Area Director, Niall O’Meachair was on hand to collect a cheque for €1,000.

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive this money from the Community Café in Carna, and through the work of the Red Cross we’ll make sure it goes to helping people affected by this awful, awful conflict.”

The Community Café is held every Saturday in the Carna Bay Hotel, 10am to 12:30pm.

 

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Old stone-carved bank sign to be retained after community lobby

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Deputy Sean Canney outside the old Bank of Ireland building at Shop Street in Tuam.

An old stone carved sign on the front of a former bank building in the heart of Tuam is to be retained, following intense representations from the local business community.

The building is currently being renovated by the Department of Social Protection which is moving into the property over the coming months

Galway East TD Sean Canney received confirmation from the Department that the red brick building on Shop Street will retain the old Bank of Ireland name.

The Bank of Ireland was originally located at Shop Street in Tuam before moving to its current location at Dublin Road several decades ago.

The building on Shop Street was then occupied by the town library, which has since moved to the local Council offices, and now it is being renovated so that it can be occupied by the Department of Social Protection.

During the renovations of the old library building on Shop Street to make way for the new Intreo Centre, which brings together various social welfare services, the old stone carved sign was revealed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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