Date Published: 04-Mar-2008
An uninsured boy racer who was chased at high speed by Gardai from Galway city to Shrule in Co. Mayo and back again, has been sentenced to twenty one months in prison.
20 year old Hugh O’Sullivan, of Cloonee, Headford, pleaded guilty to twenty charges of dangerous driving and to driving without insurance on July 22 last year.
The 90-mile chase began at around 12.30 a.m. at Ballybrit Industrial Estate in Galway City.
Garda Gerry Staunton and Garda Jason Kelly found O’Sullivan doing ‘donuts’ with his Toyota Starlet car in the middle of a circle of boy racer cars.
O’Sullivan, who was accompanied by a female front seat passenger, drove straight at the Garda car at speed and only veered away from a head-on collision at the last second.
He then left the estate at high speed and the chase that ensued
The court heard the accused was not covered by insurance to drive the Starlet that night.
Judge Fahy imposed consecutive sentences on seven of the dangerous driving charges and on the insurance charge, totalling 21 months detention.
She also disqualified O’Sullivan from driving for seven years.
Leave to appeal the sentences was granted and O’Sullivan walked free from court yesterday evening, pending an appeal hearing.
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.