Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
Tears were shed at the Garda College in Templemore last week when the bravery of a County Galway Garda who narrowly escaped death, after sustaining multiple stab wounds on duty, was acknowledged with the awarding of a Scott medal.
Carnmore native David Comer was serving in Dublin when he was called to the scene of an aggravated burglary in Raheny which was to leave him fighting for his life after he was stabbed repeatedly in July 2005.
The incident was to lead to a change in Garda practices with the issuing of stab vests to all members of the force following a vigorous campaign by rank-and-file members of the force, led by Garda Representative Association chief Dermot O’Donnell.
Garda Comer and his colleague, Garda James Hendrick, were based in Howth at the time. They responded to a call that a burglary was taking place in Main Street, Raheny, on July 13, 2005, and entered a house in which three Chinese people had been tied up by raiders.
The Carnmore man, who had been a serving officer since September 1996, went to check upstairs when he was attacked by a male suspect wearing a balaclava, dark clothing, and brandishing a knife.
He called out for help and, while Garda Hendrick climbed the stairs, Garda Comer was repeatedly stabbed in the back, buttocks, and rib cage.
Read the 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.