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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.