A CITY pub suffered an estimated €6,000 worth of damage after an irate customer – using empty beer kegs – smashed five large windows on the premises after closing time.
The incident occurred between 1am and 2am on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning last week outside Garvey’s Bar in Eyre Square.
One man was responsible for the damage and he is understood to have used empty kegs – left outside for collection – to throw at the windows of the premises on the Forster Street side.
The Sentinel has learned that the man suspected of being involved in the incident had been drinking in the bar of the premises earlier that night with ‘words being exchanged’ when staff asked him to leave sometime after midnight.
At around 1am, astonished onlookers on the street watched as the man picked up empty barrels and began smashing the large exterior windows of the premises.
At least four windows were smashed in the attack with extensive repair works carried out to them over Thursday and Friday – the total bill for repairs is estimated to be in the region of €6,000, the Sentinel has learned.
A Garda spokesman said that they were investigating the incident and asked for any witnesses in that area in the early hours of Wednesday, April 15 last to contact them at Mill Street Garda Station, Galway, on 091-538000.
This week, the Mayor of Galway, Cllr Padraig Conneely, said that while he didn’t want to comment on this specific case, there was a serious problem in relation to criminal damaged being caused to premises in late night acts of vandalism.
“These are just random acts of wanton vandalism but the end result is that hard pressed businesses have to end up picking up the tabs for this kind of behaviour.
“I really do think that the time has come for a zero tolerance approach to be adopted by the Gardaí – and more particularly the courts – in relation to people smashing windows after late night drinking sessions.
“People have to take responsibility for their actions and where they are found guilty, appropriate sanctions must be imposed whether that be heavy fines, community service orders or jail terms.
“From the feedback, I’m getting, there isn’t a week that passes in Galway without windows being smashed in shops or pubs. We need to crack down on this kind of behaviour,” said Cllr Conneely.
Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones
These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.
But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.
If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.
All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.
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We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.
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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!
Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.
A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.
Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.
Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down.
The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.
Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.
Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.
However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.
“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.
Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.
Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.
“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.
There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.