Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
The Thor Gitta cargo ship is due to dock on the west coast of France around lunchtime today, almost four weeks after the ‘jinxed’ operation to transport two passenger ferries began.
The ship began its departure from Galway Docks at 8.20am on Sunday and will land at La Rochelle at 12pm today (Tuesday), ending the first leg of its 8,300-mile journey to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
The port at La Rochelle is less than 40 miles from the boatyard where the two ferries were built for troubled businessman Jimmy Clancy in 2005 and 2006 to operate the Aran Direct service.
One of the ferries is due for minor repairs there, before Thor Gitta will again set sail and make further stops in the Congo, Cape Town and Mozambique. The entire journey will take an estimated 25 days.
The Clan Eagle I took six hours to load on Good Friday, while her sister Clann na nOileáin, was loaded and secured after four hours last Wednesday.
In the last of a series of delays which have made headlines around the world, Clan Eagle I could not be hoisted and secured until other cargo on board Thor Gitta was relocated.
The 27-day saga began on March 31, when the first cargo ship sent to transport the two ferries, the MV Pantanal, ran aground of Rossaveal.
Eight days later, there was a dramatic turn of events, when a cable snapped while loading Clann na nOileáin onto Thor Gitta, injuring three men from South Connemara who were on board the ferry.
A week later, the Irish Admiralty Marshal ordered the arrest of the cargo ship, while a further attempt to load the ferries was abandoned when an alarm sounded on one of the ship’s cranes
Read the full story in today’s Connacht Sentinel
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.