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June 2, 2011



Date Published: 01-Jun-2011


Shooting tragedy

The opening of the bathing season at Salthill, the picturesque Galway seaside resort, was marred when an appalling tragedy was enacted in a boarding house, a commercial traveller shooting his mother-in-law dead and injuring his two children, aged about four and five years, to such an extent that they are in a precarious condition in the Galway Infirmary.

From inquiries made, it appears the unfortunate man had been in financial trouble recently, which probably affected his mind.

Drunken assault

At the city petty sessions, a man was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Dominick-st., and assaulting Constable Donegan. The constable deposed that on the evening of May 17, he was on duty in Dominick-street, and the defendant was guilty of disorderly conduct.

He was interfering with another man, a blacksmith, who was working there. He was trying to get into the shop, and the owner was endeavouring to keep him out. Witness came on the scene and arrested him. He violently resisted arrest, and witness was forced to knock him down.

Defendant got hold of his cape and struck him twice, and prevented him from bringing him to the barrack. Only that another constable came to his assistance, he would have great difficulty in bringing the defendant to the barrack.

D.I. Heard said the man had been in jail since the assault, as he could not get bail. Constable Donegan said the man belongs to Munster-lane, but worked with a farmer in the Oranmore district. For being drunk and disorderly, the man was fined 5s and costs, and for the assault on the constable, he was sentenced to a month’s imprisonment.

The Chairman said the magistrates had taken into account the fact that he had already been in jail, and were letting him off with the very light sentence of a month.


June snow

Holidaymakers who intended to spend Whit Monday out of doors in Ballinasloe were disappointed. Rain fell all day, and in the afternoon there were heavy showers of hail and snow. To see snow on the ground for a couple of hours on June 1 was unusual, and the oldest inhabitant cannot recall an occasion when the weather was so wintry for the Whitsun holidays. All outdoor games and amusements were abandoned. Late in the evening, the heavy rain was accompanied by thunder and there were occasional flashes of lightning.

Cottages destroyed

Four occupied thatched cottages on Tullinadaly Road, Tuam, were destroyed by fire on Friday evening last. The fire was noticed about 8 o’clock when the thatch of one house was seen burning near the chimney. Owing to the dry nature of the thatch, the flame spread rapidly and the other adjoining houses became involved.

Gardaí Mulvey and Lynagh were soon on the scene and with a number of neighbours succeeded in the removal of all the inhabitants and practically their entire furniture. The difficulty of stopping the fire from spreading was rendered more difficult by the long distance from which water had to be conveyed in buckets and other vessels.


The nearest water pump is about 200 yards from the houses, and the river where was still further away. The houses, which were the property of Mr. Martin Corcoran, were occupied by Mrs. McHugh, Mrs. McGrath, Mrs. Flaherty and families and the Misses Smith.

It is not clear what was the origin of the fire, one statement being that it was a spark from a chimney on fire and another that it was the spark from papers lit by children. The occupiers of the houses have obtained temporary dwelling.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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