Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.