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Man damaged hotel staff cars after being asked to leave

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A disgruntled patron was captured on CCTV cameras kicking cars which belonged to hotel staff who had earlier asked him and his partner to leave the hotel’s bar.

Olaf Ramberg (53), with addresses in Riveroaks, Claregalway and Ard an Gaoithe, Knocknacarra, pleaded guilty before Galway District Court to causing €700 worth of damage to one car and €450 damage to the other in the car park at the Arches Hotel, Claregalway on August 3 last year. The court heard the hotel manager noticed a dent on the side of his car while another employee’s car was also damaged in similar fashion.

They viewed CCTV footage from the hotel’s car park and spotted Ramberg kicking both cars. Staff had earlier asked him to leave the bar as they felt he and his partner had consumed enough alcohol.

Defence solicitor, Olivia Traynor said her client had no previous convictions and, from reading letters which had been handed into court from the injured parties, it would appear that if the money had been paid for the damage, the matter would not have come before the court.

She said Ramberg had been out with his partner and a lot of alcohol had been consumed on the night. She explained that he had owned his own business at one point but he was currently in receipt of social welfare and looking for work.  She said he was paying €100 a week for a room in a house but had managed to bring €100 to court to offer as part compensation for the damage.

Judge Marie Keane said she could not ignore the fact that there were two injured parties involved.

“And I’m not at all impressed that nearly a year to the date of this offence has passed and all you have is €100 here today.  It doesn’t demonstrate someone who is taking this matter seriously,” the judge said to Ramberg.

She noted that while €100 was being paid now, there was still a sum of €1,050 outstanding and she adjourned sentence to December 17 for that to be paid over.

“You need to shape up. This is ridiculous nonsense,” she warned him.

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.

While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.

“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.

“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.

But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.

The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.

She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.

The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.

“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.

“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.

But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.

The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.

To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.

But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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