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Man jailed for throttling Garda in violent struggle

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A man who almost choked a Garda while holding him and another Garda in a ‘judo hold’ has been sentenced to a total of eighteen months in prison.

Daniel Bane (25), from 13 Ard Esker, Tuam Road, Athenry, appeared in custody before Galway District Court where he pleaded guilty to obstructing Garda Seamus O’Donnell and Garda Patricia Sloyan in the course of their duty, at Tesco, Oranmore, on August 16, last year.

He also pleaded guilty to the theft of a trolley-load of items worth €190, from the store on the same date and to the theft of €8 worth of dog treats, also on the same date.

Bane further pleaded guilty to having a claw hammer concealed in the door panel of a car he was driving while uninsured at Woodquay on January 20 last, and to having €10 worth of cannabis in his possession on the same date.

Sergeant Grace Hennessy told the court Garda O’Donnell and Garda Sloyan responded to a call and went to Tesco at 5pm where they found Bane being held by a member of security.

CCTV showed Bane leave the store without paying for a trolley full of items.  He then returned from the car park and entered the store again before taking bags of dog treats.

Security apprehended him on his return visit to the store and called Gardai. Bane became extremely violent when Garda O’Donnell told him he was about to be arrested.

Garda O’Donnell struggled to arrest Bane and both of them fell to the floor outside the entrance to Tesco.

Bane grabbed Garda O’Donnell by the throat with both hands and wrapped his legs around him. He kicked out at Garda Sloyan as she tried to pull Bane’s hands from Garda O’Donnell’s throat.

“He grabbed Garda O’Donnell by the throat and was trying to choke him. Garda O’Donnell could not release his grip and he was finding it difficult to breathe.

“Garda Sloyan tried to stop Daniel Bane from choking Garda O’Donnell and a violent struggle ensued,” Sgt Hennessy said.

Garda Sloyan told the court Bane kicked out at her, bruising her legs from her thighs down to her ankles as she tried to pull him off her colleague.

She said Bane then wrapped his legs around her while he was still throttling Garda O’Donnell and he managed to kick her in the back a number of times with his heels.

He released his grip on Garda O’Donnell and twisted her left wrist in an effort to break it as she tried to loosen his grip, she said.

Garda Sloyan shouted for help and a man who was shopping in Tesco at the time came to the Garda’s aid.

She said they could see Garda O’Donnell’s face turning red by this time as he could not free himself from Bane’s grip.

The bystander succeeded in releasing Bane’s grip but he too was kicked and Bane managed to bite him in the ribs. The bystander man, assisted by two other male customers, eventually helped in restraining Bane at the scene.

Sgt. Hennessy said Garda Sloyan suffered soft tissue injuries and “acute stress reaction” as a result of the assault and was off work for five weeks.

Garda O’Donnell gave evidence of the impact the attack had on him. He said Bane had tried to choke him and the attack had lasted “quite some time” before assistance arrived. He had been off work for seven weeks due to the injuries he sustained.

Defence solicitor, Brian Gilmartin, said Bane had some judo skills and had used him on this occasion. He said Bane smoked cannabis to excess and takes tablets.

He added Bane had a difficult upbringing. His mother and two sisters were present and a letter from one of the sisters was handed into court.

“Garda O’Donnell was within inches of being choked,” Judge Mary Fahy observed.

The court heard Bane had 20 previous convictions, mostly for Public Order offences.

Judge Fahy imposed sentences totalling eighteen months and she disqualified him for four years for driving without insurance.

Leave to appeal the sentences was granted.

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Hero’s welcome following rescue of two women on Galway Bay

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Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn off Inis Oirr island, on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The miraculous rescue on Galway Bay yesterday of two young women from Knocknacarra brought 15 long hours of searching to a euphoric conclusion, as cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) were brought safely to shore.

A major search and rescue operation was launched after the pair went missing from Furbo Beach on Wednesday night, when they were swept away by a sudden wind while paddle boarding.

Claddagh fisherman and former Lifeboat shore crew member Patrick Oliver and his 18-year-old son Morgan joined the search early on Thursday morning and were the heroes of the hour after they discovered the two women on their boards, clinging to a lobster pot about two miles south-west of Inis Oírr, where despite their ordeal, they were described as “ok, but shaken”.

In the face of torrential rain and high winds overnight, both women had drifted almost 20 miles out to sea, but amazingly neither required serious medical attention.

Sara’s mother, Helen Feeney, raised the alarm shortly after 9pm on Wednesday evening when she noticed the pair missing as she walked their dog along the shore.

Sara, a daughter of Helen and Bernard Tonge, and Ellen, daughter Deirdre and well-known former captain of Galway United Johnny Glynn, were both said to be in good spirits at the hospital yesterday afternoon.

One relative told the Galway City Tribune that the family was “utterly humbled by the generosity of people” who had took part in the search and said, “unbelievable doesn’t even begin to describe it”.

“Thank you from all the family to everyone who helped, words will never express our gratitude.”
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Photo: Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn off Inis Oirr island, on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

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Galway farm operators fall fowl of locals

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Neighbours of Mad Yolk Farm have asked Galway City Council to determine whether planning permission is required for a portable chicken coop earmarked for the land in Roscam.

This week, Mad Yolk Farm has indicated that it will be adding chickens to the site, which has already been the subject of planning enforcement by the local authority.

In a Facebook post, the operators said they are planning to rear organic chickens on site, with neighbours fearing as many as 450 birds in the chicken ‘caravan’.

“Our chicken caravan is now built and our beaked ladies will arrive in eight days. We’ll be moving the hens onto fresh grass each day and they’ll be free to forage for insects and take mud baths. They’ll be free to behave like a chicken should,” the business said on social media.

It has prompted a neighbour of the property to write the Council to formally ask for a declaration “whether the work/development described in the form is or is not development or is or is not exempted development under Section 5 of the Planning and Development Act”.
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Cold water poured on Spanish Arch ‘bushing’ sprinkler plan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council has poured cold water on a suggestion that it should install water sprinklers to deter ‘bushing’ at city centre hotspots for outdoor drinking, such as Spanish Arch.

Councillor Eddie Hoare (FG) this week said the local authority should examine providing sprinklers, to deter bushing, after Spanish Arch and Middle Arch were packed with hundreds of revellers during the sunshine last weekend, and the areas were littered with alcohol bottles and cans.

Cllr Hoare said large crowds were prohibited from gathering outside due to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, and if the partying continued “Galway will be the next county to be locked down”.

He said CCTV cameras should be installed at Spanish Arch and Middle Arch and added: “Galway City Council should consider installing sprinklers as a long-term solution.”

However, the City Council said it was not its intention to install sprinklers.

“It’s so hot at the moment, if you put out a sprinkler anywhere in Galway, people would just dance under it. We’re so unused to this muggy heat, that if you did that (installed sprinklers), on top of your 12-pack of Bacardi Breezers, or whatever it is young people drink these days, you’d have the biggest wet t-shirt competition this side of Ibiza – people would just dance under them. No, we have no plans for sprinklers,” remarked a City Council spokesperson.

He said the Council was unaware of a separate suggestion – announced by Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard on social media – that certain city areas be exempted from the street drinking bylaws, to allow them to be monitored and controlled.
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