Date Published: 19-Oct-2007
‘An angel’ – that was how murdered Swiss student Manuela Riedo was described at her funeral today.
On the day a Galway city man appeared in court here charged with her murder in Renmore last week hundreds of mourners attended her funeral in her home town in Switzerland
They included her distraught parents – Hans and Arlette – and school friends who said farewell to the 17-year-old only child, who has been laid to rest near Bern.
An Irish delegation, led by ambassador James Sharkey, and including Mayor of Galway Tom Costello, city manager Joe McGrath and the owner of the Galway Language Centre in Mill Street were present for the service in Manuela’s hometown of Hinterkappeln
Back in Galway this morning there were angry scenes at the courthouse when Gerard Barry of 187 Rosan Glas, Rahoon, originally from Mervue, appeared before Judge Mary Fahy
A crowd of about 100 people gathered to jeer at shout at Barry, who himself shouted obscentities at the waiting crowds and media
Det Sgt Brendan Carroll told the court he arrested Barry at 11.46 last night and at 12.35 am charged him with murder.
He’s been remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District court next Friday October 26th
Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.
Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.
However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.
Two men before courts over county grow houses
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro
Date Published: 14-May-2013
Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.
It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.
The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.
The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.
Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.