Date Published: 25-May-2011
A man named Michael Ward, from Newgarden, summoned Patrick Brogan, Tuam for assault. Complainant deposed that he was passing the door of a public house in High Street, Tuam, where the defendant was packing eggs. Defendant made a certain remark towards him and he said he would report it to the police, and the administrator of the parish.
Witness remembered retorting in an offensive manner. Defendant, he said, then rushed at him with his clenched fist and struck him on the side of the jaw. The blow knocked him breathless (laughter).
Continuing, witness went on to prove that the defendant had assaulted him on a later occasion. He alleged that he was kicked twice, and that some friend of the publican’s said: “Give it to him now”.
“And he did give it to me,” added the complainant. He expressed his horror at such conduct in Tuam, where they had seminaries, colleges and convents (laughter).
Chairman: And two cathedrals (laughter).
Mr Hosty: And a resident magistrate (renewed laughter).
Mr Concannon (solr.): Yes, and an Archbishop and Bishop (more laughter).
Continuing, complainant said that defendant swore at him, and “this fellow makes friends with all the police” (laughter).
In cross-examination by the defendant, he denied that the latter told him to go away and mind his own business.
The Chairman asked the complainant who the policeman was that he alleged was with the defendant.
Mr Concannon asked the complainant to turn around to see would he recognise the policeman.
“Don’t you say anything,” retorted the complainant to Mr Concannon, whom, he said, he offered a fee for the case (loud laughter).
Constable Connell having given evidence which was to the effect that Ward was the aggressor on the occasion, the Bench dismissed the case.
A report that air experts visited Aillebrack last week in connection with the proposed trans-oceanic service has given rise to much speculation in Clifden and surrounding districts. It was impossible to get anything official on the subject, but the fact that experts did visit the scene seems to be fairly well established. They are stated to have conducted an inspection lasting almost two hours, after which they left immediately by car without calling on anyone in the locality.
Mr. P. Casey, Hon. Sec. of the Clifden Airport Development Committee, stated that in view of the recent statement by Sit Philip Sassoon, British Under-Secretary of State for Air, that the site for the Irish terminal would be the most westerly part of the Free State, it was not unlikely that the experts would have inspected Aillebrack, which is the most westerly part of the country.
Foreign city menace
An aspect of social conditions deserving of national attention lies behind a suggestion made at a meeting of the Galway City Vocational Education Committee that an effort should be made to maintain contact between the Irish vocational schools and the past domestic economy students of these schools.
Each year, large numbers of Irish girls are lured across the Channel by the prospects of big wages in England and Scotland. The bright lights of the city are too bright for not a few of these young people of unformed character and no experience, and some eventually drift into those conditions which are engaging the attention of social welfare workers.
Starvation is not the least of the evils which befall some of these hapless ones in strange surroundings. There are other and greater dangers which, in the words of a prominent welfare worker, are “too shocking to bear to mention”.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.
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.
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.