Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
Galway trainer Paul Gilligan had a lucky escape when his truck carrying five horses, including stable star Bertie’s Dream, burst into flames while in transit – the animals were just seconds away from incineration.
It was 2am last Sunday week and Craughwell native Mr Gilligan, his brother Éamon and Una Corcoran were driving along the A55 motorway in England transporting five horses, collectively valued at about €300,000. All of a sudden, the engine of the truck ‘cut-out’ and within seconds, burst into flames.
The truck had an automatic ‘power out’ on it and just seconds before the power out kicked in, the trio managed to dramatically rescue the horses by shepherding out of their compartments and away to safety. The ramp at the back of the lorry opens and closes using power from the engine – if the power had cut out any earlier,
Mr Gilligan would not have been able to open to ramp to save the horses.
“They would have been burned to a crisp,” he told the Connacht Tribune.
Four of the horses were going to the Doncaster sale and Bertie’s Dream, who won the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at 33/1 at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival, was heading for France in to run in a race that was to be preparation for the French Champion Hurdle.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.