Date Published: 03-Dec-2007
NUI Galway’s lack of resources has been strongly criticised as 1,000 students are forced to sit their Christmas exams at Galway Racecourse, on the opposite side of the city to the university campus
For the first time ever students have to travel to an NUIG exam centre set up on the top floor of the new Grandstand at Ballybrit.
Students have had to sit their exams off-campus for the past two decades due to cramped conditions and a lack of a dedicated exam hall at NUIG, but the venues are usually close to the campus
One of these venues – Leisureland – wasn’t available this year due to Galway on Ice using the premises.
The university has laid on buses from the campus to the racecourse costing 3 euro return, but many students are opting to navigate the city’s gridlock themselves by car.
The university hasn’t commented on the problem but Student Union Vice President and Education Officer Ciara Staunton says it’s not ideal for already stressed out students
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.