Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
By Dara Bradley
A Galway woman reunited a husband – a complete stranger – with his wedding ring that was lost for almost 10 years, just days before his tenth wedding anniversary . . . after she discovered the gold band hidden in her couch.
Tyrone man Charlie Rodgers married Galway girl Mary on April 20, 2001, but two months later he lost his wedding band. However, Charlie was reunited with the ring last week after Galway woman Etna Murphy, who didn’t even know the couple, tracked them down nearly ten years later when she found the ring in a sofa she had purchased from a charity shop.
The couple told the Ray Darcy radio show on Today FM that two months after their nuptials they thought Charlie may have lost the ring on a flight to or from Ireland and the United States.
Four years ago, a total stranger, Galway woman Etna, bought a green couch with gold lining underneath from the Saint Vincent de Paul shop in the city. She later moved in with her husband, Martin, and they upgraded their suite. Martin chopped up the old couch in the back garden and remarkably discovered the gold ring.
Etna had always intended to find the owner and left it in a cupboard until she could find the time to do some detective work. As the 10th anniversary was approaching, her mother and husband started nagging her and she eventually started to track down the owner.
The ring was engraved with ‘C and M’ and ‘April, 20 2001’, so she went to the births, deaths and marriages office to find out if did anyone with those initials married on that day 10 years ago, and eventually tracked them down.
To this day the couple don’t know how the ring went missing – they think it may have slipped off while Martin was sitting on the couch in a local hotel or bar.
Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel
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.