Date Published: 03-Jun-2008
A Portumna man has been given a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to having over 9,500 Ecstasy tablets in his possession which were for sale or supply to others
32 year old John Briscoe of no.1 Mingban, Ballycrissaune, Portumna appeared before Galway District Court
He was found at his home with the drugs on July 16, 2006 and they had a street value of over €96,000 euro
Briscoe’s co-accused, 24 year old Philip O’Dwyer of Ballykeeland Road, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary was sentenced to nine months.
He pleaded guilty to being found in possession of 195 Ecstasy tablets, worth €1950, at the same address, on the same date which were for sale or supply to another.
Both men were described as being recreational drugs users and the court was told O’Dwyer was no longer taking drugs.
Mr. Bernard Madden, SC, for Briscoe, said his client was at the lower end of the drug hierarchy and could not name the person he was holding the drugs for out of fear for his own safety.
The court heard Briscoe is an unemployed tiler with no previous convictions for drug offences.
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.