Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
Recruitment is underway to fill many of the 200 jobs which are due to come on stream at the EA BioWare electronic gaming centre on the east side of the city.
BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts (EA), chose the city as its European customer centre of excellence last year and set up home at the Galway Technology Centre in Mervue after viewing a number of potential locations.
Recruitment is underway for English, French, and German language customer service representatives, programme managers, and specialist IT positions for the multi-national, which confirmed plans to set up a ‘studio’ here in May of last year.
While many of the new recruits will have IT and electronics backgrounds, the company is also said to be interested in sourcing young people with a huge interest in computer games.
“We are up and running and are quite actively hiring at the moment,” confirmed a spokesperson for the corporation yesterday.
The aim of setting up the Galway plant is to give BioWare closer access to fans of its games in Europe, according to Ray Muzyka, Group General Manager of BioWare.
“Galway gives us the right mix of solid technology infrastructure and international recruitment opportunities,” he said.
The company spokesperson declined to reveal how many of the 200 jobs projected for the plant had been filled at this stage, but said that they intended to move to a bigger plant – also on the east side of the city – when contacted by the Sentinel.
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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.