Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
By Dara Bradley
Regular cyclists in Galway know that if your bicycle isn’t chained or locked to an immovable object, chances are it won’t be there when you return.
The Gardaí, through their website and other media, regularly remind cyclists about commonsense bicycle security – but now it appears even Galway Gardaí aren’t immune from the city’s bicycle thieves.
During a clean-up of the Ballinfoile, Ballindooley and Castlegar areas of the city at the weekend, volunteers discovered an almost brand new Garda bicycle dumped in undergrowth.
It is understood the Garda bike was stolen several weeks ago but it is not yet known whether it was taken from Galway Garda station or at a location in the city from an unsuspecting Garda out on the beat.
An investigation is ongoing into the theft.
The bike was stripped of its two tyres and handlebars and then ditched in bushes next to the Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden beside the Lus Léanna estate on the Headford Road.
Details surrounding the circumstances of the theft – exactly where it was taken from and when – have not yet been established. “It is under investigation,” the spokesperson said.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
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.