Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
NINE Galway athletes will be heading to Athens next week as part of the Irish team competing in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games which begin on June 25th.
The team will participate in 12 Sports – Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, Kayaking and Table Tennis.
Three teams will compete in the football competitions – 11-a-side male, 5-a-side female and 5-a-side male, and basketball will be represented by one male and one female squad. Team Ireland will be supported by a team of 49 volunteer coaches and management.
The Galway athletes competing are: footballers Christina Kelly, Emma Finneran, Fionnuala Treacy (Creagh Training Centre), and Linda Cannon (Loughrea Training Centre); golfer Denise Flattery (Athenry Fairways Special Olympics Club); basketball player Gary Cunningham (Galway Tribes Special Olympics Club); John Loughnane (Ballinasloe Eagles Special Olympics Club); Jonathon Griffin (Corrib Bowling Club) and kayaker Ruairí O’ Toole from An Spidéal.
Mary Davis, Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia, will attend an Oíche Cheoil agus Siamsaíochta in Park Lodge Hotel, An Spidéal on Friday June 17th to honour the athletes.
Tickets, priced at €5, can be bought in local shops in An Spidéal, or may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will go to Special Olympics Ireland. Fáilte roimh chách.
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.