Date Published: 11-Jul-2011
‘The Guard’ has won Best Irish Feature Award at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.
Produced by Andrew Lowe and Ed Quiney and directed by John Michael McDonagh, the film, which stars Brendan Gleeson, premiered in Galway last week to much acclaim.
Other winners at the Fleadh this year are ‘Signs’ which won the Best First Animation Award and ‘The Boy who lived in a Bubble’ which scooped the James Horgan Award for Best Animation.
The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama was jointly won by ‘Asal’ and ‘Even Gods’.
The Best First Short Drama Award has gone to ‘Pentecost’ while the Best Short Documentary Award was given to ‘Needle Exchange’.
The Inaugural Donal Gilligan Award was presented to Michael Lavelle for ‘Mummy’s Little Helper’.
The International Federation of Film Societies awarded the Don Quijote Award to ‘The Boy who lived in a Bubble’.
Ruth Meehan won the 30 second Film Festival Judges Award.
The Best Feature Documentary Award was given to ‘Bernadette Notes on a political Journey.’
There were joint winners of the Best First Feature – ‘Parked’ and ‘Charlie Casanova’.
Finally, the Galway Film Fleadh pitching award went to Rioghach Ní Ghrioghair for ‘Death Rattle’.
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.