Date Published: 03-Jul-2012
Tens of thousands of people turned out to welcome the Volvo Ocean race boats into Galway docks in the early hours of this morning.
New Zealand yacht Camper was the first boat to pass the finish line at 1.42am winning the ninth and final leg.
However French entry Groupama were the overall winners arriving in second place in the Galway leg but claiming the overall victory of the 11th Volvo Ocean Race, with a 24 point lead.
Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney was in the city to welcome the fleet at the end of its 39 thousand nautical mile world race.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan at the city docks, Minister Coveney said Galway has placed Ireland on a world stage in one of the country’s most successful events.
Chairperson of Lets Do It Global Enda O’Coineen said it was the closest finish in the entire history of the race.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.