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Three motorists land in the dock over loud exhausts



Three motorists, with noisy exhausts, featured at Galway District Court, where Judge Mary Fahy advised them not to waste their money on modified cars.

Thomas Creaven (20) from Gardenham, Claregalway, was first up.  He pleaded guilty to letting his now ex-girlfriend drive his white, modified, but dangerously defective car on October 20 last year at Queen Street, Galway.

Garda Garrett Cafferkey gave evidence he seized the car after noticing the rear of the vehicle was lowered to such an extent that it was sitting right on top of the rear tyres.

PSV inspector, Sgt. Tony McHugh examined the car and deemed it dangerously defective to drive.

The exhaust was also excessively noisy, Garda Cafferkey pointed out.

“This was a disaster waiting to happen and it’s just as well Garda Cafferkey is as vigilant as he is,” Judge Mary Fahy said before fining Creaven €300.

Next up was 21-year-old  Lisa Concannon, from Greyford, Kiltulla, Athenry, who was not present in court.

Her employer, John Morris, said she was doing a health and safety course and was unable to attend.

Garda Cafferkey said he had stopped the girl on two or three occasions before and given her a chance to fit a silencer to the exhaust of her car but it was never done and he issued a summons on June 14 last year after stopping her again on the Coast Road, Roscam.

Mr Morris said Concannon no longer had that car and she drove a company car now.

Judge Fahy fined her €200 for not having a silencer fitted to her old car.

The third case involved manufacturing engineer, James Brogan (31), of 181 an Fiodan, Doughiska, who pleaded guilty to not having a silencer fitted on the exhaust of his 1993 modified car when stopped by Garda Cafferkey on June 24 last near his home.

He said he had since got another car because the 1993 car failed the NCT test.

Judge Fahy said it was a modified 1993 car and he could not have expected it to pass its NCT.

Hearing he worked in a local factory as a manufacturing engineer, Judge Fahy told him he was a very foolish young man to be spending his money on this type of activity and getting convictions for it.

Hearing he had no previous convictions and was no longer driving the   modified car, Judge Fahy fined him €150 for not having a silencer.

She said she would not convict him of not having an NCT certificate at the time as it would attract penalty points.

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One half of Hollywood’s golden couple sings Galway’s praises after trip



Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello and his chihuahua Bubbles, with Fergus Lally of Galway’s Celtic Chauffeurs at the Cliffs of Moher.

He may be married to the highest paid actress in the world, but that did not stop Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello savouring the best that Galway had to offer – hailing the people, the cheese, chocolate and salmon during his trip west.

The American actor, who played stripper Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh’s box office hit Magic Mike, was not joined by Modern Family’s Sofía Vergara until a week later on his trip around Cork.

But he did ring his wife of six years in the US while exploring the countryside of south Galway and Clare with guide, Fergus Lally, who had picked him and his chihuahua Bubbles up from the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Bushypark on the city’s edge.

“I had a great time with him. I brought him to the Cliffs of Moher and along the way we stopped off at the Hazel Mountain Chocolate factory, the cheese shop at the Aillwee Caves and he had a tasting at the Burren Smoke House in Lisdoonvarna,” reveals Fergus.

“He had an amazing time tasting all the foods. The back of the car was full – everybody did well out of him. He was blown away with the places I brought him. He loved the history of the Corcomroe Abbey and Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara. He was a great guy. I was delighted to drive him. The two of us just clicked.”

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Covid-19 outbreak compounds UHG crisis



UHG's Emergency Department.

As Government applied the brakes on the planned full reopening of society this Friday, the West’s largest public hospital remained in a state of crisis – dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks, large numbers of patients and lengthy wait times in its Emergency Department and postponed elective procedures.

An outbreak of Covid-19 at University Hospital Galway (UHG) was having a significant impact on critical care services, Saolta University Healthcare Group has warned.

UHG confirmed it was dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks on two wards of the city hospital. A further two wards were being used exclusively to treat Covid positive cases.

This was impacting other patients – elective procedures were postponed at UHG this week due a lack of beds.

On Monday, 41 patients with Covid-19 were being treated in UHG compared with 19 the same day last week.

Portiuncula was treating eight Covid positive patients on Monday, twice as many as last week.

There were two Covid patients in ICU in Ballinasloe and six in ICU in UHG; there were four in ICU in total at both hospitals last week.

Saolta said that people presenting at the Emergency Department in UHG were experiencing long waiting times.

“The hospital has seen a significant increase in patients presenting to the hospital and many of these patients are very sick and need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment.

“As a result of the ongoing pressures and lack of bed capacity a number of elective procedures are being postponed. Patients are being contacted directly if their procedure is being postponed,” Saolta said.

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Galway lecturer’s transatlantic story of Boston dynasty and Irish roots



Larry Donnelly, with the Bostonian, on the grounds of NUI Galway.

Of all the transatlantic cultural differences that greeted Bostonian Larry Donnelly on arrival in Galway, the search for a clean towel in something called a hot press left him puzzled and perplexed most of all. He also came to quickly realise that Hoover had so conquered the vacuum cleaner market that the brand name had become a verb.

But the Boston-born son of an Irish father and Scottish mother – from a famed American political dynasty with roots firmly embedded in Galway and the west – found infinitely more that united his old and new home than divided them.

His voice is familiar to radio listeners from his frequent analysis of American politics; his thoughts are already well-known to readers of his weekly column in – and law students at NUIG have benefited from his expertise in that field on both sides of the Atlantic.

He spent a fair portion of lockdown writing the Bostonian, a biography in part – not just his own, but of his family and his uncle, US Congressman Brian Donnelly (the man forever synonymous with the Donnelly Visas) in particular.

Typical of him, he rarely puts himself centre-stage but what he succeeds in doing is putting his life, his work and his journey into context. He was a man with roots on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean long before he ever made the journey to live here.

The photo on the cover of the Bostonian sets out the stall for the book, uniting uncle and nephew in an iconic pic; US Congressman Brian Donnelly marching in the 1983 Dorchester Day Parade in Boston – and an eight-year-old Larry Donnelly in the baseball cap looking up in wonderment.

“I’d always intended it to be a book about more than me. I particularly wanted it to be the story of Brian’s political career because that deserves to be told – but I didn’t think he would allow that to happen, because he has always loathed the limelight,” he says.

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