Date Published: 16-Jun-2009
Tributes have been pouring in for a well-known former Galway camóige player and her husband who were killed in a road accident in the United States at the weekend.
44 year old Anne Coleman, originally from Abbeyknockmoy and her 50 year old husband Joe O’ Connell were killed in the crash in Iowa on Sunday evening.
The family had been living in the nearby town of Madison in Wisconsin.
Both Ann and her husband, Joe, were well-known in GAA circles.
Ann Coleman was an accomplished camóige player and won a Junior Title with the Galway Camoige team in 1988.
She also played camóige with Castlegar, St. Coleman’s in Gort, Athenry and Glen Rovers in Cork.
She’s the sister of former Galway footballer, Mattie Coleman and former Galway hurler, Michael Coleman.
Her husband Joe O’ Connell was a former Kerry hurler.
The couple’s three children were treated in hospital for injuries.
The single vehicle crash occurred when the driver lost control of the car and it flipped over, rolling twice.
The Abbeyknockmoy and GAA community in Galway are shocked and saddened at the news of the tragic double death.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.