Date Published: 07-Apr-2012
The death has taken place of Lord Hemphill of Kiltulla Athenry and formerly of Tulira Castle in Ardrahan
The 83 year old who was an influential figure in horse racing, breeding and hunting died in hospital yesterday after being ill for a few weeks
His full name was Peter Patrick Ftizroy Martyn Hemphill, with Martyn being added by deed poll in 1959
It was the maiden name of his paternal grandmother who was a cousin of Edward Martyn, whose home was Tulira Castle
Listed as one of the largest landowners in Galway Lord Hemphill was educated at Downside in the UK but spent a large part of his childhood at Tulira Castle
Today local cllr Michael Fahy said Lord Hemphill had kept in touch with the area and South Galway had lost a great ambassador in word and deed
Lord Hemphill was a member of the Turf Club and a former senior steward, he served as Master of the Galway Blazers from 1957 until the mid 1980s and was conferred with the Cross of Order of Merit, Order of Malta for promoting Christian values
However he is best known in Galway for his service to the Galway races committee, which he chaired for a period of 12 years
The current chairman Tim Naughton said that Lord Hemphill had a real passion for horse racing and was an enthusiastic, progressive and committed member of the committee who would be missed
Galway racecourse manager John Maloney said Lord Hemphill never had a bad word to say about anyone
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.