Date Published: 10-Jul-2008
A 21 year old Turloughmore man has been sentenced to two years in prison for dangerous driving causing the deaths of his two best friends and seriously injuring his cousin in a crash at Loughgeorge last summer.
Brian Murphy of Grange, Turloughmore, had earlier pleaded guilty in the Circuit court on June 3rd to dangerous driving at Peak, Tuam Road, Loughgeorge on June 6 last year.
The court heard that Brian Murphy was driving his two best friends and his cousin home on June 6 last year when he lost control of the car at the junction of the Roscommon road off the N17 main Tuam to Galway road at 3.45 am.
Inside the Toyota Corolla were 19 year old Liam Loughlin of Cregboy, Claregalway, 19 year old Niall Greaney of Claregalway and his cousin the then 19 year old Keith Hession.
The car collided with a wall at approximately 90 miles per hour according to Sergeant Seamus O’Regan.
Niall Greaney was pronounced dead at the scene, while Liam Loughlin died of his injuries in hospital .
Keith Hession fractured his spine and broke his left leg in two places but has since made a full recovery.
Sgt O’Regan told the court that Murphy admitted to Gardai after he was arrested that he had drank 4 pints of Guinness and a can of Bulmers cider before driving his friends home from Fallons Bar in Turloughmore where he had been working.
He also admitted he had taken the junction at 90 miles an hour but said his brakes didn’t work.
Sergeant O’Regan concluded Murphy lost control of his car while attempting to take the bend at speed.
Testifiying in court, Brian Murphy broke down in tears as he apologised to both families and said Niall and Liam were his best friends.
In passing sentence Judge Raymond Groarke said Murphy too was a victim of his own stupidity and his own decisions and there must be a price to pay for that.
He sentenced him to two years in prison and disqualified him from driving for ten years.
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.