Dispute with neighbour proves costly

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Breaking his neighbour’s windows and door during a dispute earned a Mervue man a €500 fine at Galway District Court this week.

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Money must be diverted to secure funds for essential housing grants, says McDonnell

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Green Cllr Niall Ó Brolcháin must “use his influence” on Environment Minister John Gormley to secure urgently needed funds for the Galway City Council’s Essential Housing Aid for the Elderly and Disabled Persons Grant Scheme.

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Man with drink problem given chance to rehabilitate

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

A Connemara man who developed a serious alcohol addiction when be started to work with fishermen at the age of 15, appeared before Galway District Court this week charged with a number of drink-related offences.

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Tibetan Buddhist teacher to give public talk at NUIG

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

The Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will give a free public lecture on being a spiritual person in contemporary society, in the Cairnes Theatre, NUI Galway, on Tuesday.

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‘73 tractor still does the job

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

It must surely be a record that a new tractor purchased in 1973 has worked every year since, has the original tyres, and never got a puncture even once in all of 35 years. Martin Kelly of Ballinacor, Newbridge, purchased his first and only tractor, a Zetor, from Brogan’s of Ballymoe in the spring of 1973. He has used the tractor to cut hay, bring home turf, spread fertiliser, and do a hundred other jobs over this long period of time and while the tyres are “bald enough,” as Martin put it, he never had to remove a tyre since the day he got it. Martin intends to have his tractor on show at the vintage rally in Mountbellew, which will take place this Saturday and Sunday.

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Man threatens gardai his uncle will sort them out

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

A 26-years-old man arrested for refusing to give his name and address after he was found walking in the middle of a busy road while drunk, threatened gardai his uncle would sort them out.

Peter Grant, a native of Donegal town, with a rental address at 4 Sandyvale Lawns, Headford Road, Galway, pleaded guilty at Galway District Court this week to refusing to give his name and address to Gardai at Newcastle Road, Galway, on July 8 last. He also pleaded guilty to being drunk and to breaching the peace on the same date.

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Race ticket winners

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

There were hundreds and hundreds of entries to our competition for racing tickets last week. Congrats to all the winners who each win a pair of tickets for a day at the races. The winners are:

Tomas Monaghan, Gortroe, Corrandulla; Joe Hester, Tirellan Heights; Murt Campbell, Dyke Road; Elaine Geraghty, Portacarron; Pat Cooley, KIlskeagh, Athenry; M Dooley, Claremorris, Co Mayo; Mary Francis, Old Ballinfoyle, Headford Road; Ciaran Shiel, Lower Salthill; D Turic, Cartur Mor;

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New school brings wonderment to Filipino tribe

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

GMIT student and Galway First contributor William Browne is part of the SERVE Philippines group who are volunteering

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Find the perfect date at Karma - for charity

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Whether you’re looking for love, or just a fun night out, Karma are hosting a speed-dating night in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust.

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School sex abuse trial hears of letters to victim's family

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

A jury has been given copies of letters exchanged between a Christian Brother and the family of a boy who was lodged in a Galway residential school after his father lost their family home to a neighbour in a game of cards.

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No future for Galway Airport says Ryanair chief

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

There is no future for Galway Airport or for subsidised flights or airlines, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said last evening.

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Carnmore death crash book of evidence not yet ready

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

A Book of Evidence in the case of a Dublin lorry driver charged with dangerous driving which caused the death of a local woman last year is not yet ready, Galway District Court heard this week.

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Daniel Callanan responds to charges of disrupting city council meetings

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

Disrupting city council meetings is the only option left to get “straight answers to straightforward questions” following the “wall of silence” that has greeted allegations that clamps were removed for some councillors without a fine being paid.

This is the view of Independent Cllr Daniel Callanan, who has been accused this week of disrupting Monday’s city council meeting and causing it to be abandoned. However he said this is the only option left open to him as both councillors and City Hall officials have refused to answer his questions concerning the allegations.

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Let us send you to the races

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

It is hard to believe that there are just ten days to go until the excitement of Ballybrit is upon us again. Just looking at the picture here of Sir Frederick with Kevin Coleman onboard winning the William Hill Galway Plate last year is enough to whet the appetite. And there is so much more to be experienced this time around.

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Crowe vows to go ‘back to the future'

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

After the next local elections, the Galway City Council must go “back to the future” in combining the questioning of officials of this council with the smoother running of previous years.

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Man made rude gestures to Brown Thomas staff

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

A 25 years old man who admitted making rude gestures to staff at Brown Thomas and to threatening to put their photos on the internet, has been remanded on bail for the preparation of a probation report.

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Cameron calls for recommendations on property management companies to be made law

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

Proposals to make property management companies more accountable to residents with clear rules on AGMs and requirements for detailed financial accounts to be made available, must be made into law as soon as possible.

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More patients face review following suspension of former UHG pathologist

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

The HSE was last evening attempting to contact all patients affected by potential misdiagnoses at UHG following reports of discrepancies in the work of a third pathologist who worked as a locum at the hospital in February and March 2004.

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Coole Park to host family walks

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

Coole Park will play host to a series of walks for families in the coming weeks.

The walks will take place on Sundays at 3pm and a variety of different themes are planned. All walks are free of charge.

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Basque organist for Galway Cathedral

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

Basque musician Aitor Olea Juaristi is the next performer in the Galway Cathedral recital series.

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