NEWS 12 GalwayCityTribune Friday, March 11, 2011

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modern resource and facility
We are a small 2-teacher rural school nestled in the parish
of Moore halfway between Athlone and Ballinasloe.
Our aimis to provide a safe, caring, learning environment
for all children and a range of opportunities to help them
growinto independent and responsible learners.
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CO. ROSCOMMON Tel: 090 9673437
Steeped in tradition but with every modern resource and facility
We are a small 2-teacher rural school nestled in the parish of Moore
halfway between Athlone and Ballinasloe. Our aim is to provide a safe,
caring, learning environment for all children and a range of opportunities
to help them grow into independent and responsible learners.
6 Society St, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
Tel: 090 96 46893
Proprietor: Avril Noone
I.T.E.C, C.I.B.T.A.C, C.I.D.E.S.C.O, M.N.R.R.I, F.D.R.
Special Offers
Avril & Staff, Arlene Keighery & Nicola Kelly,
would like to take this opportunity to say a
BIG THANK YOU to all our Loyal Customers,
for their support over the Last decade.
Post: 41 Main Street,
Loughrea, Co. Galway
Phone: 091 841518
Michael F. DOLAN
I wish to thank you,
the voters of
Galway East,
for your support
in the recent
General Election
During the
campaign, many
people sought
help in dealing
with certain
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Man bit off part of friend’s ear
in a ‘blind rage’ during match
Victim to get €15,000 in compensation after telling court of his trauma
A 26-YEARS-OLD city man
has been given a twelve-
month suspended prison sen-
tence for biting off part of
another man’s ear during an
indoor five-a-side soccer game
between friends.
Darragh Nagle, from 2
Beechwood Park, Ballybane,
pleaded guilty at Galway Cir-
cuit Criminal Court in January
to assaulting Vincent Fahey
causing him harm at Westside
Community Centre, on Sep-
tember 28, 2009.
The matter was adjourned to
give Nagle time to attend anger
management classes and come
up with compensation for his
Nagle brought €15,000 to
court for his sentencing hearing
this week which was described
by his barrister, Brendan
Browne, as a concrete expres-
sion of his remorse.
Accepting the money, Mr
Fahey told Judge Raymond
Groarke he did not want
Nagle’s life ruined and while he
was still conscious of the scar
on the top of his ear he had
recovered well from the injury.
“I accept it was just a rush of
blood,” he said.
Showing the injury to Judge
Groarke, Mr Fahey said the
cartilage was left completely
exposed when Nagle bit off one
and a half inches of flesh from
the top portion of his ear.
Garda Catherine Prender-
gast said there had been a cou-
ple of tackles exchanged
between both men during the
game and during one of these
tackles, Nagle bit the top off
Mr. Fahey’s ear before spitting
it out.
A medical report from a plas-
tic surgeon handed into court
stated Mr Fahey would be left
with a permanent scar on the
top of his ear. A small piece
had been bitten off, the report
stated, and was still missing.
Estonian group provide learning tree for Galway centre
In a victim impact statement
read to the court, Mr Fahey
said he kept seeing images in
his mind of what had happened
which was gut-wrenching and
he was worried about infection.
He distanced himself from his
family for a while after the
assault and had only started
playing sports again the follow-
ing April.
He was livid and outraged
when it first happened to think
that someone he knew had
caused the injury. However,
more recently he had said he
didn’t want Nagle’s life ruined.
The garda said the victim
had lost three days’ wages and
along with hospital expenses,
he was out of pocket by around
Garda Prendergast said
Nagle now lives in Forster
Court, Salthill and is employed
as a store man by the HSE.
She said he was apologetic for
what he did and she believed it
was out of character for him
and he would not reoffend.
Mr Browne said ten friends
had been playing the game as
they had done for five years
and they all knew each other
well. Things became heated
between his client and Mr
Fahey during the match with
pushing and heavy tackling tak-
ing place. That intensified
throughout the game and his
client then committed the
assault, he said.
“It was a rush of blood to the
head. He was in a blind rage
and he is sorry for what he
did,” Mr Browne said of his
Nagle told Gardai when
interviewed that he was devas-
tated that he went so far as to
cause such an injury to Vincent
Mr Browne handed reports
into the court confirming Nagle
had undertaken an anger man-
agement court since this
assault. He had also brought
€6,000 cash to court and was
awaiting approval from his
Credit Union for a €9,000 loan.
Seeing that a solicitor was in
court representing Mr Fahey
for a possible subsequent civil
action, Judge Groarke gave
both sides time to reach an
agreement over compensation
prior to sentencing as both
men, he said, had been friends
and Mr Fahey did not want to
ruin Nagle.
Mr Browne later informed
the court that Nagle had the
full €15,000 in court to give to
the victim and this had been
accepted by Mr Fahey as full
and final settlement for his
Judge Groarke said he was
delighted the matter had been
settled and no civil proceedings
would follow. He said this
assault had taken place in the
heat of the moment and was
entirely out of character for
He said he was impressed
that Nagle had ‘put his hands
up’ from the very beginning
and had addressed his anger
management issues since.
Imposing a 12-month sen-
tence for the assault which he
suspended for twelve months
and directing that the €15,000
be paid to the victim, Judge
Groarke said he was satisfied
Nagle would not reoffend as he
had dealt with this matter in a
proper and forthright manner
and had brought funds into
court as an expression of his
A LEARNING tree which
symbolises the highs and lows
of adult learning has been
unveiled in Galway by the
non-profit Association of
Estonian Adult Educators
Adult Learners at Croí na
Gaillimhe Resource Centre,
Society of St Vincent de Paul,
decorated the tree with reflec-
tions and thoughts on their
experience of learning at the
The tree was displayed at the
centre to mark the AONTAS
Adult Learner’s Festival. The
Centre also held a free after-
noon of mobile phone training
for the older members of the
community. For the more artis-
tic they had a showing of two
The activities of AEAE
Andras include: organising
campaigns and events high-
lighting the value of education
such as the Adult Learners
Week and Adult Education
Forum; participating in various
international and European
Social Fund projects focused
upon adult learning; recognis-
ing the profession of an andra-
gogue and attributing profes-
sional qualifications; consulting
member organisations and
engaging them in the EU proj-
ects advancing the develop-
ment of adult education.
Commenting on the event
Loretta Needham, Centre Man-
ager, CroÍ na Gaillimhe
Resource Centre said: “Croi na
Gaillimhe Resource Centre is a
place where friendships are
born and connections are
made, so it is great to see the
non-profit Association of
Estonian Adult Educators
Andras here to celebrate learn-
ing with us.”
She reminded the group
present that “loneliness is an
unpleasant feeling in which a
person experiences a strong
sense of emptiness and solitude
resulting from inadequate lev-
els of social relationships. ”
After the unveiling, a brief
presentation was made to the
ANDRAS group to say thank
you from the staff, volunteers
and learners at the Centre.
Several of our enthusiastic
learners gave a brief account of
their learning experiences at
Croí na Gaillimhe. They all
spoke of the joy and the fun
they experienced in learning
and most of all, they mentioned
the friendships they had made -
or in many cases, renewed.
Also on the afternoon music
was provided by musicians
John Fallon, Padraic Keane and
Sean Hughes. They gave a brief
demonstration of traditional
Irish music and instruments
such as the uileann pipes and
fiddle before playing a variety of
songs and encouraging all the
participants to dance.
Croí na Gaillimhe provides a
Dinner Club for older people
on Mondays and Wednesdays
at 1pm and a social club for
older people on Monday and
Wednesday afternoons at 2pm.
Activities are organised such as
Art, Pottery, Games, Cards and
Music in consultation with the
group. A Knitting Club meets
on a Tuesday afternoon.
Other training courses take
place such as computers, draw-
ing classes, movement and
relaxation, line dancing and
creative writing.
The centre brings in organi-
sations to deliver education
options not currently available
in the area – like Banúlacht
training in economic literacy
for women and Training for
Transformation a community
leadership programme that
seeks to provide skills for com-
munity activists.
Given the work of the centre
involves both older and
younger people, Croí na Gal-
limhe is piloting a community
model of intergenerational
learning in collaboration with
NUI Galway and Galway
Community College.
This programme called The
Living Scenes focus on posi-
tively impacting the lives of
both groups through empower-
ing, enabling and relationship
building in a learning environ-
ment which allows both groups
to develop, bond and form new
relationships and friendship.
A learning tree which symbolises the highs and lows of adult learning was unveiled at the Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, St Vincent de Paul, Mill Street,
by the non-profit association of Estonian Adult Educators Andras. Pictured at the event were (from left): Ivi Sark, Kulliki Steinberg, Merike Ojamaa, Sirje
Plaks, Viivi Lokk, Heli Gescheimer and Loretta Needham, Manager, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre. Some of the attendance at the event.
Padraic Keane and Sean Hughes are pictured performing at
the event.
It was a rush of
blood to the head.
He was in a blind
rage and he is sorry
for what he did

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