Mayor of Galway city

  • The Mayor of Galway, Mike Cubbard  has come up with an initiative to help ease loneliness and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Mayor Cubbard has been reaching out to people in his community by writing letters with a personal touch. The response is said to be  hugely positive.

    It follows his recent call-out on local media for people to contact him with details of those who feel alone and isolated. Within days there were dozens of nominations.

    Mayor Cubbard said he will keep reaching out to all those missing the embrace of a loved one, a regular family visit, or catching up with friends.

    He plans to deliver surprise bouquets and chocolates closer to Christmas.

  • A 26-year-old man was remanded in custody yesterday in connection with an alleged assault on the mayor of Galway on Friday. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.

    Martin Ward, of no fixed abode, appeared before Galway District Court yesterday.

    He is charged with assaulting Niall McNelis on September 7 at Wolfe Tone Bridge, contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Act 1997.

    He is further charged with being drunk in public and with breaching the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour on the same date at Wolfe Tone Bridge.

    Sergeant Finbarr Philpott said he was waiting for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the charges.

    Judge Mary Fahy remanded Mr Ward in custody to appear before the court again next Monday by video link from Castlerea Prison.

  • The Mayor of Galway city, Mike Cubbard, has returned to work today after a two week break. The Mayor sought the break in his duties because of serious threats against him and his family over recent months.

    He told Midwest News today that during the break he met with Gardaí a number of times, assessed his home and personal security, and ensured his family are ok.

    He is now confident that he can again give the role of Mayor the one hundred percent commitment it requires.

    Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley wished him well back at the helm this morning...




  • The Christmas lights in Eyre Square in Galway were officially switched on last night by the Mayor of the City Mike Cubbard.

    It occurred on the day that many retail shops re-opened for the first day of December trade, as Level 5 restrictions were reduced to Level 3.

    Those visiting the city will now see the new lights “Lights of Hope” in Eyre Square from 4pm daily until the New Year.

    Galway City Council has invested over €160,000 in the ‘Christmas in Galway’ experience this year with more lights and Christmas trees to be added across the city in the coming days.

    Mayor Cubbard is inviting everyone into the city in their own time to look at the lights, that he described as "a batman light beam" rising into the night sky.

  • The Mayor of Galway city was punched when he tried to defend a young woman from attack on Friday evening last in Galway city.

    Cllr Niall McNeilus, the mayor of Galway says he was hit in the face and has spoken of his shock at bystanders' failure to intervene or help.

    It’s understood that instead of helping him or the young woman, several bystanders filmed the incident on their mobile phones.

    The incident happened at the city's Wolfe Tone Bridge at 8.30pm on Friday.

    Mr McNeilus sustained a sore jaw but did not require any medical attention. The young woman’s injuries were also described as “not serious”.

    A man was arrested and gardaí in Galway said a file was being sent to the DPP.