LATE-night revellers in Claremorris were shocked on Saturday night when a bomb scare led to the evacuation of the night club at the Western Hotel in the town. Gardai cordoned off D’Alton Street for two hours until the premises were declared safe around 1am.
A call to the PSNI in Belfast using a recognizable code set alarm bells ringing and contact was immediately made with the Garda Siochana headquarters in Galway. The call to Belfast stated that four bombs had been placed in venues in Claremorris, Galway (The Bentley, Eyre Square), Ballinasloe (Haydens) and another hotel in Tullamore and were timed to go off at 11.35pm.
Claremorris Gardai were informed of the scare and immediately went about closing down the approaches to the hotel.