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Ballinasloe teenager jailed for shed fire

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Ballinasloe teenager, who along with others, set fire to a shed has been sentenced to five years in prison with the final 18 months suspended.

19-year-old Stephen Shaughnessy from Dundonnell, Taughmaconnell, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

He pleaded guilty to starting the fire in the shed at the rear of a house in Creagh, Ballinasloe, on August 29th, 2012.

Stephen Shaughnessy is already serving two years of a five-year sentence imposed on him last March for setting fire to a house in Creagh in 2012.

The court heard Shaughnessy met other teenagers in a field in Creagh that afternoon and later that night they went into the shed and lit a fire in a wooden box and sat around it for a while on couches.

The fire raged and they doused it with coke to quell it before leaving.

The shed subsequently burnt to the ground at a cost of €50,000 along with €9,000 worth of props belonging ot Ballinasloe Musical Society.

Hearing Shaughnessy had 50 previous convictions, including one for burning wheelie bins, and reading a negative probation report, Judge Sean O’Donnabhain said nobody seemed to be getting through to the troubled teen.

He imposed a five-year sentence for this latest arson but suspended the final 18 months on condition Shaughnessy come under the supervision of the probation service on his release.

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LISTEN: Gaillimh le Gaeilge On The Move

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Gearóidín Hynes who works with Gaillimh le Gaeilge in Galway City joined Barbara in studio and told our On The Move listeners about their latest online campaign and competition in association with GoBus.ie Take photos around the city of Irish language signage etc & use #NollaigShonaGaillimh

Also, they are compiling a list of businesses in Galway that can provide customers with service through Irish: https://gleg.ie/gaelphobal-chathair-na-gaillimhe-bearla/?lang=en

If you’d like to listen to Gearóidín on the show through Irish, you can listen back here: Cad ‘Déarfá le Gaillimh

If you have or know of anywhere with Irish language products, get in contact. We will cover this soon on the show.

On The Move weekdays 3pm-7pm with Barbara Nic Dhonnacha.

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New exhibition to represent female victims of domestic violence unveiled at ATU

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new art exhibition, to represent women who have been victims of domestic abuse, was unveiled today at ATU Wellpark Campus.

The piece was commissioned by COPE Galway, and completed by artist Maura Finnegan.

The arts consists of seven women’s faces and below each one is a QR code which will lead people to an online link to the women’s stories.

Rachel Timoney attended today’s event.

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The Indian Ambassador praises Galway during city visit

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From Galway Bay fm newsroom- The Indian Ambassador has expressed his admiration for Galway during his visit for Asia Business Week.

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra kicked off the week with a talk at ATU Galway today.

The ambassador complimented what he called a ‘synergy’ between Ireland and India.

He also said it’s important for international engagement across the whole country:

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