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Body of Connemara man assaulted in Australia to be flown home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The body of a Connemara man, who died after being assaulted in Australia, is to be flown home to his native country tomorrow.

23-year-old Thomas Keaney allegedly received a blow to the head outside a food outlet in Northbridge, Perth on December 17th.

Thomas Keaney was rushed to hospital, where his condition initially improved, however he later died in hospital in Perth with his parents at his bedside.

He had travelled to Australia a year previously and had been working in a bar.

22 year old Abbas Al Jrood appeared at Perth Magistrates Court today via video link, charged in connection with the assault and was reportedly granted bail.

Thomas’ body will be flown into Dublin tomorrow night.

He will then be returned to his family home in Murvey, Roundstone where the house will be private until 2p.m. on Wednesday.

He will then be removed to the church at Moyrus, Roundstone for mass on Friday at noon before being laid to rest in Gurteen cemetery.

 

 

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Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.

Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.

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Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.

The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.

The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,

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Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.

Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.

The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.

The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.

Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today:

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