City man jailed for assaults on intellectually disabled men
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 36-year-old city man, who assaulted two intellectually disabled men and tortured one of them on Inis Mór, has been sentenced to four years in prison with 18 months suspended.
Gary Walsh, with an address at An Sean Bhaile, Doughiska, pleaded guilty to assaulting the men, who are in their early 20’s, at Cill Ronáin, Inis Mór on August 6, 2011.
The vulnerable young men are patients of the Brothers of Charity in Galway city, due to their intellectual disabilities.
Det Sgt Mick Staunton gave evidence at Galway Circuit Criminal Court that Walsh arranged to meet the men on Inis Mór.
They all met up in a wooded area at the rear of a school in Cill Ronáin where the accused began drinking.
Walsh grabbed his first victim and burnt the back of his hand with a lit cigarette.
It caused severe pain and blistering and Walsh just laughed when the victim asked him why he was doing it.
Walsh continued drinking and blamed the other young victim present when he stumbled against a tree and tore his shirt.
He punched this victim repeatedly in the face and kicked him repeatedly when he fell to the ground.
The victim could not get get up for some time due to his injuries but after a time the men walked to the Garda Station.
Gardaí took this victim to the island doctor, but due to the severity of his injuries, he had to be transferred by Lifeboat to the mainland and by ambulance from there to hospital.
Prosecuting barrister, Conor Fahy, said the victims were in court accompanied by their fathers and their social worker and were still very afraid of the accused.
Defence Counsel Geri Silke said her client suffered from poor interpersonal skills and had been addicted to alcohol and prescribed medication.
She said he was now attending an addiction counsellor and receiving treatment at Cuan Mhuire.
Justice Raymond Groarke sentenced Walsh to four years in prison for what he described as “violent, gratuitous and terrifying” assaults.
The judge suspended the final 18 months of the sentence on strict conditions.
UHG chef named Aramark’s Healthcare Chef of the Year
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Chef at University Hospital Galway, Pat Mills, has been named Aramark’s Healthcare Chef of the Year 2023.
This year’s contest saw seven talented chefs competing against each other to be crowned Aramark Healthcare Chef of the Year 2023.
The competition required the chefs to prepare, cook and present two portions of a main course dish in sixty minutes.
This year, 75% of the dish needed to be entirely plant-based, with a focus on Irish seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The winning dish, created by Pat, was vegan scallops with courgette and basil purée, confit tomato, and stuffed courgette with roasted aubergine and olive crumb.
Additional night-time water supply restrictions across a number of Galway supplies
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Night-time water supply restrictions are being increased across a number of Galway supplies and will remain in place for the coming days
To help manage water levels in this dry spell, the restrictions will be in place nightly starting tonight, and will cover 11pm to 7am
The areas impacted include Tully, Letterfrack, Carna Kilkieran, Carraroe, Inis Oirr, Rosmuc, Ballinalsoe, Mid Galway and surrounding areas.
It can take two to three hours following low pressure for normal supply to be fully restored to all areas as water refills the network.
Meanwhile, residents and businesses in Letterfrack, Tully and surrounding areas and also the Mid Galway Public water Supply taking in Killimordaly, Kiltullagh and surrounding areas, are being advised that they will have no water from 10 tonight until 7 tomorrow morning
Uisce Eireann is asking communities across Galway to be mindful of their water usage as increased domestic and commercial demand is being exacerbated by the warm weather conditions.
Galway hospitals to hold info meeting in the city this week
Galway Bay Fm Newsroom – A free information meeting on stoma care is taking place in Galway city tomorrow evening
There will be information talks on diet and nutrition, health and wellbeing and improving quality of life for people living with a stoma.
People will also have the opportunity to speak to specialists from UHG and Portiuncula Hospital, along with storma patients who will share their experiences.
The free event entitled ‘A stoma in your life’ will take place in the Clayton Hotel Galway from 5 to 9pm tomorrow