Clare man sentenced for rape of woman he met in Gort
Galway bay fm newsroom – A man who raped a woman, he met in Gort, has been sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison with the final 3 and a half years suspended.
47 year-old Thomas Egan from Kilmihill, Co. Clare was convicted last May of raping the 23 year old woman at a house in Tipperary in July 2010.
According to today’s Irish Times, the court heard that father-of-four, Egan approached the woman from Brazil on a street in Gort and asked her to clean his house.
He drove her to a house in Tipperary and outlined cleaning tasks for her.
Upstairs in the house he proceeded to rape her, though he claimed to Gardaí at the time that it was consensual.
The following day the woman made a complaint and returned to Brazil a short time later.
He offered 10 thousand euro in court to be forwarded to his victim.
Justice Barry White said he did not believe that the rape “had a profound psychological effect’ on the woman, based on the victim impact statement.
He said that the victim seems to be more interested in compensation.
However, he said Egan could not buy himself out of custodial sentence.
Justice White sentenced Egan to 7 and a half years in prison with the final 3 and a half years suspended.
Exhibition of boats and ships in Connemara continues over the weekend in Carna
An exhibition of replica boats and ships in Connemara this weekend brings centuries of seafaring and emigration into perspective.
The exhibition, which was opened last evening by Cóilín Hernon, continues today in the Emigrants Centre in Carna.
The craft in this weekend’s exhibition relates to work, war, and emigration on the Atlantic going back as far as the Spanish Armada.
One of the Armada boats that were scattered far and wide in fearsome storms in 1588 floundered on the coast of Carna and the spot has ever since been known as Duarlaing na Spáinneach – the Spaniard’s Beach.
A replica of that ship constructed by Jim Horgan is part of the collection.
The Brig St John brings later times to mind. She sailed from Galway in 1849 and that voyage ended tragically within a few miles of the shores of America in October of that year.
She was wrecked in a storm on the coast of Massachusetts and over 100 people died.
There is also a replica of a Nobby on show, described by Cóilín Ó hIarnáin as a craft that had many uses further out to sea in the west – and various sailboats and ships complete the exhibition.
Special Mass of Remembrance for children to be held in Barna Tomorrow afternoon
A special Mass of Remembrance for children is to be held in Barna tomorrow
The Children’s Remembrance Day Committee at UHG is inviting parents and their families who have experienced the death of a child before birth, shortly after birth or at a later stage to remember their loved ones
The Remembrance mass will take place at 2.30pm tomorrow in the Church of Mary Immaculate Queen, Barna
The theme for this year’s mass is ‘Remembered with love’ and the guest speaker is John Kelly, a bereaved father
During the Mass, Books of Remembrance with the names of those who have died will be presented to the Altar.
Committee Chairperson Maura Mannion, says that anybody who would like their loved one to be included in this special Mass needs to contact them in advance
Book on Galway’s “Terrible Twins” to be launched in Tuam today.
A new book celebrating a golden age in Galway GAA history is being launched in Tuam this afternoon.
Written by Jim Carney, the book tells the story of Seán Purcell and Frank Stockwell, two Gaelic football legends who were born within ten days of each other in December 1928.
Known to all in football as the “Terrible Twins”, Sean and Frank were the heroes of Galway’s thrilling victory over Cork in the 1956 All-Ireland SFC final and won ten County Senior Championship titles with Tuam Stars between 1947 and 1962, including seven in a row from 1954 to 1960.
Proceeds from the book, go to Tuam Cancer Care and the launch will take place in the Ard Ri House Hotel in Tuam this afternoon at 2pm.