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Connemara man found guilty of sex abuse of schoolboy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 58-year-old Connemara man has been found guilty by a jury of the sexual abuse of a schoolboy over a four-year period during the 1970’s.

James Kelly, a native of Connemara, who has lived in Galway city since 1981, and now resides at 22 Beal Srutha, Ballybane, denied sixteen charges of indecently assaulting the boy between January 1976 and December, 1979.

The three-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court was told the accused told the then victim that what he and the victim was doing was wrong and if he told anyone he would be taken away from his family.

Prosecuting barrister, Conor Fahy told the jury of six men and six women that the accused was 21 when he started to abuse the boy who was aged 6 or 7 at the time.

The victim, who is now 44, said the abuse started with touching and escalated as time progressed.

He said it took place every day at various locations, including a church, a school and a business premises.

The victim said he told his parents about the abuse in 2003 and finally made a complaint to Gardai in 2007 when he became concerned for his own children’s safety.

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on all sixteen charges.

Prosecuting State barrister, Conor Fahy, objected to an application by defence counsel, Bernard Madden to grant Kelly bail pending sentence.

Judge Rory McCabe said that in the interests of justice, Kelly had to be remanded in custody.

Judge McCabe remanded Kelly in custody to appear before the court again on February 18th next for sentence.

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Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.

The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.

It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.

But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.

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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt

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The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply

The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.

It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge wins Irish language category at National Lottery Good Causes Awards

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge is celebrating its receipt of the Irish language accolade at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The award recognises the efforts of the organisation to promote an Ghaeilge in Galway City as an economic resource.

The non-profit organisation will receive a €10,000 prize as category winners.

The judges said a great deal of the work carried out by Gaillimh le Gaeilge is to bring the love of the Irish language back to families, businesses and the city of Galway.

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