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Connemara man injured in Christmas assault dies in Australia

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Connemara man who was injured in an assault in Perth, Australia shortly before Christmas has lost his fight for life.

23-year-old Thomas Keaney from Murvey in Roundstone, was struck on the side of the head in a ‘one-punch’ attack, after an altercation broke out outside a fast food restaurant in the Northbridge area of Perth on December 17th.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he passed away last night.

His parents, Thomas and Anne Keaney, are in Perth- having travelled to Australia on St Stephen’s Day to be with their son.

A 22-year-old man has been remanded in custody until the 13th of January over the incident, following a hearing yesterday at Perth Magistrates Court.

During his time in Australia, Thomas Keaney visited North Queensland, Brisbane and Sydney before moving to Perth where he worked in ‘The Cure’ Irish Bar in Northbridge.

Back home, friends and neighbours have organised a fundraiser for the Keaney family, which takes place in Kehoe’s Bar in Ballyconneely tonight.

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Request for more time to build sports facility at Inishbofin appealed to planning board

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The county council’s refusal of an application for more time to develop a sports facility at Inishbofin has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The plan led by Inishbofin Development Company C-L-G to request extra time for the project was refused by the council in April.

The development at Middlequarter involves a single storey sports facility to include dressing rooms, referee room, showers and toilets.

An Bord Pleanála is due to issue a decision in September.

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Gaelscoil Dara Renmore wins national science competition

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Gaelscoil Dara in Renmore has been declared the winner of START, a national science competition

It challenges primary school children aged 8 to 12 to simulate their own trial and report on their findings.

The ‘Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials’ final took place yesterday at NUI Galway

Gaelscoil Dara’s winning entry asked the question ‘do children learn better from a teacher or from each other?’

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Athenry’s Agricultural Show returns for first time since 2019

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Athenry Agricultural Show is returning tomorrow for the first time since 2019.

As with previous years, there will be a wide range of classes in categories such as showjumping, equine, sheep and dog showing, and baking.

Many categories will hold championships, and a range of qualifiers for other shows throughout the country will also be available.

A full schedule of classes is available on the Athenry agri show website.

Assistant show secretary and PRO, Mary O’Keeffe says everyone is excited to see the return of the event.

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