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Connemara man jailed for threatening to kill his brother

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Garda has predicted that a bitter feud between two Connemara brothers will end in murder.

43 year-old Joe Joyce, from Tiernee, Lettermore, was sentenced to five years in prison at Galway Circuit Criminal Court for threatening to kill or cause serious harm to his older brother, Padraig Joyce, on December 10th, 2012.

Joe Joyce also pleaded guilty to trespassing at Padraig Joyce’s home in Tiernee with a knife and a hay fork and to trespassing in such a manner as was likely to cause fear in his brother.

The court heard a bitter feud started between the brothers when their father died over 20 years ago without making a will and there had been disputes ever since over land and a house.

Garda Hogan said the accused had 38 previous convictions, including two for threatening to kill, three for assault and one for carrying a flick knife.

“I genuinely believe there will be loss of life in this feud between the brothers.  There will be an imminent threat to Padraig’s life with Joe’s release,” Garda Hogan said.

Joe Joyce told the court his brother had assaulted and threatened him over the years.

In reply to prosecuting counsel, Conor Fahy, the accused said he was prepared to apologise to his brother provided he stay away from him in the future.

Judge McCabe imposed the five-year sentence on Joe Joyce for threatening to kill his brother and imposed a concurrent two and a half year sentence for trespassing on his brother’s property with a knife.

The sentences were backdated to when the accused was first taken into custody 15 months ago.

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Galway public share concerns on knife crime

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The public have been sharing their concerns about knife crime in Galway City.

It’s as figures show there were almost 400 incidents recorded by Gardaí in Galway since 2016.

Nationally, there’s been an increase of around 60 percent in knife crime during that time.

David Nevin spokes to members of the public to ask if they were concerned about the figures.

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Plans lodged for significant windfarm near Maam Cross

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a significant new windfarm near Maam Cross.

The Tullaghmore Wind Farm project would be based on lands 6km east of Maam Cross and 9km west of Oughterard.

Led by EMPower, the project would be six turbine, with an overall height of 185 metres.

It’s estimated the windfarm would generate enough electricity to power almost 22 thousand Irish homes.

County planners are due to make a decision in March.

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HPV Vaccine Pop Up Clinics to open in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – HPV Vaccine Pop Up Clinics will be available at ATU Galway and University of Galway next week, and again next month

The clinics are a part of the Laura Brennan HPV Vaccine Catch-Up Programme, announced by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly

The programme is being offered to secondary school pupils along with women aged between 16 and 24, and men aged 16 and over who started secondary education between 2019 and 2021.

The clinics will run at the ATU campus next Tuesday, February 14th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and University of Galway on March 21st from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Dr Colette Madden explains why people should get this vaccine:

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