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Court hears evidence from man accused of manslaughter of Oughterard publican John Kenny

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A court has heard that the man accused of the manslaughter of an Oughterard publican told Gardaí the last time he saw the deceased he was locking the pub door behind him.
The body of 56 year old John Kenny was found in the ladies toilets of Kenny’s Bar, Main Street, Oughterard, on September 25th 2011.
24 year old Marian Lingurar Junior with an address at Blackpool in Cork is accused of his manslaughter, as well as a charge of trespass with intent to commit an offence.
Last week, then State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy outlined the violent injuries suffered by Mr. Kenny – noting that despite their severity, he would likely have survived ‘for a time’.
A statement was read out at Galway Circuit Court that Marian Lingurar Jr., who was then a juvenile, gave Gardaí on the 26th of September, 2011.
He said a man he had known a few months, Florin Fitzpatrick, had gotten him a job working out at Kenny’s Bar in Oughterard.
The court heard that Marian Lingurar Jr. claimed to have worked at Kenny’s Bar the week prior to John Kenny’s death – and that Mr. Kenny was happy with the arrangement and invited him back to work on Saturday, September 24th.
He says on that night, he began work at 8pm, and was initially cleaning glasses before he starting checking IDs – and that he turned some underage people away.
Marian Lingurar Jr. told Gardai both he and Florin Fitzpatrick, who worked behind the bar, cleaned the place up, and that by this point, John Kenny was ‘very drunk’ and ‘falling about the place’.
In his statement, he says he gave Mr. Kenny some water, and that himself and Florin Fitzpatrick left about 1am, at which point John Kenny locked the door behind them.
He claims they both checked that the door was indeed locked, and left with Marian Lingurar Snr., who drove all three back to Galway.
He said they dropped Florin Fitzpatrick off in Galway City and that he arrived home to Claregalway at around 1.40am.
The trial continues at Galway Circuit Court.

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Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.

The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.

The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.

The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.

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Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing

Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.

The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.

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Garda enquiries ongoing following incidents overnight in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Garda enquiries have begun following two incidents in Ballinasloe in the early hours of this morning.

Gardaí and fire services responded to reports of a fire at a house just after 2am.

Damage was caused to the property but none of the occupants required hospital treatment.

Half an hour later, Gardaí and fire services attended another fire at another property in the town.

Enquiries are ongoing into both fires and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ballinasloe Gardai at (090) 9631890 or any Garda Station.

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