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Custody remand for city man who threatened dog owner and pub owner with a gun

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway city man who suffers from depression pulled out a firearm and threatened to shoot a dog owner after their dogs became entangled in Dublin last year

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court also heard in a separate incident three days later 52 year old Henry Bryan of Sea Road threatened to shoot the manager of a pub in Dublin and burn his house down

Henry Bryan was out walking his dog “Snowy” when a dog named “Storm” ran out of a nearby house

Garda Michael Ryan told the court Snowy pounced on Storm and Bryan became aggressive and began cursing at Storm’s owner.

He said her dog should be on a leash and said: “I’ll burn your house down. I’ll kneecap you.”

When her partner came out of their house to see what was wrong Bryan pulled out an imitation gun and pointed it at the man. He repeatedly told him: “I’ll blow your head off”.

Three days later Bryan also threatened to shoot a bar manager and burn down his house because he was annoyed that he was barred from the premises.

Bryan of Sea Road, Galway City pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage and making a threat to kill at the Horse and Hound pub, Harmonstown Road, Dublin on October 16, 2012.

Luigi Rea, BL, defending handed in a psychiatric report which diagnosed father of five Henry Bryan as having a major depressive disorder.

He said his client’s ten year relationship with a woman had just ended at the time of these offences and he was under strain.

Bryan moved to Galway ten years ago and had returned to his native Harmonstown around the time of these incidents.

He has since returned to live in Galway where he’s involved in the production of small films and plays.

Judge Nolan noted that references handed into court showed that there are people who “think the world of” Bryan.

He adjourned sentencing for two weeks, remanded Bryan in custody and told him to reflect on his behaviour.

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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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