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FORMER LOUGHREA HOTELIER TO BE SENTENCED FOR RAPE NEXT MONTH

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A former Galway hotel owner will be sentenced at the Central Criminal Court on June 10th for the rape of an employee following a staff party.

47 year old Brian Shaughnessy raped the young woman in the Presidential Suite of the Loughrea Hotel and Spa after asking her earlier in the night if he could confide in her and buying her drinks.

He was the owner of the hotel at the time which has since been taken over by NAMA.

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Increase in Covid-19 cases in Galway linked to outbreaks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been an increase in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Galway that are linked to outbreaks of the virus, with several in schools across Galway

Figures from the CSO also show the average age of confirmed cases in Galway is still by far the youngest nationwide.

In the week ending Friday November 27th, Galway had 50 confirmed cases of Covid-19 linked to outbreaks of the virus.

That’s a considerable increase on the figure of 38 recorded the week previous.

It’s also the third highest in the country, behind Dublin at 115 and Donegal at 71.

But it’s still just a fraction of the high-point of 287 outbreak linked cases recorded in Galway in mid October.

Overall, despite the high number of confirmed cases linked to outbreaks, Galway’s incidence rate remains well below the national average.

Meanwhile, CSO figures show the average age of cases in Galway remains at 26 years old – still the lowest in the country by the best part of a decade.

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Ballinasloe couple wins Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The 2020 Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year award has been given to a Ballinasloe couple.

Arthur and Deborah Carr are responsible for the mental health support line Galway East Life Support as well as the city’s Claddagh Watch Patrol, which runs volunteer patrols aiming to prevent deaths by accident and suicide on its waterways.

Together they have recruited and trained over 80 volunteers for the Claddagh Watch Patrol, and every week they are on the bridges of Galway.

Volunteer Ireland chief executive Nina Arwitz says Arthur and Deborah have a clear passion for helping others and dedicate so much of their free time to supporting those in crisis.

Other Galway winners include Helena Clarke for her contribution to the Glenamaddy Boyounagh Heritage Centre gathering data and preserving records; Joe Murphy from Galway city who dedicates his time to visiting schools and events on behalf of Trócaire; and Frank Glynn who has dedicated over 60 years of his life to helping the Milltown Community.

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Loughrea now has highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Loughrea now has the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in Galway.

The figure for the electoral area is almost 5 times higher than it was this day last week and is well above the national average.

Galway currently has a 14 day incidence rate of 45 – well below the national average of 87.

However, while some areas of the county have negligible case numbers, others are closer to or even beyond the national average.

The highest is currently in Loughrea, which has a figure of 99 cases per 100 thousand people.

That’s a fivefold increase since this day last week.

Elsewhere, and the figure continues to improve in many areas – Connemara North and South now have less than 5 cases per 100 thousand population.

Galway City East, West and Central have all seen significant improvements over the past week.

Galway City West in particular – once the worst-hit urban area in the country, it’s now just below the national average at 86.

The incidence rate for Oranmore-Athenry has doubled compared to this day last week, but is still well below the average at 54.

Ballinasloe went from having less than 5 cases per 100 thousand people to 39 during the same period.

Meanwhile, Tuam experienced a slight rise in its 14 day incidence rate, to 36 – and the figure for Gort/Kinvara remained generally static at 55.

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