Full steam ahead for Plate Day in Ballybrit despite rainfall warning
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Despite the rainfall warning for the West issued by Met Eireann the races are going ahead as planned this afternoon
The racecourse in Ballybrit has been inundated with calls but has confirmed to Galway Bay fm that the 8 race card, first to post at 3pm is going ahead
It’s hoped the heavy rain will not cause too many problems in Ballybrit but punters are urged to dress for wet conditions
The feature race the Tote dot com Galway Plate is scheduled for 5.30pm and we have full coverage of all races here on Galway Bay fm
Meanwhile, crowds and betting were well up last evening at Ballybrit
The crowd of just over 18200 was up by 4100 on Tuesday last year while both the tote and bookies turnover was up by a combined 334 thousand euro
Judge to begin her address to the jury tomorrow in Portumna murder trial
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The barrister for a Portumna farmer on trial for his aunt’s murder has urged the jury not to approach the case as if his client is a “monstrous person.”
Michael Scott, of Gortanumera, denies the murder charge, claiming he accidentally ran over her in a JCB teleporter on the 27th of April 2018.
The Prosecution and Defence teams have been making closing speeches in the Portumna murder trial
In his closing address, Michael Scott’s barrister, Paul Greene SC, told the jurors they might think his client is an “unlikeable person,” but he said it was their duty to approach the evidence coldly and without fear or favour.
To convict, he said they must be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr Scott intended to kill or cause serious harm to his aunt, Chrissie Treacy, when he reversed over her in the yard outside her farmhouse.
“What’s really important is what he was thinking at that moment in time,” he said before suggesting the defence’s case that it was an accident was more persuasive.
Earlier, the prosecuting barrister, Dean Kelly SC, suggested what he did was a “deliberate act of murder” driven by a sense of entitlement and revenge over land they shared at Derryhiney in Portumna.
He also suggested the accused told lies about the state of his relationship with his aunt.
The judge will begin her address to the jurors tomorrow.
Planning application to be lodged in May for Community Nursing Unit in Clifden
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A planning application is due to be lodged in May for a New Community Nursing Unit for Clifden.
Local Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion has welcomed the confirmation for the proposed new 40 bed unit.
The project will be based on the grounds of St. Anne’s CNU and will involve the amalgamation of services provided at Clifden District Hospital and St.Anne’s Community Nursing Home.
Funding of €9.6 million for the new unit was announced in 2016.
Mental Health event taking place tomorrow in Tuam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Members of the public are invited to attend a mental health event taking place in Tuam tomorrow (22/03)
The free event is especially geared toward helping tackle mental health stigma and discrimination among women
National programme, See Change, has partnered with West Be Well, to host the ‘Let’s Talk Mental Health Judgement’ event.
It’s taking place from 11AM-1PM tomorrow at The Ard Rí Hotel in Tuam, with registration available on eventbrite.ie