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Fundraisers in Australia where Connemara man died following assault

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A fundraising appeal has been launched in Australia for the family of a Connemara man who lost his fight for life in Perth over the weekend following an alleged assault shortly before Christmas.

23 year old Thomas Keaney from Murvey in Roundstone, was struck on the side of the head in a ‘one-punch’ attack, after an altercation broke out outside a fast food restaurant in the Northbridge area of Perth on December 17th.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he passed away over the weekend.

His parents, Thomas and Anne Keaney, are in Perth- having travelled to Australia on St Stephen’s Day to be with their son.

A 22 year old man has been remanded in custody until the 13th of January over the incident, following a hearing yesterday at Perth Magistrates Court.

It’s expected the initial charge of grevious bodily harm will be upgraded in the coming days.

During his time in Australia, Thomas Keaney visited North Queensland, Brisbane and Sydney before moving to Perth where he worked in ‘The Cure,’ an Irish Bar in Northbridge.

Back home, friends and neighbours organised a fundraiser for the Keaney family, which took place in Kehoe’s Bar in Ballyconneely last evening.

Reporter with Seven News in Australia, Jonathan Morrell, says a Perth-based Irish support organisation is offering support to Thomas’ family:

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Galway Port increases capacity with the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Port is increasing its capacity to make way for the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines.

Arderroo Wind Farm in Connemara is expecting 22 more turbines in total, with one shipment having arrived just this morning. (06/07)

It’s the sixteenth wind turbine project the port has worked on, which is increasing its profile as an energy hub.

CEO, Conor O’Dowd, says it’s a very important project for them:

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Local TD demands support for farmers with cost of shearing sheep

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Sean Canney says the Government must put a scheme in place to support farmers in the shearing of sheep.

It follows the recent publication of a long-awaited Wool Feasibility Study, which recommends a range of measures to develop and market Irish wool.

Deputy Canney says while it’s all hugely positive news, farmers do need some help in the meantime – such as a €5 shearing grant per sheep.

Speaking to Galway Talks, he says there is huge potential for wool in our economy.

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City language school calls for state funding to support free English lessons for Ukrainians

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city language school is calling on the Government to provide funding to meet the enormous demand for English lessons from Ukrainian refugees.

Galway Language School, based at Bridge Mills, is providing free classes during the summer months.

But it says it cannot meet the huge demand for the lessons, which it argues will help refugees to integrate and take up jobs in many sectors.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Director Patrick Creed says the state urgently needs to provide support.

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