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Galway man begins life behind bars for rape of two young girls in Athlone

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway born man is beginning life behind bars for raping two very young girls in Athlone last September.

The 30 year old lured the girls to his flat by asking them to come and play with his shy 6 year old daughter.

The girls finally managed to escape out a window.

The 30 year old was later arrested – he told gardai he was drunk and high on Valium.

Today after sentencing he apologised through his lawyers to the girls and their families for what he had done.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said in the normal course the accused man would be entitled to a substantial discount for his early plea but he added ‘unfortunately for the accused this case is too serious’.

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Jail term for Clifden man caught transporting €1.2m in criminal cash

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Clifden truck driver caught transporting over €1.2 million in criminal cash in his truck has been jailed for two years.

The Circuit Criminal Court heard that 45 year old Noel Purcell told Gardaí he had agreed to transport the money to Holland after he met a man on a boat and confided in him about his personal debt issues.

Noel Purcell, described by his defence team as “vulnerable” and “easily-led”, told Gardaí he had been offered €4,000 to take the money to Holland.

He was struggling with mortgage and credit card debt at the time, the court heard.

Noel Purcell of Tullyvoheen, Clifden pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cash that was the proceeds of a crime at the Naas Road, Dublin on July 12 last year.

Detective Garda Redmond O’Leary told the prosecution that following a surveillance operation, Gardaí pulled Noel Purcell over on the Naas Road on the day in question.

In the cab of the truck, Gardaí found two large bags containing several packages wrapped in duct tape, which turned out to be cash.

When counted by Gardaí, the cash amounted to almost €1.29m.

Detective Garda O’Leary agreed that Noel Purcell was vulnerable and easily led, and said Gardaí accepted his version of events.

Judge Melanie Greally imposed a seven year prison term but suspended five years of it on condition Noel Purcell be of good behaviour.

The court heard that the Probation Service assessed Noel Purcell as unlikely to re-offend.

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Most common energy rating for Galway homes is medium at C or D

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The most common energy rating for homes in Galway is now a medium of C or D.

That’s according to new figures from the CSO on the BER rating for domestic homes.

In Galway City, the most common performance ratings are now C3 and D1, followed by C2.

While in the county, C2 and C3 are the most common BER ratings, followed by D1.

Four percent of city homes have the lowest efficiency rating of G, while a further four percent have the highest rating of A.

Four percent of county homes also have an A rating – but the percentage of homes with a G rating stands at eight percent.

Nationally, Dublin County, Kildare and Meath have the highest proportion of homes with an A rating.

While around one in eight homes in Roscommon, Leitrim, Offaly and Tipperary have the lowest possible rating.

Meanwhile, the average age of a city home is 25 years, while the figure for the county is slightly higher at 29 years of age.

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Newly amalgamated city secondary school to be named Coláiste Muire Máthair

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The interim board of management of the city’s newest secondary school has announced its new name.

The amalgamated school, consisting of St Mary’s College Galway and Our Lady’s College – formerly the Presentation and Mercy Colleges – will be known as Coláiste Muire Máthair.

With its future enrollment estimated at 1,000 pupils, Coláiste Muire Máthair will be located at the current St Mary’s College campus.

The interim board of management says the new secondary school will be an inclusive Catholic co-educational voluntary school under the joint trusteeship of CEIST and the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

Meanwhile, Betty Hernon has been announced as the school’s new principal.

Siobhan Quinn, Chair of the Interim Board of Management says it’s a new chapter.

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