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Gardai continue to question man with Ballinasloe address over alleged attack on girls in Athlone

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are this tea-time continuing to question a man in his 30’s with a Ballinasloe address following the alleged sexual assault of two young girls in Athlone.

The 6 and 9 year olds were allegedly lured to a house, after attending a birthday party on Saturday afternoon.

Gardai detained three men overnight at Athlone Garda station, two of whom are from Ballinasloe, over the alleged incident.

Two men have since been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP while the third man, one of the two with a Ballinasloe address is still being questioned.

Specialist Gardai have been brought in to speak to the two girls while they are being treated in hospital in Galway.

A crowd of people lined the streets of Athlone earlier today – reaching a peak of 200 – in support of the families of the girls involved.

Over 100 remain outside Athlone Garda station this evening.

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Hunt on for Galway winner of €250 thousand prize bond jackpot

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The hunt is on for the Galway winner of a prize bonds jackpot worth €250 thousand.

It was won in the monthly Ireland State Savings Prize Bonds draw at the end of September.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Anna McHugh of An Post had this advice.

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HSE urged to make agricultural land at Toghermore available for local use

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The HSE is being urged to make agricultural lands at the Toghermore campus on the outskirts of Tuam available for local use.

Local councillor Donagh Killilea told a meeting of the Health Forum West that it’s a “fine bank of land” lying idle.

Toghermore House currently houses mental health services, which will move to the Old Grove Hospital once ongoing redevelopment of that site is completed.

Councillor Killilea says there’s a significant parcel of agricultural land at Toghermore that local farmers could make good use of.

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Over 80% of people in West claim they increased time spent outdoors since COVID-19 hit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 81% of people in West claim they have increased the time they spend in natural spaces since COVID-19 hit.

The CSO data found that, nationwide, 78% of people say they spend more time outdoors now than in March 2020.

More than half of people surveyed in the West said they discovered a new natural space in that time.

While just 14% said they looked at getting access to a private or shared outdoor space.

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