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Inquest hears that convicted murderer died in city apartment

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An inquest in Galway has heard that a man found dead in an apartment in the city last year, was identified as a convicted murderer.

Gardaí discovered the body of Michael Paul McGrath, a Kilkenny native, at the apartment at Doughiska road on May 20th last year.

Garda Mark Lawless told the inquest that he went to the apartment after an alert was raised due to a large number of flies inside a window of the apartment.

He discovered the body of 42 year-old Michael Paul McGrath, originally from Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

A doctor, called to the scene determined that the man’s body had been there for up to 7 weeks.

Michael Paul McGrath was convicted of murder in the U.K in 1986 and served 20 years in prision.

When he was released in 2006, he lived under the assumed name of Paul Shannon.

He family disowned him and would not identify his body.

A man, who got to know him while fishing at Nimmos Pier, gave evidence to the inquest that he felt the dead man was a paranoid schizophrenic.

According to today’s Irish Independent, the inquest heard there was no evidence of trauma and that the man appeared to have died by natural causes.

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Galway hospitals record lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway hospitals have recorded the lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks.

According to HSE figures, there are just two patients being treated for the virus at UHG today, while Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is reporting no confirmed cases.

These represent the lowest daily figures for the county since November 10th, when there was also just two confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, five patients are being treated for suspected cases of the virus in Galway hospitals this afternoon – with four at UHG and one at Portiuncula.

Nationwide, 257 Coronavirus patients are being treated in acute hospitals, while a further 104 hospital patients are waiting on Covid-19 test results.

30 of these patients are attending ICU, including 17 who are being treated on ventilators.

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Man dies following Abbeyknockmoy crash

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has died following a road traffic collision in Abbeyknockmoy this morning.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle involved, a man in his late 40s, sustained serious injuries during the collision at around 6.30 near O’ Donohoe’s.

He was taken to University Hospital Galway where he has since passed away.

A post mortem examination will be conducted at a later date.

Forensic Collision Investigators are currently examining the scene and the road remains closed with local diversions in place.

Gardaí are appealing for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were traveling in the Abbeyknockmoy area at approximately 6:30am to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093 70840, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Galway one of four counties with COVID-19 incidence rate under 50

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is one of four counties with a COVID-19 incidence rate lower than 50.

Galway has a 14-day rate of 44.6 with 115 cases of the virus notified in the period.

Kerry has a rate of 46.7, Westmeath has a rate of 45.1, Wexford has recorded a rate of 26 while Leitrim has the lowest at 21.8.

Donegal remains the county with the highest rate of the infection at 219.9.

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