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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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Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.

Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.

Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.

The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:

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Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.

Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997

She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.

Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.

Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.

Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.

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