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Jail for threatening ex-wife at Galway shopping centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A polish national has been given a 3-year jail sentence for threatening his ex-wife at knifepoint at Galway Shopping Centre.

52 year-old Andrzej Mackowski, a mechanic and Polish national who has been living in Ireland for the past six years, with addresses in the city and more recently at Rathmoylan, Co. Meath, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

Mackowski pleaded guilty to threatening to kill his ex-wife, who’s the mother of his child, and to producing a knife during the course of a dispute with the woman at Galway Shopping Centre on August 8th, 2011.

Garda Anthony Kilcoyne told the court the woman had to jump into a passing car near the shopping centre to escape.

Mackowski, who had been returning the couple’s young daughter to her mother at the time, had threatened the woman that if she did not get into his jeep and come away with him and their daughter he would kill her.

He denied to Gardaí that he had a knife with him and he denied making any threats to kill his ex-wife. Garda Kilcoyne said Mackowski had three convictions in Poland for rape.

The court heard Mackowski had psychiatric difficulties.

Sergeant Ronan Mahon, read a victim impact statement to the court.

In her statement the woman outlined the physical and psychological cruelty she had been subjected to by her former husband who was 24 years older than her and she left him in 2011, taking their daughter with her.  

Judge Rory McCabe sentenced him to three years in prison on each charge to run concurrently, recommending he receive further psychiatric assessment while in prison.

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The retirement is announced of the Church Of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke has announced his retirement.

The announcement was made this morning and will take effect from the 31st of October.

Born on 12 April 1955, Bishop Patrick was educated at Sandford Park School and Salisbury and Wells Theological College; and ordained in 1979.

He began his ecclesiastical career with curacies in Newtownabbey and Ballywillan, and then held incumbencies at Craigs and Ballymore. He was Dean of Armagh from 2006 until 2011 and succeeded Bishop Richard Crosbie Aitken Henderson as Bishop of the Tuam, Killala and Achonry in that year.

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has paid tribute to Bishop Patrick calling him a “true pastor to his people” and praised his warm and welcoming personality, and his great ability to be at ease in company and to put others at ease in his presence.

Archbishop Neary also paid tribute to the support from the Bishop in making St Mary’s Cathedral available while the Cathedral of the Assumption is nearing the end of a major refurbishment.

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Latest figures show a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in Ireland as 288 are reported

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health have announced that there are 288 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

However, this is shows a significant drop compared to yesterday evening when 393 cases were reported.

That is a reduction of 105 cases in twenty four hours.

There is a slight increase in the numbers receiving treatment in hospital with 49 patients with the virus. An increase of 1 on yesterday while the number of people being treated in ICU is also up 1 to 15.

There are no figures available for Galway.

These daily case numbers may change in the future after the data is reviewed and validated.

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LISTEN: Galway men and women are encouraged to get a donor card on this Father’s Day

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Men and women all over the county are being encouraged to get a donor card this father’s day as a family from Mountbellew are sharing their story to increase awareness around the gift of organ donation.

Just under two years ago, Patrick Browne, who works as a nurse in the neurology department at University Hospital Galway, donated part of his liver to save his now six-year-old daughter Sadhbh’s life.

The Irish Kidney Association advises that whilst many things have been put on pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for organ donation and transplantation continues.

Speaking to John Mulligan, Patrick Browne said that holding a donor card is a phenomenal gift that can keep someone alive.

The Irish Kidney Association encourages individuals who wish to support organ donation to keep the reminders of their decision available by carrying the organ donor card, permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and having the ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone.

Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01-6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.

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