Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Lithuanian man has appeared before the courts over a significant drugs seizure in Gort last week.
Andreas Varzinskas was arrested after Gardai raided a house in Tarmon on the afternoon of Thursday, June 29th.
During the course of the raid, Gardai discovered 100 thousand euro worth of cannabis plants in what was described as a sophisticated growhouse.
123 mature plants were discovered during the operation carried out by the Divisional Drug Unit and Gardai from Loughrea – with each valued at between 800 and 900 euro.
Lithuanian national Andreas Varzinskas, who is 33 years old and has an address in Dublin, was arrested at the scene.
He appeared before Harristown District Court last evening where he was remanded in custody to appear again on Friday the 21st of July.
Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Francis Duffy has received his Pallium from Primate of All-Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin.
The Pallium is a woollen liturgical vestment worn only worn by Archbishops, Cardinals and Popes and was given to Archbishop Duffy as part of a Investiture Mass that took place in Tuam Cathedral on Sunday afternoon.
Present at the mass were the bishops of the Connacht province, the priests and religious of Tuam Archdiocese and representatives from the 56 parishes of the Archdiocese.
This is the moment the Pallium was conferred on Archbishop Duffy by Archbishop Martin.
Damian Browne’s New York to Galway Row nears completion
Former Rugby player to arrive in Galway on Tuesday at 10.30am
Damian Browne is expected to complete his extraordinary New York to Galway row in the coming days with the Galway man less than 100 nautical miles from his final destination after over 100 days at sea.
Having left the Big Apple on the 14th of June, Browne is estimated to arrive in Galway Docks on Tuesday at 10:30. The arrival is slightly later than originally expected due to the adventurer having to deploy his para anchor for a number of days due to adverse weather conditions.
Browne left the States accompanied by his lifelong friend Fergus Farrell, unfortunately Farrell had to leave the project after a couple of weeks having experienced tightness in his chest. Farrell’s efforts at the initial stage of the journey played a huge part in safely navigating the most difficult section of the crossing.
The journey, which has been entitled Project Empower, is part of a fundraising effort for four charitable organisations: National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Ability West, Madra and The Galway Simon Community.
Those wishing to support the event and their charity partners can do so by visiting: http://www.idonate.ie/projectempower2022
Upon completion the former Connacht and Leinster forward Damian will become one of only a few individuals to have rowed the Atlantic both ways having crossed from San Sebastian to Antigua in 2018.
Speaking from his boat, Damian Browne said: “”When I started out on this project some 3.5 years ago, the final destination was clear from the start; Galway. Home. The great hope with this was to give the next generation of kids in the West & throughout the country a real image and touchable action to emulate and hopefully inspire them to dream big and work hard in whatever avenue of life they decide to explore.”
He continued: “After 112 days of stresses, strains and doubts only an endeavour like attempting to row 3000 miles across the unforgiving North Atlantic can elicit, I’m incredibly excited to close out this beautiful project in my hometown, surrounded by my family, friends and supporters; making my dream a reality.”
Meanwhile Project Empower continues and the journey can be followed at www.projectempower.ie at the Project Empower social media and in Damian Browne’s podcast – Deep Roots.
Iranian women’s rights activists based in Galway have called a demonstration this afternoon at 3pm in Eyre Square in solidarity and support of the Women.Life.Freedom Movement which has emerged in Iran following the death of Masha Amini.
The demonstration which is being supported by the University of Sanctuary Initiative in the University of Galway and Galway Feminist Collective will hear from Galway based Iraninan Human Rights Scholar Dr Nilourfar Omidi, a graduate of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and renowned Iranian Human Rights Activist Mansoureh Behkish.
Galway poet Sarah Clancy will also read at the demonstration.
The organisers are calling on the Irish government to stand with people in Iran and collaborate with the international community to take action to hold those responsible for these violations accountable.
One significant action which could realise this is for Ireland to issue a call to the UN to revise its decision in the election of Iran to membership of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which is supposed to promote and secure women’s rights.
The group organising this demonstration welcome all members of the public who want to stand in solidarity with the women of Iran to join them on Sunday at 3pm in Eyre Square Galway.