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Man jailed for causing brain injury to Tuam man

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison with the final two and a half years suspended for an assault which left a young Tuam man with catastrophic brain injuries.

Shane Byrne, a native of Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last May to causing serious harm to Shane Grogan in Tuam, on August 5th, 2012.

Detective Sergeant Michael O’Driscoll told the sentencing hearing today that the assault happened in the early hours of the morning and Shane Byrne had struck the victim into the side of the head with a brick during an altercation.

Shane Grogan has been left with severe brain injuries and needs 24-hour nursing care.

His father, Joseph, read a victim impact statement to the court in which he said he and his family could never forgive the accused for what he described as a senseless act of violence.

The court was told Byrne had come to Tuam to find his estranged father a few weeks before the assault and would be haunted by what he did for the rest of his life.

Imposing sentence, Judge Rory McCabe said he accepted Byrne had not set out that night to intentionally harm anyone and it had been a senseless attack.

Afterwards, Mr Grogan said the family was happy the case was over and they just wanted to draw a line under it and get on with caring for their son.

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‘Elf Town’ to return to Galway Racecourse with 200 seasonal jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Elf Town has confirmed it’s returning to Galway this Christmas – and says it’ll create over 200 seasonal jobs.

The festive experience, which takes place at Galway Racecourse, is currently recruiting actors and event staff.

It’s billed as a magical 2 hour journey across 4 floors in 3 different buildings, including a visit with Santa.

Tickets for the event are available to book now, with shows taking place from November 23rd.

Aidan Phelan is a producer at Elf Town and outlines the jobs on offer.

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New RNLI Visitor Experience opens tomorrow on Inis Mór

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Locals and tourists will be able to enjoy the new RNLI Visitor Experience on Inis Mór from Saturday 1st October.

The attraction is located in the boathall of the Aran Islands lifeboat station at Kilronan Pier, which also hosts a new shop to raise funds for the charity.

The experience will explore 175 years of the RNLI’s history, include images, milestones, awards and rescue stories.

Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Michael Hernon, says the funds raised are vital:

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Demand for action on anti-social behavior at Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A demand has been made for action on anti-social behavior at the gates of Merlin Park Hospital.

Raising the matter at a meeting of the Health Forum West this week, Councillor Declan McDonnell said the old morgue is being used as a congegrating ground.

He said the issue is going on years – but there’s been little done – including an alleged lack of response from Gardaí.

The HSE executive accepted it has been an issue and said measures had been taken – but it will now look into further action.

Councillor McDonnell says its past time that something was done.

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