Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 30 year old man with a Ballinasloe address has appeared in court charged with four counts of rape against two young girls in Athlone at the weekend.
The 6 and 9 year old first cousins were allegedly lured to a house, after attending a birthday party in the town on Saturday afternoon.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Longford District Court earlier.
He was remanded in custody to appear in court again on Friday.
There was a large Garda presence outside Longford District Court ahead of this morning’s court appearance.
Dressed in a black jacket and jumper and jeans, the 30 year old accused was flanked by three officers in court – one from the Armed Response Unit.
The court heard he was charged at Athlone Garda Station at a quarter to 8 last night with 4 counts of rape against the two victims – and he made no reply.
Judge Seamus Hughes accepted a request for a psychiatric evaluation and ordered that the accused be placed on suicide watch and be afforded all of the necessary protection in custody – because he said, we live in the real world.
Concerns were raised by both the prosecution and the defence about media coverage of the trial – and Judge Hughes said he had every confidence that the public would allow the legal process to take place.
The accused was remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on Friday morning.
Outside the court, a crowd of around 25 people jeered as he was driven away.
Request for more time to build sports facility at Inishbofin appealed to planning board
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The county council’s refusal of an application for more time to develop a sports facility at Inishbofin has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
The plan led by Inishbofin Development Company C-L-G to request extra time for the project was refused by the council in April.
The development at Middlequarter involves a single storey sports facility to include dressing rooms, referee room, showers and toilets.
An Bord Pleanála is due to issue a decision in September.
Gaelscoil Dara Renmore wins national science competition
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Gaelscoil Dara in Renmore has been declared the winner of START, a national science competition
It challenges primary school children aged 8 to 12 to simulate their own trial and report on their findings.
The ‘Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials’ final took place yesterday at NUI Galway
Gaelscoil Dara’s winning entry asked the question ‘do children learn better from a teacher or from each other?’
Athenry’s Agricultural Show returns for first time since 2019
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Athenry Agricultural Show is returning tomorrow for the first time since 2019.
As with previous years, there will be a wide range of classes in categories such as showjumping, equine, sheep and dog showing, and baking.
Many categories will hold championships, and a range of qualifiers for other shows throughout the country will also be available.
A full schedule of classes is available on the Athenry agri show website.
Assistant show secretary and PRO, Mary O’Keeffe says everyone is excited to see the return of the event.