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Schoolboy mugging terror is revealed

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A 23-year-old woman, who along with a male accomplice, tried to mug a schoolboy as he walked though a shopping centre car park to meet his mother, has been given a suspended eight-month sentence with strict conditions attached.

Judge Mary Fahy told Kim Barrett, with an address at 20 Hazel Park, Newcastle, who now resides at Osterley Lodge, Salthill, that she was not one bit grateful for evading a jail term.

A 14-year-old boy was walking through the Headford Road Shopping Centre car park at 4.20p.m. on November 14, 2013, when he was grabbed and assaulted by Barrett and a male accomplice.

The muggers tried to drag him behind some cars when he refused to hand over his rucksack, but he managed to fight them off and call security staff.  The boy’s mother and another person witnessed the attack.

Barrett and her accomplice fled the scene but she was later identified on CCTV and arrested.

Barrett also stole a €750 bicycle from Kearney Cycles on December 16,2013 but staff followed and apprehended her close by.

She pleaded guilty to assault, larceny and theft of the bicycle .

Barrett, the court was told, had several previous convictions for thefts, public order offences and one for assault, and had been given the benefit of the Probation Act for all of them going back over the years to 2009, when she first started offending.

Judge Fahy recalled the matter was before the court in November and she acceded to a request then for an adjournment so that Barrett could be assessed for addictions issues.

The probation officer, the judge recalled, gave evidence on January 14 last, stating Barrett had breached conditions of her bail and she was given one final chance to comply.  However the probation report handed into court this week was not good, the judge said.

Defence solicitor, Louise Gallagher said Barrett had stayed in Osterley Lodge as part of her bail conditions and she was now giving clear urine samples.

Judge Fahy said Barrett had been deemed unsuitable by the probation service for any type of residential treatment programme because of a lack of motivation to change.

“You are lucky not to be going to prison today.  You attacked a 14-year-old child.  You were with someone else and you attacked a child.

“You frightened him and you tried to rob him,” Judge Fahy said to Barrett.

Looking at Barrett’s demeanour, the judge said she didn’t think the accused was one bit grateful to be getting this chance.

Barrett assured her she was.

Judge Fahy then sentenced her to four months in prison for the assault and imposed a consecutive four-month sentence for the larceny.

A concurrent, three-month sentence was imposed for the theft of the bike which was recovered.

The judge suspended the sentences for two years on condition Barrett be of good behaviour; reside at Osterley Lodge; let the State know of any change of address within 24 hours; attend her counsellor and her medical appointments; and adhere to any programme put in place for her rehabilitation.

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Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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