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Teenager gets prison sentence for city house burglaries

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An 18-year-old city has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for a spate of burglaries and related car thefts from homes around the city.

Gary Cronin, of 14 Droim Chaoin, Bishop O’Donnell Road, was due for release yesterday after serving another sentence imposed last March for previous  burglaries.

However, he went straight back to prison after he pleaded guilty to five more burglaries and the thefts of cars from some of the homes between last October and January this year.

Gary Cronin, a father of one, who has 53 previous convictions, 26 of which are for burglaries, pleaded guilty to breaking into homes in Dangan, Renmore Park, Tuam Road, Murrough and Sceilig Ard.  

Four of the homes were occupied at the time of the break-ins.

Cronin took car keys and stole cars from people’s driveways.

All of the cars were subsequently recovered, but other items such as expensive laptops and mobile phones aswell as money were never recovered.

Defence solicitor, Sarah O’Dowd said Cronin had started taking valium, alcohol and cannabis from the age of 11 and had had a difficult childhood.

Judge Mary Fahy said she knew Cronin well and had given him chances in the past.

She sentenced him to a total of 20 months in prison and disqualified him for six years for driving the stolen cars without insurance.

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Connacht Senior Football Final: Galway V Mayo, Croke Park 1.30pm

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There are no changes on either team ahead of today’s game with both sides lining out as selected.

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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.

The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.

Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.

According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.

Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.

CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.

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€1.2m for NUIG to lead EU project on third level innovation

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A team at NUI Galway has been awarded €1.2m in funding to lead a European project on building innovation in higher education.

Idea to Impact – or i2i – aims to train students and staff enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of Universities and colleges.

The project will train more than 800 students and 300 staff across a range of European educational institutes over a two year period.

It gets underway this month – with the ultimate aim of developing a more entrepreneurial mindset in disciplines including heath, technology, climate, culture and creativity.

NUI Galway, working with partner institutions in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria, has been awarded €1.2m to lead the project.

The research team says it looks forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the Entrepreneurial domain – and working with like-minded partners to build innovation capacity and create a foundation for future funding in the field.

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