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Connemara man jailed for threatening to kill his brother

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Garda has predicted that a bitter feud between two Connemara brothers will end in murder.

43 year-old Joe Joyce, from Tiernee, Lettermore, was sentenced to five years in prison at Galway Circuit Criminal Court for threatening to kill or cause serious harm to his older brother, Padraig Joyce, on December 10th, 2012.

Joe Joyce also pleaded guilty to trespassing at Padraig Joyce’s home in Tiernee with a knife and a hay fork and to trespassing in such a manner as was likely to cause fear in his brother.

The court heard a bitter feud started between the brothers when their father died over 20 years ago without making a will and there had been disputes ever since over land and a house.

Garda Hogan said the accused had 38 previous convictions, including two for threatening to kill, three for assault and one for carrying a flick knife.

“I genuinely believe there will be loss of life in this feud between the brothers.  There will be an imminent threat to Padraig’s life with Joe’s release,” Garda Hogan said.

Joe Joyce told the court his brother had assaulted and threatened him over the years.

In reply to prosecuting counsel, Conor Fahy, the accused said he was prepared to apologise to his brother provided he stay away from him in the future.

Judge McCabe imposed the five-year sentence on Joe Joyce for threatening to kill his brother and imposed a concurrent two and a half year sentence for trespassing on his brother’s property with a knife.

The sentences were backdated to when the accused was first taken into custody 15 months ago.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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