Galway Bay fm newsroom – A row over money between two former business partners led to a 36-year-old city man being sentenced to two months in prison for damaging electric gates.
Jonathan King, a father of three from 61 An Sean Bhaile, Doughiska, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
He pleaded guilty to damaging the gates at Hazel Lodge, the home of Donal O’Connor in Kilcolgan, on December 5th, 2012.
He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on the same date.
At King’s sentence hearing, Detective Gerry Carroll gave evidence that King and a Michael O’Reilly went to Mr O’Connor’s home.
O’Reilly buzzed the intercom at the gates to be let in but was not admitted.
He then scaled the wall and a scuffle broke out between him and O’Connor near the house.
O’Connor got the better of O’Reilly in the scuffle and he escorted O’Reilly out to the gates.
On O’Reilly’s command, King reversed the Mercedes jeep he was driving into the gates, forcing them open.
Both men then drove away and went to a pub in Kilcolgan.
Det Carroll said Judge Mary Fahy already dealt with O’Reilly, who has since served a two-month sentence for his part in the incident.
Senior Counsel Bernard Madden, defending said O’Reilly had been O’Connor’s business partner.
He was owed a significant amount of money and on hearing O’Connor had been declared bankrupt, he became worried about his investment.
Det Carroll said King had 69 previous convictions, mostly for motoring offences, with two for drugs, two for criminal damage and two for theft.
He said King was currently serving a five-month sentence for driving without insurance.
Judge McCabe sentenced King to two months for criminal damage and disqualified him from driving for two years on the insurance charge.
Death announced of former Bishop of Galway
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.
O’Flaherty’s promising start
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%.
Tallies underway as votes are sorted
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.