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Outline of prosecution evidence given in rape trial

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The trial of a 40 year old man charged with raping a girl in the city two years ago continues tomorrow.

The jury heard evidence today the girl was at a sleepover in her friend’s house when the alleged attack took place.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to raping the then 15-year-old girl at a house in the city on April 17, 2011.

Alexander Owens SC, prosecuting, said it would be alleged the girls were alone in the house with three other girls having a sleepover.

He said the accused arrived at the house that evening and was drinking rum while watching TV with the group of girls.

During the evening he made a pass at the victim by attempting to kiss her but she pushed him away.

Later that night some of the girls slept on a sofa downstairs while the victim and her friend went to sleep in a double bedroom upstairs.

The girl, he said, would allege she woke at one point to find the accused over her friend who was in a deep sleep.

She told him to get out of the bedroom and he ran downstairs.

She heard the back door close and went down to lock it, thinking the accused had left.

However, as she turned away from the door, she found the accused standing behind her.

He pushed her down onto the kitchen table which collapsed under them.

She then managed to flee upstairs to her friend’s room but the accused followed her and dragged her into the box room where he raped her.

The trial continues tomorrow when it’s expected the alleged victim will give evidence by video link.

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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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