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Galway girl located

Fifteen-year-old, Yulissa Stoica, who had been missing from her Galway home, has been located safe and well this morning (Thursday). The gardaí have acknowledged the support of everybody who helped them with their enquiries from when Yulissa was reported missing on Good Friday.

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Garda Alert: Missing Galway girl

Gardaí at Salthill in Galway have renewed their appeal for information in tracing the whereabouts of 15-year-old Yulissa Stoica. Yulissa is missing since 2pm on Good Friday from Ballymoneen Road, Knocknacarra. She is described as being 5’ 7’’ tall, of slight build, with long brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who has seen Yulissa or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Salthill Garda Station on 091 514720, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Call for re-think on hen harrier protection

ICSA rural development chairman, Billy Gray has called for a complete re-think on how to protect the hen harrier, an endangered bird that is found in the East Clare/South Galway region. Recent extensive gorse fires in the area increased concerns for the long term future of the bird. Mr Gray argues that the Government response to the hen harrier is a denial of reality which will not safeguard the bird but will continue to have a devastating impact on farmers with hen harrier designation. “The GLAS scheme is of some help to farmers with smaller areas of designation, but it is inadequate for many farmers,” said Mr. Gray. “The ban on afforestation needs to be reviewed as there are considerable doubts about whether it is actually warranted or whether a more nuanced approach could yield better results. Most importantly, the Government needs to wake up to the reality that the hen harrier cannot thrive in rural communities if its presence …

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Pensioner hospitalised after burglary

AN elderly man was being treated in hospital on Wednesday, following an aggravated burglary in his South Galway home. The 80-year-old was at his home in Creggmulgreaney, between Kilchreest and Craughwell, on Tuesday night when three men entered the house at about 9.45pm. The men assaulted the pensioner, threatened him and locked him in a bedroom, before ransacking the house and leaving with a sum of money. The man’s wife, also aged 80, was also in the house at the time. She was uninjured but the couple are said to be extremely shaken by the incident. The man was taken to University College Hospital, Galway where his injuries are understood to be not life-threatening. One of the men involved in the attack was described as being 6ft tall, of thin build and was wearing dark clothes. A second man was described as being smaller, in his early 20s and wearing a light coloured jacket. Anyone with any information in relation …

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Seamount savour All-Ireland camogie glory

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools’ Senior “A” Championship Final   Seamount College 1-5, St Flannan’s Colllege, Ennis 0-6 Seamount College, Kinvara survived a late rally from a spirited St Flannan’s outfit to clinch the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools’ Senior “A” Championship final in Gort on Saturday afternoon. This absorbing tussle, which attracted over 1,000 patrons to Gort, could be summed up as a tale of two penalties. The Kinvara girls converted their penalty opportunity two minutes before the interval while St Flannan’s were left to rue what might have been after their effort from a placed ball was blocked eight minutes before the end. Having dominated the opening 22 minutes, Sinéad Quinn converted her fourth free to earn wind assisted St Flannan’s a 0-4 to 0-1 advantage. Five minutes later Katie McMahon looked set to unleash a goal attempt until she was brought down inside the square by Carol Browne, who was left with no option but to concede a penalty. Seamount centre …

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€50,000 award for garda in Gort siege

A 21-HOUR siege in Gort eight years ago was recalled this week when a retired garda sergeant, who suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following the incident, was awarded €50,000 damages in the High Court. Mr Justice Bernard Barton said during a Garda Compensation hearing that Peter Carr had been in a dangerous and life threatening situation and it was of no surprise that he had suffered psychological injuries. The court had heard that gardaí received a call from a woman at around 11.20pm on October 8, 2006, stating that shots had been heard at Crowe Street, Gort. Two garda cars were dispatched and it had transpired that a domestic dispute had taken place at No 67, where Anthony Burke had fired shots. His partner and three children had fled to a neighbour’s house. Mr Carr told the court that Burke, who had two shotguns and around 1,400 cartridges, had been firing round after round from his house, from the front …

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Body recovered from Gort river

The body of missing South Galway woman Una O’Driscoll was recovered from a river in Gort on Sunday morning. Gardaí in the town had been searching for the woman, who was reported missing the previous day. Her body was found in the water in the town centre shortly after 10am.  A post mortem took place in University Hospital, Galway on Monday. A meeting that had been scheduled to take place between Burren Lowlands representatives and Minister Ann Phelan on Tuesday in the town was cancelled. Ms O’Driscoll is survived by her husband, Tim; children, Maireád, Tomas and Fiona; brother, Mick; grandchildren, Sophie, Holly, Ethan and Rhys; sons in law, Michael and Peter and daughter in law, Anna.      

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Erin finds compassion and support in dealing with loss

WHAT should have been a short check-up for Erin Darcy in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe last month, ended with a miscarriage. Despite the trauma of losing baby Leo Moon, 13 weeks into her third pregnancy, the Loughrea-based artist was overwhelmed with how wonderful staff in Portiuncula were to her during her time there. Married to Steven, from Portumna, who she met online while they were teenagers, the Oklahoma City native said she hopes every woman that experiences a similar loss would receive the same care, compassion and respect that she was shown. Erin moved to Ireland in 2006, got married in November of that year and moved to Loughrea, to live near Steven’s parents. She said all maternity hospitals should have dedicated facilities to allow parents who have lost a baby cope with this loss with dignity in private. Erin was able to bring baby Leo Moon home and bury him in their back garden, beneath an apple tree. She …

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