A woman who denied beating and neglecting eight of her children over a five-year period has been found guilty of 29 charges of child cruelty and neglect.

The 39-year-old, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the children, had denied 42 charges of child cruelty and neglect at six different locations on dates between 1 September 1 2006 and 12 May 2011.

The jury of nine men and three women at Galway Circuit Criminal Court found her not guilty of 13 of the 42 charges which had initially been preferred against her.