A Galway man has been found guilty by a jury of the sexual assault of four schoolgirls over a 10-year period.

The man had denied 23 charges of sexual assault against four girls in the east Galway village of Killimor, on various dates between 1996 and 2006.

He cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims.

The girls were aged between five and 12 at the time.

All four victims broke down while being cross-examined during the five-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

They told the jury of three women and nine men that the accused sexually assaulted each of them in turn.

The jury found the man guilty of all but one charge, following six-and a half hours of deliberation over two days.

He will be sentenced on 7 March.