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14 per cent drop in number sitting state examinations in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a 14% drop in the number of students sitting state examinations in Galway city and county.
Today is D-day for over five thousand young Galway people who will sit the first of their state exams tomorrow morning.
Three thousand, two hundred and eighteen students will sit Junior Certificate English, while two thousand, nine hundred and eighty-one will sit the Leaving Certificate English Paper One.
A further ninety-seven students will begin the Leaving Cert applied exam schedule.
Last year, over 6,200 students sat state exams in Galway city and county, almost 900 more than the expected figure for this year.

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LISTEN: Galway-Dublin 20-X20 Expressway service to cease on Wednesday

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The Bus Eireann 20-X20 Expressway service, which stops in Craughwell, Loughrea, Aughrim and Ballinasloe, will cease to exist from Wednesday.

Bus Éireann says following a viability review of its 18 Expressway intercity routes, it decided to cut four routes between Dublin and Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

It says the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.

Bus Éireann has confirmed that Expressway services will continue to operate from Galway to Limerick/Cork, Sligo/Donegal/Derry and to Ballina.

Gort-Kinvara Councillor Geraldine Donohue has written to the NTA and Bus Éireann to see if a replacement service will be secured.

She says a huge amount of people in the east of the county use the bus to get to and from city each day:

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Galway Rowers qualify for Olympic Final

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway Rowers Aifric Keogh from Furbo and Fiona Murtagh from Moycullen along with team mates Emily Hegarty and Eimear Lambe have qualified for the Olympic Women’s Fours Final following a stunning heat performance in the early hours of this morning.

Lining up against the World Champions Australia and previous World Finalists the United States, Romania and Denmark, the Irish girls, going from Lane two, found themselves in a head to head with the Australians from the start with the two boats putting a massive distance between themselves and the other three.

As the race progressed, little separated the two leaders with Australia winning the heat in a new Olympic best time of 6.28.76 with Ireland second Just 0.23 behind in a time of 6.28.99.

Both teams were inside the previous Olympic Best of 6.33.47.

Ireland now goes into the Olympic Final at 1.50am on Wednesday Morning.

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1,386 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1386* confirmed cases of COVID-19.  

As of 8am today, 106 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 22 are in ICU. 

(*Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.) 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This pandemic has provided a prime example of how easily misinformation can spread online, and many people have been exposed to information that is false, inaccurate, or misleading. This is known as misinformation and it started to spread about potential COVID-19 vaccines even before any had been developed. Unfortunately, it has undermined vaccination efforts in many countries, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk. 

“All of us together can help to stop the spread of misinformation. Remember not every post on social media is reliable or accurate – if you are not sure, then don’t share. 

“In Ireland we are fortunate to have very high levels of vaccine confidence with fantastic uptake across all age groups to date. Of course, many people will have questions about their vaccine but it is important that they access accurate and reliable information in order to get these questions answered. Do not rely on unsubstantiated information shared online. Instead go to trusted sources including hse.ie and gov.ie. GPs and healthcare professionals will also be able to answer any questions you may have when you go to your vaccine appointment.” 

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