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Attendance and betting at Galway races down marginally on last year

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Galway bay fm newsroom – Attendance and betting were down marginally during the week long Galway races festival compared to last year.

Almost 4 and a half thousand less people attended Ballybrit over the 7 days, while the bookies were down over 880 thousand euro on 2012.

However attendance and betting was up on the final day of the festival. (4/08)

13,344 people attended Ballybrit yesterday – that’s 807 more that the same day last year.

Tote turnover was also up at 451 thousand 819 euro compared to 373 thousand 337 in 2012.

Bookmakers were up on last years figures too – 769 thousand 770 euro compared to 733 thousand 195 euro.

Dermot Weld saddled his eleventh winner of the week and was crowned leading trainer at the festival for the 27th time.

 

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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