Galway Bay fm newsroom – Attendance and betting at Day 3 of the Galway Racing Festival were slightly down on last year.
A crowd of 17,332 gathered at Ballybrit for Galway Plate Day – 726 less than 2016.
The Tote turnover yesterday finished at 953 thousand euro – down 28 thousand euro on last year.
Betting with the bookmakers was also down, with the total of 1.24 million down 182 thousand euro.
The downpour just before the big race, the Galway Plate, meant that many punters were unable to get their bets on as they had to shelter from the rain.
The Tote Galway Plate was won by Balko Des Flos owned by Ryanair’s Michael O’ Leary.
Among the crowd braving the elements at Ballybrit were President Michael D Higgins and golfer Shane Lowry.
Today is Guinness Galway Hurdle day but the focus will also be firmly on fashion with the G Hotel Best Dressed Ladies Competition.
The first race goes to post at 1.40 this afternoon, and we’ll be bringing you all the racing action live here on Galway Bay fm.
New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks
GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.
The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.
However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.
A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.
Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.
Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris
GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.
Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.
The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.
That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.
Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.
McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.
The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.
Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.