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Attendance and betting down slightly for Galway Plate Day

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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.

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Increase in Covid 19 figures as 393 cases are reported but the numbers receiving treatment in hospital continues to fall

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 393 new cases of Covid-19.

That is an increase of 72 on last night’s figures.

However, the number in hospitals across the country continues to fall with 48 currently receiving treatment, a reduction of five on yesterday and down 10 on the same day last week.

14 Covid patients are in intensive care, down 1 on yesterday and 8 on the same day last week.

There are no figures available for Galway.

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City Councillor urges local sports clubs to ensure defibrillators installed

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A City Councillor is calling on sports clubs across Galway to ensure they have defibrillators installed and club members are trained in their use.

Councillor Alan Cheever’s is making the call following the collapse of Christan Erikinson at the Euros match between Denmark and Finland.

He says the incident clearly shows how quick intervention can save lives.

Councillor Cheevers says some clubs across the city have defibrillators, while many others do not – but they should be a universal feature at all sports facilities.

He acknowledges there is cost involved, but says there are supports available and to avail of those supports.

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LISTEN: Junior Heritage Minister launches Cladoir conservation project at Connemara National Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan is currently in Connemara National Park where he launched the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.

Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.

The minister arrived at the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack where he met the staff in the last hour.

The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.

Joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee Sean Cadden and Tom King, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh are accompanying Minister Noonan.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, the Minister was looking forward to launching the project and he also wanted to to pay tribute to the work of the staff in keeping the park open during the pandemic

Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and Minister Noonan will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.

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