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Attendance and betting up substantially for Galway Plate Day

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The attendance and betting were up substantially at Ballybrit yesterday for Galway Plate Day.
The crowd of 18,766 was almost 5000 more than last year while the betting of 2.3 million was up by 640 thousand euro.
The tote turnover of just under 831 thousand euro was up by 155 thousand euro while the bookies spend of 1.5 million was up almost half a
million euro on Plate Day last year.
There was a big cheer for Most Peculiar, owned by Galway man Philip Hackett while Noel Meade toasted his first ever Galway Plate victory with
Road to Riches.
Soccer fans were in for a real treat as Ireland manager Martin O’Neill posed for numerous photos as well as signing autographs in between races.
Today the focus will be on fashion as much as on the horses as it’s Ladies Day.
The Anthony Ryans Best Dressed Lady will walk away with a one carat diamond pendant and matching diamond earrings valued at €8,500, a
shopping spree to the value of €1,500 and €1000 Cash.
The prize for the winner of the ‘Best Hat’ competition is a shopping spree worth €1,500 in Anthony Ryans while the winner of the new ‘Wear
Irish’ competition will receive a shopping voucher worth €500
The first race is at 1.50 this afternoon while the feature race the Galway Hurdle is at 4.55pm.

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Challenges as UHG faces overcrowding and Covid outbreak

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 52 patients are waiting on trolleys or along wards at UHG today – making it the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide.

21 patients are also waiting at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

The overcrowding comes as UHG is also managing an outbreak of COVID-19 on two wards.

As a result of the ongoing pressures and lack of bed capacity, a number of elective procedures are being postponed.

The public is being urged to contact their GP or the Westdoc GP Out of Hours service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

Chris Kane is General Manager at the GUH group -she told Galway Talks it’s an extremely challenging period…

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Deadline for county’s streetscape enhancement scheme pushed out into early 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Towns across the county will be given until the end of March next year to complete any unfinished projects under the streetscape programme.

Ballygar, Glenamaddy, Headford, Loughrea, Oranmore and Oughterard were included in the measure.

In assessing the scheme, staff reviewed a total of 236 applications and recommended allocations to 173.

The deadline has been formally extended by the Department to the end of December.

However due to challenging seasonal weather conditions and the availability of tradespeople, more time is being allowed meaning any outstanding work can be carried out early in 2022.

Director of Services Liam Hanrahan told a meeting of the county council that the scheme must be completed and reported on by May and all monies drawn down.

He advised that in the case of an underspend, a reserve list of projects will be examined.

The scheme was commended by many councillors and described as ‘transformative’ for many county towns where vacant units were painted and revitalised.

However the original timeline set by the Department was called into question by many.

Councillor Andrew Reddington says lessons can be learned by the Department on setting suitable timelines for such a scheme in future….

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Wild Atlatic Way used as research model for development of marine and coastal tourism trails in EU

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Wild Atlantic Way has been used as a research model to establish best practice for the development of marine and coastal tourism trails in the EU.

The research on the 2,500 kilometre stretch was carried out by a project team in the socio-economic marine research unit based at NUI Galway.

The Northern & Western Regional Assembly was also a partner in the two-year project.

The research forms part of the Moses Project which aims to further the EU’s Blue Growth strategy in five focus maritime areas.

The focus areas include aquaculture, marine and coastal tourism, offshore renewable energy, ports and fisheries.

The project, which is concluding this year, has eight partners in five countries.

The research stresses that sustainable coastal tourism can only be achieved through close collaboration at the community level and offers key recommendations for other European regions to consider if the sector is to lead to sustainable Blue Growth.

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