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Bigger crowd bets just under 2 million euro at Ballybrit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The sunshine brought large crowds and increased betting to Ballybrit last evening for day two of the summer festival
Today is Galway Plate Day, one of the best known days in the Irish racing calendar.
The Tuesday evening crowd of just over 19 thousand was up 900 on last year while the betting of just under two million euro was 56 thousand euro up on last year.
However it was the tote betting that made the gain as betting with the bookies was down.
The tote turnover was just under 724 thousand euro, up 80 thousand on last year while the bookies’ turnover of 1.23 million was 22 thousand euro down.
Trainer Dermot Weld marked his birthday in style in Galway with two winners – Hidden Universe and Antique Platinum.
Later this morning, he will be feted again when he and sparring partner Jim Bolger will be conferred with Honorary Doctorates by NUI Galway.
President Dr Jim Browne says Bolger and Weld are global figures in the world of horse-racing who have distinguished themselves as breeders, trainers and leaders of the sport.
He added NUI Galway is delighted to recognise their achievements by awarding them the highest honour which the University can confer, at a special ceremony during the Galway Racing festival.
Among the familiar faces enjoying the festival were RTE’s Sean O’Rourke and rugby anchor Tom McGurk.
Racing today begins at 3pm and a reminder that Galway Bay fm will bring you live coverage and analysis of every race for each day of the festival.

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Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU rewetting laws will devastate stock levels

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU laws on the rewetting of drained peatlands being used for agriculture will devastate stock levels.

The regulations have high reclaimation targets set – 30 percent by 2030, 50 percent by 2040 and 70 percent by 2050.

Farmers have expressed fierce opposition to the proposals but Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed his support in a Dáil exchange with Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Deputy Fitzmaurice says if it comes to pass, the impact on stock will be devastating.

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County council seeks funding for Athenry to Oranmore cycleway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has submitted a funding application for a new cycleway connecting Athenry to Oranmore.

It would be funded under Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s Pathfinder grant programme for cycling and walking schemes.

The Athenry/Oranmore cycleway proposes to connect both areas and surrounds to Galway city.

Local TD Ciaran Cannon vows to make a strong case for the project at Government level:

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Immunology experts to host fireside chat in Galmont Hotel tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – World renowned immunologist Luke O’Neill will be discussing infectious diseases at the Galmont Hotel in the city tomorrow.

He will be joined by Poolbeg Pharma co-founder Cathal Friel for a fireside chat to forecast the future of Covid-19 and influenza in Ireland over the coming months.

The free event, which starts at 5:30pm, is open to all members of the public and places can be booked on poolbegpharma.com.

Cathal Friel gives his thoughts on how we should handle Covid-19 infections going forward.

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