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City sides advance to next round of Michael Byrne Cup

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Adam Healy (centre) celebrates after scoring a goal for Mervue United in their win over West Coast United in the Michael Byrne Cup at the weekend. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

The Michael Byrne Cup took centre stage in the weekend action and for all the big city clubs there were some comfortable successes as the holders Mervue United, Salthill Devon and West United all advanced with ease; while Maree/Oranmore and Mervue United B also found a place in the next round.

In the FAI Junior Cup, Athenry advanced to the last eight with a come-from-behind win over Dublin visitors Crumlin United, but they will have to wait until February 18 for the quarter-final draw to see who they will be facing in the quarter-finals.

Michael Byrne Cup

Following defeats against Manulla and West United in successive weeks and the loss of leading scorer Enda Curran to Galway United, these are challenging times for Mervue United, but in Fahy’s Field on Saturday they got back to winning ways with a 5-1 win over Division 1 side, Knocknacarra.

No doubt the prolific scoring rate of Curran will be missed, but his departure presented an opportunity for returning striker Stephen Cunningham to make a mark and he duly obliged by scoring the first and providing the assist for Barry Moran to notch the second.

Defender Tommy Walsh would not be renowned as a scorer, but on this occasion he found the net twice, before one of the younger brigade, Aaron Molloy also found the range in a comfortable win for the holders.

Ross Medley got a lone consolation goal for the visitors, who were out of their depth in this game, but are contending for promotion from Division 1.

Salthill Devon had to work hard for a 5-1 away success over St Bernard’s. It was the home side who took the lead when Colin Tracey found the net, but a three-goal blast before the break got Devon back on track. Following a Mikey Fox corner, Gary Kinneen scrambled home the equaliser, before Aaron Conway set up Shane Concannon to give them the lead. Concannon then turned provider as Tony Smith got the better of Denis Farragher in a one-on-one situation to give them a 3-1 interval advantage.

The resumption saw the visitors continue to enjoy the upper hand and they added to their tally with two second-half penalties, as Fox converted first after he was fouled in the box, before Cian Murray – son of former player, Donal – was also fouled in the area and Smith duly converted from the spot for his second of the day.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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